Resident Steward Application
Thank you for interest in serving as a Resident Steward at Birken Forest Monastery. In non-Buddhist countries, remote monasteries like Birken depend on the voluntary help of long-term Resident Stewards. Stewards live at the monastery full-time and volunteer their services free of charge. This is an excellent opportunity for practitioners who are looking for a simple life devoted to the Buddha’s teachings, meditation and meritorious acts of service to the Sangha, to be in the company of like-minded individuals who are also committed to these ideals.
Suitable Candidates Will Possess:
- Interest in deepening their practice of the Buddha's teachings in a supportive environment
- Commitment to abide by the Eight Precepts while at the monastery
- Stable personality
- Good physical and mental health
- Willingness to learn and adapt; ability to live and cooperate harmoniously in community
- Class 5 Canadian Driver’s license (or its equivalent) in good standing
How to Apply: Please fill out the Resident Steward Application below. All candidates should be in a position to commit to serve for a minimum period of three months. Long term stays are subject to a probationary period and require periodic approvals by the Abbot as well as the other members of the resident community. Please Note: All fields marked with a red asterisk below must be filled before pressing 'Submit'. If the form is filled in correctly, you will then see a screen that says "Thank you, your submission has been received." If the form is not filled in correctly, you will see a screen indicating in red which fields still need to be filled in correctly. After successful submission of the form, you should immediately receive an email copy of the information you submitted.
All stewards are subject to a two-week trial visit at the beginning of their steward service to assess mutual suitability. We also ask that all candidates read through our GUEST GUIDE to get a sense of daily community life here at the monastery, before applying. Please don't hesitate to email us if you have any questions!
After submitting your Resident Steward Application please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm our receipt of your application and send along your resume as well. We will contact you at our earliest convenience to discuss your application further.