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 with vital site tasks such as educational tours, site representation, recycling/trash, bathroom cleaning and maintenance on a rotational basis. 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.
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
- Geyserville Geothermal 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 (see below) to apply for a position.
How to Apply
Applications are not currently being accepted. Please check back for updates on application deadlines.
If you are interested in applying for this opportunity, please submit the following documents:
- A cover letter which includes the focus area for which you are applying (office, site, caretaker)
- A current resume
- Details of 2 references