Come live and learn at OAEC as one of 6 annual, residential interns in the garden, office or with facilities:

OAEC Garden Intern

Garden Internship

We offer two 9-month internship positions in our 40-year-old biointensive organic gardens. The gardens are a rich setting for experiential… Read More >

OAEC Facilities intern

Facilities Internship

If fixing pipes, wiring a circuit, making a screen door, or building a cabin sounds like a good work day,… Read More >

OAEC office interns

Administrative Internship

Each year, we select two people for our Office Team who have a desire to learn more about running a nonprofit organization. You… Read More >

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Internship length: The internships vary in length from 9 to 11 months. They start either January 13th or March 3rd, and end in December.

Intentional community: Interns participate as members of our community while at OAEC. We share meals and facilities. All community members also have collective responsibilities, with all residents participating in scheduled cooking, cleaning and refuse chore rotations (these are in addition to intern work hours). We celebrate non-sectarian diversity and are fully committed to maintaining a pluralistic, supportive, and honest working and living environment. The community is comprised of approximately 24 people, including 6 children.


All land residents, including interns, pay a small monthly fee (approximately $250) to cover food and utilities.

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The land: OAEC is located in western Sonoma County on 80 acres of organic gardens, meadows and forest of oak, fir and redwood. During free time, interns are encouraged to take advantage of the facilities, which include:

  • backcountry trails
  • a large swimming pond
  • a library/meeting room
  • industrial kitchen and pantry
  • a hot tub
  • a cedar sauna

Housing: Intern housing is provided, with all structures being completely private and free-standing. Each of the units vary in regards to size and amenities, but all are rustic and conducive to a simple lifestyle. Interns share access to the community bathhouse and hot showers.

Meals: An abundance of nutritious food is also provided during the internship program.  Dinner is shared daily by the entire community, with lunch and breakfast also being prepared during OAEC courses and special events. Otherwise, produce from the Center’s renowned gardens and other high quality, locally sourced ingredients are available personal meals. While OAEC maintains a vegetarian kitchen, it should be noted that not all residents are vegetarians.

Course participation: Interns have the opportunity to participate in OAEC’s course offerings. While this option is dependent on the available space in each course, interns are guaranteed a spot in one open-to-the-public course during their internship.

OAEC interns 2015

2015 Interns: Emily, Mira, Lee, Alana, Teresa and Matt


2016 Application Deadlines

  • December 15, 2015 is the deadline to apply for both garden internships.
  • November 1, 2015 is the deadline to apply for facilities and administrative internships.


OAEC seeks individuals who embrace living simply in a semi-rural community while working in a thriving non-profit organization. Applicants should be flexible, energetic, comfortable in groups, and able to manage a diversity of challenges. A good sense of humor, communication skills, a positive attitude, and a willingness to learn are essential attributes of prospective interns. Each internship is intended for one person, as we cannot accommodate spouses, children or families. Due to the sensitivity of our natural environment, pets are not allowed on the premises.

Complete the Internship Application form.

  • Include a cover letter to the Department Supervisor and complete department-specific questions.
  • Include resume and work/personal references with day and evening phone numbers, if possible.


Application Form 


Where to Send Material

Send application material to Department Supervisors, or mail to 15290 Coleman Valley Road, Occidental, CA 95465.