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. Thinking of bringing your whole family? Holden provides unique opportunities for families too!


Questions? Contact Staffing.


Administrative Assistant - Open April 2019  Assists the directors and business manager in presenting and maintaining a hospitable, organized, welcoming presence within and outside the Village.  Performs both technical and clerical tasks in the course of the job. Maintains confidentiality regarding sensitive personnel, program and organizational matters. Must be proficient in MS Office Applications, such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.

Art Studio Coordinator - Open August 2019  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.

Carpenter, Head - OPEN NOW  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. 

Contributions Administrator - Open June 2019  Maintains accurate donor records, thanking and corresponding with contributors and companies making matching gifts using the Raisers Edge database. Works with and provides reports to the Development Director.  Good computer and communication skills are needed.

Cook, Head (multiple positions) Open June 2019  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 (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 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 Service Lead. Washington Food Worker Card required.

Driver, Head  Filled   Responsible for driver training, oversight, and coordination of the transportation system.  Must have a Washington State CDL (Commercial Driver's License) type A or B.  Must be good at logistics, detail oriented, and have a very strong safety ethic.

Education and Program Associate  Open October 2019  Assists the Education and Program Lead and helps plan and implement activities for the Village and posts a weekly schedule of events.   Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, attention to detail, creativity and enthusiasm are required as well as being able to lift 50 pounds.  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, Hike Haus, etc.) and communication with the community.

Electrical Apprentice  Filled   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 Brigade Chief OPEN NOW   Responsible for the daily operations of Holden’s Fire Program with the help of Fire Marshal and Fire Systems Technician who improve and maintain fixed fire systems.  Ensures community and Fire Brigade are response ready for structure fires through dynamic classes, evaluation, and coaching.  Improves compliance with NFPA 600, Facilities Fire Brigade through planning and implementation.  Assists Safety Administrator with staff training and creating safe work environment.  Prior fire service experience required.

Fire System Technician  OPEN NOW  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.   

Garbologist – Open June 2019  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.

Graphic Designer  OPEN NOW   Responsible for conceptualization and design of solutions from concept to completion. Must be a highly visual designer that has the ability to communicate information in both word and image. Position is directly responsible for the overall design and illustrative visuals for use in our publications and on-line communications. Serves as principle coordinator for graphic publication production while managing to a prescribed budget. Works collaboratively with the Communications Coordinator and/or contributing writers to realize a final product. The ideal candidate will also have the ability to prepare design for print production. Also responsible for managing the publication process from concept through production and delivery, including photography, separations, 4-color press work and digital production. Proficiency with InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop a must. Education required: BFA in Graphic Design preferred or an equivalent of education plus experience. Desired skills and experience includes: five or more years of graphic arts and publications experience with proven project management skills; strong working knowledge of printing, publishing and/or graphic art procedures and related computer software; experience in managing to a budget and the ability to work with a variety of projects and vendors. Please include in your application a portfolio of work for this admittedly unique and remote position.  

Heavy Equipment Operator - Open August 2019  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.

Housekeeper, Head - OPEN NOW Self-starter who can create a vision of hospitality throughout the Village.  Keeps public spaces clean and orderly.  Cleans guest rooms and program facilities.  Manages and organizes housekeeping supplies and supervises the housekeeping staff.  The job requires some lifting and carrying, and the ability spend 6 hours a day on your feet. Good physical condition preferred. 

Housekeeper, Vice  Open August 2019  Works in partnership with the Head Housekeeper to create a vision of hospitality throughout the Village.  Keeps public spaces clean and orderly.  Cleans guest rooms and program facilities.  Manages and organizes housekeeping supplies and supervises the housekeeping assistants. The job requires some lifting and carrying, and the ability spend 6 hours a day on your feet. Good physical condition preferred. 

Laundry Head - Open November 2019  Responsible for maintaining a clean and sanitary laundry. Daily tasks include washing, drying, and folding, as well as occasional linen repairs and managing the cloth diaper service. Supervises a wide variety of volunteers.  This person is physically fit, comfortable working independently, self-motivated, organized, efficient and willing to problem solve.

Librarian/Media Ministry - Open June 2019 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.

Maverick, Head - Open October 2019  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.  

Maverick, Vice - Open August 2019  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. 

Mechanic's Apprentice - Open August 2019   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.

Medic - Open September 2019  Responsible for providing the basic medical care of the village staff and guests.  Works with the village IC 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. 

Naturalist - Open August 2019  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 Hike Haus/Cabin, 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. 

Painter, Head - OPEN NOW   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.

Posti (1/2 time) - Open June 2019   Manages the post office duties in the Village. Collects, sorts, bundles and bags the outgoing mail. Sells postage, sorts and handles the incoming mail. Orders stamps and other mail supplies. This is a half-time position.

Potter - Open December 2019  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.

Procurement Coordinator - Open July 2019 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.

Registrar - Open June 2019   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.

Repair Associate, Head - OPEN NOW   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.   

School Teacher - Filled  The Holden School Teacher applies directly through the Lake Chelan School District.

Staff Coordinator  Open July 2019  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.

Waterworks Apprentice  OPEN NOW   Responsible for assisting the Waterworks 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 Electrical Lead. Some previous utility experience useful, but not required. Helpful experience may include a background in government regulation, computers, engineering, math, and science.

Worship Assistant/Musician  Filled  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. Excellence in music performance is required. Keyboard proficiency is preferred.

Writer/Editor - Open September 2019  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.

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