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Staff positions

IMS’s facilities are set among 400 secluded wooded acres in the quiet countryside of central Massachusetts. A position at IMS offers an abundance of dharma resources and support, within a friendly and caring environment. Full-time positions here provide health benefits and meal plan options, as well as generous paid time off and participation in the IMS Staff Sangha Program.

More information about working at IMS, including links to the Staff Application form, is available here. If you are interested in more than one job opening, we recommend submitting materials targeted to each unique opening.

Volunteer positions

Working Guests – Month-Long

Month-long Working Guest positions are designed for those who want to volunteer at IMS and integrate practice with daily life. Working Guest volunteers work alongside our Facilities or Kitchen staff in exchange for meals, housing, and access to the retreat environment and staff community. Departmental assignments depend on applicants’ skills and the needs of IMS at the time of service.

Note that Working Guest assignments are generally available only to those with previous IMS retreat experience of at least two week-long retreats in the past ten years.

2019 Openings

All of the 2019 Working Guest openings have been filled, although you are welcome to apply to be waitlisted. We will post the 2020 Working Guest schedule soon!

If you are interested in applying, please do so here.


If you live locally and would like to be of ongoing support, please consider volunteering day-to-day.