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Garden Internship at Occidental Arts & Ecology Center - 16365

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Garden Internship
Occidental Arts & Ecology Center
15290 Coleman Valley Rd
95465 Occidental , CA ,
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Job Description: 

OAEC offers two internship positions each year in our 49 year-old biointensive organic gardens. The gardens are a rich setting for experiential learning. Interns learn all aspects of gardening while working closely with OAEC’s Garden Manager. We are looking for those who really want to learn from working in the Mother Garden and take their experience out into the world.

Internship Details:
2023 internships begin in late January and end in mid-December. The work week is 24 hours. OAEC garden interns typically work full days Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, with a few exceptions. Ample vacation, holiday, and sick time off is provided. In exchange for their work, all interns are given a private, cozy place to live, community meals, access to a fully-stocked kitchen, pantry, and on-site garden veggies and orchard. Interns also receive free participation in the OAEC Permaculture Design Course, as well as a $300 monthly stipend.

Interns fully participate in the life of the residential community, including contributing to the regular cooking and chore rotations, and community meals. All land residents and staff, including interns, are required to be vaccinated against Covid 19.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

Garden interns are involved in all aspects of gardening, including:
- Seed Sowing
- Transplanting
- OAEC Nursery & Plant Sale assistance
- Bed Preparation & Planting
- Composting
- Hand Watering & Drip Irrigation
- Weeding
- Pruning, Trellising & Fertilizing
- Harvesting
- Certified Organic Data Management
- Seed Saving and Processing
- Orchard Care

Education & Experience: 

- 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, and who also enjoy working with volunteers.
- Physical stamina is a must. We work outside rain or shine!

Application Instructions: 

Deadline to apply is October 15th. E-mail the following application materials to

Complete the Garden_Intern_Application-2023 form (found at
Include a cover letter, resume and list of references
A picture of yourself is requested, yet not required

We encourage garden internship applicants to attend a Garden Volunteer Day at OAEC sometime in September or October. This is a great way to meet us, see the garden, and get a feel for the work, especially if you’ve never been here before. On the RSVP page, please indicate that you are applying to the garden internship.

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