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Employment at Spirit Rock

Spirit Rock’s campus is set on more than 400 acres in beautiful Marin County, just 19 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge. Spirit Rock offers a range of residential meditation retreats, non-residential programs and dharma training programs. A position on staff at Spirit Rock is a wonderful opportunity to explore work as practice in a supportive and caring environment.

In conjunction with our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiative (DEI), DEI Plan, Spirit Rock Meditation Center (SRMC) is committed to a diverse work environment where everyone is welcome. We honor and celebrate different ideas, voices, perspectives and backgrounds that help us create a robust and innovative multicultural organization.

We know by experience, prioritizing diversity and inclusion throughout our hiring process allows equitable treatment and accessibility to everyone seeking employment at SRMC. We strive to create a workplace culture that reflects the communities we serve and empowers everyone to bring their full and authentic selves to our teams. All employees have the responsibility to treat fellow employees with the utmost respect and dignity, at all times.

In our dedication to the DEI initiative, SRMC provides ongoing multi-cultural competency training to all employees that are intrinsically tied to the values of excellence, diversity and inclusion outlined in the mission and principles of Spirit Rock Meditation Center.

Come and join our team! Spirit Rock is an equal opportunity employer.

Job Opportunities

Spirit Rock is excited to announce the reopening of our campus after shifting everything online in March 2020 due to the pandemic. This momentous step allows us to offer an unusual number of job opportunities in a short timeframe. In the coming weeks we will be seeking to fill these positions in order to build up our work force to the capacity needed to support our residential retreat practitioners and teachers on campus.  The following positions are currently in need of filling as we prepare for the return to “on land” retreats starting in mid-August – please join us, and spread the word!

Spirit Rock is committed to providing a safe and healthy work environment for our employees. Due to the current situation in Marin County amid the COVID 19 pandemic, vaccines are required for all new and returning employees.

Online Operations Manager

The Online Operations Manager is responsible for oversight of logistical planning, implementing and managing of Spirit Rock's online retreats and events to include day and multi-day retreats, trainings, classes, drop-in programs, podcasts and other online offerings to ensure that all are offered in a manner that adheres to participant and teacher expectations and Spirit Rock's Standards. This position is currently a remote role and will be considered for a hybrid role in the near future with the possibility of a combination work schedule; working on site and working remotely. You can view the full job description and apply by clicking here.

Retreat Operations Manager

Spirit Rock is seeking a mission-centric, collaborative, action-orientated person to lead the retreat operations team. The Retreat Operations Manager is the primary role that devotes itself to the oversight of logistical planning, implementing and managing every Spirit Rock program.  If you are interested in this position, you can view the full job description and range of duties by clicking here.

Retreat Coordinator

The Retreat Coordinator is responsible for on-site administrative coordination of all retreat programs at Spirit Rock including residential retreats, multi-day non-residential programs, day-long retreats and drop-in programs. This role includes extensive public contact with practitioners, teachers and other staff members. If you are interested in this position, you can view the full job description and range of duties by clicking here.

Retreat Support Associate (Residential)

Spirit Rock is seeking mature candidates, well-established in Theravada Buddhist meditation practices and studies, for its Retreat Support Associate role. This is a new and unique opportunity to live at Spirit Rock and support the physical and emotional well-being of residential retreatants during intensive meditation practice. If you are interested in this position, you can view the full job description and range of duties by clicking here.

Culinary Operations Manager

The Culinary Operations Manager fulfills all administrative needs of the Kitchen including budget forecasting and expense management. They function as liaison between the kitchen staff and all other departments of Spirit Rock, keeping the mission and values of the organization in mind. If you are interested in applying for this position, you can view the full job description and range of duties by clicking here.

Retreat Center Cook

Spirit Rock’s Retreat Center Cook prepares meals for all residential retreats and commuter retreats, internal meetings and special events. The Retreat Center Cook models behavior that supports mindfulness practice in the retreat environment. If you are interested in this position, you can view the full job description and range of duties by clicking here. 

Resident Caretaker/Facilities Staff

The Resident Caretaker Staff is part of a work/study program allows participants to work, practice and live at Spirit Rock. The goals of the residential program are to grow in spiritual understanding and wisdom, and to learn how to practice living the teachings of the dharma in work and community. If you are interested in applying for this position, you can view the full job description and range of duties by clicking here.

Custodial Caretaker

The Custodial Caretaker works under the supervision of the Assistant Facilities Manager to support the ongoing operations of Spirit Rock Meditation Center events, classes, and retreats.  This position performs housekeeping, custodial and light duty maintenance throughout the campus to help provide an attractive, sanitary and safe environment for staff, teachers and practitioners.  If you are interested in applying for this position, you can view the full job description and range of duties by clicking here. 

Facilities Maintenance Worker - Short Term/Summer Hire

The Facilities Maintenance Worker reports to the Assistant Facilities Manager and supports the ongoing operations of Spirit Rock events, classes, and retreats.  This position performs seasonal maintenance to facilities and assists with land care projects as directed. If you are interested in applying for this position, you can view the full job description and range of duties by clicking here.

Development (Fundraising) Manager

The Spirit Rock Development Manager works with the Director of Development to craft, responsively refine and implement the Development Program of Spirit Rock. This person partners with the Development team to set annual and multi-year goals; supports and directs team’s professional development, and contributes to a culture of philanthropy and gratitude at Spirit Rock.If you are interested in applying for this position, you can view the full job description and range of duties by clicking here.

For All Spirit Rock Positions

Spirit Rock is an equal opportunity employer.

Spirit Rock Meditation Center is a spiritual practice center devoted to the teaching of Insight Meditation in the Buddhist tradition. We strive to create a work environment that reflects the Buddha’s teachings with a special emphasis on seeing our work as an essential aspect of our spiritual practice. As such, we seek employees who have a sincere interest in and commitment to the exploration of bringing the practice of mindfulness to bear on all activities of daily life.

The following qualities and abilities are expected of all employees at Spirit Rock:

  • Ability to work well with people of diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
  • The ability to work collaboratively.
  • Flexibility and the ability to compromise.
  • Honesty and integrity.
  • Active listening skills.
  • The ability and willingness to express appreciation to others.
  • Openness to constructive feedback.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • The ability to lead, follow, take initiative or take direction and the judgment to know when each is appropriate.
  • The ability to delegate both Responsibility and authority appropriately.
  • Reliability.
  • Efficient time management skills including the ability to prioritize effectively.
  • The ability to differentiate between one’s role in achieving Spirit Rock’s goals as defined by one’s specific job description vs. one’s own personal objectives and spiritual growth.
  • Frequently required to perform moderately difficult manipulative tasks such as typing, writing, etc. Excellent typing and computer skills are required (word processing and data entry). Must be able to sit, walk or stand for extended periods.
  • Sensory: Frequently required to read and write documents, financial reports and plans. Must be able to distinguish normal sounds with some background noise, as in answering the phone, interacting with residents and staff, etc. Must be able to speak clearly and understand and be understood using the English language.
  • Cognitive: Frequently required to concentrate in considerable detail with occasional interruption. Must be able to attend to a task/function through to completion. Frequently required to understand and relate to specific ideas, several at a time. Must be able to remember multiple tasks and assignments given to self and others over a period of days and months. Must be able to shift priority and move from one task to another with ease, including the ability to multi-task.
  • Equipment: Ability to drive a car. Occasionally required to drive to work functions at other locations or make pick-ups and deliveries. Must maintain a valid driver’s license. Frequently required to use equipment such as copiers, telephone and fax machines.
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