Residential Internships at OAEC

2014 OAEC interns

Still accepting Garden Intern applications!

We are extending the deadline to apply for the Garden Internship until December 21st. That gives you two more Garden Volunteer Days (a mandatory part of the Garden Intern application process).

The facilities internships have been filled.


Program Description

OAEC offers 6 residential internships within 3 different departments:
  • 2 positions in the garden
  • 2 in the administrative office
  • 2 in facilities 

The internships vary in length from 9 to 10.5 months.

The Facilities and Administration departments have one long-term intern from January 5 - December 15 and one short-term intern from March 2 - December 15. Both garden internships are from March 3 - December 1.


All OAEC residents, including interns, pay a small monthly fee to cover food and utilities (approximately $250). 

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Additional Information

Interns participate as members of our community while at OAEC. We share meals and facilities. All community members also have collective responsibilities, with all residents participating in scheduled cooking, cleaning and refuse chore rotations (these are in addition to intern work hours). We celebrate non-sectarian diversity and are fully committed to maintaining a pluralistic, supportive, and honest working and living environment. The community is comprised of approximately 24 people, including 6 children.

OAEC is located in western Sonoma County on 80 acres of organic gardens, meadows and forest of oak, fir and redwood. During free time, interns are encouraged to take advantage of the facilities, which include:

  • backcountry trails
  • a large swimming pond
  • a library/meeting room
  • industrial kitchen and pantry
  • a hot tub
  • a cedar sauna

Intern housing is provided, with all structures being completely private and free-standing. Each of the units vary in regards to size and amenities, but all are rustic and conducive to a simple lifestyle. Interns share access to the community bathhouse and hot showers.

An abundance of nutritious food is also provided during the internship program.  Dinner is shared daily by the entire community, with lunch and breakfast also being prepared during OAEC courses and special events. Otherwise, produce from the Center’s renowned gardens and other high quality, locally sourced ingredients are available personal meals. While OAEC maintains a vegetarian kitchen, it should be noted that not all residents are vegetarians.

Interns have the opportunity to participate in OAEC’s course offerings. While this option is dependent on the available space in each course, interns often take advantage of this learning experience.

The Pond

How to Apply

OAEC seeks individuals who embrace living simply in a semi-rural community while working in a thriving non-profit organization. Applicants should be flexible, energetic, comfortable in groups, and able to manage a diversity of challenges. A good sense of humor, communication skills, a positive attitude, and a willingness to learn are essential attributes of prospective interns. Each internship is intended for one person, as we cannot accommodate spouses, children or families. Due to the sensitivity of our natural environment, pets are not allowed on the premises.

  1. Complete the OAEC Intern Program Questionnaire (attached at the bottom of this page).
  2. Select the department you are interested in. Include a cover letter to the Department Supervisor and complete specific questions.
  3. Include resume and work/personal references with day and evening phone numbers if possible.

Application Deadlines

November 1 for office; December 21 for the garden. The facilities internships have been filled.

Where to Send Material

Send application material to Department Supervisors or mail to 15290 Coleman Valley Road, Occidental, CA 95465.

  • Administration: Philip Tymon: (707) 874-1557 ext 103
  • Facilities: James Pelican: (707) 874-1557 ext 108
  • Garden: Michelle Vesser: (707) 874-1557 ext 114


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