Are you interested in becoming a long-term volunteer or employee at Holden Village? We are looking for a number of key positions right now. We are seeking enthusiastic and hardworking individuals to join us in the North Cascades, where we join together in work, education, and worship.
This Village fosters spiritual growth, environmental stewardship, and community involvement in myself and thousands of other people.
- Erik A., Development and Database Lead
Short-term Volunteers commit to at least three weeks of service (during the summer months, shorter commitments are welcome for some positions). Volunteers receive room and board as well as parking at Field's Point.
Summer Seasonal Volunteers serve at Holden from May/June to August/September. Seasonal Volunteers receive room and board, a Field's Point parking pass, and a monthly stipend.
Long-term Volunteers commit to a year of service and keep the Village running smoothly by performing a variety of tasks in administration, business, worship, and operations. All receive room and board, parking at Fields Point, benefits, and a monthly stipend of $550.
Employee positions are generally multiple year opportunities. Employees fill key managerial and leadership positions in the Village, and receive room and board, benefits, and a salary. A limited number of employee positions are available at any given time.
Whether volunteer or employee, benefits of all open positions include joining a caring community, access to hiking/skiing/fishing in a beautiful wilderness setting, and time away from many modern distractions, which provides time for new interests and artistic or intellectual pursuits. Also, those who thrive most are committed to service and to Holden’s mission of welcoming all people who seek rest and renewal in the wilderness. To learn more about Holden, explore our website, visit us at Facebook.com/HoldenVillage, or subscribe to our monthly e-newsletter.
Positions Open Now: Short-Term Volunteers
Holden Village often has many short-term positions available in many different departments. However, we currently have needs for several specific positions. Short-term volunteers serve from as few as two weeks to as long as just under a year.
Housekeeping Assistants OPEN NOW
Clean lodges, guest rooms, and program facilities. The job requires some lifting and the ability to move roll-away beds between lodges. Good physical condition preferred.
Kitchen Assistants OPEN NOW
Assist head cooks with food preparation as well as food service and help to keep the kitchen clean and sanitary. This position generally includes dining hall upkeep, coffee making, and hospitality. Good physical condition is required as volunteers spend long periods of time standing. The kitchen is perfect for those who prefer a social environment.
Miners/Jr. Miners Staff Open May/June 2017
Works with youth in grades 6 through 12. Assists in planning and implementing activities, including programming, worship, overnight hikes, trips to the lake, dances, parties, etc. A June-August commitment is desirable.
Positions Open Now: Summer Seasonal Volunteers
Narnia Head (Youth Programs ages infant - 17)
Assists in planning and implementing programming for children (infants through age 17). Requires imagination, patience, and love for children. Staff members will work with the children in the mornings and work in other areas as needed in the afternoons or evenings.
Media Ministry/Audio Archive Coordinator
Provides audio visual setup, support, and recordings of teaching sessions, worship, and performances. Converts tapes from our audio collection for presentation on our the Audio Archive portion of our website. Operates soundboard, microphones, projection equipment, and uses computers for recording and editing recordings. Tech savvy is helpful, and training is provided.
Pool Hall Head
Operates the Holden Village Pool Hall as a welcoming, central gathering place of hospitality during the summer months. Oversees and maintains the Pool Hall and concession stand. Must have an interest in working with people, especially youth. Requires the ability to plan activities for diverse age groups and work with a constantly changing team of pool hall volunteers,
Snack Bar Head
Operates the Village Snack Bar as a welcoming and central gathering place of Holden hospitality during the summer months. Ensure that the snack bar is clean, sanitary, and serves quality products. Able to supervise a constantly changing pool of volunteer snack bar assistants.
Works with the U.S. Forest Service to plan trail maintenance projects in the Glacier Peaks Wilderness. Responsible for leading Holden's trail crew on projects maintaining equipment. Occasional overnight trips will be required for more remote destinations. Must be physically able to hike long distances and carry up to 50 pounds. Experience with cross saws and chainsaws a plus.
Positions Open Now: Long-Term Volunteers
Cook, Head (multiple positions) OPEN NOW
During scheduled shifts, a Head Cook is responsible for the safe and sanitary preparation of meals, including coordination of tasks for kitchen volunteers. Of course, this position includes baking Holden bread and providing ideas for unique culinary creations. Cooks work under the supervision of the Food Service Lead and the management team.
Carpenter, Head OPEN NOW
Responsible for all carpentry projects in the village. Works closely with the Buildings 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.
Chief Fire Fighter OPEN NOW
Provides ongoing continuity and improvements to Holden Village Fire Program. Trains and mentors Fire System Technician and Brigade members. Maintains fire equipment in ready status in several locations. Provides technical advice and counsel to key staff, Managers, and Directors on pertinent codes and standards. Provides community fire training through dynamic classes, evaluation, and coaching. Facilitates the annual testing and inspection of fixed fire systems and walk-through fire and safety inspections. Coordinates and leads work parties. Works on other fire projects as assigned by supervising manager or director. Prior fire service experience required
Electrical Apprentice OPEN NOW
Responsible for assisting the Electrical Lead with the maintenance, repair, and operation of our electrical systems including hydro generation, power distribution systems, all building service and wiring plus some low voltage wiring.
Fire System Technician Open March 2017
Responsible for the provision and maintenance of the Village fire detection, alarm, sprinkler, suppression systems, and hose houses. Makes monthly rounds through all buildings checking fire system status and alerting supervisor of hazards. Utilizes power point software to present fire safety and response curricula. Works under the training and mentorship of Chief Firefighter. Will become a member of the fire brigade, and must have the ability to act calmly and rationally in emergency situations. Basic knowledge of fire-fighting, plumbing, and electrical systems is helpful.
Laundry Head Open April 2017
Responsible for maintaining a clean and sanitary laundry. Daily tasks include washing, drying, and folding, as well as occasional sewing of all village linens. Supervises a small staff and must be self-motivated, organized and efficient.
Painter, Head Open April 2017
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.
Trails Program Head Open Spring 2017
Responsible for overseeing Holden's trail crew that contracts trail work in the area each year with the United States Forest Service. Oversees the trail crew in the filed, sometimes for days at a time. Must organize the work, and document work completed. Needed skills include backcountry travel and safety, advanced first aid training, knowledge of trail work, tools, and tool safety. Must be proficient at organization and have good people skills.
Water Works Apprentice OPEN NOW
Responsible for assisting the Water Works Lead with the maintenance, repair, and operation of our public water system, waste water system, and major heating systems. Works closely with the Operations Manager and electrician. Some previous utility experience useful, but not required. Helpful experience may include a background in government regulation, computers, engineering, math, and science.
Positions Open Now: Employees
Washington State Licensed Electrician required. Responsible for all things electrical including hydro generation (on-site training provided), power distribution system, all building service and wiring, low voltage wiring. Oversees an electrical apprentice. 2+ year commitment.
Water Works Lead
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. Once here, must be willing to acquire Washington State DOH WTPO-1 and WDM-1 waterworks licenses. Oversees a water works apprentice. 2+ year commitment.