Resident Caretaker/Facilities Staff

Facilities · Woodacre, California
Department Facilities
Employment Type Residential
Compensation Resident stipend plus housing and food and excellent benefits package.


This position is part of Spirit Rock’s Resident Staff Dharma program. This work/study program allows participants to work, practice and live at Spirit Rock. The goals of the residential program are to grow in spiritual understanding and wisdom, and to learn how to practice living the teachings of the dharma in work and community. 


Positions are for a one-year period, with the possibility to extend the assignment for an additional year after submission of a formal request and approval from Spirit Rock.


Resident Caretakers/Facilities Staff are stewards of the physical aspects of the Spirit Rock campus. All Caretakers/Facilities Staff are cross-trained for a wide range of duties and are responsible for Retreat Operations support including housekeeping and hospitality services during retreat opens and closes, Teacher Village support, and training and oversight of incoming retreatants, work retreatants, extra-hires, and volunteers.


Additional responsibilities include janitorial, stocking, and distribution of supplies in the Community Meditation Center and Administration buildings, and Retreat support including set-up and parking coordination. All resident staff share responsibility for the 24/7 safety and security of the campus.


Other responsibilities, based on individual skills, may include: facilities maintenance and repair such as plumbing, electrical, painting, carpentry and light construction, landscaping, irrigation, land and trail management, coordination and oversight of vendors and volunteers, and event support.



This is an on-site residential staff position. The following qualifications pertain to the position’s residential nature:

  • A strong interest in service and community living;
  • The ability to live harmoniously in shared housing;
  • An established daily meditation practice;
  • Has sat at least one silent retreat, preferably a Vipassana retreat at Spirit Rock.


Position Qualifications

  • Two - four years’ experience in one or more of the following: Hospitality, Housekeeping and/or Maintenance.
  • Must be available to work all retreat opening and closing days including weekends and holidays. Must be available for an irregular schedule with some regular days off fluctuating based on the retreat opening/closing schedule.
  • Ability to follow directions and complete tasks/projects on time and to specifications.
  • Excellent communication skills; this position interfaces with all retreat support services staff (Facilities, Retreat Coordinators, Retreatants, Work Retreatants, Retreat Teachers, Cooks, Registrars, and other Administrative Staff and Retreat Support Services Manager) on a daily basis.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Open and pleasant attitude, flexibility, dependability, honesty and integrity.


Working Conditions

This is a 37.5 hours/week position with changes in schedule as needed to support retreats.  Unless otherwise pre-arranged, working retreat opening and closing days is required of all caretakers.  The work week is not Monday to Friday and the assignment of days off will be based on the retreat schedule as well as the shared Caretaker.

All operations staff work together to complete the needed duties while we are ramping up post-COVID shut-down and always during normal circumstances when someone is on vacation, retreat or out sick. This means you may have to take on tasks outside the normal scope of your job. Flexibility and an attitude of service are a requirement for this role.

Physical qualifications include the ability to:

  • Work outdoors including frequent exposure to seasonal weather conditions.
  • Sit, walk and stand for extended periods including walking up and down steep hills and stairways.
  • Lift, carry, push or pull objects up to 40 pounds.
  • Perform moderately difficult manipulative tasks.
  • Drive a golf cart.
  • Lift, carry, push or pull objects up to 40 pounds
  • Communicate clearly on a telephone and walkie-talkie
  • This position will be exposed to chemical substances that are typical for maintenance, janitorial and landscaping work.
  • Must be able to regularly speak and write in English
  • Specific vision abilities required are close vision, middle distance vision and color vision


Compensation includes resident stipend plus housing and food. Excellent benefits package includes paid medical, dental, and chiropractic/acupuncture insurance; health savings flexible spending account; 403b retirement savings plan; paid time off to attend Spirit Rock retreats; free attendance for Spirit Rock classes, paid vacation/paid holidays/paid sick leave.


Complete on-line application including application questions and provide references. This application process will include multiple interviews including a meeting with the Staff Dharma Teacher.

Spirit Rock is an equal opportunity employer, and we place a high value on workforce diversity; qualified candidates who self-identify as a Person of Color and/or who are part of the LGBTQI community are encouraged to apply.

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  • Location
    Woodacre, California
  • Department
  • Employment Type
  • Compensation
    Resident stipend plus housing and food and excellent benefits package.