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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have experience working with Raiser's Edge database, Survey Monkey, Microsoft Office or Adobe Suite, please include this information. Thank you!
Current openings April 2014
Retreat Administration Dedicated Volunteer
Volunteer under the guidance of our Retreat Support Manager 4 hours per week on a day/time to be mutually agreed upon.
Main Tasks Involve:
- Set up Survey Monkey evaluations for each retreat and send to participants
- Reviewing evaluations and identifying staff/teacher/facilities feedback to share with manager
- Set up email to distribute evaluation results to staff and teachers
- Various administrative duties as requested, including setting up folders, updating information, setting up worksheets.
- Strong computer skills including Excel and Word
- Ability to juggle various responsibilities and work independently
- Experience setting up Survey Monkey evaluations desirable
- Experience with Raiser’s Edge or comparable database experience preferred
Land Care Dedicated Volunteer
Volunteer under the guidance of our Land Steward, Rachel Levy, 4 hours per week on a day/time to be mutually agreed upon.
- Pysically fit
- Interested in caring for our beautiful land
- Prior experience in land care or gardening helpful, but not required.
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 email@example.com 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!