We are now accepting applications for our Winter 2013 and Summer 2014 internships.
Interns are an integral part of the success of the Solar Living Institute on a daily basis and the key to the organization's on-going mission of promoting sustainability through inspirational environmental education. Under a work-trade agreement, interns assist staff and participate in programs operated by the Institute.
This may include: helping to coordinate and host workshops; assisting with maintenance and construction of facilities; caring for the organic garden; landscaping; support logistics for special events; giving tours to school groups; marketing, helping around the office; and much more!
Winter Internships run from October - February.
Summer internships run from April- October.
Read more to find out how to apply.
During the course of the internship, interns are expected to participate in a work/trade agreement with a total of 32 hours per week in collaboration with the focus area supervisor. In addition, interns will work as a team to assist in providing school tours of the Solar Living Center. After the 32 hours have been met, interns share responsibilities in routine upkeep of the intern village and organic gardens. We ask that interns be ever mindful of the site as a destination open to the general public during daylight hours and welcome visitors accordingly, paying attention to safety, presentation and attitude. Interns are expected to be professional during their stay, adhere to Institute guidelines, and report to supervisors.
As part of the work/trade arrangement, interns participate at no cost in solar PV training workshops, sustainable living courses, live onsite in simple, rustic accommodation, eat organic produce grown in the organic gardens and fresh eggs from our chickens, have opportunities to network at special events/meetings/conferences/festivals, a Real Goods store discount, and the benefits of being part of the Solar Living Institute family. There are a number of scheduled field trips, highlighting other sustainable organizations in the Mendocino County vicinity, (subject to change based on availability and unforeseen scheduling conflicts).
Intern Program Field Trips
- InterSolar Conference
- National Heirloom Expo
- Yokayo Biofuels Plant
- Natural Building 5-Day Intensive
- Founder John Schaeffers's Sun Hawk Farm
- Not So Simple Living Fair
Intern Village Lifestyle
Our village has a large communal living space (30-foot diameter yurt) equipped with cooking and dining facilities, lounge area, library, wireless and desktop internet access. The village also has both indoor and outdoor mosaic cob showers, an outdoor wood-fired earth oven, seating area, fire pit and chicken coop. Interns living in the village participate in and assist with cooking, cleaning, and other chores as necessary.
As an intern living in community, you will also:
- Live cooperatively and respectfully with each other during your time at the Institute.
- Participate in democratic or consensus decision-making and conflict resolution within the intern group. Open, mature and positive communication is expected.
If desired, interns may camp on-site during their internship, providing their own tent and sleeping supplies and may also choose to live off-site. All interns are responsible for their own transportation needs.
The Institute encourages all who have thoroughly reviewed our intern program, including the living situation and the focus area descriptions to apply for a position.
Interested in seeing first hand how the interns live and what they do day-to-day?
Areas of Focus
- Internship - Office, April-October 2014 (Application deadline January 10th)
- Internship - Site, October 2013-February 2014 (Position open until filled)
- Internship - Site, April-October 2014 (Application deadline January 10th)
- Caretaker - Winter, October-February 2014 (Position open until filled)
- Caretaker - Summer, March-October 2014 (Application deadline January 10th)
How to Apply
If you are interested in applying for this opportunity, please submit the following documents:
- A personal statement
- A cover letter which includes the focus area for which you are applying (office, site, caretaker)
- A current resume including three work or volunteer related (non-personal) contact references
Send application materials to
, or mail your application via postal mail to:
The Solar Living Institute
Attn: Intern Application
PO Box 836
Hopland, CA 95449
Applications will be considered incomplete if they lack any information listed above, and will not be considered as a viable candidate. Please indicate the focus area (office, site, caretaker) to which you are applying in your cover letter.
Internship Focus Areas
Every intern is expected to remain flexible, and could be asked to assist in any program area, on an as-needed basis. Be sure to click on the "read more details" of each focus area to view the tasks, benefits & qualifications before you apply.