Openings

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.

Retreat Support Fellowship position

IMS’s Retreat Support Fellowship program offers a unique opportunity, under the guidance of our respected meditation teachers, to support the physical and psychological welfare of yogis (course participants) during retreats. Two Fellows work together in conjunction with teachers and staff at both IMS facilities – the Retreat Center and the Forest Refuge – to ensure adequate year-round coverage of responsibilities.

One of these Fellowship positions is currently available. We are seeking mature candidates, well-established in Theravada Buddhist meditation practices and studies.

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.

All of the 2018 Working Guest positions have been filled, although you are welcome to submit an application if you would like to be waitlisted.

2019 Openings

  • January – 2 openings
  • February – 2 openings
  • March – 2 openings
  • April – 2 openings
  • May – 2 openings
  • June – 2 openings (a June 1 – July 2 commitment is ideal, if possible)
  • July – 1 opening (a June 26 – July 31 commitment is ideal, if possible)
  • August – 2 openings
  • September – 2 openings
  • October – 2 openings
  • November – 2 openings
  • December – 2 openings

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

Any months not listed have been filled. While slots may be full, you are welcome to apply to be waitlisted.

Day-to-day

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