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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

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.


Compassionate Kitchen Cook

This full-time, seasonal position oversees the Shadowcliff Compassionate Kitchen.

An ideal position for someone experienced with menu planning and meal preparation using seasonal, local,organic food for groups of people from 15-50, the Cook works with Rotating Staff to prepare delicious, nutritious meals served in a buffet style. Responsibilities include menu planning, ordering, meal preparation and serving, working with staff and volunteers, and leading with our Compassionate Kitchen values. This position is ideal for someone who loves to cook, is excited about nourishing people, and connects with our non-profit mission. See the 2018 Shadowcliff Cook Job Description for more details.

Compensation: $6,000 for entire season, share of gratuities from Staff Appreciation Fund, discretionary end of season bonus, a private room, meals, and plenty of days off.

To apply: Thoroughly read the 2018 Shadowcliff Cook Job Description, the Compassionate Kitchen page on our website, and the About Us page on our website. Then send a letter of intent and resume to Carl Sniffen, General Manager.


Front Office Assistant

This part-time, seasonal position helps to run Shadowcliff’s front office. Answering phones, responding to emails, taking reservations, assisting with housekeeping oversight, laundry, and various other office related duties make this person a key piece of the Shadowcliff staff. See the Shadowcliff Office Assistant job description for full details.

Compensation: $10.50 an hour plus food while on site. Room and additional board are not provided for this position.

To apply: Thoroughly read the Shadowcliff Office Assistant job description and the About Us page on our website. Then send a letter of intent and resume to Carl Sniffen, General Manager.


Maintenance Manager

This full-time, seasonal position helps to keep Shadowcliff’s lovingly built facility up and running. Performing day to day maintenance tasks that require a working knowledge of construction, electrical, and plumbing, responding in a timely fashion to unexpected maintenance issues, and being creative with solutions are all part of the job. See the Shadowcliff Maintenance Manager Job Description 2018 for full details.

Compensation: $750 a month, a discretionary end of season bonus, room, and board are provided.

To apply: Thoroughly read the Shadowcliff Maintenance Manager Job Description 2018 and the About Us page on our website. Then send a letter of intent and resume to Carl Sniffen, General Manager.