Long-Term Volunteers

Volunteer in the Kitchen

Long-Term Volunteers form the heart of Holden’s community and share the gift of hospitality with all who come into the wilderness. Holden could not operate without long-term volunteers, and we hope you will consider joining us!

Giving of their time, skills and energy, long-term volunteers participate in an intentional community that fosters deep relationships between fellow volunteers and staff. Plus, volunteers have the opportunity to gain surprising new skills. Interested in knitting, learning to drive a bus, or becoming a wilderness first responder? Holden is a place where creative exploration is encouraged and community members are excited to share their skills. Holden provides unique opportunities for families too! Contact staffing@holdenvillage.org for more information.

Interested in Volunteering? Apply Info for Families

We do not want travel expenses to prohibit you from joining Holden Village staff. Please contact us to access our limited travel assistance funds.


Backup Medic – Accepting Applications (Start date immediate)                                                                                          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 – Accepting Applications (Start Date Immediate)                                                                                                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 Dates)
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 - Accepting Applications (Start Date Immediate) 
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 –Accepting Applications (Start Date Immediate) 
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 - Accepting Applications (Start Date Immediate) 
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  Accepting Applications (Start Date Immediate) 
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 - Accepting Applications (Start Date Immediate) 
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 – Accepting Applications (Start Date Immediate)                                                                                             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 – Accepting Applications (Start Date Immediate)                                                                                                      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. 

Worship Assistant  Accepting Applications (Start Date August 2021)
Works with the pastor in leading the worship life of the Village and planning daily worship services. Seeks out and gathers the musical gifts of community members. Experience in leading worship and musical accompanying (particularly keyboard skills) is preferred. 

Art Studio Coordinator - Accepting Applications (Start Date October 2021) 
Creates an atmosphere in the Art Studios that is welcoming while encouraging all to explore their creativity.  Duties include warping, maintaining, and troubleshooting a variety of looms, keeping art studios clean and organized, supervising volunteers, and providing a variety of arts and crafts classes.  Must be eager to learn new things and confident teaching a subject with little or no experience.  Must enjoy working with a wide variety of people of different ages, from children through adults, on a one-to-one or group basis in an active environment.  Experience weaving, warping and maintaining looms preferred or willingness to learn.  Experience knitting, sewing, painting, drawing, printmaking, bookbinding, jewelry, basket making, tie dying, inkle weaving, to name a few, are ideal but not required.

Housekeeping Services Associate- Accepting Applications (Start Date September 2021) Under the supervision of the Services Lead, the Services Associates assist in leading both housekeeping and laundry services.  This role is cross-trained in both housekeeping and laundry.  The Associate works together with the Services Lead to ensure public spaces are properly and regularly cleaned and maintained, Village linens and other textiles are laundered, and the Village maintains a tidy and pleasing aesthetic for all Villagers to enjoy.  The Associates partner with the Services Lead in upholding the belief that proper maintenance of physical space is an important way of demonstrating care towards and welcome to its inhabitants.  This role supervises short-term volunteers that assist in housekeeping, laundry, or both.

Fire System Technician  Accepting Applications (Start Date October 2021) 
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. 

Librarian/Media Ministry - Accepting Applications (Start Date September 2021) 
Responsible for maintaining the Holden Library and for the Village’s sound and recording needs. Maintenance of the library includes its database and collection of news sources and magazines. Media Ministry duties include recording teaching sessions, worship and special events as well as the Holden Village Podcast with teaching faculty, troubleshooting and operating audiovisual equipment, and supervising short-term Media Ministry Assistants. Coordinates with education & program team to host library events, provide audio for special events and support other Village needs. Must be organized, able to track inventory, keep purchases within a budget and coordinate work for assistants during the busy summer teaching schedule.  Works under the supervision of the Education & Program Lead.

Registrar -  Accepting Applications (Start Date September 2021) 
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.

Staff Coordinator  Accepting Applications (Start Date July 2021) 
Responsible for providing adequate staff personnel in all work areas throughout the year. Corresponds with all inquiries and applicants. Screens and selects persons appropriate for the variety of volunteer positions needed at Holden Village. Important responsibilities include: recruitment, making work assignments, overall coordination of all volunteers, orientation and assistance in integrating volunteers into the Village community. Should have team building resources, organizational skills for good record keeping and correspondence skills.

Procurement Coordinator - Accepting Applications (Start Date September 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.

HR Coordinator– Accepting Applications (Start Date July 2021)
The HR Coordinator works together with the Staff Coordinator and HR Manager to provide total HR support to people processes at Holden Village - uplake and downlake. Specifically the HR Assistant is responsible for benefit plan administration and answering staffs' questions about pay and benefits and other HR practices and processes, staff recruitment and orientation, and Village-wide staff training and development. Assists in administering HR and Village processes and legal compliance related to volunteer and employee staff management. Requires financial, administrative and strong interpersonal skills. Should have excellence in oral and written communication, as well as meticulous attention to detail and the maturity to appropriately handle sensitive and confidential information in an isolated location. HR education and/or experience preferred.

Writer/Editor - Application Closed                    
Works with the communications team and the Executive Directors to provide written communication to Holden's constituency via the Village Voice and the BeHolden newsletter, coordinate printing and mailing of solicitation appeals, manage website content, and assist with public relations and advertising efforts. Must be able to work both independently and in collaboration to meet deadlines. Must have good computer, writing, and editing skills and an ability to learn how to manage the website. Must also be able to creatively communicate Holden's mission and needs to the wider Holden community.

Utilities Assistant – Application Closed
Responsible for assisting the Utilities Lead with the maintenance, repair, and operation of our public water system, waste water system, and major heating systems. Also assists with the 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. Some previous utility experience useful, but not required. Helpful experience may include a background in government regulation, computers, engineering, math, and science.

Communications & Development Coordinator- Filled  
Helps promote Holden Village’s mission, vision, and core values through publications and digital media, and manages donor relations and database management for the Village. Helps implement defined communications and marketing strategies for all aspects Holden Village. Audiences include guests, staff, donors and the general public. Maintains accurate donor records, thanking and corresponding with contributors using a CRM database. Helps create communications, and coordinate printing and mailing to the constituency. Maintains confidentiality and ethics standards regarding sensitive donor information. Must be able to work both independently and in collaboration to meet deadlines. Must have good computer, writing, and editing skills and experience working with CRM databases, and social media outlets. This volunteer reports to the Communications & Development Lead. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in relevant fields such as journalism, marketing/communications, nonprofit or database management, or graphic design, and experience working with Adobe software, CRM databases, website design, and social media outlets required.

Heavy Equipment Operator - Filled  
Responsible for the safe and appropriate operation of heavy equipment.  Heavy equipment may include: trucks, dozers, graders, forklifts, crane trucks, back hoes, and other equipment. Snow removal experience a plus.  Previous equipment operation experience required.  CDL preferred. Short term applicants considered.

Medic - Filled  Responsible for providing the basic medical care of the village staff and guests. Reports to HR Manager. Works with the village Incident Command Team and First Response Team in medical emergencies, organizes the aid station and medical records, and works with our offsite medical director as needed.  RN or above is preferred, however we may consider a paramedic in some cases. 

Program Associate  Filled 
Assists the Program Lead in helping to plan and implement activities for the Village. Manages and posts a weekly schedule of events.  Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, attention to detail, creativity and enthusiasm are required as well as profiency with Microsoft 
Suite and Google Suite. Additional responsibilities include providing a warm welcome for guests when they arrive in the Village, assisting in other areas of program as needed (Pool Hall, The Cabin/Hike Haus, etc.) and communication with the community.  

Naturalist - Filled   
Teaches sessions on a variety of topics relating to Holden’s environment (examples include: Mine Remediation, Tree Identification, Holden’s Environmental Ethics, Geology of the North Cascades, etc.) Must be an engaging speaker willing to learn and teach new material and develop sessions according to Village interest. Oversees The Cabin/Hike Haus which includes maintaining and checking out gear, supervising summer assistants, giving hiking advice, and monitoring hiker sign-out sheets.  Knowledge of the Railroad Creek Valley, experience in outdoor adventure and a background in biology/environmental science or a related field required.  Washington Food Worker Card required. 

Potter - Filled 
Keeps a well-maintained pottery studio that is welcoming. Provides formal and informal instruction, and offers a visible artistic presence by creating pieces for Village use and as merchandise for the Holden Store.  Must have experience with wheel throwing, hand building and mixing glazes, as well as both gas and electric kilns.  Works with the Art Studio Coordinator and Arts Enrichment and Outreach Lead to provide programming. 

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

Mechanic's Apprentice Filled  
Works with the Head Mechanic in maintaining Holden's fleet of vehicles. Mechanical knowledge is helpful, experience with air brakes and diesel is a plus.

Youth Program Coordinator – Filled                                                                                                                                     The Youth Program Coordinator is responsible for the development and oversight of Holden Village’s Youth Program for youth aged 0 through 17 (including oversight of summer’s Narnia, Middle/High School, and the Pool Hall).  During the off-peak season, this role is responsible for the thorough planning of the next summer’s youth programming, as well as implementing youth programming appropriate for the non-summer community. This position requires First Aid/CPR certification and Youth Mental Health First Aid certification (or a willingness to obtain before the start of the position’s term).      

School Teacher - This position is hired directly by the Lake Chelan School District.

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