There are two types of residential volunteers at IMS. Some provide operational support during certain annual courses – specifically the Teen and Staff Retreats. For more details about volunteering for these special retreats, click here. Others come for stays typically lasting one month, serving in either the Facilities Department or the Kitchen. For more information, see below.
The month-long volunteer positions are designed for those who want to volunteer at IMS and integrate practice with daily life, all within a supportive and friendly environment. Applicants must have an established meditation practice and retreat experience at IMS of at least two week-long retreats in the past ten years.
Month-long volunteers work alongside our Facilities or Kitchen staff in exchange for meals, housing, and access to the retreat environment and staff community. There are also regular interviews about meditation with our Resident Teacher(s). Work is approximately 30 hours per week, with two days off each week. Departmental assignments depend on applicants’ skills and the needs of IMS at the time of service.
Month-long volunteer tasks are at times strenuous and physically demanding, and can routinely involve repetitive motion, lifting up to 50 pounds, pushing, pulling, bending, and standing for long periods. It is essential that applicants be fit and in good health; being comfortable with and able to do physical labor is important.
Kitchen duties: Tasks include organizing supplies in the pantry and refrigerators, washing pots and pans, cleaning up the kitchen and serving areas, other cleaning projects, unloading delivery trucks, and some food preparation.
Facilities duties: Warm-weather tasks include gardening, lawn and trail maintenance, and tree husbandry, as well as projects like window washing. Work during the winter months includes snow removal. During any season, the job may include cleaning common spaces, guest rooms, storage areas and offices, laundry tasks, and projects like indoor painting. Landscaping and maintenance experience is preferred but not required.
We look forward to reopening the Retreat Center in October and the Forest Refuge in November! There are currently no volunteer openings available. We will update this page when we resume the Volunteer Program. Please feel free to check back from time to time, and thank you for your patience!
If you are interested in applying, please use one of these forms:
- Month-long Volunteer Application Form (PDF)
- Month-long Volunteer Application Form (Interactive PDF; requires Adobe Reader XI)
Any months not listed have been filled. While slots may be full, you are welcome to apply to be waitlisted.
For questions regarding this program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 978-355-4378 ext. 240.