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Working at Shadowcliff

Shadowcliff is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of Shadowcliff to provide equal employment opportunities regardless of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal or state law.

Shadowcliff is committed to creating a safe, inclusive, welcoming space for all staff members. BBIPOC and LGBTQIA+ are encouraged to apply!

Shadowcliff is where you come if you want to work, live, learn, grow, and play in a beautiful environment closely connected to nature and community.

Nestled in the Rocky Mountains overlooking Colorado's largest, deepest natural body of water, Shadowcliff puts you at the doorstep of Rocky Mountain National Park, Grand Lake, the beautiful Fraser Valley, and the Continental Divide Trail. Activities such as hiking, biking, camping, horseback riding, fishing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, and more are at your doorstep!

The Shadowcliff community is warm, welcoming, knowledgeable, and supportive. We have a strong history of volunteerism that continues today, and every community member cares deeply for Shadowcliff and its seasonal staff. The connections you make at Shadowcliff could last you a lifetime! Friendships carry on long after we close our doors for the winter and most every season witnesses one or more reunions as prior staff return to say hello, volunteer, or stay for a few days as guests.

The small town of Grand Lake is the western gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park and is located 2-3 hours from any big cities. There is very little night life in the town unless you count nature's nocturnal, furry friends. Along with the natural beauty of the area, Shadowcliff and Grand Lake are also a great environment to work and live in if you are seeking a place of quiet reflection.

Shadowcliff provides a comprehensive employment experience including onsite housing, community living, and an emphasis on encouraging staff to take full advantage of the natural surroundings in their free time. Employee schedules routinely change based on the needs of guests and especially with large group retreats, so it is important that Shadowcliff employment be your top priority. With this in mind, we typically cannot accommodate candidates who plan to obtain second jobs in Grand Lake in addition to their employment at Shadowcliff. We may be able to accommodate folks that hold other positions if they work for themselves online and/or have control over their schedule. Shadowcliff is unable to accommodate fixed work schedules from other jobs. Additional employment must be disclosed during the application process, and, if hired, staff must be able to meet the requirements of the work schedules set forth by Shadowcliff. All applicants must be at least 18 years of age.

Questions? Email General Manger, Kimberly, at!

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Due to the interactive and communal nature of employment and community living at Shadowcliff, prior to accepting a position, candidates will need to agree to the following conditions of employment:

Shadowcliff is a no-smoking and pet-free facility for staff and guests.

Due the communal nature of staff housing at Shadowcliff, we are unable to accommodate Emotional Support Animals.

Now Hiring for the 2024 Summer Season!
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Seasonal Positions

Applications will be reviewed starting February 1 until all positions are filled. Apply now!

The level of busyness, work, and activity at Shadowcliff varies widely throughout the season. Seasonal staff perform a variety of hospitality and guest services tasks, and we are seeking people with open, searching attitudes who would like to live with and accept persons of differing views and beliefs, strive to develop new skills, prioritize adaptability, and work hard while taking advantage of all that Shadowcliff and the surrounding area have to offer.

Compassionate Kitchen Manager/Cook - Filled!

The Kitchen Manager/Cook guides the operations of Shadowcliff’s Compassionate Kitchen in a manner consistent with our principles of hospitality and sustainability. This position oversees the meals for retreats and gatherings of varying size and duration as well as special events throughout the season. The Kitchen Manager/Cook plans and prepares meals for groups as well as for staff, supervising lead kitchen assistants, rotating hospitality assistants, and volunteers in meal preparation, service, and clean-up. For this position, please complete the Kitchen Manager/Cook Application here and submit a resume to

Maintenance Manager - Filled!

The Maintenance Manager cares for the facilities and grounds of the Shadowcliff campus by providing proactive and preventive maintenance and upkeep, timely repairs, and progress updates as well as assigning special projects to staff and working with the leadership team and Board for design and implementation of long term improvements.

Lead Kitchen Assistant - Filled!

Lead Kitchen Assistants support the Kitchen Manager/Cook in operating Shadowcliff’s Compassionate Kitchen in a manner consistent with our principles of sustainability and hospitality during the peak period of mid-June through mid-August. The Lead Kitchen Assistants help prepare meals for retreats and gatherings of varying size and duration, special events, and staff meals as determined by the Kitchen Manager/Cook. This position also leads other rotating hospitality assistants and volunteers in meal preparation, service, and clean-up when the Kitchen Manager/Cook is not present.

Guest Services Assistants - View Job Description

Guest Services Assistants support the operations of Shadowcliff's Front Office by working with a diverse group of people, answering the phone, managing the reservation system, responding to emails, doing hospitality laundry, and providing daily housekeeping in and around the Front Office area/lounge/guest kitchen along with occasional kitchen shut-down assistance.

Hospitality Assistants - View Job Description

Shadowcliff's Hospitality Staff are responsible for working as a team to provide a variety of services including housekeeping, kitchen assistance, and special projects for the full Shadowcliff campus and our guests, with close attention to health and safety policies and procedures. Detailed and conscientious demonstration of duties includes cleaning cabins, guest rooms, bathrooms, kitchens, and common areas in accordance with strict cleaning protocols, doing hospitality laundry, assisting the Kitchen Manager/Cook and Lead Kitchen Assistants with meal preparation, food service, and kitchen clean-up, and performing special projects for Shadowcliff's facilities and grounds under the guidance of the Maintenance Manager.

A variable weekly schedule offers ample opportunity to explore the wonders of Rocky Mountain National Park and surrounding areas. Applicants must be  be able to work effectively and respectfully with a diverse staff and guests.

Preference for all positions is given to applicants who can commit to the full season, arriving approximately mid-May through the beginning of October. However, we are open to considering partial-season applicants should availability match our operational needs (typically the shortest length of stay we can consider is mid-June through mid/late-August) .

To apply please:

  1. Carefully review the Job Description(s).
  2. Review Shadowcliff's Employment & Community Standards Agreement and Health & Safety Standards Agreement.
  3. Complete the Shadowcliff Staff Application. (If more than one position interests you, please select all that apply).


Click here to download the full job description PDF. We look forward to hearing from you!

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