Ekone Ranch – Land Trust, Summer Camp, Green Cemetery

Contact information
Farm Address:
401 Ekone Road
Goldendale , Washington ,

Primary Contact: Shonie Schlotzhauer
Primary Phone:
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    Number: 509-773-4536
    Email: shonie@ekone.org

Website: http://ekone.org

Internship information
General Farm Description: Ekone Ranch is a nonprofit land trust, summer camp, green cemetery, and education center, with a large and beautiful garden producing delicious vegetables and well-nourished children!

CRAFT Member Farm? No

Internship Starts: 4/1/2019
Internship Ends: 10/31/2019
Number of Internship Available: 2
Application Deadline: 3/1/2019
Minimum Length of Stay: One month, preferably longer

Internship Details:

Work alongside Ekone staff and summer camp children to create an abundant and magical garden! We hope to have two interns at any given time, with a primary focus on gardening but also some involvement in other ranch projects, such as construction, forestry, cooking, camps and other programs, as skills, interest, and need align. Garden interns will be overseen by Shonie Schlotzhauer, executive director, with input from Mindy Schmidt, volunteer coordinator, and Chris Woodcock, kitchen manager. What a team!

Duties May Include:

– Prepare and maintain garden beds
– Weeding, weeding, weeding!
– Watering
– Harvesting
– Composting
– Planting
– Involve children and adults in the beauty, work and play of the garden!

A "Lead Intern" may be responsible for supervising shorter-term interns and volunteers.

We'll also mix it up with other ranch projects, expect a wide range of activities and learning opportunities!

Volunteer Expectations & Benefits:
– Hours per week: 32
– Room and board provided
– Position open from April 1 – October 31
– 1 month minimum commitment, longer preferred!
– Housing consists of a private room in the community lodge, trailer, tipi or tent
– Abide by Employee Handbook and Ekone Community policies and agreements
– Expect a fabulously rewarding and challenging experience!


Educational Opportunities: Hands on experience with a large garden/small farm and integrating garden education into a larger camp program. Additional opportunities to learn construction, ranch management, and horsemanship may be possible!

Skills Desired: Qualifications: - Genuine interest in gardening and sustainable living - The physical capacity to work in hot weather and lift up to 50lbs - Ability to receive directions and work independently, to collaborate and work closely with others, AND to be self-motivated and take initiative - Willingness to engage with non-violent communication practice as part of the Ekone team - Experience or education in permaculture, horticulture, farming, gardening, outdoor education, or community living is a bonus!

Meals: Shared with camps and other volunteers and staff. Most meals will be prepared by kitchen crew, but some cooking for self and others may be required of interns.

Stipend: None.

Housing: Housing may consist of a trailer, tipi, tent, or lodge room depending on availability, length of stay, and intern needs and preferences.

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