The Monastery of St. Gertrude is a 501(c)(3) corporation.  We are a progressive, Catholic community of 35 Benedictine sisters as well as 80 oblates (lay members), 29 employees, and many active friends and benefactors. We are a part of the Diocese of Boise. Our primary focus is common prayer and community and out of that focus we minister in a variety of areas throughout the Northwest and beyond.  We operate a spirituality/retreat center that hosts over 3,000 guests a year.  We have a museum that focuses on the history of north-central Idaho and the Monastery.  We operate a four-unit bed and breakfast.  We own over 1,000 acres of timber and farmland which we actively steward for sustainability.  Our monastic community includes sisters working as social workers, in health care, in parish ministry, and other areas.  We are creative, pioneering, grounded in faith, and committed to moving into the future.

Our employees are extremely dedicated to our mission and find the monastery an excellent place to work. We consider our employees an integral part of our broader monastic community and have very low turnover.  Our employees consider themselves committed to mission and ministry.

Cottonwood, Idaho, is located on the scenic Camas Prairie in north-central Idaho.  It is a peaceful, quiet, small town with mountains, rolling hills, prairie, and an atmosphere that is a welcome relief from the noise, traffic, and busyness of the big city.  It is an area with many opportunities for outdoor recreation with nearby rivers and reservoirs for fishing, rafting, and boating, two ski hills within 25 miles, and trails for cross-country skiing and for ATV and snowmobile use.  For the hunter there are deer, elk, moose, bear, cougar, and migratory bird hunting.  The cost of living is low.  There is an award-winning hospital in town.  The weather is temperate with mild, dry summers and limited snow in the winter.

To apply:  call 208-962-5056 for an application, mail application and/or resume with references to Sister Kim Jordan, Monastery of St. Gertrude, 465 Keuterville Road, Cottonwood  ID  83522, or e-mail resume to


Open Positions:

Sun Porch Assisted Living

Now hiring Certified Nursing Assistants and Caregivers for the newly renovated Sun Porch floor at the Monastery of St. Gertrude. We need team members to help provide 24 hours/7 days a week care for the sisters living on the assisted living floor. We have full time and part time positions available, for days (6 am-2 pm) evenings (2 pm-10 pm) and nights (10 pm-6 am). Shifts can be broken into 4-hour segments. We currently have openings on weekend days, most evenings and 1-2 nights a week. Please call 208-593-2896 to request an application or for any questions.

Spirit Center Hospitality Coordinator and Retreat Administrator

Since 2019, Spirit Center guests have benefited from the hospitality of Marilyn Uhlenkott. She is retiring and we are now actively searching for a new team member. If you or someone you know might be a good fit in the Spirit Center ministry, please contact us. Here are the details:

Description: Spirit Center, the Center for Benedictine Life retreat ministry at the Monastery of St. Gertrude, has an opening for a full-time team member. This individual will serve as hospitality coordinator and retreat administrator. Working at the front desk, this individual serves as the point-of-contact for all who come to Spirit Center. Primary responsibilities include greeting guests and visitors, explaining Spirit Center accommodations and offerings to inquirers, and sharing the mission and vision of the Monastery of St. Gertrude with retreat participants. Related tasks include answering phones and e-mails, addressing guest concerns, and light cleaning of the lobby and common areas. Retreat administration duties involve maintaining retreat management data: entering registrations for individuals and groups, assigning rooms, processing payments, and generating reports.

Qualifications: Friendly, welcoming personality. Must enjoy working with people and possess a positive attitude. Commitment to service and hospitality. Attention to detail across multiple responsibilities. Ability to work as part of a team. Strong phone and computer skills (Microsoft Office products).

Schedule: Full-time.

For a detailed job description, email Tim Oberholzer at
To apply for this position,
please send your resume with a cover letter
to Tim Oberholzer at
or 465 Keuterville Rd., Cottonwood, ID 83522


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