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.
A note regarding Holden Village Summer 2020:
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and in consultation with the Executive Committee, Holden Village Board of Directors, the incoming Directors, and medical professionals, we have decided that we cannot host guests in the Village this summer. The situation itself has been difficult as there are thousands of people involved. It is even more difficult after enjoying a Village packed with guests and staff after the years of being closed for remediation and fire.
At this time, we are not accepting any incoming short-term staff through August 31st, 2020. Feel free to reach out to Staffing (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
We have short-term positions open year-round. Apply now!
Questions about volunteering? Contact Staffing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Narnia Assistant (summer only / multiple positions) works with youth ages 0 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.
Middle/High School Assistant (summer only / multiple positions) 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.
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.
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.
Media Ministry Assistant - Closed Summer 2020 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 Closed Summer 2020 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.
Community Life Floater Closed Summer 2020 Part of the Community LifeTeam 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.
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.
*NEW* Porch Project Volunteers (summer only) Beginning Summer 2020, 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.
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.
Lawns & Gardens Assistant (May - October only / multiple positions) 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. The Staffing office will begin reviewing applications for summer 2020 in December.
Seasonal Cook - Open May 2020 (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.
Pool Hall Head - Open May 2020 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 (Ages 4-6) - Open May 2020 The “Narnia 4-6 Head” is responsible for operational planning, implementation, and coordination of the ages 4-6 room of the Village’s Narnia program under the direction of the Youth Program Coordinator and the Program Lead. This position oversees and coordinates Narnia Assistants in ways that meet the educational and curricular goals of the Narnia program. This position 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, and the ability to lift 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, and education/teaching experience with youth ages 4 through 6. A three month commitment and a Washington State Food Workers Card are also required.
Narnia Head (Ages 7-11) – Open May 2020 The “Narnia 7-11 Head” is responsible for operational planning, implementation, and coordination of the ages 7-11 room of the Village’s Narnia program under the direction of the Youth Program Coordinator and the Program Lead. This position oversees and coordinates Narnia Assistants in ways that meet the educational and curricular goals of the Narnia program, and acts as “room head”. This position 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, and the ability to lift 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, and education/teaching experience for youth ages 7 through 11. A three month commitment and a Washington State Food Workers Card are also required.
Middle/High School Head - Open May 2020 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.
Snack Bar Head - Filled for Summer 2020 (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 for Summer 2020 (summer only) 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.
Trail Crew Coordinator - Filled for Summer 2020 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.