Natural Building Internship Application

Summer/Fall Session

August 3rd – November 22nd

This internship is designed to get individuals started with the skills and experience necessary to offer natural building services as a future designer/builder/educator.  Spanning the summer and fall seasons of building-focused programming, interns will work directly with Aprovecho’s building team constructing and maintaining Aprovecho’s campus.  In addition, interns will have the opportunity to assist and participate in the following courses: “Sustainable Shelter Workshop Series,” “Natural Building Practicum,” the weekend Natural Building courses and the Sustainable Livelihood course.

Interns should leave this program with increased confidence with a variety of natural building techniques including dry-stone walls, timber and round-pole framing, light-clay straw, strawbale, cob, clay and lime-based plasters and finishes, earthen floors and more.  Interns should also leave confident in their understanding of business basics as they consider next steps toward offering natural building as a service.

All Aprovecho’s courses take place on a beautiful 40 acre campus in the foothills of the Oregon Coast Range.  Interns will stay either in a large heated wall tent or their own personal tent.  All interns have access to plentiful indoor space including a large common room, showers, kitchen and library as well as hiking trails and relaxation space.  While educational programs are running (most of the time,) there are three prepared meals a day during the week.  Weekends and off-time, Interns have access to Aprovecho’s consistently stocked pantry and garden.

Sliding Scale: $4975 – $5495 ($500 deposit)

If you are interested in this opportunity please fill out the application form below.  If it is easier, you can can cut and paste the questions into a word document. Please include a resume with your application, including three references with phone numbers. There are a limited number of openings for this program.

Your Name

Your Age

Your Email

Mailing Address

Best phone # to reach you at

Which Natural Building program are you signing up for?

What do you hope to gain through your participation in this program?

How does this program relate to what you have been doing over the past five years? How does it relate to your goals for the next five years?.

Tell us about your educational background, special skills, or anything else you consider important as it relates to the program.

Do you have any food allergies or special dietary needs?.

Are you electing to live on campus?

What is your first and second choice for on-campus housing? Please note that housing is provided on a first come first serve basis. Please follow the above link to familiarize yourself with these options: Dormitory, Camping, Pod, TinyHome, Cabin.

If living on campus, you will be living in a group setting with shared facilities. Are you willing to help with household responsibilities (for example, cooking a meal/doing dishes once per week and daily chores)?

How did you learn about Aprovecho?

Do you have any questions for us?