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  2020-07-28     Esalen Institute     55000 Highway One     $16-$18 hour  


At Esalen, we believe in the power of our potential -- both in our staff and in our global community of students and faculty who turn to us for transformative learning experiences. More than 50 years ago, Esalen co-founders imagined a place inspired by Abraham Maslow’s psychology of peak experiences and Aldous Huxley’s belief in “human potentialities”, the unrealized capacities of our mind and body. Today we build on this legacy by creating deep connections in a world challenged by disconnection and isolation; reigniting awe and wonder to spark greater curiosity about ourselves and others; and asking the questions that can lead to transformative change both for an individual and society.  

Esalen isn’t just a place to work, it’s an invitation to help change the world.


This role plays a key part of the Esalen Lodging Experience Team.  You are an integral part of advancing Esalen’s mission by ensuring our accommodations facilitate a transformative experience for our workshop participants. You will be expected to perform a variety of duties from preparing rooms to cleaning our baths.


  • Clean and maintain the seminarian rooms and meeting rooms

  • Clean and maintain community baths and bathrooms

  • Move furniture when required

  • Equipment maintenance and inspection

  • Organization and maintenance of inventory

  • Assist in the training and orientation of new stewards

  • Assist in maintenance projects as necessary

  • Deep cleaning of lodging rooms + meeting rooms

  • Window cleaning

  • Hose replacements at baths



  • Adapt to a new work environment socially and physically. Integrate emotional work while meeting demands of a 40-hour a week work schedule

  • Assist Housekeeping Manager in any operational need

  • Communicate well with others, be open to meeting new people at work

  • Support the cleaning crew during crew changes

  • Be a team liaison to the Office, Gate, Massage and Maintenance Departments

  • Reliable and timely attendance – this position works on-site

  • Attend all Lodging Business Meetings

  • Handle 40 hours of physical labor involving lifting, bending carrying linen stock, loading and unloading laundry van, carrying massage tables, loading and unloading industrial washing equipment

  • Work cooperatively with team members and communicate kindly


Esalen functions best when all staff work toward the common mission of encouraging everyone to reach our highest human potential. With this goal in mind, this job description is not intended to cover or contain an all-encompassing listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that may be required. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change or new ones may be assigned at any time with or without notice based on Esalen’s and your team’s needs.


While performing the duties of this job: the employee must be able to work in a physically demanding environment; maneuver on uneven ground; stand for long periods of time; regularly lift and carry bags and bundles up to 30 pounds; carry, push and pull vacuums; lift, bend, carry, load and unload laundry in and out of industrial washing equipment; move furniture.  There is daily exposure to biodegradable chemicals.


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 Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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

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