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 a 6 month commitment for each of these roles. 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 Marya Mayer, Volunteer & Community Coordinator, at (415) 488-0164 x224 or email@example.com.
If you have experience working with Raiser's Edge database, Survey Monkey, Microsoft Office or Adobe Suite, please include this information. Thank you!
Current DV openings (as of March, 2015)
This DV will assist our Inventory Coordinator unloading produce and dry goods Wednesday mornings from 9:00 am-12:00 pm.
- Rotate and stock items in kitchen and dining room.
- Assist Inventory Coordinator with other organizational tasks.
Requriements-- must be able to lift 35-50 pounds comfortably from ground level and carry short distances. Knowledge of our kitchen a plus but not required.
This DV will assist our housekeepers with retreat closes from 9 am-1 pm. The retreat calendar is available a year in advance for scheduling purposes. We are looking for a volunteer available for the majority of retreat close dates, which are oftentimes Sundays or Saturdays.
- DV will assist housekeepers with retreat closing clean up, particularly cleaning of the upper retreat hall
- Finish incomplete Work Retreatant tasks (for example, cleaning the teacher's office, cleaning the meditation hall foyer and upper and lower walking halls, laundering & distribution of pink cleaning cloths.
Desired qualifications-- some cleaning experience, attention to detail, efficient, team player, willingness to do the cleaning work, good energy, able to lift 30 pounds, dependable
This DV will assist our development department with a variety of PC computer based tasks including data entry, using Raiser's Edge software. It is not necessary that you have prior experience with RE but experience with another database or the ability to easily pick up new software programs is essential, as is experience with Microsoft/ PC systems.
- DV will assist our development staff with data entry, administrative tasks, mailings, and other projects
- One 4 hour day per week betwen the hours of 9:30-5 pm, preferably on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday
Desired qualifications-- some cleaning experience, attention to detail, efficient, team player, willingness to do the work, dependable
This DV will assist our caretakers with maintenance and light construction projects including cleaning up the shop, tool maintenance, small projects, and emptying trash, recycling and compost bins around campus.
- Candidate must be physically strong, free of back pain and able to lift at least 30 lbs comfortably.
- Flexible schedule one 4 hour day per week between the hours of 8:30am-4:30 pm
Desired qualifications--carpentry or maintenance experience, attention to detail, efficient, team player, willingness to do the work, good energy, able to lift 30 pounds, dependable
Dedicated Volunteer FAQs
What is a Dedicated Volunteer?
Dedicated Volunteers make a commitment to serve 4 hours per week for 6 months in support of Spirit Rock staff. 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 to firstname.lastname@example.org and include a cover letter and resume or additional information about what related skills you would bring to the position. Also include your availability.
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 the 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 4 hours per week for 6 months, accruing 100 hours of DV time, equal to 5 nights of residential retreat time.
Thank you for your interest in the Dedicated Volunteer Program!