2015 Summer Work Opportunities

June 1 – September 15

You can spend your summer…

  • In the breathtaking splendor of New Hampshire’s White Mountains
  • At a unique, historic conference center and retreat destination offering progressive political education, skills building, and recreation
  • In the midst of a principled, multicultural, intergenerational community
  • Working shoulder to shoulder with dedicated, inspiring people to create a culture of caring and excellence

Click HERE for Returning Staff  and Volunteer Application.

Click HERE for New Staff and Volunteer Application.

All this can be yours at The World Fellowship Center!

Founded in 1941 with a vision of bringing all kinds of people together to create a better world, World Fellowship is located 6 miles south of Conway, New Hampshire, in the shadow of Mt. Chocorua. It is tucked into 455 acres of forest, which reach to the edge of Whitton Pond, an unspoiled wilderness lake nearly a mile in length. Our 30 to 35 workers include US and international university students, retirees and a varied group of people in between. As many as 150 guests are in attendance at any one time. Programs highlight major issues of the day, with a focus on peace and social justice, as well as cultural offerings – music, photography, poetry, yoga, tai chi, films and nature programs. Recreation possibilities on the premises includes swimming, boating, canoeing, and fishing in a mountain lake; ping pong, volleyball, basketball and soccer; and exploring our own nature trails. The nearby White Mountains are renowned for hiking and outdoor recreational opportunities of all kinds.

WORK and Life at World Fellowship

World Fellowship Center workers benefit from the opportunity to dwell where possibilities have value… Possibilities for peace, for a fair shake for all people, for caring for our planet and each other. As much as it is an organization or an institution, World Fellowship can be said to be a state of mind, one that is nurtured with openness, integrity, authenticity, and compassion; staff and volunteers help set the tone and support and reinforce this state of mind.

All aspects of the work of our camp and conference center are brought to life by people who live and work here for the summer. Meals and dining room service are provided in a nourishing atmosphere where everyone can feel included. Clean, clear, functional guestrooms, bathrooms, and common spaces create an atmosphere of good cheer and well-being. The office provides friendly, upbeat logistical support for everyone on site. Living and working together, staff and volunteers get a full dose of all that the Center offers, and can make a difference in the broader experience of the place.

Positions available

General Staff
The heart of the World Fellowship work force. The majority of jobs fall into these three categories: Dish/Pots, Dining Room and Housekeeping. While there may be some rotation of jobs in the course of the summer, we ask General Staff applicants to rank their preference between these three to help us in making assignments. In addition, there are a small number of positions working in the kitchen, office, maintenance, and garden crews. You must be 18 or over to apply. Compensation begins at $150 a week PLUS room and board for people working a minimum of four weeks.

At any given time we have up to two positions for “Junior Staff”, workers under age 18 who have a parent or parental surrogate volunteering, on staff or present on site as a paying guest.

Kitchen Assistants
Work with the Head and Second cook in daily meal preparation. May include making salad dressings, soups, assisting with occasional baking, etc.

Front Desk Staff
Work with the Office Manager to make visitors and callers welcome by providing reservation assistance, general information, and supporting the flow of information required to keep order and calm among a large group of people in one place.

Maintenance Crew
Assist with all aspects of maintaining our mix of farm-turned-guest houses and yards in a safe, high-functioning state. Some experience preferred: carpentry, general repairs, etc.

Second Cook
Assists the head cook in kitchen management and feeding up to 180 people three hearty meals a day. Meals are vegetarian except: Thursday cookout; Friday fish; Sunday noontime turkey dinner and leftovers from these. Vegetarian alternatives are offered at these meat-inclusive meals. Experience in a professional kitchen or equivalent experience cooking for large numbers of people is strongly preferred. The ability to work long hours in a hot kitchen and keep a sense of humor is fundamental. Compensation commensurate with experience.

Children’s Program Coordinator
Help plan, implement, and oversee activities for 3 – 9 year-olds from 10-12am; and 5-12 year-olds from 7:30-9 PM. An ideal position for an education professional on summer break, or a self-starting student looking to make a career in education or childcare. Compensation commensurate with experience.

We grow a variety of mixed vegetables to meet the needs of our kitchen and dining hall, which, at the height of the summer serves up to 550 meals each day to staff and guests. We currently have approximately 1/2 acre of raised-bed gardens with convenient water for irrigation. We have cleared three acres to increase our growing capacity. Some of our plots have been cultivated for nearly 40 years, and we have followed organic practices for most of that time, resulting in soil that is rich in organic matter, fertile, and well drained. We also have a 17′ by 48′ greenhouse to support these efforts.

The ideal candidate for the farmer position will be self-directed, energetic, flexible and responsible, with at least two years of experience in organic mixed vegetable production (including at least one apprenticeship), and available to work full-time from May 1 through September 30.

Flower Gardener
World Fellowship flower gardens need an experienced hand (or professional or committed hobbyist)! If you know the friends from the foes of flowers, please come help restore our beds to their former glory. Our principal buildings have space around them with beautiful potential for you to make a lasting impact. We would like your help establishing simple splash: locally appropriate, perennially beautiful, uplifting color!

Beyond the specific requirements for each job, we look for people with qualities that make them likely to succeed and be content in this unique community work environment. Friendliness, flexibility, generosity, and kindness will serve you very well here. We seek to create a compatible group of positive team players. To get the job done with grace and aplomb, you must have a strong work ethic, reasonable expectations, respect for boundaries, and a sincere, non-dogmatic commitment to World Fellowship’s values and mission.

We prefer to hire non-smokers, and as World Fellowship is a live-in community, we ask that staff commit to not being intoxicated while on site, and to maintaining a safe and friendly family atmosphere.

Aside from office positions, most of our jobs require the ability to lift up to 25 pounds from time to time and the ability to be on your feet for extended periods. Kitchen, garden and maintenance jobs may occasionally require lifting up to 50 pounds. We are committed to hiring people with varying abilities; please inquire as to possible positions.

It is especially satisfying to us when people with a history of World Fellowship attendance join our staff. However, it is important to remember that the experience of working here is much different than the experience of being here as a guest. All who join our team have something special and unique to offer, whether they’re here for the first or fifteenth time.

Up to 40-hour week for most jobs, with 1 day off per week; Overtime is not available. Those in paid staff positions are expected to commit to a minimum of four weeks. Volunteers work 30 hours over the course of a five-day week and may commit to fewer than four weeks.

There is a weekly staff meeting Sunday afternoon required for all staff and volunteers.

Minimum wage minus $140 per week for room and board: Shared bunk housing with up to 5 staff per room (a limited number of more private rooms are available for management positions). Linens are provided. You get the same excellent food served to guests.

Volunteers who work 30 hours a week and/or are at World Fellowship for less than four weeks are compensated with room and board. In case of a particular World Fellowship staffing need, we may make an exception to this policy and pay returning staff members with a proven record of excellent work who are working for less than four weeks.

All campus facilities plus bicycles for staff use.

All scheduled speakers and workshops. Staff and guests are invited to contribute their talents to an in-house talent show, Fun Night, every Friday evening.

Transportation scheduled to town (6 to 12 miles away) for shopping and “Staff Night Out”. Day trip to Boston or Portland may be coordinated with other staff members.

Staff Laundry
Washer, dryer, soap furnished. Also, limited letter postage provided.

Two computers with Internet access provided for staff to share.

Hiring process
If you are interested in becoming a staff member or volunteer, please contact us as soon as possible. We ask you to complete an application form and to send a letter of recommendation from someone with whom you have worked (whether as a student, or as an employee). Upon receipt, we will let you know that we received the application and letter of recommendation and notify you of hiring as soon as we know. We will consider hiring for part of the season, but we give priority to applicants who are available for the whole season (for most positions, that’s late June to Labor Day).

Returning staff who submit applications by April 3th will be given priority. The deadline for all others is April 10, as we try to complete hiring by April 17, 2015. Applications received later will be considered if openings are still available. Please submit the online application, along with a letter of recommendation and phone contact number from a current or former employer (or a teacher with whom you have worked).

If we offer you a position, you will receive a job offer and employee handbook by email. Once we receive your signed contract back by regular mail we will notify you that you are officially hired.

The Staff Coordinator will give arriving staff members’ initial orientation and training. In addition, there will be two Staff Orientation and Team-Building Days, in early July and early August. New staff and volunteers are required to participate in one of them, preferably near the beginning of their time at World Fellowship. All returning staff is asked to participate in group-building exercises on part of those days.


If you have questions, please contact Andy Davis through the World Fellowship office: 603.447.2280 or write to:  andy @ worldfellowship.org

Andy Davis
World Fellowship Center
PO Box 2280
Conway NH 03818-2280  USA