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Garden Internship

We offer two internship positions in our 43-year-old biointensive organic gardens. The gardens are a rich setting for experiential learning.… 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

Program Administration Internship

Program Administration interns support a wide range of OAEC programs and departments including courses/events, fundraising and communications. A typical work… Read More >


Each year, OAEC hires 6 enthusiastic interns to live and learn at OAEC. Interns work 25 hours per week in one department – 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 some 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.

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Internship length: The internships vary in length by department. See individual internships for specific dates.

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 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 monthly community 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 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 for 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 OAEC Intern crew


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.



2018 Application Deadlines

  • November 1, 2017 is the deadline to apply for the Program Administration and Facilities Internships.
  • December 1, 2017 is the deadline to apply for the Garden internships.


Visit each individual internship for more information on applying.