Join us as a monastic volunteer!
The Monastery of St. Gertrude offers many opportunities to our volunteers to serve in our monastic community. St. Gertrude’s invites monastery volunteers to live within our spiritual community, assist on a regular basis with ministry tasks and community support, or help with special, monastic community projects.
Our volunteers are invited to join in daily prayer as they experience a spiritual lifestyle and the balance and daily rhythm of the monastic community at the Monastery of St. Gertrude.
The monastery is situated on 150 remote, wooded acres in the heart of northern Idaho’s Camas Prairie – a beautiful, rural area of plains, mountains and forest. The monastery campus features gardens, orchards and spectacular hiking trails while the surrounding mountains, rivers and forests provide outdoor adventures of all sorts.
Come and explore this incredible setting as a:
Live-in Monastery Volunteer
The Benedictine Sisters at the Monastery of St. Gertrude invite you to come and experience a balanced, spiritual lifestyle of prayer, work, silence and solitude while you listen to, discern and experience our monastic community’s daily rhythm of activity and contemplation. Applications for live-in volunteers are accepted from women or men in good health. Monastery volunteers work approximately four hours a day. Work opportunities include gardening, outdoor work, helping with clerical duties, kitchen and dishwashing help, housekeeping, food preservation, computer work, hospitality or other activities. Live-in monastery volunteers have time for private prayer, journaling, walking or other leisure activities and are invited to share in monastery educational opportunities. Our volunteers are also invited to join the Benedictine sisters for daily prayer (Liturgy of the Hours) and Mass.
Local Area Monastery Volunteer
We invite our neighbors from the Camas Prairie, Salmon River Country and the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley to join us as regularly scheduled monastery volunteers or for special monastic projects at the Historical Museum at St. Gertrude, Spirit Center or the monastery’s Book & Gift Shop.
Historical Museum at St. Gertrude Volunteer
The Historical Museum at St. Gertrude is home to a collection of more than 70,000 artifacts showcasing the history of north central Idaho, the story of St. Gertrude’s and the Rhoades Emmanuel Memorial Gallery – a collection of rare, exquisite Asian and European artifacts dating to the 14th century. We welcome monastery volunteers to assist with a variety of jobs. From filing photos and cleaning artifacts to docent work and helping with exhibits, your service is appreciated. Come help us preserve the past for the future.
Spirit Center at the Monastery of St. Gertrude Volunteer
Spirit Center is a 21,800 square foot, state-of-the-art facility offering business meeting and spiritual retreat space with hospitality and simplicity in a Christian environment of peace and beauty. We are looking for monastery volunteers interested in assisting us with this ministry and have a variety of opportunities for short-term projects as well as on-going, regular commitments. Currently we are in need of volunteers to help with hosting events, marketing and maintaining databases.
Monastery of St. Gertrude Gift Shop Volunteer
The Gift Shop offers a variety of cards, gifts, books, music, fair trade goods, craft items, jams, candles, soaps and more made by the Benedictine Sisters, as well as T-shirts, coffee mugs and other logo items. The Gift Shop provides all levels of retail business volunteer opportunities, from preparing product displays and assisting with in-store and online sales, to inventory management and more. If you enjoy working with the public, your help is needed in our shop.