Family Work Option

We are so glad that your family is interested in volunteering at Holden Village! There is limited space for families, especially for half-time workers and non-working family members. Please carefully review the criteria below.

The Family Work Option balances the needs of the Village with the needs of families who volunteer and also have school-age children. Adult volunteers who wish to bring children may only do so if they are the parent or legal guardian of those children. The Family Work Option is a program that allows families with school-age children (ages 4  to 15 ) to serve on staff in the summer during one of the following sessions: 

Session 1: June 10th - June 24th 2022
Session 2: June 24th - July 8th 2022
Session 3: July 8th - July 22nd 2022
Session 4: July 22nd - August 5th 2022
Session 5: August 5th - August 19th 2022
Session 6: August 19th - September 2nd 2022

Families with children who are all 16 and older are not eligible for Family Option. If everyone is fully vaccinated, you may apply to serve at any time. Follow the application instructions on the Holden Job Board.

Family Work Option Logistics

Two-adult families: Both adults participate in Garbology and Dish Team. If any of your children are under 12, one adult volunteers full-time (36 hrs/week) and one adult volunteers half-time (during youth program hours). If all of your children are 12 and over, both adults volunteer full-time (36 hours/week).

Single-adult families: The adult participates in Garbology and Dish Team. If any of your children are under 12, you volunteer half-time (during youth program hours). If all of your children are 12 and over, you work full-time (36 hours/week).

All Families: Youth 12 & 13 participate in Garbology and Dish Team. Youth age 14 & 15 volunteer half-time in a work area in addition to Garbology and Dish Team. Youth age 16 & 17 work full-time in a work area in addition to Garbology and Dish Team. Youth 18 and up can apply independently as adults and should submit an application according to the instructions on the Holden Job Board. Work area positions and descriptions are listed on our website on the Holden Job Board. Please only select positions that are open to Short-Term applications. All adults also participate in Garbology and Dish Team. Garbology and Dish Team involve serving the Village by sorting trash and recyclables, composting food waste, washing dishes, and cleaning the dining hall after meals.

Childcare: Holden does not provide child care. Children ages 4-15 will participate in Holden’s youth programs, which are only available in the morning. This means that for children 4-11, one adult only works in the mornings, during youth program hours, and must care for their children at lunch and for the remainder of the afternoon. For parents of children 12 and over, the afternoon is unsupervised time, there is no youth programming, and the adults are expected to work. If your child is 12 and over and requires supervision, one of the parents must serve half-time only.

HousingMost families are housed in one room with multiple beds and share a community bathroom down the hall.

When will you hear? Applications must be received by April 15. If your application is approved and you are selected for a limited spot in our Family Work Option Program, you will be sent an email notice by May 1st, 2022. The message will indicate your arrival and departure dates and your tentative work assignment. If you cannot honor these dates, please notify us immediately so we can accommodate you or offer the position to someone else.

How to Apply

We accept applications for the Family Work Option between January 1st and April 15th each year. Family Work Option acceptances decisions will be sent out by May 1st. Since there are limited spots available for the Family Work Option, if you would like to guarantee your spot at Holden this summer, we encourage you to register as a guest for the summer. You can then cancel if you are accepted as a part of family option with a full refund. 

To apply for Family Work Option, please:
1. Complete, save and send the 1. Family Work Option Application, the 2. Release Waiver & Code of Conduct (signed by each working family member) & the 3. Staff Agreement (signed by each working family member) by email to or by mail to Staffing, HC0 Box 2 Chelan, WA 98816.
2. Complete, save and send a Health & Wellness Form (for each member of your family) by email to or by mail to Medic, HC0 Box 2 Chelan, WA 98816.
3. Send the Reference Form to the family reference you listed in your Application. Ask them to complete it with the whole family in mind and email the completed form to or mail to Staffing, HC0 Box 2 Chelan, WA 98816.

Holden Village has carefully followed federal, state, and local guidance for maintaining health and wellness throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. All guests, staff, and volunteers must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before arriving and follow Holden Village’s mask policy. Please read more about our Community Health Protocols and Practices.

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