We currently have the following vacancies:

  • General Manager (long term) – Starting as soon as possible

  • Housekeeper (long term) – Starting as soon as possible

  • General Short-Term Volunteers

Please read on for information about each position and what it means to volunteer at Land of Joy.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us!

Land of Joy is an FPMT retreat centre in the beautiful Northumberland National Park surrounded by stunning landscapes and a national dark skies area. We are in a semi-rural and peaceful location, four miles from Bellingham and 20 miles from Hexham. As well as running a busy retreat programme throughout the year we grow our own fresh produce and are working to maintain & restore our 40 acres of woodland and outhouses within the estate.

The centre is run by close knit team of volunteers within a friendly and collaborative environment. If you don’t live locally you will live with the rest of the team in the main house at Land of Joy. Your role will involve working primarily in one area but a willingness to help other departments when needed is necessary, so an open, friendly and patient attitude is essential. Volunteering with us is a wonderful opportunity to offer service in a peaceful and beautiful setting. Land of Joy seeks committed volunteers to form a dedicated team who will embrace the challenges that working in a residential retreat centre brings.

Volunteers are given a single room, three vegetarian meals a day and two days off a week as thanks for volunteering 6-8 hours a day, five days a week. They should be willing to live according to the Buddhist Five Precepts, and have a respect for our spiritual environment.

Current Vacancies

Housekeeper: 6 months – 1 year

We are looking to recruit a committed, organised and compassionate person as a housekeeper to start as soon as possible.

The person in this role will be responsible for:

  • Cleaning and preparing our dormitories, twin and single rooms, including laundry tasks

  • Cleaning communal areas, including gompa, kitchen and toilets

  • Gompa care – flowers and water bowls with guidance from the SPC

  • Organising waste collections / recycling

  • Maintain adequate supplies of cleaning products, toiletries and general household goods

  • Carry out required Health & Safety procedures, note any breakages or other problems and pass to appropriate person

  • Assisting and deputising with our cook during busy retreats

  • Delegating tasks to general volunteers when available

Qualities/skills required:

  • Able to work effectively in a small team

  • Comfortable living in a communal setting in a semi rural location

  • Good hospitality skills

  • Ability to organise a cleaning schedule and delegate to others if necessary

  • Ideally comfortable cooking for up to 35 people when the main cook has days off during busy retreats.

  • Able to manage this kind of physical work

  • A sense of humour

  • Able to legally work in the UK

  • Respect for the FPMT organisation and willingness to live by the five precepts whilst at Land of Joy

Benefits:

  • Two days off per week for volunteering 6-8 hours per days for five days a week

  • Food and single room accommodation

  • A chance to attend sessions during retreats and courses if time allows

  • Two months off  per annum (pro rata)

To apply:

Please familiarise yourself with our volunteer application process then complete our application form including providing two referees for us to contact on your behalf

General Manager: 6 months – 1 year

We are looking to recruit a committed, organised and compassionate person as a general manager to start in April.

The person in this role will work closely with the Director and Spiritual Programme Coordinator to ensure the smooth running of the centre and be responsible for:

  • General admin e.g. answering phone calls and emails

  • Researching and ensuring health & safety regulations are up-to-date and adhered to

  • Recruiting and coordinating general volunteers

  • Managing building development projects

  • Assisting the Director and Spiritual Programme Coordinator as required

  • Assisting with fundraising projects

Qualities/skills required:

  • Able to work effectively in a small team

  • Excellent people management skills

  • Comfortable living in a communal setting in a semi rural location

  • Good hospitality skills

  • Ability to organise and execute a workload independently

  • Good IT skills including spreadsheets and word processing

  • Excellent spoken and written English

  • Able to legally work in the UK

  • Respect for the FPMT organisation and willingness to live by the five precepts whilst at Land of Joy

  • A sense of humour

Benefits:

  • Two days off per week for volunteering 6-8 hours per days for five days a week

  • Food and single room accommodation

  • A chance to attend sessions during retreats and courses if time allows

  • Two months off  per annum (pro rata)

To apply:

Please familiarise yourself with our volunteer application process then complete our application form including providing two referees for us to contact on your behalf

General Volunteer: 2 – 3 months

We are looking to recruit committed, enthusiastic and compassionate people as general volunteers to assist our longer term on-site volunteers.

People in this role will work closely with the Housekeeper, Cook, Woodland & Wildlife Manager and Grounds/Maintainence Manger to ensure the smooth running of the centre.

They will help with the following depending on what’s happening at the centre:

  • Cleaning retreat accommodation and communal areas

  •  Food preparation

  • Some gardening and helping in the woodland when time allows

Qualities/skills required:

  • Able to work effectively in a small team and follow instructions

  • Flexible and adaptable to what the centre needs

  • Comfortable living in a communal setting in a semi rural location

  • Good spoken and written English

  • Able to legally work in the UK

  • Respect for the FPMT organisation and willingness to live by the five precepts whilst at Land of Joy

  • A sense of humour

Benefits:

  • Two days off per week for volunteering 6-8 hours per days for five days a week

  • Food and single room accommodation

  • A chance to attend sessions during retreats and courses if time allows

To apply:

Please familiarise yourself with our volunteer application process then complete our application form including providing two referees for us to contact on your behalf