Carolina Memorial Sanctuary is looking for Gravediggers on an ‘as needed’ basis. This job is perfect for someone who has a flexible schedule and is looking for some extra income from time to time. This job is not good for someone who is needing consistent and reliable work, as the need for assistance with digging graves is totally unpredictable. Passion for the environment and the desire to give back is a must.
Carolina Memorial Sanctuary is a conservation and green cemetery that provides a peaceful and contemplative environment in which to lay loved ones to rest. The Sanctuary is available for the natural burial of humans, our pet companions, or cremated remains. The Sanctuary is committed to perpetual conservation of the environment as each burial becomes part of the living landscape. Beautiful and economical – conservation and green burial support those who are environmentally conscious in life with the opportunity to uphold their values in death; ensuring that future generations will have access to the same. Trails through the woods and creekside enable guests to visit their loved ones and find solace in the beautiful sanctuary.
About the Work
The work is hard – very hard. We dig all of our graves by hand and on average it takes us 4-6 hours to dig one grave. To do this work, you must be in top physical shape. You must also be good at pacing yourself and maintaining an awareness of stance and technique in order to prevent injuries. Sometimes we have enough notice to pace the digging of a grave over multiple days and sometimes we don’t. Grave digging may occur on a weekday, weekend, and during the heat of the day. All that being said, it is very rewarding work especially if you enjoy engaging in hard physical activity and wish to offer service to someone who cannot thank you.
Hired candidates will be trained on the correct grave digging methods and will be supervised by our Sanctuary Stewards, Ben Gordon and Em Willey.
At Carolina Memorial Sanctuary, we hold a compassionate space for all beings. This directs everything we do from how we tend to our dead, how we hold space for the living and grieving, and how we have celebrations. We approach all that we do with love and grace in the spirit of serving our community. The ideal candidate will hold the same reverence for life and death and approach the work as an act of service.
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