Assistant Retreat Manager
May 15- October 11, 2019
+/- 30 hours per week
The Assistant Retreat Manager plays a vital role in hospitality at the Refuge at Knoll Farm, a seasonal retreat center in operation from mid-May to mid-October. Groups using the Refuge include professional groups, families, music camps, yoga studios and individuals on our leadership retreats. Most retreats are 2-8 days long and are typically around 20-30 people.
It is vital to us that we provide the most respectful, thorough and authentic hospitality for everyone who comes. Each season we hire 2-3 assistant managers who play a vital role in keeping groups happy on the land, in our handmade buildings, and in any weather.
- welcoming and hosting groups, and being a responsible and welcoming presence to everyone who comes
- making fires, in wood stove and in campfire circles
- cleaning and tidying communal spaces
- preparing the dining hall for meals, and helping with meal service and clean-up setting up for special events
Ideal assistant managers believe strongly in service to others, love being outdoors, have a strong work ethic as well as a strong sense of humor, and have a variety of competencies to draw upon to solve problems and to help others. Must be able to work well independently and in all kinds of weather. But loving people is also important! We look for gregarious, mature, self-aware people who appreciate our mission of connecting people to the land.
There are two shifts for the assistant managers: 7 am to 2 pm; or 2 pm to 9 pm. A full meal with a half-hour break is included per shift.
In 2019, this job begins May 15 with a two-day staff orientation and ends October 11th. The work schedule is arranged around the retreat calendar, which means that intense work periods are followed by blocks of days off. The calendar below is everything we have confirmed by the end of January. It will be added to, and numbers are likely to change. Nearly all programs begin with dinner the first day and end before lunch the last day.
May 15-17: Staff orientation
May 18: Spoon Carving Workshop – approx 15 people
May 30 – June 2: Raining Woman retreat – 30 people
June 10 – 14: Cosecha retreat – 21 people
June 24 – 27: Facilitating for Change – approx 20 people
June 30 – July 6 : Better Selves Fellowship – 25 people
July 12-14: Mindful Voice singing and meditation retreat – 20 people
July 23-26: NPCA retreat – 20 people
July 27-Aug 2: Better Selves Fellowship session II- 25 people
August 6-9: Pueblo Project –20 people
August 12-17: Band in residence – 8 people
August 24-30: Better Selves Fellowship session III– 25 people
Sept 13-15: Writing retreat – 15 people
Sept 27-29: Harvard student retreat – 18 people
Oct 4-6: Woman’s Retreat – 20 people
Compensation is $12 per hour. The position does not include health benefits, but housing can be included for no charge and consists of a private bedroom in the farmhouse, with shared bath.
If interested please fill out the application below. Please be sure to include a cover letter and resume. Thank you.
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