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Breitenbush Hot Springs – Open Positions Summer 2019

by Willow Thompson
Jobs + Opportunities
Breitenbush Hot Springs, Detroit, OR

Open Positions Summer 2019

Breitenbush Hot Springs is an environmentally and socially mindful retreat and conference center located two hours from Portland and ten miles from Detroit, OR.

CLEARING ARTS TEAM (Housekeeping/Set Up)

Openings:  Long Term Temporary, Summer Hire and Fill-ins

  • Service-oriented people who enjoy providing clean, welcoming spaces for our guests
  • Previous experience in housekeeping preferred
  • Self-motivated and dependable
  • Communicates collaboratively and honestly
  • Ability to work with a team as well as independently
  • Ability to perform repetitive body movements
  • Willingness to work outdoors year-round in inclement weather
  • Able to lift up to 50 pounds


Openings: Summer Hire, Long Temp Temporary, Fill-ins

  • A love of children
  • A patient disposition
  • Teaching experience in a school
  • Ability to lift 40 lbs on a regular basis


Openings:  Mechanic Fill-in

  • Fill-In position open for an automotive mechanic with professional shop experience. Responsible for automotive repairs and fleet service.

HEALING ARTS TEAM (Massage Therapy)

Openings:  Regular Hire, Summer Hires, and Fill-ins

  • Oregon Massage license
  • Ability to do minimum of twelve 90 minute massages per week
  • 2-3 years professional experience in massage therapy


Openings:  Fill-ins

  • Extensive professional experience with vegetarian cooking
  • Basic knife skills; ability to slice and chop safely and efficiently
  • Ability to lift and pull heavy objects
  • Ideally live within a 2 hour commute


Openings:  Fill-ins

  • Compost management & garbage removal
  • Snow shoveling
  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs and perform manual labor tasks outside in all weather conditions
  • Independently motivated individuals encouraged to apply
  • 2+ years of experience in the areas of landscaping with horticulture knowledge preferred
  • Experience in operating backhoe, farm equipment, snow plows, or dump trucks preferred


Openings: Regular Hires and Fill-ins

  • Welcome, helpful and friendly customer service
  • Enjoys working with computers and making phone calls
  • Mental ability to move between tasks efficiently and accurately
  • Ability to listen carefully to resolve guest issues, within our policies, using diplomacy and kindness
  • Legible handwriting and speaks clearly
  • Cashiering experience
  • Ability to work closely and constructively with a team


Openings:  Long Term Temporary and Fill-ins

  • Responsible for utilities management
  • Must have experience in one or more of the following areas: electrical, plumbing, alternative energies, computer programming


Important Note on Compensation:

Breitenbush is not normal! We are both a worker-owned cooperative business and an intentional community, stewarding a beautiful mountain retreat center on the Breitenbush River. Our 70+ staff and 35,000 guests per year draw on a deep sense of purpose and collective ownership, not conventional measures of wealth.

Let’s cut to one of the most unusual parts of Breitenbush: almost everybody at Breitenbush makes the same amount of money. Currently that’s $11.25/hour, Oregon minimum wage, though it will be $11.25/hour beginning July 1st, 2019.  For the right candidate, our compensation package is very rich. Though it is hard to measure, many of us that live and work here relate to the total compensation package as feeling closer to $20/hour. Below is a list of benefits.

Note: Summer hires work from approximately May – September.


  • Free housing
  • Oregon minimum wage
  • Free utilities (including long distance phone and high speed internet)
  • Guesting privileges and access to discounted events
  • Meals & Organic groceries at cost (including a free meal once a week and free leftovers from our commercial kitchen)
  • Discounted massages
  • Household items (Dr. Bronner’s soap, toilet paper, etc)
  • Community living in the Cascade Mountains
  • Hot springs, sauna, yoga and more
  • Commute to work across a footbridge that spans the Breitenbush River

To apply fill out an online application at:

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