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Facilities Internship

Blogpost published on: Monday, March 21st, 2022

Facilities Internship

This year’s Facilities Internship will be focusing for much of the time on finishing the construction of our new timber frame barn. Also, we will be tackling the usual array of facilities related work that maintains and improves the infrastructure at OAEC. Facilities interns have the opportunity to learn a great deal in some or most of the following areas, depending on the work that needs to be done: carpentry, plumbing, electrical, woodworking, forest management and more. 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.

Internship Details

  • Check this website again for 2023 dates.  Typically internships run from early February through late November.
  • The work week is 25 hours, typically Tuesday-Thursday, upon agreement with the Facilities Manager.  Ample vacation, holiday, and sick time is provided.
  • In return, each intern is given full room and board which includes a cozy, private cabin to in which to live and access to our fully-stocked vegetarian, organic kitchen (see main internship page for more details on our food system.) Interns can also use all the facilities onsite and get free participation in the Permaculture Design Certification course, as space permits.
  • Interns work closely with OAEC Facilities Manager James Pelican and Assistant Facilities Manager Chris Santana.
  • Interns participate in all aspects of life of the residential community, including meal sharing and contributing to the regular cooking and chore rotations.
  • All land residents and staff, including interns, are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19.


Facilities intern


We are searching for a responsible candidate, who with some training and a great attitude, can independently handle a wide range of problem solving for both the facilities and our guests.

  • Skills in any and all areas of the building trades are desirable but not necessary.
  • Proven reliability, professionalism and courtesy are paramount.
  • Excitement in working with the diverse groups of activists working for racial, social and environmental justice who come from all over the country and world to OAEC.
  • Ability to work well alone or as part of a team.
  • Ability to be flexible with hours and work assignments.
  • A valid driver’s license & clean driving record.


Deadline is May 1st. E-mail the following application materials to James Pelican (or mail to 15290 Coleman Valley Road, Occidental, CA 95465).


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.