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Guest Services Associate

PENDLE HILLis a Quaker study, retreat, and conference center located on 24 beautiful acres in unceded Lenni-Lenape territory. We are a mission-driven organization that seeks to create peace with justice in the world by transforming lives through learning opportunities, retreat, and community created on our campus and in virtual settings. We work to be inclusive, respectful, and supportive of all people, striving for peace and justice. 

This is a highly collaborative staff community featuring responsive leadership and many community-building opportunities, like biannual staff retreats for fun, growth, and connection, monthly fun activities as part of staff meeting, and the opportunity to serve on various committees. We also have monthly community work mornings, which provide variety with the opportunity to lend a hand on another team’s project or lead one for staff in your own work area. Learn more about Pendle Hill at 

GENERAL SUMMARY: The Guest Services Associates provides event and group support under the direction of the Guest Services Coordinator at our spiritual retreat center, which is a contemplative space and a vibrant, busy organization. General duties include a variety of set up and breakdown tasks, meal hosting duties, greeting customers, and supporting the functions of other colleagues, especially the housekeeping staff. In general, this position provides excellent customer service to a variety of adult spiritual seekers, students, families, and groups on campus. Responding well to customer feedback will be an important factor in ensuring quality service and assisting improvement in the department. 

REPORTS TO: Guest Services Coordinator 

TIME EXPECTATIONS: This is a full-time, non-exempt position. “Full-time” at Pendle Hill is 37.5 hours per week, with 7.5-hour typical workdays, not including a half-hour lunch break. Work hours may include evening and weekend hours as well as work on holidays (to be made up with proximal days off). Full-time staff at Pendle Hill spend a few work hours each week contributing to the community through mealtime, housekeeping, or grounds and maintenance work.  

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS: $16.00 an hour, plus benefits including: medical, dental and life insurance, a retirement plan, generous paid vacation days (20), sick days (15), and holidays (11), and the opportunity to take Pendle Hill courses for free. Additional benefits include one meal a day from the Pendle Hill Kitchen (free to staff except for the tax), a 20% employee discount at the Pendle Hill Bookstore, free copies of all Pendle Hill pamphlets upon publication, a beautiful campus with walking trails and fellowship with people from around the world. Full-time staff are eligible for competitively priced on-campus housing (depending on availability, and at Pendle Hill’s discretion).  


  1. Demonstrate a welcoming presence and excellent customer service. Reflect Pendle Hill’s mission and values in all interactions. 
  2. Fulfill Pendle Hill’s practice of Radical Hospitality, and ensure all guests feel welcome.  
  3. Follow instructions and checklists, prioritizing the most necessary items while filling remaining time with “back-burner” items. 
  4. Participate in the set up and cleanup of meeting spaces and dining rooms. 
  5. Ensure clean, orderly, and safe facilities, meeting rooms and guest rooms. 
  6. See the full list of duties in the job description. 


  1. Excellent customer service and oral communication skills. 
  2. Great organizational and time-management skills 
  3. Ability to lift up to 30 pounds and stand/walk for long periods of time. 
  4. Excellent judgment in proactively handling guest needs or requests with attention to both excellent service and proper function of the organization.  
  5. Works well under direction. 


  1. Experience in event coordination, hospitality services, or customer service. 
  2. Understanding of basic Audio/Visual and related technical equipment, and its use and care.  
  3. Experience working well as part of a collaborative team. 
  4. Experience providing hospitality to groups.  
  5. Proficient in Microsoft programs, especially Word, Excel and Outlook. 
  6. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in work experience. 
  7. Strong understanding of the needs and conditions necessary for spiritual retreat. 


  • A highly welcoming attitude and willingness to provide hospitality for members of, and visitors to, the Pendle Hill community. Openness to a wide range of spiritual beliefs and experiences, cultural backgrounds and practices, and differences (of all kinds). 
  • Familiarity with Quaker faith and practices, and a commitment to learning more and/or a willingness to gain, deepen, and nurture such knowledge.  
  • Appreciation of the role of Quakerism in the mission of Pendle Hill. Please see our mission, vision, and values statements as part of familiarizing yourself with Pendle Hill. 

NONDISCRIMINATION POLICY: Pendle Hill appoints individuals without discrimination based on color, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, class, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, national origin, ancestry, ability, marital status, domestic partnership or civil union status, religious affiliation, or any other category protected by law. Pendle Hill recognizes that some of these categories are social constructs, not rooted in science. Our aim is to be inclusive and affirming. 

Pendle Hill staff are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, except for those who cannot receive the vaccine for medical or religious reasons. 

Pendle Hill is not able to sponsor a work visa for international applicants at this time. 

BACKGROUND CHECKS: Pendle Hill will conduct a background check for all candidates prior to hire. 

INTERESTED? Please submit the following items to Capen Burbank, at, with “Guest Services Associate” and your last name in the email subject line: 

  1. a current resume, 
  2. a cover letter that includes how you heard about the position, why you want to be considered and your qualifications (applications received without a cover letter will not be considered) 
  3. and contact information for three references, at least two of whom are professional references. 

Review of applications will begin on August 28th and continue until the position is filled, with an anticipated start date in October 2023. 

Guest Services Associate