Seasonal Staff work for six months, between late-April or early-May and the end of October, while the campus is open. They work full-time, filling essential support roles that help Omega offer its unique programs, workshops, and events. Seasonal Staff are involved in all aspects of supporting the program participant experience at Omega. They receive a weekly wage, indoor housing, and 3 delicious meals a day in our mostly vegetarian Dining Hall, and also enjoy our beautiful 250-acre campus, and have access to our specially designed Holistic Education Programs and community events, in everything from yoga to the arts to professional development.
Various jobs are paid at different rates. For example, with a base hourly rate, given a 35-hour work week, staff would receive a wage of at least $197.75 per week in addition to the value of the housing and meals provided. All compensation packages are at least equivalent to the New York State minimum wage.
Serving Our Mission
Our Seasonal Staff members are committed to providing exemplary service in support of Omega’s mission, living in community harmoniously, and modeling our values – Holism, Community, Sustainability, Service, and Integrity.
The work that Seasonal Staff perform at Omega is an integral part of their time here. Seasonal Staff represent Omega; every interaction they have with coworkers, participants, teachers, and colleagues helps shape our community and how it is perceived.
Service at Omega
Originally, Omega’s Seasonal Community developed as part of the vision Ram Dass had of Omega as a “School for Service,” where individuals could practice service as compassion in action. Through service, we learn about ourselves, others, and the world. Seasonal Staff and Seasonal Service Corps Members practice two essential components through their work: offering compassionate service and providing excellent customer service.
Compassionate service is a way of being rather than an act of doing. It means truly caring about another’s experience and it requires us to be fully present and engaged in every interaction.
Customer service is equally important. Customer service is an act of doing. It requires each of us to anticipate and provide for the needs of others, while following a set of standards that ensure a quality experience. Omega offers endless opportunities to explore the heart of service.
Education & Development
Omega’s programs, which are supported by the service community members through their work, embrace the concept of equal emphasis on developing mind, body, heart, and spirit, as well as the social dimensions of the self. Our Holistic Education Program is designed to facilitate this process of self-discovery within the context of community. During the season, more than 2000 exclusive community classes are available.
In addition to these classes, there are a number of events, including purification lodges, community dances, talent shows, artist in residence classes, crafts fairs, and a weekly Sanctuary Hour, where we gather as a community to hear special guests share wisdom from their life experience. Speakers have included Seane Corn, Julia Butterfly Hill, Bobby McFerrin, Alex and Allyson Grey, Alan Arkin, and our cofounders Elizabeth Lesser and Stephan Rechtschaffen.