Search for Live-In Care Assistant in Quiet, Gorgeous Setting

As of April 9, 2021, we are ending the Writer-in-Residence program which began in 2018. With enormous gratitude, we thank our most recent Writers-in-Residence, John Howard and Aubrey Crosby, for two wonderful years.

Because Preston will continue to reside on location, we are looking to hire someone to live on-site and assist with his care. Details about this new live-in care position can be found below. Please help us find the right person by spreading the word! Or consider applying yourself.

Applications are due May 24, 2021, and the start date for this contracted position is June 21. Questions about the opportunity can be sent to John Howard, via Wellspring House email address,

Position Description

Seeking a live-in care assistant to provide support for the 92-year-old co-founder and director of the former Wellspring House writers retreat in Ashfield, MA, Preston Browning, Jr. The position also requires some care of the house and grounds. Housing (including utilities and wifi) is provided, as well as a monthly stipend of $2,000. The assistant will have their own bedroom, living area, and workspace at Wellspring House. The time commitment for this contracted (1099) position is around 20 hours per week, with a possibility of expanded duties as Preston’s needs increase. A detailed list of the resident assistant’s expected duties can be found here.

Experience working in personal care is essential. Must be vaccinated against Covid-19. A working vehicle is required, along with a valid driver’s license. The assistant will be reimbursed for gas. Note that there may be other guests in the house from time to time.

The start date is June 21, 2021.

Wellspring House is located in the beautiful, lively village of Ashfield, MA, situated between the Amherst/Northampton area and the Berkshires. The house is filled with books and art after 20 years of hosting writers and artists from around the world. You can read more about the retreat and about Preston Browning and his late wife Ann Hutt Browning, co-founders and directors of Wellspring House, at

The deadline to apply is May 24, 2021. Applicants must apply via the online application form. The form will request the following information:

• Cover letter outlining interest and relevant experience
• Resume and contact information for three references