Job Openings Core Staff

Dechen Chöling is the European land center of Shambhala situated in the midst of beautiful soft green hills and magnificent old trees near Limoges, France. People from any spiritual or religious background come from all over the world to discover the richness of their own potential through practicing meditation and other contemplative disciplines. We offer a wide variety of programs and retreats contributing to create a culture of basic goodness within the society. We’re welcoming hundreds of participants each year, beginners or experienced practionners.

We are currently recruiting for the following staff positions: 


Head of Operations

Full time position available now

As Head of Operations you will work closely with our Director, in order to conceive and plan the global organisation of our programs and projects through the year.
Key tasks and responsibilities:

You will work closely with the heads of departments, you will understand and facilitate their work, you will identify organisation « gaps » and develop systems in response. You will take an active part in operational meetings.
Knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Very good planning and organisation skills
  • Very good communication skills
  • Solution oriented
  • Trained in/naturally skilled in conflicts resolution
  • Experience in similar work
  • Speak/writes English and French fluently

You are familiar with the Shambhala culture, are committed to the practice path and have a strong understanding of community life.


IT Wizard

Full time position available now


  • Server Administration: Administer users, backups, internaI website
  • Client Support: Assist staff and program staff with computer issues
  • Network Administration, Troubleshooting & Optimization: optimizing network infrastructure
  • Support DCl Database: Communicate with developers and office staff about database issues
  • Developing Internal Web Tools: Utilizing the database to create specialized tools for office
  • Budgeting & Equipment: Acquire new equipment and plan future changes to facilitate efficient workflow

    Soft skills
  • Pedagogical skills. User friendly creative problem solving skills
  • Can work under pressure
  • Solid organisational skills and a systematic and pragmatic approach to problem solving
  • Effective forward planning skills
  • Solid budget management and financial planning (to maintain the recently upgraded equipment and plan for necessary new growth)
  • Can work well in a French international environment (French & English essential)

Hard technical skills:

  • Comfortable with machine upgrades, repairs and rebuilds
  • A developed knowledge of Apple OSX/Linux (clients and server) command line tools
  • A developed knowledge of Windows (XP, Win7 and upwards)
  • A good understanding of UNIX and command line
  • Knowledge of networking
  • Capable to handle an IT upgrade and maintaining the network and related systems
  • Solid project management skills, able to deliver results and to be accountable for the department 



Full time position available now

In this position you are in charge to manifest the vision of Basic Goodness and Enlightened Society in Dechen Chöling's kitchen, keeping in mind that kitchen and food are important aspects of participants' experience of our Center. This includes providing wholesome and delicious food for visitors, participants and staff, and fostering an uplifted kitchen environment mixing discipline and joy.

Key tasks and responsibilities:

Under the responsibility of the Head of Kitchen, you will be lead cook and with the help of a team of assistants, you will prepare a wholesome, tasty, nutritious and diversified meal to participants and staff, mostly organic and local food. You will regularly have to orient and train the assistants and helpers. You will keep the kitchen clean and in good order.
The number of people can vary greatly throughout the year, from 15 to 50 in the winter up to 300+ during the peak season.The kitchen provides mostly vegetarian meals two times a day buffet-style, fish or meat twice a week, and occasionally caters events, birthdays, picnics, etc... The kitchen also satisfies programs' specific dietary requirements and provides tasty food for people with dietary restrictions.

Knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • You are a creative and enthusiastic cook with a wide knowledge of vegetarian,and special diet cooking and nutrition.
  • You have excellent kitchen management skills, you are organized and good at supervising team work.
  • You can work quickly and manage the pressure of the peak season.
  • You have excellent communication skills, you are patient and clear with instructions and feedback.
  • You have experience in delivering the highest standards of food safety and hygiene.
  • You ideally have a degree or certificate from culinary school or a kitchen experience as main cook in a collective setting. Kitchen experience in a dharma center is a plus.
  • English and French language skills.


Facilities assistant

Applications open for a seasonal (from April 1st to September 30) or a long time contract.

We are looking for men or women with good maintenance and repairing skills for join our Facilities Dept.

Specific knowledge in : plumbing, electricity, heating, painting, woodwork…is a plus.

You will have to be able to do physical work, occasionally supervise volunteers, and provide assistance as needed in facilities department and in other departments.

You would report to the head of facilities for instructions.

Program assistant

Seasonal Position for 6 months : from April 1st to September 30

You will work closely with the head of programs and will assist the programs department with program-related work.

- Relating to certain program-related emails
- Preparing program rota, in cooperation with DCL weekly rota
- Relating to other departements about programme needs

You will have to fulfill role of programme liaison.

- Communicating with teachers and participants prior to the program
- Providing general support for coordinator and programme staff
- Available at the beginning of programme to orient program staff as needed
- Providing various documents (schedule from director's prototype, handouts, program overview, participant chart and other information for programme staff use)
- joining program staff meetings if necessary

Skills needed:
- Personable, flexible and enjoys working with others
- Computer friendly
- interest in and knowledge of the Shambhala Buddhist path and practices
- English and French

Office assistant / assistant front desk

Position for 6 months : from April 1st to September 30

We are looking for a well organised office assistant to support our office team mainly during the demanding summer season. You would work at the front reception desk, under the guidance and support of the head of office to handle the welcoming and registration of participants and programme staff. An affinity to work with computers is a must, as well as the ability to work with details. You should be able to be friendly and accommodating, but also gently firm. Language skills in French (fluently) and English (conversational level) are required.

Key tasks and responsibilities:

You will answer, by phone, mail or at reception, general information requests and inquiries. You will be part of the participant’s support team, dealing with and organising many logistical aspects of our program’s participants stay and also of the staff. It will be part of your tasks to be available to others.

Knowledge, skills :

- organisational skills
- experience in using computers
- attention to details
- friendly and approachable, but also firm
- reliable
- willingness to participate in community life


Contact or apply directly online.

Please be aware that you need a visa/work permit for the EU in case you are not an EU citizen.


Staff conditions

The heart of Dechen Chöling is a community of practioners. Working in Dechen Chöling goes together with daily practice and community life on land.

The working day is varied and depends on your role and department. Staff have the opportunity for at least two hours of personal practice per day, regular teachings by local and visiting teachers, community celebrations, study classes and, in the summer, the Dechen Chöling tradition of swimming in the near-by River Vienne.

The day starts at 9am with morning meditation, followed by the “daily gathering”, where work and other issues are discussed.

  • All staff participate on a rota to do household jobs.

  • Practice times are in the morning before the daily gathering and in the evening from 6-7 pm.

  • There are two days off per week

  • All staff have a meditation instructor and the opportunity for regular interviews.

  • All staff go through a probationary period for the first month to see if they and Dechen Chöling are happy with the arrangement before making a longer term commitment.

  • Staff receive 5 weeks holiday per year.