If you have a week or more to spend at Holden, a short-term volunteer position is for you! This year, applicants who have never been on Holden staff can volunteer for a minimum of two weeks, while those who have previously served on Holden staff may serve for as little as one week.*
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.
The 2018 Summer Application is still open!
Questions about volunteering? Contact Staffing.
*Some positions may only be available to volunteers able
to give at least three weeks of service.
Short-Term Volunteer Positions
Art Studio Assistant (year round / multiple positions) assists 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.
Art Studios Assistant works in all of Holden’s studios (art, pottery, loom) during certain times of the year. Willingness and ability to flexible is necessary. See Art Studio and Potter Assistants roles for more information.
Potter Assistant (year round / multiple positions) 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.
Village Artist (year round) 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
Holden Store Assistant (year round / multiple positions) helps the Holden Store Coordinator 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.
Housekeeping Assistant (year round / multiple positions) helps the housekeeping team by cleaning lodges, guest rooms, and program facilities. The job requires some lifting and carrying, and the ability spend 6 hours a day on your feet. Good physical condition preferred.
Laundry Assistant (year round / multiple positions) helps the Laundry Head with washing, hanging and folding linens. Requires lifting repeatedly, ability to hang wet sheets and carry full laundry baskets. Assistants support housekeeping as needed. Good physical condition recommended.
Kitchen Assistant (year round / multiple positions) assist 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. Washington Food Worker Card required.
Snack Bar Assistant (summer only / multiple positions) 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. Washington Food Worker Card required.
Barista (summer only / multiple positions) 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. Washington Food Worker Card required.
Narnia Assistant (summer only / multiple positions) works with youth ages 0 to 11. Assists in planning and implementing activities, including arts and crafts, bible time, 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.
Middle/High School Assistant (summer only / multiple positions) works with youth ages 12 to 17. Assists in planning and implementing activities, including programming, bible study, worship, hikes, dances, scavenger hunt, etc. Requires creativity, patience, and ability to connect with teens. Three week minimum commitment required.
Hike Haus Assistant (summer only / multiple positions) 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. Washington Food Worker Card required.
Pool Hall Assistant (summer only) 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. Washington Food Worker Card required.
Media Ministry Assistant (summer only / multiple positions) works under the supervision of the Media Ministry/Library and Education & 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.
Audio Archive Project (year round / multiple positions) 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.
GET Floater (summer only) is part of the Guest Experience Team and works with the Education and Program Lead and Associate to make and post the weekly schedule and plan events like Variety Shows, game nights, holiday celebrations, movie nights, etc. An ability to handle a changing and varied schedule as this position will provide backup for areas such as Hike Haus/Cabin, Narnia, Snack Bar, etc. Must be creative, organized and comfortable speaking in front of people and the ability to lift 50 pounds. Prior experience as a volunteer at Holden preferred. Filled.
IT Assistant (year round) works with the IT Lead to maintain Village computers and network equipment. Previous experience troubleshooting and maintaining computer hardware and software, as well as the ability to work with and teach others required.
Assistant Registrar (summer only) 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. Minimum two-month commitment required.
Worship Assistant (summer only) works with the pastors in leading the worship life of the Village and planning daily worship services. Seeks out and gathers the musical gifts of community members, assists in preparing worship spaces, and assists with administrative tasks related to worship. Excellence in music performance is required. Keyboard proficiency is preferred.
Maverick (year round / multiple positions) 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.
Lawns & Gardens Assistant (May - October only / multiple positions) works under the supervision of the Lawns & Gardens Lead. 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. Good physical condition required.
Trails Crew (May - September only / multiple positions) 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. Excellent physical condition is a must.
Assistant Garbologist (summer only) 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. Minimum one-month commitment preferred. Filled May – July. Open August – September.
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.
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. Good physical condition required.
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.
Driver (year round) 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 (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.
Plumber (year round) works with the Waterworks Lead and Head Repair Associate maintaining the village water system and repairing leaks in faucets and toilets.
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.
***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.
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.
Arts Studio Head - 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. A three month commitment is required.
Holden Store Head - Filled Responsible for maintaining the Holden Store through careful and responsible ordering of books, clothing, gift items and sundries. Must have strong organizational skills, ability to lead and supervise staff, and comfort with daily computer based work & cash handling. Holden Store Head works under the supervision of the Services Lead. Knowledge or willingness to learn QuickBooks. A three month commitment is required.
Seasonal Vice Housekeeper - OPEN 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. A three month commitment is required.
Seasonal Cook - OPEN (summer only / multiple positions) 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.
Librarian/Media Ministry Head - 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. A three month commitment is required.
Pool Hall Head - OPEN 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.
Narnia Head - OPEN has overall responsibility for the Narnia program (ages 0-11) and oversees Narnia assistants. They will work with the assistants to plan and implement activities, including arts and crafts, bible time, worship, outdoor sessions and hikes. Requires imagination, patience, and love for children as well as being responsible, concerned for safety, ability to lift 50 pounds and organizational skills. Experience song leading, education/teaching experience and First Aid/CPR preferred. A three month commitment and Washington Food Worker Card required.
Middle/High School Head - OPEN 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, bible study, hikes, dances, scavenger hunt, etc. Requires creativity, patience, and ability to connect with teens. A three month commitment is required.
Snack Bar Head - Filled (summer only) 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.
Lawns and Gardens Head - Filled 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.
Trail Crew Coordinator - OPEN 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.
Are you interested in serving Holden but unable to spend weeks in the Village? This may be the opportunity for you!
Downlake Assistant(s) - OPEN (summer only) supports the Downlake staff at the Holden B&B and Fields Point Landing during the peak summer months. As a B&B host you will prepare, serve and clean up the breakfast meal, clean rooms, do laundry and make the B&B ready for arriving guests. At Fields Point you will help with daily cleaning, track purchases, and respond to guest needs. In addition, you will assist with projects at all Holden’s downlake properties as needed. The ideal candidate will have great customer service skills, be physically fit, comfortable working in the kitchen, with power tools and computers, and be willing to learn and problem solve. Applicants must have their own vehicle to use for commuting between properties with volunteer mileage reimbursement. Room & partial board included. Couples encouraged to apply. Washington Food Worker Card required. More information about the Holden Bed and Breakfast is available here.
Downlake Hourly Staff ensure a clean, welcoming, safe environment for Fields Point guests. Daily tasks include cleaning restrooms, shoveling paths, raking leaves, running concessions, offering hospitality to Lady of the Lake passengers and visitors. The ideal candidate will have great customer service skills, be comfortable using the computer for concession sales and reporting and be diligent in keeping up appearances of the building and grounds.
Fields Point Coordinator - Filled Ensures a clean, welcoming, safe environment for Fields Point visitors. Daily tasks include cleaning restrooms, running concessions, and offering hospitality to Lady of the Lake passengers. Coordinates with Downlake Lead to ensure office is staffed as needed and complete daily reports. The ideal candidate will have great customer service skills, be comfortable using the computer for concession sales & reporting and be diligent in keeping up appearances of the building and grounds. Knowledge or willingness to learn QuickBooks.