I recently moved from Canada to Spain to pursue a career in sustainability and have been looking for work related to permaculture, reforestation and NGO international development. Does anyone know of any projects starting in January that would be looking to hire? I am on sabbadical from my graduate degree in Architecture as well as certified in Permaculture (PDC) and LEED. A more complete CV and portfolio can be found on my LinkedIn. If you know of any companies please let me know their name and a possible contact. Thanks.
BA, PDC, LEED Green Associate
Graduate Student, Masters of Architecture
Hello, i represent a small group of people in Algarve, south of Portugal, we have 2 o 3 project going on, but we dont have money for a salary, we can give you food and shelter, maybe, a part of the production in some time... If for you is enough, tell me something, cheers.!
Employment and Spain seem to be non-compatible words nowadays, and many young people here find ourselves forced to look abroad for work, so it really takes a lot of courage to come here to make a living. Jokes aside, welcome to the place! I'm involved and also know a few permaculture (or "eco" which seems to be the adjective we use more around here"-related initiatives) around here, and unfortunately as of now they are quite timid to provide a way of living for their participants, and most of them are done in a volunteer basis.
In your specific career, for example, I can recall a group of architects and related people around here I recently met who are attempting to perform small constructions with local-found reed, which is an ancient technique nearly gone. They seem to be quite serious about their efforts, and they are even trying to develop and propose to the authorities a legal building code for it. They also cut the reeds (on February) and build them for the people and collectives interested at the time, at least for now. I found that very interesting and worth following. Their website is this one (in Catalan and Spanish, but translatable via google translate).
In other areas, like food and such... well, not so much, really. In Catalonia there's the Cooperativa Integral Catalana, who has plenty of projects, but I'm still to see the success of many of them, and I'm quite skeptic at the moment. Then, during this past years, there are some people who has been trying to do, mostly as individual or familiar, small-scale agriculture like community supported agriculture, selling eco veggies, eggs and a few other things, but they are scattered around the country and often as purely individual enterprises who can't afford to get bigger and hire people.
Well, good luck in your search then, really hope you can find your way here.
posted 5 years ago
Thanks David and Bruno for the replies.
I'm going to investigate what you suggested and try some companies in Britain as well. Fingers crossed.
Bruno, If I haven't found anything by January I would love to come south and see you projects and help out in whatever capacity I can. My spanish is probably good enough to adapt to Portugese and I could be available until April. I'll message you my contact info so we can keep in touch. thanks
Hello friends. I too am headed to Europe. I have previously worked in Sweden, California, New Mexico, North Carolina, Colorado, British Columbia, Amsterdam and Zaandam doing rammed earth and earth plastering. I'm getting married in Dublin on December 21st. Then will travel to the mainland I think if I cannot find work in Ireland or the UK.
I have 6+ years of electrical experience, have done many rammed earth projects and built Earthships as well. I have done a great deal of conventional construction as well.
I have a Manufacturing Engineering degree as well.