Long-Term Volunteers

Staff members 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!

 Long-term staff members apply for various reasons. In giving of their time, skills and energy, many receive much more than they expected in return. If you were to take a poll of past and present long-term staff, many would describe Holden as a place that fosters deep relationships with those around you, a place where you might gain surprising new skills (like knitting or learning to drive a bus!), a place where creative exploration is encouraged, and a place where daily worship and meals unite the community in shared experience. 

Please read the "Interested in Volunteering" packet for information about benefits and expectations before applying. Also review the "Thinking of Bringing Your Family" packet if your family plans to join you in volunteering. If you have any more questions about volunteering at Holden Village, please contact staffing.



Administrative Assistant - Filled  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, health, program and organizational matters. Must be proficient in MS Office Applications, such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc. Working knowledge of Quickbooks is desirable.

Art Studio Coordinator - Open February 2018 Creates an atmosphere in Holden’s Art Studio that is welcoming and encourages guests and staff to explore their creativity. Orders and organizes art materials, and teaches/assists with a wide range of craft projects. Arts include weaving on a variety of looms making pine needle and other baskets, knitting/crocheting and all things “artsy."   Must be eager to learn new things and unafraid of teaching with little to no experience. Must enjoy working with people on a one-to-one basis in an active environment. Experience weaving, warping, knitting and sewing is a perk but not required. Supervises arts area volunteers and provides arts classes on an “as needed” basis, as Village needs vary from season to season.

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 - Filled   Administers the Raiser’s Edge database. Maintains accurate donor records, thanking and corresponding with contributors and companies making matching gifts. Works with and provides reports to the Development Coordinator.  Good computer and communication skills are needed.

Cook, Head - 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.

Database Administrator - Filled   Develops and oversees integrity of Holden databases. Assists in the conversion from MS Access to SQL. Continues the implementation of Raiser’s Edge. Must have 3 years of SQL experience. 2 years IT operation with a strong understanding of database structures, theories, principles, and practices required. Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge would be an asset.

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 NOW Supervises the program team as they locate and invite teaching staff, plan activities for the Village and post a weekly schedule of events.   Excellent organizational skills, creativity and enthusiasm are required.  The program coordinator writes many e-mails to plan ahead for quality programs and instructors.  Job responsibilities include providing a warm welcome and orientation for the teaching staff when they arrive in the Village.

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 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 September 2017 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 - Filled   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 October 2017  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.

Holden Store Coordinator - Open August 2017 Responsible for maintaining the ministry of the Holden Store through careful and responsible ordering of books, greeting cards, clothing, gift items and sundries. Must have strong organizational skills, ability to lead and supervise staff, a theological and biblical perspective, and a vision of Holden Village that can be exhibited through store items.

Housekeeper, Head - Open January 2018 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.

Housekeeper, Vice - Filled   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 staff.

IT Associate - OPEN NOW Assists IT Coordinator. Maintains all computer and networking equipment. Previous experience troubleshooting & maintaining computer hardware and software, as well as the ability to work with and teach others required. Experience should include database management, specifically using MS Access and network management. Ability to work independently desired.

Laundry Head - Open September 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.

Librarian (1/2 time) - Filled  Responsible for maintaining the Holden Library, including its database and its collection of news sources and recent magazines. Cultivates welcoming atmosphere that encourages Villagers to use library resources. Coordinates with program staff to both host library events and support Village events. Must be organized and able to track library inventory and keep purchases within a budget.

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.  

Maverick, Vice - OPEN NOW  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 NOW  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 - Filled  Responsible for organizing the medical care of the village staff and guests.  Provides basic medical care on a daily basis, works with the village IC and First Responder team in medical emergencies, organizes the aid station, and works with our offsite medical director as needed.  Must have at a minimum a Wilderness First Responder certification.  Higher levels of medical certification highly desireable.  

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 paiting 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) - Filled   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 NOW  Keeps a well-maintained pottery studio that is welcoming to guests and staff. Provides formal and informal instruction, and offers a visible artistic presence by creating pieces for Village use and as merchandise for the bookstore.  Must have experience with wheel throwing and hand building as well as both gas and electric kilns.

Registrar - OPEN NOW   Responsible for all correspondence with persons seeking to stay at Holden Village. Arranges all reservations 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. Welcomes all arriving guests and staff. A helpful and friendly attitude of hospitality and the ability to keep cool under pressure are required for this position.

Registrar, Assistant (1/2 time) - OPEN NOW Assists the Registrar with registration tasks (see Registrar description above). A helpful and friendly attitude of hospitality and the ability to keep cool under pressure are required for this position.

Repair Associate, Head - Open January 2018 Responsible for the maintenance and repair of all village appliances and miscellaneous builidng repairs.  Works closely with the village electrician and waterworks lead as neeeded.  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.   

Staff Coordinator - Open January 2018 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.

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.

Worship Assistant/Musician - Open September 2017 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 2017 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.

Contact staffing if you have questions about being on long-term staff or want to know more about positions listed here.