If you have a week or more to spend at Holden, a short-term volunteer position is for you! On this page, you can find our seasonal volunteer and short-term volunteer opportunities for the summer of 2021! *Please note that all positions below are contingent on pandemic conditions and medical guidance.*
Looking for a summer job or an extended time away? Holden has a variety of seasonal positions available during the summer. These positions include a volunteer stipend in addition to free room and board.
We do not want travel expenses to prohibit you from joining Holden Village staff. Please contact us to access our limited travel assistance funds.
We have short-term positions open year-round. Apply now!
Questions about volunteering? Contact Staffing.
Short-Term Volunteer Positions
Backup Medic- 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. Seeking commitments from two weeks to one year.
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.
Lawns & Gardens Assistant- Lawns & Gardens Assistant works under the supervision of the Lawns Head and the Gardens Head. Plants flowers, mows and waters lawns, weeds flower beds, and rakes the Village grounds. Work involves moving around the Village, lifting, bending to tend to flower beds, and some early mornings to help water.
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.
Medic- 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. Seeking commitments from two weeks to one year.
Operations Floater- Holden Village is seeking a volunteer to join our Operations Team as an Operations Floater specializing in repairs and/or electrician work. We are looking for individuals with anywhere from one month to one year availability. Qualifications include experience working in repairs and/or a Washington State Journey Level Electrician License.
Store Assistant- The Store Assistant helps the Holden Store Lead by restocking merchandise, cleaning, and running the cash register & cash handling. Must be hospitable and able to work with money accurately and enjoy serving guests and staff. Comfort working on computers is preferred. Knowledge or willingness to learn QuickBooks.
We will begin accepting applications for Summer 2022 in December 2021.
Audio Archive Project- Open Summer 2022 Assists in digitizing Holden's long history of teaching session recordings (currently in tape format) and making them available on the web-based Audio Archive. Must be organized, detail-oriented and willing to working independently. Training provided.
Barista- Open Summer 2022 Prepares and serves espresso drinks; thoroughly cleans work area and equipment; promotes Holden’s mission of hospitality through the cultivation of a fun and inviting atmosphere. This position requires early morning shifts, and likely involves part-time work in another area. The Barista works under the supervision of the Food Services Lead.
Carpenter (year round / multiple positions) works on maintenance, repair, and general construction projects. Is responsible for supervising others using woodworking equipment, as well as general organization and cleaning of the shop.
Fire System Technician (year round) primary job tasks relate to maintenance of Village fire detection, alarm, sprinkler systems, portable extinguishers and brigade equipment. Must be able to work independently with good problem solving and decision making skills. Basic knowledge of fire-fighting, plumbing, and electrical systems helpful.
Heavy Equipment Operator (year round) Responsible for the safe and appropriate operation of heavy equipment. Heavy equipment may include: trucks, dozers, graders, forklifts, telebooms, crane trucks, back hoes, and other equipment. Previous equipment operation experience required. CDL preferred. In the winter this position will be responsible for the snow removal of 11 mile mountainous road to Holden Village and within the village itself. Short-term applicants considered.
Hike Haus Assistant- Open Summer 2022 The Hike Haus Assistant provides information on hiking and trails, assists hikers in checking out equipment, monitors equipment and trail use, and plans & leads structured hikes and programs. Holden trail experience and first-aid and/or wilderness training preferred.
Housekeeping Services Assistant-Accepting Applications Year Round 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.
IT Assistant- Accepting Applications Year Round The IT assistant will work closely with the IT lead to provide user support, basic hardware maintenance, and assistance with routine network operations. They will be responsible for ensuring timely resolution of user support issues, as well as helping to maintain and improve inventory and infrastructure documentation. Experience providing IT help in a customer facing environment is desired.
Kitchen Assistant- Accepting Applications Year Round 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.
Lawns & Gardens Assistant- Accepting Applications for June-October 2021 Lawns & Gardens Assistant works under the supervision of the Lawns Head and the Gardens Head. Plants flowers, mows and waters lawns, weeds flower beds, and rakes the Village grounds. Work involves moving around the Village, lifting, bending to tend to flower beds, and some early mornings to help water.
Maverick-Accepting Applications for June-October 2021 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.
Media Ministry Assistant - Accepting Applications for Late September 2021 Works under the supervision of the Media Ministry/Library and Program Lead. Operates audio-visual equipment during worship, teaching sessions and other Village events; records and edits teaching sessions and assists in other duties as assigned. Knowledge of computers and audio-visual equipment is preferred but not necessary.
Middle/High School Assistant- Open Summer 2022 The Middle/High School Assistant works with youth ages 12 to 17. Assists in planning and implementing activities, including programming, worship, hikes, dances, scavenger hunt, etc. Requires creativity, patience, and ability to connect with teens. Three week minimum commitment required.
Narnia Assistant- Open Summer 2022 Narnia Assistants work with youth ages 4 to 11. Assists in planning and implementing activities, including arts and crafts, outdoor sessions and hikes. Requires imagination, patience, and love for children as well as the ability to lift 50 pounds. Experience song leading, education/teaching experience and First Aid/CPR preferred. Three week minimum commitment required.
Painter (year round / multiple positions) assists in painting buildings (interior and exterior), steps, furniture, etc. Experience using a sprayer is desirable but not required. Requires a good comfort level with ladders and height.
Plumber (year round) works with the Waterworks Lead and Head Repair Associate maintaining the village water system and repairing leaks in faucets and toilets.
Pool Hall Assistant- Open Summer 2022 The Pool Hall Assistant helps in operating the Holden Village Pool Hall as a welcoming, central gathering place of hospitality during the summer months. As scheduled by the Pool Hall Head, staff the concession stand with popcorn and candy, complete cleaning tasks and train adults in how to set pins safely.
Porch Project Volunteers- Open Summer 2022 Beginning Summer 2021, Holden is beginning to restore the historical porches on lodges and chalets. Porch project volunteers should have some experience with carpentry or log work. Reach out to staffing with questions. We are accepting applications for between June 1st, 2021 and August 31st, 2021.
Potter Assistant- Open Summer 2022 The Potter Assistant works with the Potter to keep a well-maintained pottery studio that is welcoming and inviting. Knowledge and experience working with wheel throwing, hand building, and glazes preferred. Comfort in working with a wide variety of people, skills, ages, and abilities. May assist in the Art Studios.
Repair Associate (year round) works with the Head Repair Associate. Replaces and/or maintains Village appliances, fixtures, and small machines. Requires general mechanical and electrical experience.
Snack Bar Assistant- Open Summer 2022 Snack Bar Assistants assist the Snack Bar Head in the daily operation of the Holden Village Snack Bar, a central gathering place during the summer months. Assistants responsibilities include: scooping ice cream; maintaining sanitation and safety; cultivating an atmosphere that promotes fun, grace, humor and welcome; working with a constantly changing pool of volunteers. An interest in working with youth is an asset for this role. The Snack Bar Assistants work under the supervision of the Snack Bar Head and Food Services Lead.
Trails Crew- Open Summer 2022 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.
Art Studio Assistant- Open Summer 2022 Art Studio Assistants assist the Art Studio Coordinator in welcoming, planning and teaching a variety of art classes. Duties include teaching, organizing, and cleaning. Must be willing to try new things and assist as needed. Helps to maintain the art studios and looms and may assist in the Pottery Studio. The ability to work with people of all ages is essential. Experience in arts & crafts preferred.
Store Assistant- Accepting Applications Year Round The Store Assistant helps the Holden Store Lead by restocking merchandise, cleaning, and running the cash register & cash handling. Must be hospitable and able to work with money accurately and enjoy serving guests and staff. Comfort working on computers is preferred. Knowledge or willingness to learn QuickBooks.
Village Artist (Application Closed) works independently on artistic projects (visual, literary, or performing) for the Village and shares expertise with Villagers as a visiting faculty member. More info here: Village Artists
***Note: If you have special skills in any area of Operations, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with a description of your skills and experience as well as what type of volunteer commitment interests you. The Village may need your help with projects that require experienced workers.
Are you interested in experiencing a full summer season at Holden? Seasonal volunteers serve for 3 or more months during Holden's summer season and receive a stipend in addition to room and board.
We will start accepting applications for summer 2022 in December 2021. Interested in learning more about our seasonal roles? Email email@example.com!
Lawns and Gardens Head - Open Summer 2022 Provide for the natural and landscaped environment of the village by ensuring the growth, maintenance and health of the lawns, gardens, and flowers. Requires general knowledge of plant propagation, landscaping, lawn care, gardening and safe & appropriate tool use. Responsibilities include watering, mowing, weeding, seeding, and feeding the village lawns as needed. Planting, watering, and nurturing flowers in the village planters. Planting, maintaining, and improving the many village flowerbeds and gardens. Setup, planting and maintaining the village cold frames. Repair of lawns, gardens, and paths as needed. Work with Garbologist for deploying compost as needed. Ensure that appropriate tools and materials are on hand to carry out position objective. Keep the lawns and gardens shed clean and orderly. Oversees staff that are assigned to the Lawns and Gardens team.
Middle/High School Head - Open Summer 2022 Works with youth ages 12 to 17 and oversees Middle/High School assistants. They will work with the assistants to plan and implement activities, including programming, hikes, dances, scavenger hunt, etc. Requires creativity, patience, and ability to connect with teens. A three month commitment is required.
Narnia Head- Open Summer 2022 The Narnia Head is responsible for operational planning, implementation, and coordination of the Village’s Narnia program, ages 4-11, under the direction of the Youth Program Coordinator and the Program Lead. This position oversees and coordinates Narnia Assistants in ways that to meet the educational and curricular goals of the Narnia program, and acts as “room head”. This positions requires: imagination, patience, responsibility, concern for safety, a love for children, an understanding of youth education, and ability to think on one’s feet, organizational skills, the ability to life 50 pounds, Preferred experience includes: First Aid/CPR certification (or willingness to obtain before start of position’s term), and Youth Mental Health First Aid certification (or willingness to obtain before start of position’s term), song leading and musical education modalities, education/teaching experience with youth ages 4 through 11. A three month commitment and a Washington State Food Workers Card are also required.
Naturalist - Open Summer 2022 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. Commitment May-September preferred.
Registrar - Open Summer 2022 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. Commitment May-September preferred.
Seasonal Cabin Head- Open Summer 2022 Responsible for creating a welcoming and friendly environment at the Cabin that promotes opportunities for Villagers to engage the outdoors. The Cabin holds all of Holden's outdoor gear available for checkout, and is an educational space about our local trails. The Summer Cabin Head oversees the Cabin, its equipment, and its short-term volunteer staff. In partnership with the Naturalist and Program Team, the Summer Cabin Head will lead outdoor educational programming from the 10 Essentials, to Leave No Trace Principles, to Backpacking Basics to other areas of interest/expertise. A desire to learn and to share those learnings is required. Commitment May-September.
Seasonal Cook (multiple positions) - Open Summer 2022 During scheduled shifts, a Seasonal 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 guests and staff alike through general upkeep and personal interaction. This position can be physically demanding, with multiple hours spent on your feet and the necessity of carrying things up and down stairs. Seasonal Cooks work under the supervision of the Food Service Lead. A three month commitment and Washington Food Worker Card required. (Commitment May-September)
Seasonal Services Associate- Open Summer 2022 Under the supervision of the Housekeeping Services Lead (HSL), the Service 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 GSL 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 GSL 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. (Commitment May-September)
Snack Bar Head - Open Summer 2022 Operates the Snack Bar, promoting and supporting it's welcoming role as a central Village gathering place during the summer months. Responsibilities of this role include: safe and sanitary operation; maintaining organization; coordination of both short-term volunteers and volunteers from the guest population; timely and regular communication with the Food Service Lead concerning ordering needs and general operation; cultivation of an atmosphere that promotes fun, grace, humor and welcome. An interest in working with youth is an asset for the role. The Snack Bar Head works under the supervision of the Food Services Lead. A three month commitment and Washington Food Worker Card required.
Youth Program Coordinator – Open Summer 2022 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). 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). Commitment May-September 2022 preferred.
Trail Crew Coordinator - Open Summer 2022 Works with the U.S. Forest Service to plan trail maintenance projects in the Glacier Peaks Wilderness. Responsible for leading Holden's trail crew on projects maintaining equipment. Occasional overnight trips will be required for more remote destinations. Must be physically able to hike long distances and carry up to 50 pounds. Up to date Wilderness First Response certification preferred. Experience with cross saws and chainsaws a plus. Experience with trail maintenance required. Commitment from May-October 2022
Pool Hall Head - Application Closed Operates the Holden Village Pool Hall as a welcoming, central gathering place of hospitality during the summer months. Oversees assistants and maintains the concession stand, pool tables and bowling alley. Must enjoy working with people of all ages, willingness to plan activities for diverse age groups and work with a constantly changing team of volunteers. A three month commitment and Washington Food Worker Card required.
DOWNLAKE POSITIONS: JULY-SEPTEMBER
Are you interested in a new Holden volunteer opportunity? Have you always wanted to explore the Lake Chelan area, but never had time on your way to and from the Village? Would like to park your camper next to Lake Chelan’s clear, sparkling waters at Fields Point Landing, near the remote wilderness of the North Cascades and the friendly small town of Chelan?
If so, apply to become Field Point Hosts!
In exchange for free camping, you would assist the Head of Facilities & Operations at Fields Point. Your job responsibilities would include: Running concessions 4 days a week, 7:30am – 1:30pm, greeting visitors, selling parking passes and other sundry items; Cleaning bathrooms, plaza & display area and collecting trash; Monitoring day-use activity on Saturdays & Sundays; Locking the Fields Point gate at 9:00 PM.
Besides free camping, you would have 3 days off each week to explore this stunning area! Adventures await! The host campsite at Fields Point accommodates a 26-28 foot travel trailer and has water & power hook-ups. WiFi available in the concessions office. Minimum 2 week commitment. July – Labor Day. Please contact Staffing@HoldenVillage.org if interested.
For information about our Disclosure & Authorization form, used to background check all seasonal volunteers and some short-term volunteers, click here.