Every month throughout the year. Earthship World Headquarters in Taos, New Mexico, USA.
The Earthship Intern Program is a month long live/work/learn experience at our headquarters in Taos, New Mexico. Participants will live in an Earthship and work up to five days per week on Earthship projects in the Greater World Community.
Interns participating in this program pay a housing fee and are responsible for their own food and transportation. Those who complete the session will earn a certificate to attend an Earthship Seminar for free and may attend Academy classes at a discounted rate.
2013 Internship Dates
January - October FULL
* Please see the Current Projects page for more internship opportunities outside of Taos, NM... in America and around the world.
- More on the Earthship Biotecture Intern Program: The EB intern program is aimed at both sharing what we have learned in forty years in the trenches of the green movement and looking for possible recruits to help us. We are in effect building an earth army. It is working. No revolution has ever been beautifully organized. They are all “down and dirty”, “shoot from the hip” kind of operations.
- Michael Reynolds Blog: Hive Log 8/5/2011 - The Concept for the HIVE is as follows...
It is after the developed world living systems - centralized utilities, economy, transportation, food production and government itself - have all gradually crumbled to the point of critical mass and fully collapsed. People are on their own. [read more]
- Earthship Learning Opportunities: Opportunities every month. Work alongside the Earthship Team. Learn can bond beam forms, mud pack out, bottle walls, roof framing, roofing, thermal wrap and the beginnings of systems. These are 'hands on' opportunities.
Taos Earthship Intern Program
please read carefully before applying
The Earthship Intern program is open to anyone with an interest in sustainability and a willingness to work hard. People of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to apply. We are looking for people who are self-reliant and come prepared to take care of themselves physically, financially and emotionally.
We are located in a remote, high mountain desert climate outside of a somewhat small rural town. Interns must be prepared for extreme weather and high altitude conditions. Please note that we are 20 minutes from any stores, gas stations, laundry, etc. and you may need to commute to the job site each day. This can make being here without a vehicle difficult.
Interns work full time on Earthship construction sites learning building concepts and techniques through hands on experience. This work is very physical and labor intensive. That said, we will work around any physical issues you may have.
Please note that this is not a complete course on how to build every aspect of an Earthship. Some of you may be working on the the same project doing repetitive tasks.
Each Intern will work approximately 2 days in the Earthship Education Facility. This is a public facility paid for by the County of Taos. It is a great learning opportunity for interns because they will be guiding guests through an Earthship, explaining Earthship concepts, designs and systems, as well as answering questions, etc.
Intern housing is located in the Greater World Earthship Community and includes both shared and private bedrooms, fully stocked kitchens, bathrooms and free wi-fi. We do not provide bedding, towels or food. There is no laundry facility.
Private - $500/month
- small room with twin bunk beds
Shared - $400/month per person
- large room with 4 twin beds and private bathroom
Private room for two people - $600/month
A $100 cleaning deposit is required before checking in to any Intern housing. This deposit must be either cash or check and will be returned to you, pending the cleanliness our your space, upon your departure.
PLEASE BE ADVISED
*Due to the high number of applicants, the entire month’s rent must be paid in advance to secure your spot in the Intern Program. This amount is non-refundable, but can be applied to future internships, seminars, books, videos, etc.
*There can be absolutely no early check-ins.
*RV’s, campers, buses etc. are strictly forbidden in the community.
*Over night guests must be approved by the house manager.
* You may be required to commute to the job site each day.
*This is communal living so it is up to each and every resident to be considerate of their fellow house mates. This includes but is not limited to keeping common areas clean and keeping noise levels down.
About the Area
Taos is seated at the foot of the Sange de Cristo Mountains and is known for it’s history, fine art, great food and vast array of outdoor activities. It is home to the historic Taos Pueblo, the Rio Grande Gorge and the Village of Taos Ski Valley. It is a beautiful and majestic place that encourages people to reconnect with what is authentic.
The Greater World Earthship Community is an off grid community located in a remote area approximately 10 miles outside of Taos. There are no stores, gas stations or restaurants near us, which is why being here without a vehicle can be difficult. The weather in Taos can reach over 100 degrees in the summer and 30 degrees below zero in the winter. The sun is very strong and temperatures may vary as much as 40 degrees in a matter of minutes. The altitude in Taos is 6,950 feet above sea level.
The closest airport is in Albuquerque, New Mexico, which is 3 hours away from Taos. The shuttle service you can contact for transportation from the airport is Twin Hearts Shuttle - 575-751-1201. We recommend contacting them well in advance for reservations.
What you will need to bring
bed roll - pillow, blanket, etc.
25’ tape measure
utility knife with blades
framing hammer (over 16oz. in weight)
heavy duty rubber gloves
good sun hat
clothes and shoes that you don’t mind ruining
a good flashlight
1 gallon water jug for taking to the job site (drinking water provided at the dormitory)
rain gear (for the job)
If you would like more information, please contact us here or by phone at 575-751-0462
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