Volunteer Opportunities

Natural Dharma Fellowship would not be where we are today without the incredible generosity and heart of our volunteers. So much of what we do, and our success at doing it, depends on the generosity of Volunteers.  We have the great good fortune to work with a wonderful community of people who dedicate their precious time and energy and we are forever grateful for every minute.  

Below you will find opportunities to help us continue our service to the Sangha and beyond.

Volunteer Remotely

Help us continue to offer our courses, series, and retreats online
and in hybrid format from the ease and comfort of your own home.

Volunteer at Wonderwell

Enjoy the beauty of our special retreat center in Springfield, New Hampshire
while making an important contribution in our spiritual community.

Tech Positions

We need your help online! Although Wonderwell is open for onsite retreats, the bulk of NDF’s programming remains online or in hybrid online/onsite form. To make these programs possible, we need two Zoom Volunteers for each event, including Dharma Sundays, Dharma Dialogues, Meditation Groups, Weekly Classes, and all online and hybrid Retreats.
PLEASE NOTE:  Zoom Hosts do not need to be tech-savvy. If you know how to participate in Zoom meetings and have reliable internet, please consider serving in this crucial role. 
Depending on your level of involvement, Zoom Hosting includes free attendance at online retreats and the online portions of hybrid retreats.
To Volunteer

If you’d like to volunteer or request more information, please email Shemaleiah at: programs@naturaldharma.org.

NDF is looking for a few volunteers to edit audio and video files for our online programs.  

This will likely become an ongoing opportunity for anyone interested in long-term volunteering in this area.

AUDIO

The work begins immediately following an online event and has a 5-day turnaround time.  You would be editing out non-essential parts of the recordings such as initial greetings, setup communication, tech talks, and end-of-session “chatter”.   

Depending on your level of comfort, it could also involve scanning the files for unwanted noises to resolve or clip out.

In addition, you would also do extractions of meditations from teachings so they can be listened to on their own without having to scan through a teaching.

VIDEO

Similar to audio editing, we are looking for volunteers to work with video trimming or clipping the same types of beginning and ending, “non-essential” parts of the video.  (No extractions are done with video files). 

QUALIFICATIONS

Prior experience with audio/video editing is desirable but we are happy to train.  

The most important thing is that you’re comfortable around technology and are a self-starter who has consistent time to offer during our upcoming “retreat season”.  and doesn’t mind exploring new tools or suggesting some you already use.

This project will be supervised by Dianne Wiroll, Technical Manager, and Eric Brus, NDF’s Resident Audio Editor.  

TO VOLUNTEER

If you are interested in volunteering in this area, please contact Dianne Wiroll to see if this is a fit for you. Thank you!

RESOURCE COORDINATORS

NDF has volunteer opportunities in one or more areas on our Resource Coordinator team.  The tasks involve working on building and maintaining the framework that holds our event recordings.  The list currently includes the items below and is always expanding and evolving.

Current tasks

  • Audio / Video editing [simple clipping and extractingsee listing “audio editors needed”
  • Playlist building
  • Building the front-end structure for our recordings

Future tasks

  • Catalog project
  • Categorization project
  • Resource Bundling project

Requirements: 

You don’t need to have a high level of technical knowledge, just comfort with working in a basic technical environment and good organizational skills.  You are also comfortable working with little or no supervision once the project and tools are explained. 

We will train you on the process and assure you that the learning curve is very minimal for a person who is comfortable around technology.  If you can email and order things online, you’re perfect for this position.  

To Volunteer

If you are interested in volunteering in this area, please contact Dianne Wiroll, Technical Manager, to learn more.

Thank you! 

NDF needs a volunteer to work with our Online Programs Coordinator to develop a supply of video snippets we can use on our website and in our social media marketing efforts.

You would be responsible for extracting small, 5-10 minute video clips for use in our marketing efforts on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube, along with our website and email marketing.

A working knowledge of video trimming or clipping is most desired but we can teach you to extract the snippets as well.

The most important thing is that you’re comfortable around technology and are a self-starter who doesn’t mind exploring new tools and new ways of helping us get the word out about NDF.

This project will be Shemaleiah Geremia-Smylie, Online Programs Coordinator.

To Volunteer

If you are interested in volunteering in this area, please contact Shemaleiah to see if this is a fit for you.

Thank you!

Committees & Practice Groups

Stewardship at NDF

Do you want to “give back” to NDF?  Joining the Stewardship Committee is a great way to express gratitude for the teachings.

What do we do? We volunteer our time and effort to help NDF gather the financial resources it needs to keep the teachings available for all. It is important and joyful work, benefitting all beings.

Please join us in “paying back by paying it forward.” Your fundraising talents would be most welcome! 

To Volunteer

Please contact stewardship@naturaldharma.org to learn more.

The Inclusion and Equity Committee (IEC), which brings you Affinity Groups and Dharma at the Movies, is looking for 2 or 3 new members. Join us in providing tools for deconditioning the sangha from othering in all its forms. We are a friendly, action-oriented group open to everyone. For more information, contact Francine at francine.rainone@gmail.com.

The Bardo Practice Group Steering Committee is seeking a volunteer to fill the Scheduler role. 

Although many have expressed interest in practice leading and/or Zoom hosting, the current priority is for a Scheduler to join our volunteer team. This person is responsible for organizing and coordinating the Practice Leader weekly schedule 2-4 months at a time.

  • Experience with some scheduling applications (Google forms/sheets, SuperSurvey, Signup Genius, Doodle Poll, etc.) is helpful.
  • Time commitment isn’t large, and the team will assist you.

We look forward to you offering your compassionate organizing skills to help these practices continue uninterrupted. Bardo Committee Volunteers utilize diligence, joyful effort, and clear, timely communication for the benefit of all. 

Please contact ndfzoombardo@gmail.com

Wonderwell Positions

Wonderwell is seeking tech-comfortable volunteers to operate our new tech station, connecting Zoom participants to the meditation hall, during hybrid events (Dharma Sundays once monthly, and hybrid retreats.) Familiarity with audio-visual equipment and with Zooming live events is helpful, but we will provide training.

To Volunteer

If you enjoy working with tech and are interested in learning more, please contact Andrea at: ndfretreatcoordinator@naturaldharma.org.

There are no opportunities available at this time.  

To Volunteer:

If you would like to be placed on our list for future contact, please email Andrea at: ndfretreatcoordinator@naturaldharma.org.

Local drivers are needed for occasional shuttle service to/from Wonderwell and the New London Park n’ Ride (and occasionally to/from the Dartmouth Coach bus terminal in Lebanon, NH). 
 
  • Cheerful disposition (you’re the first Wonderwell representative our retreatants will see)
  • Clean car with room for luggage
  • Prompt pickups and return trips to the New London bus stop (approx 15 min from Wonderwell) 
  • Very occasional pickups in Lebanon, NH (approx 25 minutes)
  • Available during the day on the first and last days of retreats (varies) 
  • Some flexibility with your schedule is needed if flights and buses are delayed.
  • Texting capabilities are very helpful for communication with travelers on the day of their arrival
  • You will be reimbursed $15 per trip to cover gas, vehicle wear & tear, and your time. 
  • Masking is required in the car during rides to and from Wonderwell.

To Volunteer:

If you would like to be part of our retreat team, please email Andrea at: ndfretreatcoordinator@naturaldharma.org.

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