LEV is offering two internship tracks this season:
(1) General—Launching an Ecovillage
(2) MBA Students—New Economy/Sustainable Business Models Internship
Launching an Ecovillage Internship at LEV
LEV is developing an “ecovillage internship” from Spring through Fall of 2017. We are an emerging, permaculture-inspired green community three hours north of the Bay Area. The ecovillage internship offers an opportunity to gain hands-on experience in many aspects of sustainable community development, from applied permaculture, natural building, ordinary tasks that are required of all homesteads, and research topics of your choice. Internships can be focused on single themes or blended to suit your interests.
Interning involves 25 hours of work a week in exchange for living on ten acres of beautiful Mendocino County land. You will be sharing the land with the residents of the Laytonville Ecovillage. The size of the community will depend on the number of work traders and interns as well as the number of students who participate in weekend workshops and work parties.
Interns will need to be self-directed and be able to work with minimal supervision.
Interns this season at LEV will be able to take part in projects that range from food, water and energy systems to participation in the “invisible structures” coming into form at the site as we search for new members to join our community. Domains of work-study can include:
Renewable energy: This encompasses projects such as the solar hot water heater and other solar technologies like parabolic mirrors and solar ovens, installing photovoltaic panels, microhydro and wind projects.
Organic gardening: Work on building a food forest, seed saving, soil building, composting, planting and harvesting using organic and permaculture techniques.
Natural Building: Help with a variety of natural building projects on the land—possibilities include a cob firewood storage shed, a structure for the community kitchen, round pole structures, and roofing.
Homesteading: Cultivate a variety of skills from chicken care, gardening, fencing, firewood processing, canning and preserving, fermenting, and small construction or natural building projects.
Water Systems: This could include rainwater catchment systems, plumbing, trenching current water lines, greywater projects, and making swales, ponds, or other water features.
Interns are considered to be temporary LEV Residents, sharing the responsibility of creating a homestead, stewarding the land, and developing a regenerative environment together. We ask that you look at your time here holistically, understanding that there is a blend between work, play, service, and creativity. We want you to show your effort of willingness towards the work and the vision of a sustainable future. Our hope is that this experience helps you become an advocate for the preservation of more sustainable life ways through the understanding of environmental ethics, education, developing homesteading skills, and considering innovative approaches to village living in a modern environment.
Interns are provided with camping space and use of an outdoor kitchen, outdoor shower, rustic facilities, internet connection, and a community living areas to gather.
We encourage interns to work with an academic advisor or teacher to create a research topic that can earn them academic or continuing learning credit. LEV can provide limited on-site mentorship and academic guidance.
Hands-on tasks include the following:
- General cleaning and organizing.
- Assisting in various permaculture and natural building projects.
- Making supply runs to town.
- Brush clearing and trail maintenance.
- Maintaining campgrounds.
- Assisting with various construction projects.
- Mowing, watering, and tending to lawn, landscapes and gardens.
- Making dump/recycling runs.
- Orienting in-coming students and new work-traders.
- Answering and directing phone calls for the Laytonville Ecovillage.
- Assorted tasks as needed.
Most tasks are light impact. You will not be expected to exceed your physical limits. You will not have to work in poison oak if you’re sensitive but there is a lot of poison oak on the land—if you’re highly sensitive please note this in your application.
Accommodations include use of outdoor kitchen, solar shower, common areas, Wi-Fi. Sleeping accommodations are currently limited to tent camping. We can provide you with a comfortable tent if you don’t have one. You’re welcome to bring a trailer or RV.
For more information about the internship or to arrange a visit, email Dan at email@example.com or call: 707-984-6536.