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Position: Maintenance Coordinator
Type: live-in position with private accom., meals, stipend, yoga classes, more (see below)
Organization: Salt Spring Centre of Yoga
Location: Salt Spring Island, British Columbia

Who We Are

The Salt Spring Centre of Yoga is a non-profit retreat centre on Salt Spring Island, BC. Our main enterprises are hosting retreats and classes on yoga, meditation, and self-development, as well as operating a small-scale organic farm. Most of our staff live on site as part of an intentional community that is focused on the attainment of peace through spiritual practice (sadhana), supportive community (satsang), and selfless service (karma yoga).

What We’re Looking For

The Maintenance Coordinator is responsible for the day-to-day physical upkeep of the Centre’s mechanical equipment, buildings, and general infrastructure. In addition, the Maintenance Coordinator schedules, directs, and instructs small teams of other resident staff on projects and tasks as required. Support, orientation, and training will be available from community elders who have a thorough familiarity with our buildings, infrastructure, and equipment.

The position requires a commitment of 31 hours per week of work, which includes a few hours of weekly communal cleanup shifts. During the first 10 weeks of your time here, we also ask for 7 hours per week of participation in community activities and meetings, as well as classes on yoga theory and practice. This helps new staff to connect to the aims of the Centre and the community in a deeper way. Please see below for further details about the job.


  • Promptly attend to repair requests from housekeeping, kitchen, farm, and other staff.

  • Perform routine preventive maintenance on machinery and equipment, buildings and their systems (e.g. electrical, plumbing), and general infrastructure.

  • Keep track of tools, equipment, and material stock and ensure that all are secured and in good working order.

  • Help ensure the safety of the buildings and campground from fire, flood and other hazards.

  • Assist with building projects and clean-up from job sites as required.

  • Organize and maintain all maintenance work areas.

  • Provide basic on-the-job direction and instruction to small teams of other resident staff working in maintenance.


  • A good understanding of the basic principles of plumbing, carpentry, electrical work, and mechanics, ideally with more in-depth knowledge and experience in one or two of them.

  • Good organizational skills, including the ability to plan and track routine maintenance tasks over the course of the year.

  • Experience working as part of a team, and an ability to collaborate with other coordinators and the Centre’s management to plan and execute tasks.

  • Proven ability to perform physically demanding labor, including work outdoors in a variety of conditions, as well as heavy lifting and hauling.

  • Interest in community life, spiritual practice, and self-development.

  • Legally able to work in Canada.

What We Offer

We’re definitely not your average workplace. Most of the people who’ve lived and worked here count it among the most unique and transformative experiences of their lives. If you’re just interested in punching the clock and getting a paycheck, then this place probably isn’t for you. However, if you’re open to exploring community life and spiritual practice, all while working hard to be of service to others, then there’s a good chance you’ll have a great time with us.


  • Private accommodation with shared bathroom.

  • Monthly stipend

  • Instruction in yoga practice and philosophy, including free access to our ongoing public yoga classes.

  • WiFi and laundry facilities.

  • Two hot vegetarian meals per day, a self-serve continental breakfast, and access to a shared staff kitchen.

Yoga and Community

As an added bonus, when you arrive, you’ll take part in the offerings provided in our Residential Karma Yoga Program for the first 10 weeks of your time here. You’ll learn and practice alongside other folks who come to work in our kitchen, maintenance, and housekeeping teams. This allows new residents to gain a thorough introduction to the teachings and practices of yoga that inspire SSCY.

The ten-week program includes:

  • Two 75-minute classes per week on yoga philosophy, practice, and community life.

  • Two 60-minute classes per week on traditional yogic breathing and meditation.

  • One 90-minute community circle per week for group discussions on matters relevant to community life.

  • Access to ongoing yoga classes and other special events at SSCY.

Participants in the program normally pay $875 for the 10-week period, but we include it as part of the coordinator’s compensation.

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GoodWork ID: 43982       Date posted to Feb 6 2018