Job Details

Gate Guard

  2019-10-18     Esalen Institute     55000 Highway 1, Big Sur     Commensurate with experience   

At Esalen, we care about being present. We bring that to everything we do. We don’t just build a table, we build a work of art that is also a table. We don’t just say hello, we make eye contact and listen with intention. We feel the same way about our team members - showing up in support of their full being. We offer great health care, access to workshops, and the space to do your personal and collective work.

We stand for supporting you to realize your potential.


This role encompasses many features of guest service. The Esalen Gate team provides 24-hour coverage of security shifts and emergency response. Gate Guardians provide a safe place for anyone on property to seek both physical and emotional shelter in time of crisis. Individuals often hold these positions with both the ability to be authoritative enforcers, as well as supportive peers within the community of Esalen.

What will this role do?

  • Daily money management of cash flow in and out of the front gate
  • Answering phones with guesting requests and official visitors
  • Greeting and welcoming new arrivals during check-in
  • Greeting staff guests and official guests
  • Radio traffic monitoring
  • Emergency response management
  • CPR and first aid when required
  • Property wide night patrols making sure all required doors are secure and locked
  • Greeting and supervising night bather use from 1am-3am
  • Daily meal counts
  • Emotional support for those in shock or crisis
  • Preventing trespassing on property by travelers on highway 1
  • Parking management
  • Conflict prevention and resolution

Qualifications and Requirements

Previous experience working in a security position a plus

Experience & Skills

  • Guest service experience
  • Security experience
  • Able to work with Microsoft word and office
  • First aid and CPR trained
  • Efficient task management
  • Strong moral compass
  • Strong boundary setting ability
  • Ability to work through the night when required
  • Ability to work well in emergency or high stress situations
  • Able to work independently as well as part of a team

Physical Requirements

While performing the duties of this job: the employee must be able to work in a physically demanding environment; ability to lift up to 30 pounds; maneuver on uneven ground; stand for long periods of time; sitting at a desk and working on computers and answering phones.


The pay for this position is commensurate with experience. This role includes a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, and paid time off. Esalen gives teammates access to an extensive range of daily experiential classes (yoga, dance, tai chi, and meditation), ongoing in-house education and training programs, and scholarship for Esalen workshops and massage.

Esalen provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetics, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.


Do not contact this company in solicitation of any product or service.

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