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Paid and Volunteer Positions Available

Ghost Ranch Education & Retreat Center
280 Private Drive 1708, Abiquiu, NM 87510-2001
Delfina Hernandez
505.685.1000 x 4182

To see paid positions and to apply for all positions including lifeguards and swim teachers:

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Medical Volunteers

Volunteers can stay for one or two weeks or longer. VMPS serve from noon Sunday through noon the following Sunday. They staff the first aid trailer at meal times and carry a walkie-talkie at other times so they can be reached in an emergency. When not in the trailer, they can hike, take classes, visit the library and attend ranch programs. They must remain on ranch property at all times. VMPS must provide their own liability insurance, but Ghost Ranch will reimburse them up to $300.

Please let me know what week you are interested in – assignments are from Sunday noon – Sunday noon

  • Any week in May
  • Week of June 2
  • Week of June 9
  • Week of June 23
  • Week of August 25
  • Weeks of Sept 1, 8, 15, 22
  • Weeks of October 6, 13

If interested, please read these guidelines and submit this application form to If you have volunteered here before, you do not need to fill out an application, just send an email or call with intent and preferred dates.


Become a volunteer at the Ghost Ranch Archaeology or Paleontology Museum. Join a dedicated group of knowledgeable individuals. Ghost Ranch is looking for a VOLUNTEER Paleontologist OR Archeologist for a 6-12 month term. Room, Board, Benefits included. Come live and work on some of the most beautiful lands in the country. Lead tours. Engage with visitors. Share your knowledge. Our volunteers donate thousands of hours to make our Museums a welcoming and inspiring place to visit. You’ll also get to experience the deep history, art and culture of the Southwest region. We need your help with tours, activities and museum collection. Contact: to apply.

Spiritual Life Seminary Summer Intern or Pastoral/Certified Christian Educator/MACE

Intensive in Young Adult and Intergenerational Ministry: Serves as the Host for Casa del Sol. This resident volunteer position at Ghost Ranch is responsible for the hospitality and logistics of the retreat house. Read more.

Tour Drivers

Drives the O’Keeffe Landscape Tour van past the home of Georgia O’Keeffe and her painting sites in parts of the Ranch that are closed to most guests. Leads walking history tours on ranch grounds. May be asked to drive arriving and departing guests to Santa Fe.


Oversees the six rooms of the library. Checks and shelves books. Processes new books, DVDs, magazines, etc. Keeps newspapers and magazines current. Keeps catalog current. The Library now has over 12,000 volumes, organized by the Library of Congress cataloging system. Responsibilities of this volunteer position include: Library set up, Cataloguing, Orders/Purchases, Maintain Collections, Seek Donations, Various Projects, Weeding of books, Support Ranch Activities, Programs and community, Overall general maintenance and care of library.


Other than Volunteer Medical Professionals, volunteers serve up to three months, depending on their availability and Ghost Ranch needs.


Volunteers live in furnished homes or double-wide trailers on the Ranch and eat meals in the Dining Hall. Room and board is provided. Most homes house one to three volunteers of the same gender. Each volunteer has a private bedroom and may have a private bathroom. Sheets and towels and dishes are provided. No pets are allowed.


Volunteers work five days a week (38-40 hours) and get two consecutive days off, but not necessarily weekends. Volunteers earn a week of vacation after six months and two weeks after a year.

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