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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. A position on staff at Spirit Rock is a wonderful opportunity to explore work as practice in a supportive and caring environment. Spirit Rock offers a range of meditation classes, programs, and residential meditation retreats. Spirit Rock has a 96-bed residential retreat center and a staff of more than 60. We have a wide range of positions requiring a variety of skills.

Spirit Rock Meditation Center is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit. Spirit Rock policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, gender, religion, marital status, registered domestic partner status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition including genetic characteristics, sexual orientation or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state or local laws. It also prohibits unlawful discrimination against a person who is perceived to have any of those characteristics or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as having any of those characteristics.

Job Openings

New! Events Registrar

The Event Registrar is primarily responsible for all non-residential event registrations and reporting. The Registrar splits time between phone and email customer relations, and detailed work in Raiser’s Edge (RE), including post-registration paperwork / payment and reports. The Registrar is also responsible for online registrations for Spirit Rock’s online and webcast events and website updates. For more information and to apply, go here >

Retreat Program Manager

The Retreat Program Manager’s primary purpose is to program, coordinate and manage the residential retreat calendar as part of, and in collaboration with, the Programs/Communications Team. These efforts should expand and deepen Spirit Rock’s impact, influence and effectiveness and support the mission and values of Spirit Rock. This position will also work alongside the Director of Programs (DP) to nurture relationships with our teacher groups, develop our Dharma training programs and support our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusivity. For more information and to apply, go here >

Events - Extra Hire

The Spirit Rock Event department seeks a team player with event experience to assist with public programs and on-site catering support including set up. The person in this role has direct contact with Spirit Rock participants and volunteers; supports the Event team with on-site event coordination, including event set up and breakdown, registration, teacher support, customer service, bookstore support and other event details. Prior event experience and professional catering background desired. Most events are Friday to Sunday daytime and Monday nights. As we expand this may shift. Please indicate your availability. For more information and to apply, go here >

Retreat Center Cook, Part Time/On-Call

Spirit Rock’s Retreat Center Cook prepares and serves nutritious ovo-lacto vegetarian meals for residential retreats and special events. The retreat center cook trains and supervises retreatants performing work meditations in the kitchen, and models behavior that supports mindfulness practice in the retreat environment. This is an on-call position and hours vary from week to week, and is ideal for candidates who work as independent contractors and/or have a need for supplemental income. For more information and to apply, go here >

Retreat Center Cook, Full-time

Spirit Rock’s Retreat Center Cook works with a team of cooks to prepare meals for residential retreats and special events, trains and supervises retreatants performing work meditations in the kitchen, and models behavior that supports mindfulness practice in the retreat environment. 
For more information and to apply, go 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.
  • Physical: Occasionally required to lift, carry, push or pull objects up to 30 pounds. 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.