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Summer Internship 2016

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Title: Residential Land Management Intern

Positions Available: 2

Description: As an intern, you will live on the land for six weeks and connect with nature, others, and yourself in an immersive outdoor setting. Housing will be provided in private Eureka Equinox 6 standup tents, each on its own tent platform. You will live off the grid without electronic devices, participate in food preparation (all food is vegan and will be provided), learn about energy and water conservation while living outdoors, help grow organic vegetables, and deepen your overall relationship with nature. You will gain hands-on experience in land management, including but not limited to, tree, shrub, and flower planting, mowing and weed whacking, trail building and repair, forest management and firewood production, brush cleanup, vegetable gardening, and traditional and alternative building construction. You will also have the opportunity to assist with Eagle Eye Institute overnight programs for youth held at the land over the summer. This will include camp setup, food prep, and overall logistics. In addition, you may keep a daily journal of your experiences, share your personal story, and participate in daily morning meditation and exercise.

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Melinda Stockmann, former MountainStar Forest intern, says: “So, I think what I’ll tell other people is that this is a really good chance to …well, not to be too clichéd… but to connect with yourself and with others and with nature… and to just really get back to the basics…Coming out here for six weeks you get to really just be. And work. And appreciate work. And appreciate play and appreciate the food you eat. And just think about what you want to be and what you want to do and what you are doing and what you are being. And that’s really an opportunity that a lot of folks don’t get…It’s challenging… especially if you’re used to being in a routine and having constant stimulation in different ways…You have to be committed to the opportunity for what it is…I think it’s definitely worth it and it pays off on a lot of different levels…Outdoor living is fun!”

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Timeline: Six weeks, approx. July 6 – August 17, 2016 (exact dates TBD)

Schedule: 40 hours per week, flexible based on weather and work to be accomplished any given day or week

Compensation: $1,000 stipend; room (camping) and board (local, organic, vegan!)

Qualifications:

  • Current college/university student OR recent graduate
  • Good physical condition
  • Knowledge of and interest in the environment
  • Camping and outdoor living experience
  • Use of basic hand tools: shovel, rake, mower, weedwacker, etc.
  • Some carpentry skills 

Additional Qualifications:

  • Must have own transportation to and from the site
  • Flexibility with days and hours

See the full description here: Eagle Eye Summer Internship 2016

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