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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. 

Housekeeping Services Assistant- 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- 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-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- 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. 

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Long-Term Volunteers

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Backup Medic – OPEN UNTIL FILLED 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.

Electrician – OPEN UNTIL FILLED  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 – Accepting Applications (Rolling Start Date) 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.

Head Driver  OPEN UNTIL FILLED 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 - OPEN UNTIL FILLED 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 – OPEN UNTIL FILLED 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 – OPEN UNTIL FILLED 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. 

Communications & Development Coordinator- OPEN UNTIL FILLED Holden Village is hiring two Communications & Development Coordinators with complementing areas of expertise in two or more of the following areas: copywriting and content creation, social media management, photography, videography, website content management, podcast production and graphic design. The Communications & Development Coordinator helps conceptualize, write and design Holden Village publications and online communications in a creative and visually exciting presentation that informs readers, in word, picture, and audio, about activities and opportunities to experience and live into the mission, vision and values of the Village. The full job description is linked here

Donor Relations & Database Coordinator- OPEN UNTIL FILLED The Donor Relations & Database Coordinator helps promote Holden Village’s mission, vision, and values through engagement with current and prospective donors and the extended Holden community. This position is the backbone support for building relationships with the wider Holden community and is responsible for all gift recording, maintaining accurate constituent records, and thanking and corresponding with individuals using a CRM database. They engage people and organizations through donor communications, the annual online auction, and other outreach events. Full job description here

Registrar -  OPEN UNTIL FILLED Responsible for all correspondence with individuals and groups seeking to stay at Holden Village. Welcomes all arriving guests and staff. Arranges all reservations and special needs for guests, assigns housing for both guests and staff (with the Housing Committee), and coordinates arrivals and departures of all persons (approximately 6,000 per year). Keeps detailed files of guest registrations, money paid, dates requested and number in each party. A helpful and friendly attitude of hospitality and the ability to keep cool under pressure are required for this position. Computer skills are required, and experience with Maestro is a plus.

Fire System Technician  OPEN UNTIL FILLED 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 the Fire Brigade Chief.  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. 

Procurement Coordinator - Accepting Applications (Start Date November 2021) Orders all items for the Village. Must have very strong communication (both written and oral) and organizational skills as this position requires communicating frequently with vendors and with other Village staff members. Also assists the Accountant with some bookkeeping tasks. Must have good attention to detail and comfort working with numbers and vendors.

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Employees

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Administrative Lead- OPEN UNTIL FILLED 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 -OPEN UNTIL FILLED 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.

Program Manager - OPEN UNTIL FILLED  Collaborates with the directors and other managers to carry out the mission and Strategic Plan of Holden Village by visioning and implementing the seasonal program arc. Actively works with regional community partners to enhance and support a sustainable Village life. Responsibilities include personnel management, partnership building and sustaining, systems creation and flow, and program development and evaluation. Supervises and coordinates the Program Team which includes all educational programs from visiting teaching faculty to in-village naturalist, arts, and youth program. The objective of this position is to manage the Village's shared community life in a manner that supports formation and capacity building aligned with Justice, Equity, and Diversity and Inclusion.  Because Holden Village operates almost entirely through the efforts of volunteers, the Program Manager must be skilled in working with and supporting people who come with a variety of skill levels for varying lengths of time.  A minimum two-year commitment is required for this position.

Program Lead - OPEN UNTIL FILLED  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 - OPEN UNTIL FILLED  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 - OPEN UNTIL FILLED  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 - OPEN UNTIL FILLED 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.

Mechanic Lead-OPEN UNTIL FILLED 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.

Director for Data & Technology- OPEN UNTIL FILLED The Director for Data & Technology leads the planning, design, implementation, and maintenance of technology and related processes, with a focus on leveraging technology to transform and improve how Holden Village serves its guests, donors, and community through efficient business operations. They will work closely with managers and directors to guide strategy, policy, and process decisions, while helping Holden to maintain secure and effective technology operations. They will work closely with vendors and external stakeholders to implement software and process improvements in service of ongoing infrastructure upgrade projects. Previous technology management experience is required, with an emphasis on project management and policy implementation. This is a full-time position open to a balance of time spent in and out of the Village. Minimum commitment 3 years. Full job description is linked here. Interested in applying? Submit your resume and cover letter to staffing@holdenvillage.org!

Operations Manager - Accepting Applications (Open Spring 2022) The Operations Manager is responsible for supervising the maintenance and care of Holden Village’s infrastructure in accordance with the mission of Holden Village. Holden Village is a place of welcome on the edge of the wilderness; the Operations Manager must be able to create a safe, positive environment for staff volunteers who come to work in this setting. Because Holden Village operates almost entirely through the efforts of volunteers, the Operations Manager must be skilled in working with people who come with a variety of skill levels for varying lengths of time. Maintenance, transportation, construction and safety are accomplished by managing the following departments: Carpentry, Electrical, Fire Brigade, Garbology, Lawns/Gardens, Logging, Mavericks, Mechanical, Painting, Plumbing, Utilities, and Operational Purchasing. The Operations Manager also plays a significant role in budget development, regulatory compliance, and contractor management. A minimum two-year commitment is required for this position.

Risk and Safety Lead - OPEN UNTIL FILLED A full-time risk management and safety job in a remote, North Cascades village accessible only by foot or by boat - a unique professional opportunity to shape this newly-created role! We are seeking candidates with a desire to live full-time in Holden Village, and help us generate strategy and momentum for widespread risk management systems and culture in the village for staff and guests alike. This role will be responsible for establishing goals and metrics, and coordinating training to aid the village with all aspects of safety including occupational, recreation/wilderness travel, transportation, hazardous materials, medical safety mental health and fire safety. Safety in the village is not driven just by policy, but also by training and culture, and this new role will be a leader and role model for elements such as sharing learning from incidents and near-misses. Formal training in safety management is preferred, but anyone with leadership experience, critical thinking, and training expertise is welcome to apply for this role. This is a rare opportunity to live in a unique and fantastic part of the world, and to create your own full-time dream job in risk management.


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