The Lost Valley Educational Center in Dexter, OR is offering a sustainable building and maintenance internship to assist the center transform it’s conventional building infrastructure into more sustainable green buildings. This involves retrofitting our cabins, lodge, classrooms, and dormitories so that they are more energy efficient, healthful, and beautiful. We also do projects from the ground up; possibilities include installing solar hot-water panels, designing a bike shop, building a composting toilet.

Much of what we do depends on what resources (human and otherwise) are available at a given time. This means that projects which you have enthusiasm for could be added to our list. Applicants should have AT LEAST two years of focused experience in building and/or maintenance. This position is available for 3-6 months, starting in June.

We require some prior experience in the area of your choice (see individual position descriptions for details). The first two weeks are a trial period to see if things are likely to work out. Time off can be arranged, as long as it does not conflict with your responsibilities.

We offer these opportunities as a direct work exchange for room and board including fresh, all-organic vegetarian food (some of which is grown on-site!). Our summer housing is camping in our beautiful meadow. Fall through spring, some dormitory-style housing is available.

Interns can frequently participate in the wide variety of workshops hosted at Lost Valley and can take advantage of our incredible amenities – 87 acres of beautiful land with nature trails, creek with swimming hole, solar showers, DSL internet access, libraries, sacred meditation yurt…and more!

To apply:   Go to the Lost Valley Educational Center Internship Application Form to complete the  internship application, submit your resume and 3 work-related references.

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Author: Chris de Morsella (146 Articles)

After a decade performing as a lead guitarist for rock bands, Chris de Morsella decided to return to the career his uncle mentored him in as a youth....Software Engineering. Since that time he has thrown himself into his work. He has designed a compound document publishing architecture for regulatory submissions capable of handling very large multi-document FDA regulatory drug approval submissions, for Liquent, a division of Thompson Publishing. At the Associated Press, Chris worked with senior editors at facilities around the world, to develop a solution for replacing existing editorial systems with an integrated international content management solution. He lead the design effort at Microsoft for a help system for mobile devices designed to provide contextual help for users. Chris also helped to develop the web assisted installer for LifeCam2.0, the software for Microsoft’s web cam and developed late breaking features for the product He also served with the Rhapsody client team to redesign and build a major new release of Real Networks Rhapsody client product. His most recent assignment has been Working with the Outlook Mobile Time Management team for the next release of Outlook Mobile for the SmartPhone. Chris' interests are in green building and architecture, smart grid, the cloud, geo-thermal energy, solar energy, smart growth, organic farming and permaculture. Follow Chris on Twitter.