If you have a week or more to spend at Holden, one of the short-term positions may be waiting for you! This summer, applicants who have never been on Holden staff can volunteer for a minimum of two weeks, while those who have served on Holden staff may come for a minimum of one week. Check out the available opportunities below! (Some positions may only be available to volunteers able to give at least three weeks of service due to the nature of the position).
During the winter (October-April), there is less need for short-term volunteers and fewer positions available. Positions available both summer and winter are indicated with a "B." Please read the "Interested in Volunteering" packet for information about benefits and expectations before applying. If you have any more questions about volunteering at Holden Village, please contact Staffing.
Got 2 Weeks? Check out the opportunities below!
Positions in this section are available for volunteers who are interested in serving at Holden Village for at least 2 weeks (and if you've been on staff before, for as little as 1 week!)
ART STUDIO ASSISTANT: Assists the Art Studio Coordinator in planning and teaching a variety of arts classes including print making, basket weaving, tie dyeing, and paper making as well as weaving via floor and Inkle looms. The ability to work with people is essential. Experience preferred. B
HOLDEN STORE ASSISTANT: Restocks merchandise, sells bookstore items, and runs the cash register/computer. Must be hospitable and able to work with numbers/money and enjoy serving guests and staff. May involve part-time work in other areas. B
HIKE HAUS ASSISTANT: Provides information on hiking and trails, and assists hikers in checking out equipment. Monitors equipment and trail use. Plans and leads structured hikes and programs. Holden trails experience and first-aid and/or wilderness training preferred.
HOUSEKEEPING ASSISTANT: Cleans lodges, guest rooms, and program facilities. The job requires some lifting and the ability to move roll-away beds between lodges. Good physical condition preferred. B
LAUNDRY ASSISTANT: Helps the Laundry Head with washing, hanging and folding bedding. Requires lifting and the ability to hang sheets and carry laundry baskets. Members of the laundry team may help out the housekeepers as needed. Good physical condition recommended.
POOL HALL ASSISTANT: Assist 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 fresh snacks and complete cleaning tasks as needed.
SNACK BAR ASSISTANT: Scoops ice cream, cleans the Snack Bar, and creates a fun atmosphere of hospitality. An interest in working with people, especially youth, is important.
LAWNS & GARDENS/TRAILS ASSISTANT (Multiple Positions): Works under the supervision of the L&G Lead and the Trails Coordinator. Plants flowers, mows and waters lawns, weeds flower beds, and rakes the Village grounds. 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. Excellent physical condition is a must.
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. Very good physical condition required. B
Got 3 Weeks? Check out these opportunities!
Positions in this category are available for volunteers who are interested in serving Holden Village for at least three weeks.
BARISTA: Prepares and serves espresso drinks, cleans equipment, and creates a fun and hospitable atmosphere. Work hours are early mornings. Will likely involve part-time work in other areas.
KITCHEN ASSISTANT: Assists Head Cooks and Cook’s Assistants with food preparation as well as food service and helps to keep the kitchen clean and sanitary. This position generally includes dining hall upkeep, coffee making, and hospitality. Good physical condition is required as volunteers spend long periods of time standing. The kitchen is perfect for those who prefer a social environment. B
WAITRI: Creates a welcoming, sanitary and functional Dining Hall environment. Ensures that food and beverages are available by making coffee, stocking food, etc. Cleans Dining Hall prior to and following meals. Assists kitchen staff with simple food preparation. Creates a hospitable atmosphere in the Dining Hall for guests and staff.
MEDIA MINISTRY ASSISTANT: Works under the supervision of the Media Ministry Lead. Operates audio-visual equipment, records teaching sessions, copies cds, types labels, and answers correspondence related to recordings. Knowledge of computers and audio-visual equipment is preferred but not necessary.
MINERS/JR. MINERS ASSISTANT: Works with youth in grades 6 through 12. Assists in planning and implementing activities, including programming, worship, overnight hikes, trips to the lake, dances, parties, etc. A June-August commitment is desirable.
NARNIA ASSISTANT: Assists in planning and implementing programming for children (infants through 5th grade). Requires imagination, patience, and love for children. Staff members will work with the children in the mornings and work in other areas as needed in the afternoons or evenings.
POTTER ASSISTANT filled: Work with the Village Potter to keep a well-maintained pottery studio that is welcoming to guests and staff. Knowledge and experience working with both whell throwing, hand building, and use of glazes. Comfort in working with a wide variety of people, skills, ages, and abilities. B
FIRE SYSTEM TECHNICIAN: 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. B
PAINTER ASSISTANT: 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.
CARPENTRY ASSISTANT: Works with the Head Carpenter to maintain and improve village building structures. Hands-on building experience required.
Opportunities Available for 2+ Months
Can't quite join us for the whole summer, but have more than 3 weeks? All of our 2- and 3-week positions are available for 2+ month commitments, but we also have a few positions that need a person who would like to volunteer at Holden for at least two months in the summer but perhaps can't quite commit to the entire season. Check out these positions below!
ASSISTANT GARBOLOGIST: Open August 1 - 31. Works with the Garbologist to manage Holden's solid waste. This includes composting, sorting recyclables and land-fill, and leading rotating teams of Village staff in collecting and sorting waste. Encourages the community to reduce, reuse and recycle as part of Holden's commitment to the environment.
ASSISTANT REGISTRAR: Open starting June 2017. Works with the Registrar to correspond with guests, track guest registrations, process payments, house guests and staff, and answer guests' questions. Helps welcome guests to the Village. Must be organized, have a friendly, helpful attitude, and have the ability to keep cool under pressure.
PROGRAM ASSISTANT: Open June through August. Works with the Education and Program Lead and Assistant to make and post the weekly schedule and plan events like Variety Shows, game nights, holiday celebrations, movie nights, etc. Must be creative, organized and comfortable speaking in front of people.
Seasonal Positions (May/June - August)
Are you interested in experiencing a full summer season at Holden? These positions may be right for you. Seasonal Positions (June - August) receive a stipend in addition to room and board.
SEASONAL COOK (multiple positions): June – August. During scheduled shifts, a Cook’s Assistant 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 Head Cooks and Food Service Lead. Filled
MEDIA MINISTRY HEAD: June – August. Provides audio visual setup, support, and recordings of teaching sessions, worship, and performances. Converts tapes from our audio collection for presentation on the Audio Archive portion of our website. Operates soundboard, microphones, projection equipment, and uses computers for recording and editing recordings. Tech savvy is helpful, and training is provided. Filled
POOL HALL HEAD: May – September. Operate the Holden Village pool hall as a welcoming, central gathering place of hospitality during the summer months. Oversees and maintains the Pool Hall and concession stand. Must have an interest in working with people, especially youth. Requires the ability to plan activities for diverse age groups and work with a constantly changing team of pool hall volunteers. Open
SNACK BAR HEAD: May – September. Operates the Village Snack Bar as a welcoming and central gathering place of Holden hospitality during the summer months. Ensure that the snack bar is clean, sanitary, and serves quality products. Able to supervise a constantly changing pool of volunteer snack bar assistants. Filled
LAWNS & GARDENS LEAD: Supervises lawns & gardens assistants. Designs garden areas and orders supplies. Plants flowers, mows and waters lawns, weeds flowerbeds, and rakes Village grounds. Requires good physical condition and a love of the outdoors. Filled
TRAILS COORDINATOR: May/June – August (dates dependent on needs of USFS). 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. Experience with cross saws and chainsaws a plus. Experience with trail maintenance required. Open
Experience-Required Volunteer Positions
Holden is looking for volunteers with carpentry, plumbing, and mechanical knowledge to fill several key positions. If you have knowledge in one of these areas, check out the positions below!
CARPENTER: 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. Good physical condition required. B
DRIVER: Drives Holden's signature school buses to transport guests and staff between the Lucerne boat dock and the Village. Washington State CDL class B license with passenger endorsement required. Buses are manual transmission with air brakes. Must be friendly, as drivers are the first staff members guests see upon getting off the boat.
HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATOR: 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. B
PLUMBER: Works with the Head Plumber maintaining the village water system and repairing leaks in faucets and toilets. B
REPAIR ASSOCIATE: Works with the Head Repair Associate. Replaces and/or maintains Village appliances, fixtures, and small machines. Requires general mechanical and electrical experience. B
***Note: If you have special skills in any area of Operations, please email email@example.com 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.