Assistant Retreat Manager

 mid May – mid October

+/- 30 hours per week 


The Assistant Retreat Manager plays a vital role in hospitality at the Refuge at Knoll Farm, a seasonal retreat center in operation from mid-May to mid-October. Groups using the Refuge include professional groups, families, music camps, yoga studios and individuals on our leadership retreats. Most retreats are 2-8 days long and are typically around 20-30 people. 

It is vital to us that we provide the most respectful, thorough and authentic hospitality for everyone who comes. Each season we hire 2-3 assistant managers who play a vital role in keeping groups happy, well fed and well cared for.

Responsibilities include:

  • welcoming and hosting groups, and being a responsible and welcoming presence to everyone who comes
  • making fires, in wood stove and in campfire circles
  • cleaning and tidying communal spaces
  • preparing the dining hall for meals, and helping with meal service and clean-up setting up for special events

Ideal assistant managers believe strongly in service to others, love being outdoors, have a strong work ethic as well as a strong sense of humor, and have a variety of competencies to draw upon to solve problems and to help others. Must be able to work well independently and in all kinds of weather. But loving people is also important! We look for gregarious, mature, self-aware people who appreciate our mission of connecting people to the land.

There are two shifts for the assistant managers: 7 am to 2 pm; or 2 pm to 9 pm. A full meal is included per 7-hour shift. Compensation is per shift, TBD. 

The exact work schedule is arranged around the retreat calendar, which means that intense work periods are followed by blocks of days off. The calendar is usually full by March. Nearly all programs begin with dinner the first day and end before lunch the last day.

The position does not include health benefits.

If interested please fill out the application below. Please be sure to include a cover letter and resume. Thank you.

If you have any trouble with this form, please email us instead. 

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