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

Marketing Specialist

The successful candidate will be an outstanding writer, communicator, and storyteller.

See full job description here.

Business Development Manager

This position will contribute to Mount Madonna’s overall success by serving as an ambassador for the business component of our diverse enterprise, resulting in robust revenue generation.

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We are seeking an experienced bookkeeper who is familiar with all aspects of bookkeeping, including account reconciliation, budgeting and audit.

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In partnership with the Executive Director and other organizational leaders, the Controller helps implement practices that improve the organization’s financial accounting practices.

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Dining Room Lead

The Dining Room Lead will provide a pleasant, hygienic dining experience for on-site community members and well as program participants.

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Program Coordinator

The ideal candidate for this role is an events professional with a background in logistical management and customer service.

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Resident Maintenance and Plumber

MMC is looking to hire an experienced plumber and maintenance assistant. We prefer to hire a residential staff member, but are accepting all applications.

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Massage Therapist - Commuter Position

The Mount Madonna Wellness Center is hiring on-call Massage Therapists. Volunteer candidates with experience in massage therapy may also apply for a paid position at Mount Madonna Institute.

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Residential Kitchen Manager/Cook

MMC is currently looking for a vegetarian cook with management experience. As kitchen manager, you would function as the kitchen supervisor and lead cook.

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Vegetarian Cook (Residential Position available)

If you are an experienced cook excited about creating delicious vegan/vegetarian cuisine, MMC would be delighted to hear from you.

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Residential Volunteer

MMC is now looking for a few resident volunteers in a variety of areas. We have openings in the kitchen, dish room, landscaping, gate, and maintenance (especially plumbers and general contractors). There is a 3 month commitment for this opportunity. If you are interested, please complete this interest form.

Day Volunteer for the Garden

Mount Madonna is now welcoming day volunteers to help in our garden.

View more details and sign up here.

"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.

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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 (online & in-person) 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