Dedicated Volunteer Program

Dedicated Volunteer positions offer a greater level of responsibility and training than our occasional volunteer opportunities. Dedicated Volunteers work closely with a Spirit Rock staff member, offering a high level of support. There is an approximately 6-month commitment for each of these roles, typically shifts are 4 hours weekly. Dedicated Volunteers accrue 5 nights of residential retreat time. This is the only volunteer opportunity that accrues residential retreat benefits. Other benefits include a 30% discount at our bookstore, lunch with the staff, and invitations to retreat dharma talks. 

If you are interested in including ongoing service as part of your practice, please contact Juliana Birnbaum, Volunteer Coordinator, at (415) 488-0164 x224 or

Current Dedicated Volunteer Openings (as of April 2019)

Retreat Operations Dedicated Volunteer

The Retreat Operations DV works under the guidance our Retreat Operations Manager (ROM). The role is for four (4) hours per week on mutually agreed upon day and time. The work is approximately 50% computer based and is physically located in the ROM office in the Council House. The Main Tasks include forwarding SurveyMonkey evaluation results to the ROM, various other administrative tasks including setting up and populating excel worksheets, doing internet research, setting up file folders, addressing envelopes and other clerical responsibilities as requested.

Events DV

The event department regularly works with a dedicated volunteer with one day a week (Friday, Saturday or Sunday), 9am to 1pm availability to help with event support and audio visual needs.  Tasks include:

  • Setting up chairs
  • Organizing and tracking supplies
  • Registration support on event days
  • Helping process CE paperwork
  • Orienting new volunteers
  • Assisting with audio needs including adjusting microphones to fit the teacher and adjusting the volume during the program.

AV training provided; being tech savvy is a plus, but a strong willingness to learn is the bigger requirement.

  • This is a 6 month commitment, 4 hours per week.

Bookstore DV

This position involves 12 - 20 hours monthly, mainly on weekends, timing depending on the volunteer and the event schedules

Tasks primarily include:

  • Greeting customers as they enter the store.
  • Providing information to customers about items in the store.
  • Directing customers to find information about Spirit Rock in the lobby.
  • Helping “ring up” sales for customers and explaining the payment system.
  • Keeping bookstore tidy: putting merchandise back in proper place, folding shawls, etc.
  • As time allows, cleaning a specific section of the bookstore or other tasks as assigned.

Skill set / qualifications / experience required:

Friendly, outgoing service oriented attitude toward customers.

Comfortable with helping people complete purchases and handling financial transactions e.g. credit cards, checks, cash.

Skill in creating nice displays of merchandise; restocking as needed.


Greeting/Parking Dedicated Volunteer

Be an integral part of our event support team, greeting and directing parking for larger programs such as Monday night Dharma talks, and on some weekend mornings at openings for benefits and day retreats.

Housekeeping – Retreat Center Support 
The Housekeeping DV assists Spirit Rock Housekeepers’ work in the Residential and Meditation Halls after residential retreats.  The position is directly supervised by Sara Sacksteder, Spirit Rock Housekeeper, and reports to Facilities Manager.  Once trained, the hours are typically 10am to 2:30pm on closing days, with ½ hour for lunch from our dining hall (included).

Work includes collecting, washing and folding pink cleaning towels, trash and compost collection, and filling paper towel dispensers, in addition to cleaning in various Retreat Center areas such as the Meditation Hall Foyer, Coat Room, Lower Walking Hall, Interview Rooms and Teacher Offices.

Desired qualifications:  Ability to pay close attention to small details.  Experience and enjoyment in the process of cleaning and re-setting the physical space for the next retreat opening, or supporting the physical space during retreats. Dependable and cooperative demeanor.  Ablility to lift 30 pounds and be on feet for majority of shift.   Familiarity with retreat experience.

The DV should be available for the majority of retreat closing dates (which are often on Saturdays or Sundays) but depending on availability, the work may also occur during retreats.  The retreat calendar is available a year in advance for scheduling purposes. Job descriptions and supervision for all tasks will be provided. 

Dedicated Volunteer FAQs

What is a Dedicated Volunteer?
Dedicated Volunteers make a commitment to serve approximately 4 hours per week for 6 months in support of Spirit Rock staff-  with some flexibility depending on the role and to accommodate schedules. DVs work with a specific staff member or department for the duration of service. We encourage people to volunteer for a period of time on an occasional basis before making a 6 month commitment, but will consider new volunteers with exceptional skills for these roles.

What kinds of service opportunities are available to a Dedicated Volunteer?
Dedicated Volunteers work in a variety of departments. Depending on our current needs, these include Land Care, Communications, Volunteer Department, Bookstore, Accounting/Data Entry and other possibilities.

How do I get started as a Dedicated Volunteer?
When a staff member requests a Dedicated Volunteer, the position is posted on our website (above). If you are interested in filling one of these roles, please send an e-mail with your availability to and if possible, include a cover letter and resume or additional information about what related skills you would bring to the position.

I have certain specialized skills I would like to offer to Spirit Rock, what is the best way for me to do that?
Spirit Rock is fortunate to have a pool of creative and talented community members with a variety of skills and the desire to share them. At times we have need of special skills and those requests will be posted to the Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities page on this site. However, the intention of the Dedicated Volunteer Program is to offer support to Spirit Rock staff with many of the day to day tasks that keep the organization running. Your service insures that we can continue offering the retreatants and events that yogis so greatly appreciate.

Can I use my accrued hours toward residential retreat time?
As a part of the Dedicated Volunteer Program, volunteers work approximately 4 hours per week for 6 months, depending on the role, accruing 100 hours of DV credit equal to 5 nights of residential retreat time.

Thank you for your interest in the Dedicated Volunteer Program!



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