If you have a week or more to spend at Holden, one of the short-term positions may be waiting for you. This summer, we ask that applicants who have never been on Holden staff volunteer for a minimum of two weeks, while those who have served on Holden staff may come for a minimum of one week. Possibilities are listed below. Please note that some positions are only available to volunteers able to give at least three weeks of service. 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.
VOLUNTEERING IN GUEST EXPERIENCE AND PROGRAM
THREE-WEEK MINIMUM POSITIONS
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 ASSISTANTS (Multiple positions): Assists lead 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. B
MEDIA MINISTRY ASSISTANTS (Multiple positions): 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 (Multiple positions): 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 ASSISTANTS (Multiple positions): Assist 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.
POTTERY 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 whell throwing, hand building, and use of glazes. Comfort in working with a wide variety of people, skills, ages, and abilities.
ONE-WEEK MINIMUM POSITIONS
ART STUDIO ASSISTANTS (Multiple positions): 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 ASSISTANTS (Multiple positions): 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 ASSISTANTS (Multiple positions): 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-aide and/or wilderness training preferred.
HOUSEKEEPING ASSISTANTS (Multiple positions) 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 ASSISTANTS (Multiple positions): 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 ASSISTANTS (Multiple Positions): 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 ASSISTANTS (Multiple positions): Scoops ice cream, cleans the Snack Bar, and creates a fun atmosphere of hospitality. An interest in working with people, especially youth, is important.
SEASONAL (must commit to whole summer season)
MEDIA MINISTRY/AUDIO ARCHIVE COORDINATOR: Provides audio visual setup, support, and recordings of teaching sessions, worship, and performances. Converts tapes from our audio collection for presentation on our 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. B
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,
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.
VOLUNTEERING IN OPERATIONS
CARPENTERS ASSISTANT (Multiple Positions): Works with the Head Carpenter to maintain and improve village building structures. Hands-on building experience required.
FIREWOOD ASSISTANT (Multiple Positions): Works on cutting and splitting rounds in addition to hauling and stacking the Village's winter supply of firewood. Requires very good physical condition.
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
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
LAWNS & GARDENS ASSISTANT (Multiple Positions): Works under the supervision of the L&G Lead. Plants flowers, mows and waters lawns, weeds flower beds, and rakes the Village grounds. Requires good physical condition and a love of the outdoors.
MAVERICK: Performs tasks that involve heavy 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
PAINTER: Paints buildings (interior and exterior), steps, furniture, etc. Experience using a sprayer is desirable but not required. Requires a good comfort level with ladders and heights. B
PAINTER ASSISTANT (Multiple positions): Assists in painting buildings (interior and exterior), steps, furniture, etc. Requires a good comfort level with ladders and height.
TRAILS COORDINATOR: 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.
TRAILS ASSISTANT (6 positions): Maintains and repairs 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.
EXPERIENCE-REQUIRED VOLUNTEER POSITIONS
BACK-UP MEDIC: Assists Village Medic and serves as medic when the regular medic is out of the Village. Minimum level of certification is EMT. Back-up medic is usually assigned to an additional work area. B
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
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