Work and Life at WFC
As much a place or an institution, World Fellowship can be said to be a community or a state of mind as well as heart — 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 and heart.
2020 Available Positions
General Staff – Dish/Pots, Dining Room and Housekeeping
Lloyd Lodge/Housekeeping Manager
Front Desk/Summer Registrar
Bring your skills or come to develop them. We need people who like to work hard, contribute to a positive community life, and who can provide 4-12 weeks of 30-36 hours per week of:
Carpentry/handy helper skills
Dining room service
Spring/fall work weekend volunteers are also need each year.
The heart of the World Fellowship work force. The majority of jobs fall into 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. We value our employees. Compensation begins at $10/hr, plus room and board for the duration of your employment.
At any given time we have up to two positions for “Junior Staff”, workers under age 18 who stay with a parent or parental surrogate who may be on site volunteering on staff, or as a paying guest.
Work with the Head and Second cooks 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 info required to keep order and calm among a large group of people in one place.
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.
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
Plan, implement, and oversee activities for 3-9 year-olds daily from 10-noon; and 5-12 year-olds from 7:30-9PM Sun-Thurs. 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.
Grow a variety of mixed vegetables toward meeting the needs of our kitchen which serves up to 550 meals each day to staff and guests at the height of the summer. We currently have approximately 1/2 acre of raised-bed gardens with convenient water for irrigation. We cleared three acres which could be reclaimed to increase our growing capacity. Some of our plots have been cultivated organically for nearly 40 years, resulting in soil that is rich in organic matter, fertile, and well drained. We also have a 17’ by 48’ greenhouse.
The ideal candidate for 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 into September.
World Fellowship flower gardens need an experienced hand! If you know the friends from the foes of flowers, please come help maintain flower focused beauty. 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!
– At least 18 years old (or will be here with a parent or parents who will be volunteering, working, or a guest on site)
– Responsible, prompt, attentive, friendly, flexible, kind and compassionate, generally good humored
– A good worker with a strong work ethic, have reasonable expectations, respect for boundaries, and a sincere, non-dogmatic commitment to World Fellowship’s values and mission
– Ideally, a non-smoker who can commit to not being intoxicated or high while on site to ensure that we provide a safe and friendly welcoming atmosphere
– Able to safely lift about 25 pounds from time to time for most jobs and the ability to be on your feet for extended periods. Kitchen, garden and maintenance jobs may occasionally require lifting up to 50 pounds.
YOU’D LIKE TO SPEND JUNE 1ISH TO SEPT15ISH:
– With smart, fun people creating an atmosphere of caring and excellence
– With a diverse, inter-generational, multicultural community
– At a unique peace and justice vacation spot in the splendor of the White Mountains that offers: recreation with daily hike and bike outings, a mile long pond with canoeing, swimming, kayaking, lectures, and workshops on progressive political issues, skills building from organizing to music & arts.
– Alongside 30 to 35 workers including the US and international university students, retirees and a varied group of others
– Serving as many as 150 guests registered at any one time
We are committed to hiring people with varying abilities; please inquire as to possible positions.
Hours & Benefits
36 to 40-hour week with 1 day off per week. Overtime is not available. 4-week commitment for paid staff positions.
Volunteers work 30 hours over the course of a five-day week and may commit to less than four weeks.
There is a weekly staff meeting Sunday afternoon required for all staff and volunteers.
Starting wage of $10/hr, plus free 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).
Two staff computers with internet access available in Uphaus Lodge, where there is wi-fi.
Linens, postage for letters, on-site laundry facility provided.
The same excellent food served to guests.
All facilities and program offerings available for your scheduled participation.
Share your talents at Fun Night, every Friday evening – our family-friendly in-house talent show!
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 staffing need, we may make an exception to this policy and pay returning staff members with a proven record of excellent workers who are working for less than four weeks.
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.
If you are interested in becoming a staff member/volunteer, please contact us. We ask you to complete an application form and send a letter of recommendation as well as a phone contact number 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 June 15 to September 7.
Returning staff who submit applications by April 3 will be given priority. Applications received later will be considered if openings are still available.
If we offer you a position, you will receive a job offer and employee handbook by email. Once we receive your signed contract back 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, preferably near the beginning of their time. Returning staff members are asked to participate in parts of these days.