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.


Accounting Clerk- OPEN UNTIL FILLED Reports to Accounting Lead/Bookkeeper and the Business Manager. The accounting clerk will work as part of the business team under the direction of the bookkeeper to support the accounting functions and the maintenance of financial records for Holden Village, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Major functions include but are not limited to preparing invoices and income receipts for accounts receivables, reviewing vendor invoices, processing, and recording accounts payable, processing employee expense reports, reconciling bank accounts, purchasing cards, and cash accounts, and maintaining the physical and digital financial files. Seeking candidates with high initiative and desire to learn, intermediate skills in Quick Books and Microsoft Excel, ability to work independently and as a part of a team, and excellent communication skills. 

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.

Business Team Associate- OPEN UNTIL FILLED Business team associate is someone who can work as needed in multiple areas on the business team – sell merchandise in person and fulfill online orders in the store, sort and distribute mail, welcome guests into the Village at the registration desk and settle accounts at the time of check out, and provide administrative support in finance/accounting such as filing, data entry, and verifying cash counts. 

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. The full job description is linked here

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 workspaces 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 

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 PowerPoint 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. 

Grant Writer- OPEN UNTIL FILLED  This is a part-time stipend position on location at Holden Village. The grant writer oversees the process and production of all materials related to the grant application process from identifying and qualifying prospects, to writing proposals and reports, to collecting data, budgets, and all relevant documents from a variety of departments to submission. This position will coordinate with the Director of Development, executive directors, department managers, finance/business office, development committee, and other stakeholders as necessary. and live into the mission, vision, and values of the Village. The full job description is linked here

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 downstairs. 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 a CDL driver.  Must be good at logistics, be detail-oriented, and have a very strong safety ethic.

Human Resources/Staffing Assistant- OPEN UNTIL FILLED This long-term volunteer position serves as critical support for the Holden HR team. The HR/Staffing Assistant works with the full team to build and maintain partnerships with diverse communities and networks and recruits staff personnel for all work areas throughout the year. This position also assists with basic administrative functions of the staffing office including data entry, updating the website to reflect current and upcoming staffing needs, and processing staff applications. We are seeking an individual with awareness and commitment to growing in the practice of justice: equity, diversity, and inclusion in the community. Ability to relate to persons of all ages, gender, sexual orientation, racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds. This individual should also be detail-oriented with excellent organizational and record-keeping skills. The full job description is linked here

IT Associate- OPEN UNTIL FILLED The IT Associate works under the direction of the IT Lead to perform desktop and audiovisual (AV) support to Holden Staff and Teaching Faculty.  This role functions as the "IT Help Desk", while also coordinating the audio/visual needs for day-to-day use and special events. The IT Associate also will offer instruction, training, and support to Staff on IT and AV equipment; update, organize, and promote Holden’s audio archive so it is accessible to Holden’s constituency and steward the digitizing process of reel to reels into digital files, including the ongoing training of short term volunteers to facilitate this long term project. The full job description is linked here

Media Ministry Head- OPEN UNTIL FILLED The Media Ministry Head facilitates set up, recording, and broadcasting of teaching sessions, edits and prepares recordings for audio archives and podcasts, and provides advice on needs for equipment replacement or repair. Knowledge of skills in the use of recording technology, computers, and sound systems preferred. This role reports to the IT Lead and Business Manager. The Media Ministry Head supervises Media Ministry assistants in the summer months. 

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. 

Program Associate  OPEN UNTIL 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 proficiency 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.  

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.   

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

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.

Potter - Accepting Applications (Start Date December 2021) 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 Program Manager to provide programming. 

Head Painter – Application Closed 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 ladders.

Housekeeping Services Associate- Filled  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.

Carpenter, Head - Filled Responsible for all carpentry projects in the village.  Works closely with the Facilities Lead on maintenance and remodeling 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 –Filled 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, 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 are required.  Be able or learn to operate chainsaws, large trucks. High awareness of and emphasis on safety.  

Librarian/Media Ministry - Filled 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.

Art Studio Coordinator - Filled 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.

Heavy Equipment Operator - Filled  Responsible for the safe and appropriate operation of heavy equipment.  Heavy equipment may include trucks, dozers, graders, forklifts, crane trucks, backhoes, and other equipment. Snow removal experience is 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. 

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. 

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.

Maverick, Vice - Filled 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 are required.  Be able or learn to operate chainsaws and large trucks.  High awareness of and emphasis on safety. 

Worship Assistant  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. Experience in leading worship and musical accompanying (particularly keyboard skills) is preferred. 

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.

For information about our Disclosure & Authorization form, used to background check all long-term volunteers, click here

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