Work at Mount Madonna Center

Serve ~ Live ~ Learn

We offer unique employment pathways for those with the heart and skill needed to support the operations of a lively retreat center, temple, and intentional yoga community. We invite our staff to live their principles and dedicate their service to the sustainability of the mission, vision, and values of Mount Madonna Center.

Explore your own self-development while supporting a movement of holistic education and spiritual discipline.

Decades of volunteerism laid the foundation for the Center, and an embodied practice of karma yoga, or “the yoga of action," remains the ethos for all service at the Center. Our community and staff see work as an experiential opportunity to transform ourselves and our lives, as a devotional act on a path to freedom. We know there are other seekers out there who are looking for more than just a job, but want the kind of livelihood that arises from rich community connections and meaningful service.

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Our organization is in a time of dynamic change, as we engage diverse talent through a new staffing model, transfer deep wisdom through a generational transition of leadership, and relaunch to host guests after an extended closure.

If you have volunteered or attended a program at the Center, and are interested in being part of the team that holds this precious gem, we would especially love to hear from you!

Open Positions

Executive Director

Mount Madonna Center is currently in the midst of an intergenerational transition, and the ED model represents an adaptation and integration of MMC’s historical leadership model. The ideal candidate will be inspired by the opportunity to work within this dynamic setting.

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Operations Manager

We have an immediate opening for an Operations Manager, who will serve as the lead for all of the Center’s operations, and which could grow into the Operations Director position in time.

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Resident Services Coordinator

The Resident Services Coordinator will oversee and manage staff housing, provide support and assistance to resident staff, and communicate & collaborate with various related departments.

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IT Manager / Network Administrator

The ideal applicant would look forward to being a member of a small team and will help manage, oversee, and support network administration and some help-desk support for Mount Madonna Center.

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Financial Controller

The Controller serves as a key member of the Mount Madonna Center organization with responsibility for oversight and management of accounting.

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"Community living has instilled and facilitated a new, profound essence in me. I feel grateful for the experiences I got through work, music, rituals, discussion, and the land." ~Sarah C.

Questions or Interest

Please contact us at work@mountmadonna.org

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Residential Positions Now Available

Mount Madonna Center's operations are supported by an intentional community that was founded in 1978, and that context of community living makes for rich and unique job opportunities. Working and practicing alongside your friends and neighbors is a challenge that offers many rewards!

Currently, about 70 residents, as well as an extended community of volunteers and employees, support the activities of the Center's mission. All residents contribute to sustaining the community and land with weekly volunteer hours, in the spirit of collective service. Beyond the positions listed above, there are opportunities to engage and learn more about the community through time spent in classes, meal-serving, tending the garden, and other volunteer service hours.

  • Single accommodation with shared bath
  • Vegetarian meals shared communally
  • Weekly classes (currently online) in yoga practice and philosophy
  • Established multigenerational residential community of practice
  • Healthy living in the hills above Santa Cruz
  • Participation in community events, activities, retreats and celebrations