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A list of immediate short/long-term volunteer and employment needs.

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Short-Term and Seasonal Volunteers

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Mechanic- The Holden mechanic maintains and repairs Holden's fleet of school buses, heavy equipment, passenger trucks/vans, and small equipment such as lawnmowers, chainsaws, wood splitters, etc. They also assist with equipment operation, training new operators, observing that equipment is being operated properly and safely, and building and maintaining the documentation systems for equipment operation and maintenance. In the winter months, the mechanic plays a key role in maintaining around two miles of road under Holden’s jurisdiction. Depending on staffing levels, the mechanic occasionally is responsible for the direction of short-term and long-term volunteers. Qualifications: 2+ years experience on applicable vehicles required. Must hold a certification in automotive, heavy equipment, or related mechanical repair or demonstrate relevant experience. Must have experience and be comfortable with the maintenance of diesel engines, air brakes, and hydraulic power systems. Experience with welding and metal fabrication is highly desired. Accepting commitments of between two weeks to several months. 

Hike Haus Assistant- Accepting Applications for July-September 2021 The Hike Haus Assistant provides information on hiking and trails, assists hikers in checking out equipment, monitors equipment and trail use, and plans & leads structured hikes and programs. Holden trail experience and first-aid and/or wilderness training preferred.  

Housekeeping Services Assistant- Accepting Applications for June-September 2021  The Services Assistant helps the Housekeeping Services Team in housekeeping and laundry tasks. Housekeeping tasks include cleaning lodges, guest rooms, and program facilities.  Laundry tasks include washing, hanging and folding linens. The job requires some lifting and carrying, and the ability spend 6 hours a day on your feet. 

Kitchen Assistant- Accepting Applications for June-September 2021 Kitchen assistants support Head & Seasonal Cooks in the tasks of daily kitchen operation, including but not limited to: food preparation; cooking and baking; Dining Hall upkeep; sanitation tasks; cultivating an inviting and caring atmosphere both inside the kitchen and in the Dining Hall.  This position can be physically demanding, with multiple hours spent on your feet and the necessity of carrying things up and down stairs.  The kitchen is also a very social environment, so those who prefer social work environments will find this position particularly satisfying.  Kitchen Assistants work under the supervision of Head Cooks, Seasonal Cooks, and Food Services Lead. 

Maverick-Accepting Applications for June-September 2021 Performs tasks that involve manual labor: lifting, carrying, loading and unloading, shoveling and, in general, doing whatever needs to be done around the Village. This physical labor includes regular luggage transport and a good amount of wood cutting and hauling. Work is usually outdoors and often dirty. 

Trails Crew- Accepting Applications for June-September 2021 The trail crew works under the supervision of the Trails Crew Coordinator. Goes on periodic trips to maintain and repair hiking trails in Railroad Creek Valley. Love of outdoors is essential. Work involves lifting, sawing and hiking miles to work sites carrying heavy gear. 

Cabin Head- Accepting Applications (Start Date June 2021) Responsible for creating a welcoming and friendly environment at the Cabin that promotes opportunities for Villagers to engage the outdoors. The Cabin holds all of Holden's outdoor gear available for checkout, and is an educational space about our local trails. The Summer Cabin Head oversees the Cabin, its equipment, and its short-term volunteer staff.  In partnership with the Naturalist and Program Team, the Summer Cabin Head will lead outdoor educational programming from the 10 Essentials, to Leave No Trace Principles, to Backpacking Basics to other areas of interest/expertise.  A desire to learn and to share those learnings is required. Commitment June-September. 

Middle/High School Head - Accepting Applications (Start Date June 2021) Works with youth ages 12 to 17 and oversees Middle/High School assistants. They will work with the assistants to plan and implement activities, including programming, hikes, dances, scavenger hunt, etc. Requires creativity, patience, and ability to connect with teens. A three month commitment is required.

Narnia Head (Ages 4-6) - Accepting Applications (Start Date June 2021) The “Narnia 4-6 Head” is responsible for operational planning, implementation, and coordination of the “4-6” room of the Village’s Narnia program under the direction of the Youth Program Coordinator and the Program Lead.  This position oversees and coordinates Narnia Assistants in ways that to meet the educational and curricular goals of the Narnia program, and acts as “room head”.  This positions requires: imagination, patience, responsibility, concern for safety, a love for children, an understanding of youth education, and ability to think on one’s feet, organizational skills, the ability to life 50 pounds, Preferred experience includes: First Aid/CPR certification (or willingness to obtain before start of position’s term), and Youth Mental Health First Aid certification (or willingness to obtain before start of position’s term), song leading and musical education modalities, education/teaching experience with youth ages 4 through 6.  A three month commitment and a Washington State Food Workers Card are also required. 

Narnia Head (Ages 7-11) - Accepting Applications (Start Date June 2021) The “Narnia 7-11 Head” is responsible for operational planning, implementation, and coordination of the “7-11” room of the Village’s Narnia program under the direction of the Youth Program Coordinator and the Program Lead.  This position oversees and coordinates Narnia Assistants in ways that to meet the educational and curricular goals of the Narnia program, and acts as “room head”.  This positions require imagination, patience, responsibility, concern for safety, a love for children, an understanding of youth education, and ability to think on one’s feet, organizational skills, the ability to life 50 pounds).  Preferred experience includes: First Aid/CPR certification (or willingness to obtain before start of position’s term), and Youth Mental Health First Aid certification (or willingness to obtain before start of position’s term, song leading and musical education modalities, education/teaching experience for youth ages 7 through 11.  A three month commitment and a Washington State Food Workers Card are also required. 

Pool Hall Head - Accepting Applications (Start Date June 2021) Operates the Holden Village Pool Hall as a welcoming, central gathering place of hospitality during the summer months.  Oversees assistants and maintains the concession stand, pool tables and bowling alley. Must enjoy working with people of all ages, willingness to plan activities for diverse age groups and work with a constantly changing team of volunteers. A three month commitment and Washington Food Worker Card required.

Seasonal Cook - Accepting Applications (Start Date June 2021)  During scheduled shifts, a Seasonal Cook is responsible for: the safe and sanitary preparation of food served both throughout the day and at specific times (ie. menued meals and snacks, Holden bread and granola, etc.); coordinating and training kitchen volunteers in various food preparation, sanitation, and restocking tasks; promoting a kitchen atmosphere that balances grace and humor with the need for efficiency and timely food production; cultivating an inviting atmosphere in the Dining Hall for guests and staff alike through general upkeep and personal interaction.  This position can be physically demanding, with multiple hours spent on your feet and the necessity of carrying things up and down stairs. Seasonal Cooks work under the supervision of the Food Service Lead. A three month commitment and Washington Food Worker Card required. (Commitment June-September) 

Snack Bar Head - Accepting Applications (Start Date June 2021) Operates the Snack Bar, promoting and supporting it's welcoming role as a central Village gathering place during the summer months.  Responsibilities of this role include: safe and sanitary operation; maintaining organization; coordination of both short-term volunteers and volunteers from the guest population; timely and regular communication with the Food Service Lead concerning ordering needs and general operation; cultivation of an atmosphere that promotes fun, grace, humor and welcome.  An interest in working with youth is an asset for the role.  The Snack Bar Head works under the supervision of the Food Services Lead. A three month commitment and Washington Food Worker Card required.

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Long-Term Volunteers

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Long-Term Mechanic- The Holden mechanic maintains and repairs Holden's fleet of school buses, heavy equipment, passenger trucks/vans, and small equipment such as lawnmowers, chainsaws, wood splitters, etc. They also assist with equipment operation, training new operators, observing that equipment is being operated properly and safely, and building and maintaining the documentation systems for equipment operation and maintenance. In the winter months, the mechanic plays a key role in maintaining around two miles of road under Holden’s jurisdiction. Depending on staffing levels, the mechanic occasionally is responsible for the direction of short-term and long-term volunteers. Qualifications: 2+ years experience on applicable vehicles required. Must hold a certification in automotive, heavy equipment, or related mechanical repair or demonstrate relevant experience. Must have experience and be comfortable with the maintenance of diesel engines, air brakes, and hydraulic power systems. Experience with welding and metal fabrication is highly desired.

Backup Medic- Reports to the Medic. Responsible for assisting the Medic in medical emergencies, covering days off and vacation days, and supporting the medic in providing medical care for village guests and staff.  WFR, EMT or higher certification required. This is approximately a ½ time position in summer, ¼ time in winter. Seeking commitments from 2-weeks to one year. 

Electrician –Current Washington State Journey Level Electrician license required. Responsible for ongoing maintenance and repair of village electrical systems as well as remodel and new construction capital projects. Scope of work may include work on the village's hydro-generation system and backup generator, medium voltage distribution, commercial work spaces as well as residences. Varied commercial, industrial, and residential experience is preferred along with NEC and Washington specialty code proficiency. Must be able to manage work independently, including ordering parts and equipment, purchasing permits, and scheduling inspections.   Works closely with Projects Lead and other villagers to coordinate work 

Head Cook –During scheduled shifts, a Head Cook is responsible for: the safe and sanitary preparation of food served both throughout the day and at specific times (i.e. menued meals and snacks, Holden bread and granola, etc.); coordinating and training kitchen volunteers in various food preparation, sanitation, and restocking tasks; promoting a kitchen atmosphere that balances grace and humor with the need for efficiency and timely food production; cultivating an inviting atmosphere in the Dining Hall for all through general upkeep and personal interaction. Head Cooks are also expected to dedicate some of their work time to projects of a particular focus, designated by and designed with the Food Services Lead. This position can be physically demanding, with multiple hours spent on your feet and the necessity of carrying things up and down stairs. Head Cooks work under the supervision of the Food Services Lead. Washington Food Worker Card required.

Carpenter, Head - Responsible for all carpentry projects in the village.  Works closely with the Facilities Lead on maintenance and remodel projects.  Responsible for overseeing the safety training and organization of the carpentry shop.  Experience with a variety of woodworking equipment and construction techniques required.  Supports a high level of safety practices. 

Garbologist –Responsible for managing ALL solid waste in the Village, including composting, recycling and land-fill. Leads rotating teams of Village staff in collecting and sorting waste. Encourages the community to reduce, reuse and recycle. In the winter months, the Garbologist will spend approximately half-time working at another part time job assignment.

Maverick, Vice - Works with Head Maverick to support the transportation of luggage and freight, production of firewood, manual snow removal, moving supplies, and support labor for various village tasks as needed.  Assists in supervising a crew to accomplish these tasks.  Good people and organizational skills required.  Be able or learn to operate chainsaws and large trucks.  High awareness of and emphasis on safety. 

Head Driver  Responsible for the oversight and coordination of the transportation system. Oversees driver training, including coordinating and leading the annual CDL (Commercial Driver's License)  training, training new drivers on Holden policies and practices, and monitoring and supervising all Holden transport drivers. Must have a Washington State CDL Class A or B, and 2 years experience as CDL driver.  Must be good at logistics, be detail-oriented, and have a very strong safety ethic.

Repair Associate - Responsible for the maintenance and repair of all village appliances and miscellaneous building repairs.  Works closely with the village electrician and waterworks lead as needed.  Must be self-motivated, organized, and handy with tools and repair techniques.  Will need to research repairs and parts as needed.  Occasionally supervises others to help with the above.   

Head Painter –Responsible for high quality skilled painting of all village facilities. Includes both exterior and interior painting.  Applicants should be self-starters with good organizational leadership skills, possess painting knowledge and skill with tools and methods, have neat and careful work habits, and have the ability to direct and oversee volunteer painters. High awareness of and emphasis on safety, including with ladders.

Plumber – Responsible for the maintenance, repair, and improvements of Holden’s plumbing systems, water distribution system, hydronic boiler & heating systems, fire sprinkler piping systems and any piping that caries fluids, compressed air, or fuels. Familiarity needed working with copper, iron, PVC, ABS, and PEX piping as well as with a variety of plumbing fixtures. Experience in hands-on plumbing is required. Journeyman’s License is preferred but not required. 

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Employees

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Administrative Lead- The Administrative Lead reports to the Executive Directors as part of the administrative team.  This role collaborates with the Executive Directors, other managers, and program staff to coordinate tasks, create efficiencies, and design, deliver, and embed a sustainable annual plan that advances the strategic priorities of Holden Village.  Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:     

  • Identify and develop the systems that support sustainable engagement in community, wellness, spirituality, and dynamic community life
  • Streamline executive responsibilities and administrative tasks
  • Support related teams in logistics and content of year round programming
  • Work with the Program Manager, expand connections and relationships with partner organizations (including colleges, seminaries, and other community organizations) to introduce Holden through events and programs planned jointly and held both inside and outside of the Village.

We seek an individual with demonstrated ability to collaborate with a diverse array of volunteers, guests, employees, and teaching faculty and to work independently. This individual should have excellent planning, organizational, delegation, and written and oral communication.

Accountant Lead -The Accountant Lead works with the Business Manager to maintain accurate financial records, prepare the annual budget, and prepare for audits. Responsibilities include maintaining accounts receivable and payable, processing payroll, preparing employee W-2 and 1099 forms, assisting Village revenue centers with cash outs, and cashing checks for guests and staff. Must have knowledge of basic accounting and bookkeeping procedures, good computer and organizational skills, and Quickbooks experience.

Business Manager - The ideal candidate is an experienced and proven manager of multiple business operations of a million-dollar entity.  Ability to live and work in a remote wilderness setting is required. Experience with a non-profit corporation is desirable. MBA or experience as a dedicated leader or people manager with a financial and organizational background required.  Accounting, computer, database, fundraising, and human resource skills are necessary for this position.  QuickBooks familiarity a plus.  Reporting requirements include the ability to prepare and monitor department and organizational budgets, capital improvement projects and provide forecasts of guest registrations, fundraising, and various capital improvement projects.  Responsibilities include financial reviews and reporting, personnel management, negotiations, contract reviews, evaluation and management of insurance and other benefits programs for staff, managing business relationships with federal, state, and local government agencies, and working closely with our off-site professionals in legal, accounting, and business consulting. The Business Manager supervises employees and long-term volunteers on the Business team.  The Business Manager conducts ongoing evaluation of volunteer performances and the associated stipend program.  This position reports directly to the Executive Directors and will interact regularly with members of the Holden board of directors.  This position requires a 3-year commitment with periodic performance reviews. To begin your application,  Contact Staffing with a cover letter and resume demonstrating why you believe you are qualified for this admittedly unique and remote position.  

Program Lead - Accepting applications (Start Date Immediate) 
The Program Lead reports to the Program Manager and is part of the Program Team. This role collaborates with the Program Manager, Executive Directors, and program staff in creating, organizing, administering, and facilitating programming and special events that foster the values and goals of Holden Village. This role supervises the Youth Program Coordinator, the Audio Archive Tech/Library, the Media Coordinator, the Naturalist, and the Program Associate. The Program Lead ensures that Holden Village offers diverse education and program opportunities year-round, and seeks to embrace and encourage the range of talents, areas of expertise, and identities represented within. This position requires creativity, organizational skills, interpersonal and emotional intelligence, and attention to detail. Preferred candidates will demonstrate: a background and/or experience in education, teaching, and program development; the ability to work with, teach, and mentor people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds; and the ability to make a 2-year commitment.

Projects Lead - Accepting Applications (Start Date Immediate)

Responsible for the care, maintenance, and remodeling projects on all village buildings. Oversees carpenters, painters, plumbers, electricians, and special capital projects. Experienced with general contracting and project management. License preferred but not required. High awareness of and emphasis on safety, and willingness to implement that culture in the workplace.   2+ year commitment.

Utilities Lead - Accepting Applications (Start Date July 2021) 
Licensed plumber preferred but not required.  Responsible for the operation, maintenance, and repair of our water filtration plant, water distribution system, septic/sewage systems, building plumbing, hydronic heating systems, and the Jacuzzi.  Also responsible for all things electrical including hydro generation (on-site training provided), power distribution system, all building service and wiring, low voltage wiring. Once here, must be willing to acquire Washington State DOH WTPO-1 and WDM-1 waterworks licenses.  Oversees a utilties assistant.  2+ year commitment. 

Human Resources Manager - The HR Manager oversees all aspects of employee/volunteer relations including compensation and benefit plan administration, staff recruitment, policy administration, performance and appraisal management, training and development, and legal compliance pertaining to staff management.  The HR Manager works closely with leadership to provide advice, counsel, and recommendations related to staff management.  This position requires 6+ years of progressive experience in Human Resources and in a supervisory role, a BA/BS or equivalent combination of experience and education, and the maturity to be the sole owner of sensitive information in an isolated location.

 

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