Breitenbush Hot Springs – Open Positions 2018

by Willow Thompson
Opportunities, Jobs, Internships, Business
Detroit, OR

Open Positions  Fall 2018

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


Openings:  Long Term Temporary 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:  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

  • Experience in residential construction, electrical, plumbing, carpentry, automotive mechanics and warehousing/inventory
  • Fill-In position open for an automotive mechanic with professional shop experience. Responsible for automotive repairs and fleet service.



Openings: Fill-ins

Seeking part-time help during the winter months mainly with compost management, garbage removal, and snow shoveling. Anywhere from 10-32 hours on a short-term basis.

Essential Qualifications:

  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs and perform manual labor tasks outside in all weather conditions
  • Independently motivated individuals encouraged to apply

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 2+ years of experience in the areas of landscaping with horticulture knowledge
  • Experience in operating backhoe, farm equipment, snow plows, or dump trucks



Openings:  Regular Hire and Fill-ins

  • Oregon Massage license
  • Ability to do minimum of twelve 90 minute massages per week
  • 1-2 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


Openings: Fill-ins

  • Ability to work swing shift
  • Sound judgment and proactive communication skills with respect to crisis management and conflict resolution
  • Computer skills
  • Medical training preferred
  • Experience with utility systems preferred, e.g. electrical, plumbing, geothermal


Openings: 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: Fill-ins

  • Excellent customer service skills
  • High level of experience with office applications
  • Ability to multi-task efficiently
  • Great communication skills
  • Ability to work closely with guests and presenters


Openings: Regular Hire

  • Thorough working knowledge of OS X Server/Unix administration, and supporting technologies, e.g. Open Directory, LDAP, etc.
  • Thorough working knowledge of G-Suite for Business and associated apps
  • Thorough working knowledge of Ubuntu Linux server administration
  • Thorough working knowledge of Apple OS X GUI and supporting applications (Mail, Safari, etc.) and the ability to trouble shoot and solve common end-user problems in a server/client network
  • Proficiency in design and maintenance of network infrastructure
  • Excellent customer service skills

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 $10.75 per hour, Oregon minimum wage. However, 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.


  • Free housing
  • Oregon minimum wage (currently $10.75)
  • Free utilities (including long distance phone and high speed internet)
  • Guesting privileges and 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: