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 as well as the responsibility community members have to each other to make a healthy, safe place to be.
If all goes as we hope, we will be employing people in the following 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 needed each year – weekends in May and June, and weekends in September or early October.
The heart of the World Fellowship work force. The majority of jobs fall into three categories: Dish/Pots, Dining Service, 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 make assignments. In addition, there are a small number of positions in the kitchen, office, and maintenance 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 may 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
Make visitors and callers welcome by providing reservation assistance and general information while 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 ‘rustic but adequate’ facilities, yards, trails, and grounds in a safe, high-functioning state. Some experience preferred: carpentry, general repairs, etc.
Assist the head cook in kitchen management and feeding up to 150 people three hearty meals a day. Meals are vegetarian except Thursday cookout; Sunday noontime turkey dinner and leftovers from these. Vegetarian alternatives are offered at any meals that include meat.
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. 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 a typical summer. We currently have approximately 1/2 acre of raised-bed gardens with convenient water for irrigation. 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 would be 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, you could 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 10-11 weeks between JUNE 1 – SEPT 15:
– 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 opportunities.
– Alongside other workers including the US and international university students, retirees and a varied group of others
– Serving dozens of guests
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. 4-10 week commitment for paid staff positions is preferred.
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 staff and volunteers.
Starting wage of $10/hr, plus free room and board.
Access to 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 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 and our grateful appreciation!
Transportation scheduled to town (6 to 12 miles away) for occasional outings, hikes, etc. Day trip to Boston or Portland may be coordinated with other staff members.
If you are interested in becoming a staff member/volunteer, please 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 10-11 weeks.
Applications received later than April 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. All staff and volunteers are part of a Sunday afternoon meeting.