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Employment | Volunteers

Our mission is to provide a mountain sanctuary where together we are creating a climate for a restorative world. We expect staff and volunteers to join in helping to serve this mission.

Volunteering at Shadowcliff


Memorial Day and Pre-Memorial Day Volunteers

Shadowcliff has a deep history of volunteerism, with over 650 people from over 40 countries giving their time and talent to literally build our amazing campus! Our volunteers provide more than 1400 hours of service to Shadowcliff each season; wonderful people doing amazing things. Join us! Plan now for Memorial Day 2018 and the weeks leading up to it. Check out this blog post for a glimpse into Volunteer Weekend, and this one for the legacy of volunteering at Shadowcliff. If you are interested in  volunteering with us in May, please fill out this Volunteer Request Form.

Summer Volunteers

We need both summer staff AND volunteers. Once we’re open we tend to work with volunteers who can stay for longer periods of time, preferably a month, whenever possible. This permits training opportunities and integration with our staff. We also have shorter length volunteer opportunities during specific group stays. To discuss these volunteer opportunities, please contact Carl Sniffen, our General Manager.

Board Membership

As a not for profit organization, Shadowcliff is governed by a great group of volunteers who meet three to five times each year to set policy and plan for the future. For more information, contact Ariana Friedlander, Board Chair.




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Working at Shadowcliff


Announcing the Search for an Executive Director

The Shadowcliff Board of Directors is currently seeking an Executive Director to be the visionary, compassionate listener and facilitator of what has made Shadowcliff an out-of-this-world place since Warren and Patt Rempel gave all they had –in time, talent and treasure — to create a mountain sanctuary for people of purpose and curiosity and conviction that this world can be better tomorrow than it was yesterday. Read the full job description here: Shadowcliff Executive Director Position Description

The position will close on July 20th. Interested candidates should submit their cover letter and resumé per the instructions in the job description to Ariana Friedlander, Board Chair.


Seasonal Employment at Shadowcliff

Grand Lake is a small mountain town located 2-3 hours from any big cities and with limited bus or train transportation. There is very little night life in Grand Lake. Shadowcliff and the Grand Lake area are great places to work if you enjoy the outdoors, love nature, like to hike or enjoy spending quiet time reading a good book or visiting with guests or friends. Grand Lake is not a good place for people who do not like nature or being out of doors. Shadowcliff is a no-smoking and pet-free facility for staff and guests.

Second jobs are not permitted for Shadowcliff staff or volunteers. If you need to earn extra money by working a second job, Shadowcliff is not the right place for you.

Positions Available for the 2018 Season

We are looking for people with open, searching attitudes, as well as a willingness to live with and accept persons of different views and beliefs, willing to do some hard work, learn skills, and participate in a variety of tasks. No matter the position, we hope and encourage all staff to take advantage of the trails and terrain of Rocky Mountain National Park, and the Arapaho and Indian Peaks Wilderness areas. Fishing, hiking, and canoeing are major free-time activities, as well as bowling, horseback riding, rafting, summer theater, local bands, etc. Trails lead directly from Shadowcliff’s doorstep into Rocky Mountain National Park.


Rotating Staff

These full-time, seasonal positions assist in guest registration and hospitality, meal preparation, housekeeping, maintenance, painting, and working inside and outdoors, including some physical labor to keep Shadowcliff clean and beautiful. Staff are encouraged to connect with guests in the Shadowcliff community and assist in educational opportunities, interpretative programs and hikes. Staff may also assist in program research and presentation as part of the educational work of Shadowcliff.

Daily rotation of staff assignments provides variety in the work schedule with ample opportunity to hike, backpack, and explore. Staff work an average of 28-32 hours per week. Staff members are encouraged to participate in research and educational activities that further our mission.

It’s ideal for Rotating Staff to stay the entire season, arriving mid-late May and heading to the next adventure around October 1st. College students are welcome to apply; we do allow a certain number of Rotating Staff to serve the majority of the season, returning to school late August, early September.

Compensation: Rotating Staff share rooms in Rempel Lodge at Shadowcliff. Compensation includes meals and lodging plus a monthly stipend of $550. Rotating Staff share gratuities from the Staff Appreciation Fund.

To apply: Fill out this online application.