Summer Set-Up/Fall Take-Down Application

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  • General Information

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  • Both set-up and take-down run 5 weeks each, every spring and fall. You may choose to join for 1-5 weeks.
  • Volunteers must be authorized to work in the United States. However, if you are not authorized to work in the United States, you may still be able to join us as a guest this summer at a steeply discounted rate. Please note here if you are interested in this option and we will give you more details.
    After the tents are set up for the summer season we have various other summer volunteer opportunities. The minimum commitment for summer volunteers is 3 weeks total and if it is a good fit, this can be extended up to 3 months.
  • Please specify how long you would like to volunteer with us. The minimum stay for set-up and take-down is one week and arrivals for each new week are on Sundays
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  • Skills and Experience

    Are you able and willing to work in a physical and sometimes strenuous environment, often working through inclement weather?
    Are you able and willing to lift 20-50 pounds (heavier lifting is done in groups)?
    Do you have appropriate attire (primarily shoes/boots that can hold up in the rain/snow and a good jacket/warm layers)?
    Can you work closely as part of a team and be on time?
    In addition to performing volunteer duties, you and all community members will be assigned to dish shifts each week. Do you understand that this is a part of your role as volunteer?
  • Accepted file types: pdf, doc, docx, rtf, txt.
  • Staying at SMC

    SMC offers a unique summer opportunity for a different lifestyle, team working environment, communal experience and personal growth. Below you find some more information about the practical realities of volunteering at SMC.
  • We live, eat and work in close proximity to our guests that join us at SMC. Since we offer a mindful and supportive retreat environment we ask staff and volunteers to use dignified speech and presentable attire, and generally being helpful and customer friendly. What does customer service mean to you?
    Set-up and take-down volunteers will live in gender specific dorms or large shared tents depending on the season. While you may have the tent for yourself, please also plan on having a tent mate. The volunteer campground is located approx. 15 minutes walk across uneven terrain. Volunteers bring their own bedding.
    We have gender specific bathhouses with divided showers. You will share the bathhouse with other community members and volunteers. We also have a gender neutral option for showering.
    You will get three prepared meals per day, coffee, tea, fruit, and snacks. Meat is offered at some meals. Each meal will contain vegetarian, vegan, and wheat-free options. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate any other dietary needs.
  • Please review the previous sections about living at SMC and let us know your questions, concerns or potential challenges. We are happy to clarify information and finding solutions that work for you.
  • Personal Wellbeing and Community Living

  • Why are you interested in volunteering at Shambhala Mountain Center?
  • Please describe your contemplative practice, training or experience. Have you meditated before?
  • We do not live in a monastic setting. On weekends or after work is done you may structure your time independently eg. go hike, attend optional community offerings, practice sessions or take personal space. It is also helpful to have a car if you like to explore the river and canyon, or drive to town. Other volunteers may be able to give you a ride. How does this independent setting work for you?
  • What challenges do you foresee living in a community? What challenges could you encounter when living in a remote mountain environment?
  • SMC Policies and Procedures

    In order to respect and protect the comfort of all volunteers the quiet hours start at 9pm. The volunteer campground and dorms are drug-free zones, with limited, mindful use of alcohol permitted. Do you agree to observe this policy?
  • Please review our Code of Ethics and Values.

    The Code of Ethics is an integral part of SMC culture and was developed in response to allegations against the spiritual leader of the worldwide Shambhala organization and others in the broader Shambhala community. You can learn more about these allegations and SMC’s responses on our webpage in the About- Misconduct section. Please bring any questions that arise if you are selected for an interview.