Employment Opportunities

Employment Opportunities at Tara Mandala

About Tara Mandala

Tara Mandala is a vibrant international Buddhist Community with groups around the world. It was established in 1993 by Lama Tsultrim Allione and her late husband, David Petit, to foster the development of innate wisdom for the benefit of all beings.  The hub of the Tara Mandala community is the 700-acre dharma center in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Through the center and the Global Sanghas, Tara Mandala offers a complete path of meditation practice, study, and deep retreat in the tradition of Vajrayana Buddhism. Tara Mandala is dedicated to bringing people to realization through the Buddhist teachings. Tara Mandala is committed to fostering a welcoming atmosphere for all people to explore the teachings of the Buddha, and we are committed to cultivating a community that values diversity and inclusion.

“Tara Mandala was created to bring people together to support each other, practice, and do retreat in order to reach realization. The second purpose of Tara Mandala is to be a temenos for the emergence of the sacred feminine, through the lens of Vajrayana, leading to the balance of genuine partnership between the masculine and feminine in our world.” – Lama Tsultrim Allione

Tara Mandala seeks candidates who are familiar with and live by Buddhist principles, including the 5 precepts and the 10 virtuous actions.  We strive to have an open heart, cultivate compassion and empathy for others whether co-workers, visitors or retreatants.  We are here to serve the Dharma first and foremost.

All residential positions at Tara Mandala’s Retreat Center in Pagosa Springs, require proof of a Covid Vaccination in order to keep residents and participants safe.  Other Covid protocols as set by the local and state officials must be followed as well and may change week to week.

Tara Mandala, staff, board, teachers and visitors are expected and committed to adhere to the following Codes and Policies:

Code of Conduct and Ethics Agreement

Residential Agreement

Leadership Values

Open Positions

Communications Coordinator

This position oversees and coordinates the following areas and works directly under the Senior Communications Manager.  This person will have an understanding of the dharma and Buddhism, marketing campaign production, design and reporting, and expertise in social media with awareness and utilization of trends in current and new media channels. Areas include: Support Lama Tsultrim Allione’s Social Media and Public Relations; Global Sangha Support and Communications; Fundraising and Development Support; Tara Mandala Social Media Support (includes Livestream Events) and Other Communication Team Support. This is a part-time remote or offsite position. This position includes some evening and weekend work.

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Maintenace Staff

The maintenance staff position is an important role at Tara Mandala, and is key to the functioning of the land, buildings, including our beautiful 3-story Tara Temple. The maintenance staff role is a residential position including room and board at Tara Mandala’s Retreat Center in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. The position requires experience in all facets of building maintenance, water and septic systems, small solar systems, road maintenance, etc. Some small construction projects are sometimes needed. Ability to work as a team and individually is required as well. An interest in Buddhism and living in a spiritual community is ideal.

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Resident Cook

The resident cook staff position is an important role at Tara Mandala, and the heart of our retreat center. The resident cook position is a residential position. This is an hourly non-exempt position of 20-30 hours per week.  Requires ability to prepare vegetarian meal(s) for Staff/Residents during the off season and assists the Head Cook/Kitchen Manager during the retreat season.  Requires 2 years or more working in a formal commercial kitchen and ability to work as a team and individually is required as well. An interest in Buddhism and living in a spiritual community is preferred.

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Learn more about the culture at Tara Mandala:

Leadership Values »

Residential Agreement »