Interested in applying your green entrepreneurial skills to an emerging ecovillage in Mendocino?
The Laytonville Ecovillage is a historic homestead on ten acres of forest and meadows located a mile outside of the small town of Laytonville. A minor subdivsion has developed four parcels for green development and 2015 will see the parcels offered for sale to eco-friendly buyers and investors.
We host several work traders and interns on a seasonal basis and hold several workshops annually—this year will include a permaculture introduction, rocket stove building, and photovoltaic system installation. The property is home to two families and additional members. We are seeking an intern from a sustainable MBA program to put their skills to work brainstorming and creating proposals for potential businesses that could benefit this economically underdeveloped area. The business ideas could help us to find the ideal members to join the community and guide the future of the Ecovillage. Possibilities include education, healing or agriculture-related ventures, light manufacturing, virtual businesses, etc.
This is an opportunity to bring the principles of sustainability together with business savvy to have a positive impact on rural Northern California. The models generated through this internship should be scalable and applicable to most rural areas, and particularly rural California as it prepares for cannabis legalization and the bottoming out of that economy. Big changes are coming and creative economic solutions need to be implemented. The Laytonville Ecovillage would like to emerge as a model of what’s possible. By weaving community, sustainability, and practical business savvy we hope to create sustainable economic opportunities.
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. 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.
Interns will be able to participate in the three workshops we have on the 2015 calendar.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “MBA Internship” for more information or an application.