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Internship near Santa Fe, NM

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Location: Cerrillos, NM
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Ampersand Sustainable Learning Center is now accepting applications for their Sustainable Living Internship Program which begins May 22nd. Our off-grid site demonstrates sustainable systems including permaculture, land restoration, organic gardening, passive solar design, and wise water techniques. We build with natural and salvaged materials, cook with solar ovens, and rely on rain catchment. The internship is a two month intensive experiential education program with a strong curriculum. There is a partial scholarship available. You can find the full information about retreats, residencies, internships and workshops on their website.

The internship is a very special time at Ampersand. Our site comes to life as amazing folk gather for an intensive learning and community living experience. We share in a lifestyle that is abundant with the essentials.

Our rustic living conditions include, solar electricity, running rainwater (frugal use is expected with both), hot showers, an indoor bathroom with composting toilets, and wireless internet access. We cook primarily with solar ovens and live off rainwater that we harvest throughout the year. We build with earth and salvaged materials.

Living with Ampersand’s sustainable systems is an education in itself. We also teach workshops that the public is invited to. The internship includes several day field trips that highlight local culture, innovation and sustainable practices. We schedule weekly for personal time and exploration.

Sustainable Food Systems: We will experiment with recipes for drying, fermenting, solar cooking, rocket stove cooking, focusing on local foods.

Earthen Building: Interns will get experience with some of the following techniques: cob, sculptural relief projects, wattle and daub, primary, secondary and finish earth plasters and alis finishes.

Organic Gardening: Here at Ampersand we have a small rain catchment fed vegetable garden, a small greenhouse, and several perennial vegetable patches which integrate water harvesting earthworks. We will maintain and learn from the systems at Ampersand as well as other farms and Permaculture sites.

Land Restoration: We use rock and branches to continually restore our acres from historic damage due to road construction, mining, and livestock grazing. Learn how to stitch the watershed back together.

Passive Solar Design
Solar Cooking and Sustainable Kitchens
Land Restoration
High Desert Gardening
Rain Harvesting
Greywater systems

We see sustainability as an approach to life, which includes our relationships with everything- our resources, our waste, our interactions with the earth and fellow humans. We take our work seriously and get great satisfaction from it. We also integrate a patient attitude that values an inquisitive, fun and peaceful work/live environment. This community comes together to support each other in our paths towards living harmoniously with the earth in a way that values our individual passions and visions.

We are a 30 minute drive to Santa Fe, and a 40 minute walk (or 10 minute drive) to the eccentric village of Madrid for your greater social fare, coffee shop,tavern, many galleries, community garden and chocolatier! Horseback riding is accessible locally. Housing for interns includes the yurt, the tipi, and two strawbale cottages. Tent camping is also an option. We are accepting 6 interns for 2015.

Our program includes four days per week of guided and scheduled participation, weekly talking circles, morning coordination meetings, weekly planning meetings, and assigned readings for discussion. Generally three days a week interns will have time to explore, study, play, and rest on their own.

Internship Cost is $550 per month. This covers meals, lodging, classes, field trips, and a guided personalized experiential education in sustainable living and skill building. The internship lasts two months.

Read what our past interns (and others) say about their time at Ampersand.

Interns are expected to have a strong work ethic, adaptability an ability to take initiative and follow through with agreements, good communication skills, and a flexibility in working and living with others
Please go to our website www.ampersandproject.org to find out more about our center and contact us. Thanks!

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