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

Residential Retreat Manager

The Residential Retreat Manager works closely with the Program Manager and Operations Manager to make sure all retreats run smoothly at Tara Mandala. During the retreat season, the Retreat Manager is responsible for the day-to-day oversight of all the programs and retreats at Tara Mandala. The Retreat Manager reports to the Operations Director and Program Manager and is overseen by the Executive Director. This is a seasonal position with the potential to be year-round with additional non-retreat season duties.  This is an hourly 20 to 30 hours a week, non exempt, residential position, based at Tara Mandala, in Pagosa Springs, Colorado

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Maintenance 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 general experience in all facets of building maintenance, water and septic systems, small solar systems, road maintenance, etc. Ability to handle small construction projects is a plus. Good communications skills and ability to work as a team and individually is required. This position reports to the Land/Facilities Manager, and Operations Director.

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Facilities and Land Manager

Working closely with the Operations Director, the Land Manager manages the land, infrastructure, and related systems, including water, septic, storm drainage, forest management, gardens, and roads, including snow plowing in the winter months.  The Land Manager ensures Tara Manadala’s Retreat Center operates in a safe, and efficient manner, and that facilities support our activities and programs at all times.  The Land Manager has an understanding of infrastructure systems, maintenance procedures and general construction practices, including use of vehicles, tractors, chainsaws and power tools.   The Land Manager also oversees and works with various vendors that provide services to the retreat center and/or are hired for specific improvement or repair projects.  The Land Manager reports directly to the Operations Director (OD).

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Online Programs Coordinator

The Programs Coordinator will assist in the delivery of online programs. This entails all aspects of development and execution, and on-screen moderation of live webcasts. The Programs Coordinator will act as a Zoom session moderator for these programs to ensure a professional presentation and will coordinate with teachers in advance to both support the teacher and ensure the program content meets our standards. The Programs Coordinator will also assist with use and maintenance of programs-related content in platforms such as Learndash, Retreat Guru, Mighty Networks, and others. The Programs Coordinator reports to the Programs Manager on a daily basis, and Programs Director overall.

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Learn more about the culture at Tara Mandala:

Leadership Values »

Residential Agreement »