Q: Who should apply for a seasonal role at Omega?
A: We are seeking individuals who believe in lifelong learning, for themselves and others. People who are committed to giving through service, and see this as a way of deepening personal growth, are perfect candidates for Omega’s Seasonal Staff and Seasonal Service Corps. Beyond the skills and physical ability needed for all seasonal roles at Omega, we look for individuals who can get along well with others, display good customer service, and embrace the principle of compassionate service. When individuals join us ready and willing to give, share, and serve, we are able to build an abundant, thriving, and energetic learning community.
Q: How are roles and assignments made?
A: We try to place individuals in each department according to their skills and our needs. People often come with excellent skills in specific areas and, if there are no openings in departments that use such skills, individuals are asked to take other positions. There is much to be gained by experiencing new situations.
Q: What is the compensation package?
A: All Seasonal Staff and Seasonal Service Corps Members receive three healthy, mostly vegetarian meals per day; access to specific our Holistic Education Program, and campus amenities; special discounts at the Omega Store , Omega Café and Omega Wellness Center; and the opportunity to live and serve in a very unique and meaningful way. Seasonal Staff who work full-time hours receive a compensation package of wage, indoor housing, and all meals, that is at minimum equivalent to the New York State minimum wage. For example, with a base hourly rate, given a 35-hour work week, staff would receive a wage of $184.80 per week in addition to their housing and meals.
Q: What are the qualities Omega looks for in Seasonal Community Members?
A: We seek individuals who are focused on life-long learning and identify with our mission and core values—warm and friendly people who are genuinely committed to welcoming and supporting our workshop participants during their stay, and who are committed to providing compassionate service to our community.
Q: What department would I serve in?
A: While every Seasonal Community Member is assigned to a specific department, at times individuals are asked to assist other departments when needed. All seasonal roles at Omega require flexibility and a commitment to service.
We do our best to fulfill preferences and match skilled individuals within our departments. Although the needs of every department can change from time to time, based on applicants and circumstances, below are descriptions of departments with opportunities for service work.
The FoodWorks Team (Kitchen and Dining Hall) works together to run a full-scale food production operation.
The Housekeeping Team cleans participant accommodations and all public bathrooms on campus.
The Café Team serves snacks, drinks, sweets, and a limited menu.
The Production Team is responsible for the set-up and breakdown of every class, event, and workshop.
The Audio/Visual Production Team provides audio and video production for workshops, conferences, and evening events.
The Wellness Center Team provides a welcoming and relaxing environment for guests to enjoy services that supplement their workshop programs.
The Children’s Program Team creates fun and meaningful experiences for the children (ages 4–12 years) of workshop participants and guests.
The First Aid Team serves the Omega community, providing basic first aid intervention and emergency response.
The Lifeguard Team maintains a safe environment for all who use the Long Pond Lake beach.
The Maintenance Team handles most of the minor plumbing and mechanical needs of the campus, as well as maintenance of buildings and vehicles.
The Float Team supports all the departments at Omega that are short-staffed or in need of additional hands, particularly Omega FoodWorks, Housekeeping, Campus Support, and the Omega Café.
The Campus Support Team manages the arrivals and departures of participants and guests, welcoming and helping people with their luggage.
The Omega Store Team sells books, CDs, DVDs, jewelry, clothing, and yoga and meditation supplies.
The Guest Services Team handles participant accommodations, directions, travel questions, special needs, first aid support, and phone messages.
The People and Culture Team helps create and support community life at Omega.
The Omega Digital Team provides video production for workshops, conferences, and the Omega website.
The Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL) Team develops strategies for Omega’s campus as we strive to include more sustainable practices around purchasing, energy use, recycling, composting, and zero waste. OCSL staff are responsible for tours of Omega’s Eco Machine and a number of programs for participants and the seasonal community relating to sustainable living and regenerative design.
The Garden Team is part of the OCSL and maintains the Omega Garden and all flower beds and potted plants throughout campus.
The Reception Team greets, orients, and checks in all arriving participants.