"The more fully we give our energy, the more it returns to us."
- Jack Kornfield

Dedicated Volunteer Program

Dedicated Volunteer positions offer a greater level of responsibility and training than our occasional volunteer opportunities. Dedicated Volunteers work closely with a Spirit Rock staff member, offering a high level of support. There is a 6-month commitment for each of these roles. Dedicated Volunteers accrue 5 nights of residential retreat time. This is the only volunteer opportunity that accrues residential retreat benefits. Other benefits include a 30% discount at our bookstore, lunch with the staff, and invitations to retreat dharma talks. 

If you are interested in including ongoing service as part of your practice, please contact Juliana Birnbaum, Volunteer Coordinator, at (415) 488-0164 x224 or

If you have experience working with Raiser's Edge database, Survey Monkey, Microsoft Office or Adobe Suite, please include this information. Thank you!

Current Dedicated Volunteer Openings (as of September 2017)

Housekeeping – Retreat Center Support 

The Housekeeping DV assists Spirit Rock Housekeepers’ work in the Residential and Meditation Halls after residential retreats.   The position is directly supervised by Sara Sacksteder, Spirit Rock Housekeeper, and reports to Retreat Operations Manager.  Once trained, the hours will be 10am to 2:30pm on closing days, with ½ hour for lunch.

Work includes cleaning in various Retreat Center areas such as:

  • Bathrooms and residential rooms
  • Meditation Hall Foyer
  • Meditation Center Coat Room
  • Lower Walking Hall
  • Interview Rooms
  • Teachers Office

Work may also include collecting, washing and folding pink cleaning towels, trash and compost collection, and filling paper towel dispensers.

Desired qualifications include:

  • Ability to pay close attention to small details
  • Experience and enjoyment in the process of cleaning and re-setting the physical space for the next retreat opening, or supporting the physical space during retreats
  • Dependable and cooperative demeanor
  • Able to lift 30 pounds and be on your feet during the work
  • Previous retreat experience is desirable since the DV will be working around retreatants

The DV should be available for the majority of retreat closing dates (which are often on Saturdays or Sundays) but depending on availability, the work may also occur during retreats.  The retreat calendar is available a year in advance for scheduling purposes. Job descriptions and supervision for all tasks will be provided.

Development Office Support  

General administrative and event support including in-house mailings and correspondence, Raiser’s edge database maintenance and clean up, some donor communications.

Skill set / qualifications / experience required:  Proficiency with Microsoft office suite of products – Outlook, excel, word, powerpoint, etc.  Some familiarity with relational databases a plus.  Strong customer service ethic and great attitude.  Familiarity with Buddhist principles and terms in general and with Spirit Rock teachers a plus. 

Dedicated Greeting/Parking Volunteer

Be an integral part of our event support team, greeting and directing parking for larger programs such as Monday night Dharma Talks, and on some weekend mornings at openings for benefits and daylongs.

Skill set / qualifications / experience required:  Warm, welcoming demeanor.  Ability to communicate clearly and stand outside for several hours at a time.  Strong customer service ethic and great attitude.  Familiarity with Spirit Rock events desired.

Dedicated Volunteer FAQs

What is a Dedicated Volunteer?
Dedicated Volunteers make a commitment to serve approximately 4 hours per week for 6 months in support of Spirit Rock staff. DVs work with a specific staff member or department for the duration of service. We encourage people to volunteer for a period of time on an occasional basis before making a 6 month commitment, but will consider new volunteers with exceptional skills for these roles.

What kinds of service opportunities are available to a Dedicated Volunteer?
Dedicated Volunteers work in a variety of departments. Depending on our current needs, these include Land Care, Communications, Volunteer Department, Bookstore, Accounting/Data Entry and other possibilities.

How do I get started as a Dedicated Volunteer?
When a staff member requests a Dedicated Volunteer, the position is posted on our website (above). If you are interested in filling one of these roles, please send an e-mail to and include a cover letter and resume or additional information about what related skills you would bring to the position. Also include your availability.

I have certain specialized skills I would like to offer to Spirit Rock, what is the best way for me to do that?
Spirit Rock is fortunate to have a pool of creative and talented community members with a variety of skills and the desire to share them. At times we have need of special skills and those requests will be posted to the Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities page on this site. However, the intention of the Dedicated Volunteer Program is to offer support to Spirit Rock staff with many of the day to day tasks that keep the organization running. Your service insures that we can continue offering the retreatants and events that yogis so greatly appreciate.

Can I use my accrued hours toward residential retreat time?
As a part of the Dedicated Volunteer Program, volunteers work 4 hours per week for 6 months, accruing 100 hours of DV time, equal to 5 nights of residential retreat time.

Thank you for your interest in the Dedicated Volunteer Program!

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