Program Information

Over the course of the internship, interns are expected to participate in a work/trade agreement for a total of 40 hours per week.  Duties include leading general site tours, participating in eco-educational tours for school children, preparing the Tiny House Air B and B for guests, and assisting staff with managing workshops, special events, and our organic produce stand. Interns share responsibilities in routine upkeep of the intern village, the organic gardens, and building community for the duration of the internship.  

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.

Intern training with Grid Alternatives

Intern Village Lifestyle

Our village has a large communal living space (30-foot diameter yurt) equipped with cooking and dining facilities, lounge area, library, and wireless 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.  Guidelines for communal living are provided, however it is each intern's responsibility to actively engage in creating a rewarding intern community life.

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.

Intern Program Field Trips

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).


How to Apply

Now accepting SPRING 2016 applicants! If you are interested in applying for this opportunity, please submit the following documents:

  • Cover letter
  • Current resume
  • Details of 3 references

Applications and/or questions regarding the intern program can be submitted via email to sli@solarliving.org - we look forward to hearing from you!

 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.


The Solar Living Institute is a 501 (c)(3) educational nonprofit organization offering instruction in solar training and sustainable practices.  Founded in 1998, we have been providing professional solar training and a wide array of sustainability courses for over 15 years. Our courses are taught by experienced practitioners who bring years of real world knowledge to the classroom with a focus on helping students prepare for job opportunities, start businesses, and live more sustainably.

ACCREDITED BY IREC - Registered Provider of NABCEP

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