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Work Trade: Permaculture in the High Desert at Quail Springs Permaculture - 12947

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Work Trade: Permaculture in the High Desert
Quail Springs Permaculture
35070 HIGHWAY 33
93252 Maricopa , CA
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Job Description: 

Our work trade offering is a 3- to 6-month residency (with possibility of extension) at Quail Springs, grounded in community living and a work exchange with our holistic food systems. The experience provides extensive practical opportunities to sustain the day-to-day operations of a full-time functioning Permaculture farmstead, community, and education center. Learn how to deepen connection with yourself and others while acquiring practical skills and empowering the next steps in your journey. Be a part of the team that is running the farm for the season and receive structured orientation into working on our Permaculture-based farmstead, living in intentional community, and supporting the endeavors of an educational nonprofit organization.

We are searching for flexible, self-motivated individuals who embrace simple, remote, rural living. Successful applicants are self-starters, curious, inclusive, comfortable in groups, creative problem solvers, and are able to manage themselves through a wide range of challenges. High energy, a good sense of humor, strong communication skills, a positive attitude, and a strong curiosity are essential attributes.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

Throughout the 3- to 6-months, work-traders take on increasing responsibility in specific areas and have the opportunity to mentor others in skills learned. The goal of this opportunity is for participants to gain practical, resilient homesteading skills, like no-till, dryland vegetable gardening, caring for goats and chickens, and baking bread in earthen ovens, all while fostering personal connection and growth in a supportive, community-based environment.

Daily chores that are divided between farm team members include: milking goats, tending the poultry, moving grazing cells across the landscape for the goats or shepherding all day, watering and maintaining the greenhouses, irrigating annuals and perennials, cleaning animal pens, and working in the garden.

Farm and garden work and community tasks will roughly total 25 hours per week over 5 work days. Each work trade volunteer will have two days off per week. Working early mornings will be regularly required.

Education & Experience: 

This opportunity is what you make it. Successful candidates take a “participant” attitude over “observer.”

-Desire and ability to work in a community (a must!)
-Ability to work within a team as well as independently on projects after adequate orientation has been given
-Strong work ethic, an enjoyment of physical work, and strength & stamina
-Ability to lift up to 50 lbs
-An enjoyment of tending animals and gardens
-No allergies to animals
-Mindfulness, cultural sensitivity, and an ability for self-care & self-managing independent time
-Willingness to listen actively and speak authentically & honestly
-Good interpersonal skills, a positive attitude, and a good sense of humor
-Willingness to engage in community chores (laundry, cleaning, etc.)
-Completion of a Permaculture Design Course (PDC) or experience working on a farm is highly desired
-We are willing to train someone who is eager to help out and support Quail Springs in its mission

Application Instructions: 

Please visit our website, read about the details of the program and fill out our application here:

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