Short-Term Volunteers

Short Term Volunteers

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.

2018 Summer Application NOW 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

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Winter Positions: October 1–May 1, 2018

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. May also assist the Potter with ceramics classes. The ability to work with people is essential.  Experience preferred.

VILLAGE ARTIST: Works independently on projects, visual, literary, or performing, for the Village and shares expertise with staff and guests as a visiting faculty member. More info here: Village Artists

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.

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. 

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.

KITCHEN ASSISTANT: Assists Head Cooks 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.

AUDIO ARCHIVE ASSISTANT: Under supervision of the Audio Archive Project Head, 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. Training will be provided. Must be organized and detail-oriented.

IT ASSOCIATE: 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.

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.

PAINTER: 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: 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:  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: 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. 

PLUMBER: Works with the Head Plumber maintaining the village water system and repairing leaks in faucets and toilets. 

REPAIR ASSOCIATE: 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 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.

Summer-Only Short-Term Positions: MAY–SEPTEMBER

POTTER ASSISTANT:  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 wheel throwing, hand building, and use of glazes required.  Must be comfortable working with a wide variety of people, skills, ages, and abilities.

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.  

POOL HALL ASSISTANT: Assists 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. 

MEDIA MINISTRY ASSISTANT: Works under the supervision of the Media Ministry Head. 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.

CHILD AND YOUTH PROGRAM ASSISTANT: Works with youth ages 0 to 17. Assists in planning and implementing activities, including programming, worship, hikes, trips to the lake, dances, parties, etc. Requires imagination, patience, and love for children and teens. A June-August commitment is desirable.

PROGRAM ASSISTANT: 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. Also jumps in to help in other areas such as the Pool Hall, Hike Haus, and Beanie’s coffee cart. Must be creative, organized and comfortable speaking in front of people. Prior experience as a volunteer at Holden and commitment of two months or more preferred. 

SNACK BAR ASSISTANT: Works with the Snack Bar Head to scoop ice cream, clean the Snack Bar, and create a fun atmosphere of hospitality. An interest in working with people, especially youth, is important.

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.

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.

 LAWNS & GARDENS/TRAILS ASSISTANT:  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.

ASSISTANT GARBOLOGIST: 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.

ASSISTANT REGISTRAR: 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.

Seasonal Positions: May/June - August/September

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.

SEASONAL COOK (multiple positions): During scheduled shifts, a Seasonal Cook 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.

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.

POOL HALL HEAD: 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.

NARNIA HEAD: Oversees Holden’s Narnia program for youth ages 0 – 11. Duties involve planning programming such as games, hikes, art projects, and worship participation for children. Supervises and trains Narnia Assistants. Works as a Narnia Assistant as needed depending on staff numbers. Must be creative, enjoy working with children, and able to supervise the Narnia team.

MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL HEAD: Runs Holden’s Middle and High School Youth Programming. Duties involve planning and leading activities such as game nights, movies, dances, lake days, etc. Supervises and trains Middle and High School Assistants. Must be creative, organized, and able to supervise the Middle and High School Team and must like working with teens and preteens.

SNACK BAR HEAD: 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.

LAWNS & GARDENS HEAD:  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 CREW 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.


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