Occidental Arts & Ecology Center

Contact information
Farm Address:
15290 Coleman Valley Rd
Occidental, California , 95465

Primary Contact: Jenyng Wu
Primary Phone:
    Number: (707)874-1557
    Email: oaec@oaec.org

Website: http://oaec.org/about-us/internships/

Website: https://oaec.org/

Internship information
General Farm Description: The Occidental Arts & Ecology Center (OAEC) is an 80-acre research, demonstration, education, advocacy and community-organizing center in West Sonoma County, California that develops strategies for regional-scale community resilience.

CRAFT Member Farm? No

Internship Starts: February
Internship Ends: Mid-December
Number of Internship Available: 1
Application Deadline: November 15th (priority deadline November 1st - early application is encouraged!)
Minimum Length of Stay: 11 months

Internship Details:

Come live, learn, work and play with us in 2021!

We are accepting applications now for the 2021 Facilities Internship.*

This is a unique opportunity to live and work in a thriving land-based community and non-profit February through mid-December 2021. Interns work 25 hours per week in their department in exchange for a private cabin to live in, use of OAEC facilities, and participation in OAEC courses and programs. Interns take part in all aspects of community life, including community cooking and chore rotations. All land residents, including interns, pool together a small monthly fee (approximately $250/person) to cover food and utilities. There are some opportunities for additional paid work.

The facilities internship focuses on maintaining and improving the infrastructure at OAEC. Tasks vary from simple, quick repairs to multi-week construction projects, which in 2021 will include the reconstruction of our historic barn. While much of what we do is functional in its approach, we do not pass up an opportunity to employ an artistic sensibility in our work.

We seek individuals who embrace living simply in a semi-rural community. Applicants should be flexible, energetic, comfortable in groups, and able to manage a diversity of challenges. Prior experience is not necessary, but a good sense of humor, communication skills, a positive attitude, and a willingness to learn are a must.

Priority deadline is November 1st, 2020. Applications will be accepted until November 15th. Early application is encouraged! Visit the internship page for more details and to download the application.

*Due to the uncertainties of the Covid-19 pandemic, OAEC is reducing the regular number of interns for our Internship Program in 2021. We are accepting applications for the Facilities Internship only. As of now, we are not offering Program Administration or Garden Internships for the upcoming year.

Educational Opportunities: In addition to the many opportunities for hands-on learning and valuable networking in their respective departments, all interns are given the opportunity to take the OAEC Permaculture Design Certification course.

Skills Desired: Whomever we hire must be easy to get along with! Beyond that: Ease of understanding and applying task instructions. Ability to work equally as well alone or as part of a team. Skills in any and all areas of the building trades are desirable but not necessary. Ability to be flexible with hours and work assignments, mutually agreed upon by the intern and their supervisor. A valid driver's license and clean driving record.

Meals: Beyond the internship with the non-profit, interns participate in the life of the residential community including participation in the regular cooking and chore rotations.

Stipend: n/a

Housing: The work week is 25 hours. In return, interns are given a private place to live, use of all the facilities onsite, and free participation in OAEC courses.

Preferred method of Contact: email