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Each year, OAEC hires a cohort of enthusiastic interns to live and learn at OAEC. Internships are approximately 24 hours per week. In exchange for their work, all interns are given a private, cozy place to live, community meals (including access to a fully-stocked kitchen, pantry, and on-site garden veggies and orchard) and use of all OAEC facilities (hot tub, swimming pond, etc.) Interns also receive free participation in the OAEC Permaculture Design Course, a $500 monthly stipend, and generous vacation and sick leave. Interns take part in the life of the residential community and participate in community cooking and chore rotations. There may be opportunities for additional paid work on site, though these are coordinated separately from the internship.
Internship length: Depending on the year, most internships begin in late January and end in mid-December.
Intentional community: Interns participate as members of the residential community while at OAEC sharing the land, meals, and facilities. All community members have collective responsibilities including participation in scheduled cooking, cleaning and chore rotations (which are in addition to OAEC 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 comprises approximately 17 people, including 2 teenagers. Please note: There are not regularly scheduled all-resident community meetings, however, the intern cohort is assigned and supported by a community liaison.
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
- swimming pond
- library/meeting room
- industrial kitchen and pantry
- hot tub
- cedar sauna
Housing: Intern housing is provided, with each intern having their own cabin that is 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: A highlight of living at OAEC is the food! Produce is largely from the Center’s renowned gardens and other high quality, locally sourced ingredients are available for personal meals. During OAEC courses and events, meals are cooked by professional chefs. When there are no visitors scheduled, residents take turns cooking a shared dinner together every night. Breakfast and lunch are ad-hoc or on your own with full use of the kitchen and pantry ingredients. While OAEC maintains a vegetarian communal kitchen, it should be noted that not all residents are vegetarians.
Course participation: Interns have the opportunity to participate in our Permaculture Design Certification course.
Other Benefits: Interns receive a monthly stipend of $500 and are given generous vacation and sick leave.
OAEC seeks individuals who embrace living simply in a semi-rural community while working in a thriving nonprofit 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.
- Applications are now closed for 2024. Applications for 2025 will open approx. August 1, 2024. Please check back next summer for updated application information!
- Complete the Intern Application.
- Upload a PDF of your cover letter and resume for each department you are applying for.
- Enter your references as prompted in the form.
- Upload an optional photo (not required.)
- Questions regarding internship applications can be directed to
OAEC does not discriminate against applicants because of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, veteran status or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal or state law.