Serve at Mount Madonna Center

Serve ~ Live ~ Learn

We offer unique employment pathways for those with the heart and skills 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 Mount Madonna, 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, and want a 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

Dining Room Lead

The Dining Room Lead oversees the day to day service of two to three meals/day, seven days/week in the Community Building.

See full job description here.

Marketing Manager - Commuter Position

The successful candidate will be an excellent communicator and storyteller, and will be an authentic representative of Mount Madonna, able to connect effectively with the organization’s various stakeholders and audiences

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Wellness Center Massage Therapist

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.

See full job description here.

Anjaneya’s World Cafe Barista - Commuter Position

Anjaneya’s World Cafe is located on the MMC campus and serves visitors to the Hanuman Temple as well as retreat guests and the center community. We serve coffee, tea, and a variety of additional drinks and snacks.

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Supplemental Housekeeping Staff

This role is responsible for cleaning and servicing our main communal gathering space, which includes the Dining Hall, main offices, bathrooms, and resident spaces. This position is only available to existing residents and staff.

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Supplemental Gatehouse Assistant

As the Gate Assistant at Mount Madonna Center, your primary responsibility is to ensure a warm welcome for residents, staff, and guests. You achieve this by carefully overseeing processes, activities, and the maintenance of physical Gate spaces.

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Rotational Volunteer

MMC is now looking for a few rotational volunteers to join us for our upcoming cohort sessions: (April 2nd - July 7th, 2024), (July 9th - October 6th, 2024), and (October 8th, 2024- January 5th, 2025).

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.

"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