Facilities and Land Manager

Employment Position

Facilities and Land Manager

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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 Satellite 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 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 five 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.  Tara Mandala runs a predominantly organic vegetarian kitchen.  Tara Mandala Leadership Values can be reviewed here.

This is a full-time position at Tara Mandala, Pagosa Springs, Colorado and could include room and board if residential option is chosen, or it could be a non-residential position, and other benefits, including Paid Time Off and opportunity to attend some retreats at Tara Mandala.


Job Summary

  • Ensure smooth and efficient operations of all building, land, and infrastructure systems at Tara Mandala.
  • Ensure smooth workflow of tasks for residents or staff under Facilities and Land Manager.
  • Ensure rewarding and balanced experience for Living Dharma Program participants, volunteers and other staff working on Land Crew in the summer retreat season.
  • Participate in new systems, innovations, and approaches to operations working directly with the Operations Director.
  • Oversee major capital projects, interacting and managing contractors and vendors hired to complete work, repairs and projects. 
  • Oversee any and all staff, participants, and volunteers assigned to the land and facilities team.


Required skills, competencies and duties:

  • Competent carpentry skills, land and infrastructure system skills, capable of overseeing construction projects, and contractors, maintenance schedules, outside maintenance vendors, equipment, electrical, plumbing, water, and septic systems.  
  • Proven ability to stay on schedule, within budget, and deliver projects on time.
  • Have a working understanding of all building systems including; water systems (well, softening and heating) solar systems and basic electrical and ability to research such topics and troubleshoot problems.
  • Collect, prioritize, and distribute maintenance requests in a timely fashion and track completion.  Use Task Management software.
  • Oversee that resident and retreat cabins are in good working order and that they are well stocked the winter months, including wood stove maintenance, and safety and supplies are secured, e.g., wood, tarps, chopping blocks and equipment, snow shovels, rodent control, etc.
  • Work closely with the Operations Director to monitor appropriate aspects of the operational budget related to maintenance of buildings, facilities and land.
  • Perform weekly facilities walk through using the “facilities walk through” checklist with Facilities and Land Staff, including checking systems in each building (e.g., Temple, Prajna, and Community Building).
  • Oversee and assist in the construction of new facilities or infrastructure.
  • Monitor the water system and keep records following all applicable local, state, and federal rules.
  • Maintain files (both electronic and paper) including all permits, project approvals, regulations, and current contact information for all equipment and repair contractors and other vendors. 
  • Track all maintenance activities in Task Management software used by the Operations Team.  Maintain and track budget information on maintenance for month-to-month budget management and development of comprehensive yearly maintenance and capital costs for use in budgeting.  
  • Prepare and present proposed maintenance needs and budget for the Executive Director each year, and conduct a mid-year review.
  • Participate on the Emergency Procedures Committee, have a key lead role in emergency responses team (Level 1) and carry emergency radio when on land.
  • Perform yearly fire drills, including teaching staff members how to use the fire trailer, hydrants and water hoses at resident cabins/yurts.
  • In collaboration with the Operations Director and other staff, organize local community Spring and Fall clean up events, and garden clean up and plantings at three buildings.
  • Oversee regular maintenance and care of land vehicles and tractor including; oil changes, tire changes, etc.
  • Providing emergency services, such as pulling cars out of ditches. 
  • Oversee and provide snow plowing in winter or organizing it with other staff.
  • Oversee gardens and landscaping in warmer months, including plantings, irrigation drip system, etc.


Required Education and Experience:

  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited university is preferred.
  • 3 to 5 years’ experience in a similar position.
  • Three quality references; please provide position, person’s role in position, relation to your work, name, email and phone; company or job.


Personal Characteristics

  • Organized
  • Empathetic and Compassionate
  • Independent, Problem solving and Responsible
  • Holds confidentiality, Integrity, Honest and Trustworthy
  • Dependable and Flexible


For residential positions:  Tara Mandala’s Residential Agreement and Code of Conduct and Ethics is available for review here.

Other Duties: This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time as needed by the organization.

Tara Mandala is an equal opportunity employer and seeks diversity with respect to race, religion, ethnicity, culture, gender, age, sexual orientation, and physical abilities. 

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