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Occidental Arts & Ecology Center

Contact information
Farm Address:
15290 Coleman Valley Rd
Occidental, California , 4917

Primary Contact: Jenyng Wu
Primary Phone:
    Number: (707)874-1557



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 and the restoration of biological and cultural diversity."

CRAFT Member Farm? No

Internship Starts: mid-January
Internship Ends: Mid-November
Number of Internship Available: 6
Application Deadline: November 1st (priority deadline October 15th)
Minimum Length of Stay: 11 months

Internship Details:

“Each year, OAEC hires 6 enthusiastic interns to live and learn at OAEC for 11 months. Interns work 25 hours per week in one department – Program Administration, Facilities or Garden. In return, the interns are given a private, cozy place to live, community meals with kitchen and pantry use, use of all the facilities on-site, and participation in OAEC courses. The interns take part in the community cooking and chore rotations. There are some opportunities for additional paid work. All land residents, including interns, pool together a small monthly fee (approximately $250/person) to cover food and utilities.”

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 or School Garden Teacher Training on a space available basis."

Skills Desired: "
Program Administrative Internship Qualifications:

Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills. Prior administrative experience is preferred. Proficiency with Mac computers, Excel, Word, Outlook, and Google Drive. Experience with Adobe Photoshop and/or InDesign is a plus. Database management experience preferred (you will learn how to use our constituent relationship management software Fundly). Highly detail-oriented and organized. Self-motivated and capable of working both independently and as part of a team. Capable of multi-tasking and prioritizing effectively while working under multiple deadlines --

Garden Internship Qualifications:

An excitement and desire to learn gardening through hands-on experience is essential. Prior gardening experience is helpful but not necessary. We are looking for motivated, self-starting people who can be comfortable occasionally working alone. Physical stamina is a must. We work outside rain or shine! You MUST attend at least one Garden Volunteer Day at OAEC to be considered for a garden internship. Garden Volunteer Day is every Wednesday (except on the Wednesdays before Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's) from 10 am to 5 pm, with a vegetarian lunch served at 12:30 pm. Please introduce yourself to the garden staff and let them know you are applying for an internship Facilities Internship Qualifications:

Whomever we hire must be easy to get along with. 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. A valid driver's license and clean driving record. The interns are asked to work 25 hrs/week with the weekly schedule to be agreed upon between the facilities directors and interns. "

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 on a space available basis."

Preferred method of Contact: email