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 from Home

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 needs a few volunteers to work with our Resident Audio Editor beginning mid-April through early July editing audio files from our online programs.  

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

We would like to begin training editors during the month of April to be ready for “retreat season” coming up starting in May. 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!

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!

NDF needs a few volunteers to work with our webmaster on an archive project for our retreat recordings.  Our goal is to put our vast archive of retreat recordings up on our website.  There is so much good content available to our community but we need help making it all accessible.

Experience: 

You don’t need to have a high level of technical knowledge, just comfort with working in a basic technical environment.  [see requirements below],

The Project:

You will be creating resources, filling in content, and dropping a file link into a plugin field within wordpress.

Requirements: 

Our Archive volunteer is someone who is 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 has a basic comfort level around technology.  If you can email and order things online, you’re perfect for this position.  

This project will be supervised by Dianne Wiroll, WebGuru.  

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! 

Committees

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.

Invitation to Apply to Join the Spiritual Programming Council

Natural Dharma Fellowship is taking an innovative step, with the blessings of Lamas Willa and Liz, to expand the involvement of the Sangha in the implementation and monitoring of the spiritual programming of NDF.

We’re looking for 5 people to join the Spiritual Programming Council to work with the Teachers’ Council. Their primary function is to implement, administer, and maintain the quality of NDF’s spiritual programming in collaboration with the Teachers’ Council.

This infrastructure is being implemented to establish the culture of collaboration that Lama Willa described in her article in Lion’s Roar, Building Blocks of Belonging – by  |

Roles and Responsibilities of the Spiritual Programming Council:   
 
Role:

Implement, administer, and maintain the quality of NDF’s spiritual programming in collaboration with the Teachers Council.  

Responsibilities:
  • Designate a convener to schedule and plan agendas for regular Council meetings 
  • Work with existing programs (Margha, Vajrayana, Dzogchen) and establish committees as needed in each major area of responsibility to make proposals to the Teachers Council
  • Ongoing teacher support
    • Plan and implement the annual teachers’ retreat
    • Develop ways to support  current meditation teachers 
    • Look into already existing processes and as needed, establish additional processes to gather regular feedback from participants in each program
    • Look into already existing processes and as needed, establish additional processes to evaluate and support teachers/Mitras/mentors and share between programs best practices that already exist
    • Make recommendations to the Teachers Council based on feedback from Program managers and participants 
    • Make sure that there are roles and responsibilities for all program managers. 
  • Work with the Teachers Council by bringing ideas and interests from the Sangha and program participants to help create a 2-year spiritual programming calendar
Download Current Organizational Chart
 
Time Commitment:

The Spiritual Programming Council is a new initiative. It will be up to this newly formed, 5-member council to decide how to best proceed to accomplish the responsibilities stated above.

In the beginning, one can plan on two 1.5-hour meetings per month and some time outside of meetings to talk with other people, such as program coordinators, to research pertinent information and gather whatever other information one needs to accomplish these responsibilities. 

Application Process:

Send a one-page application to kathemckenna@gmail.com that addresses:

  1. What interests you in this volunteer position?
  2. What you would bring to this new initiative?

Application deadline is May 20, 2022.

All applicants will receive a response to their application by the end of June, 2022

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.

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