From time to time, a vacancy arises for a lay person who wishes to deepen their understanding and practice of Buddhism through living within our monastic setting, to be offered the opportunity to stay as a long term resident at Amaravati Buddhist Monastery.
Long Term Residents follow the schedules and daily routine of the monastery. This involves taking part in the life of the community and regular periods of meditation, work, chores, and occasionally attending retreats held in the retreat centre.
We are looking for someone with basic gardening and practical skills to take responsibility for the general maintenance and appearance of the monastery’s ornamental garden areas; looking after garden equipment and hand tools and working with volunteers.
Applicants would ideally be female, due to available accommodation at this time.
The role would include
- Being able to identify plants and be knowledgeable about plant care
- Digging, planting and weeding flower beds and borders
- Keeping pathways and courtyard free from weeds
- Pruning shrubs and trees
- Applying nutrients to plants and watering
- Tending garden compost
- Cleaning and maintaining hand tools and equipment
- Caring for garden utility areas (Garden shed)
- Supervising experienced and inexperienced volunteers doing basic gardening tasks
- Working independently and as part of a team of volunteers and monastics with responsibility for grounds and maintenance
- Implementing safe work procedures
- Assisting with some clerical duties such as record keeping and safety documentation
- Undertaking to offer approx. 30 hours of service per week
- Being physically fit and robust
Applicants should have leave to remain in the UK.
This is an opportunity to live and practise Dhamma at Amaravati as a long term lay resident, and is available now. There is a 3 month trial period before a longer commitment can be made.
If you are interested, please email your CV and a covering letter to the garden liaison using the below form: