Program Information

During the course of the internship, interns are expected to participate in a work/trade agreement with a total of 32 hours per week in collaboration with the focus area supervisor.  In addition, interns will work as a team to assist with vital site tasks such as educational tours, site representation, and preparing the Tiny House for guests. After the 32 hours have been met, interns share responsibilities in routine upkeep of the intern village and organic gardens.  We ask that interns be ever mindful of the site as a destination open to the general public during daylight hours and welcome visitors accordingly, paying attention to safety, presentation and attitude. 

As part of the work/trade arrangement, interns participate at no cost in solar PV training workshops, sustainable living courses, live onsite in simple, rustic accommodation, eat organic produce grown in the organic gardens and fresh eggs from our chickens, have opportunities to network at special events/meetings/conferences/festivals, a Real Goods store discount, and the benefits of being part of the Solar Living Institute family.  There are a number of scheduled field trips, highlighting other sustainable organizations in the Mendocino County vicinity, (subject to change based on availability and unforeseen scheduling conflicts).

Intern Program Field TripsIntern training with Grid Alternatives

Intern Village Lifestyle

Our village has a large communal living space (30-foot diameter yurt) equipped with cooking and dining facilities, lounge area, library, wireless and desktop internet access.  The village also has both indoor and outdoor mosaic cob showers, an outdoor wood-fired earth oven, seating area, fire pit and chicken coop.  Interns living in the village participate in and assist with cooking, cleaning, and other chores as necessary.
As an intern living in community, you will also:

  • Live cooperatively and respectfully with each other during your time at the Institute.
  • Participate in democratic or consensus decision-making and conflict resolution within the intern group.  Open, mature and positive communication is expected.

If desired, interns may camp on-site during their internship, providing their own tent and sleeping supplies and may also choose to live off-site.  All interns are responsible for their own transportation needs.
The Institute encourages all who have thoroughly reviewed our intern program, including the living situation and the focus area descriptions, to apply for a position.


How to Apply

Now accepting SPRING 2016 applicants! If you are interested in applying for this opportunity, please submit the following documents:

  • Cover letter
  • Current resume
  • Details of 3 references

Applications and/or questions regarding the intern program can be submitted via email to sli@solarliving.org - we look forward to hearing from you!



The Solar Living Institute is a 501 (c)(3) educational nonprofit organization offering instruction in solar training and sustainable practices.  Founded in 1998, we have been providing professional solar training and a wide array of sustainability courses for over 15 years. Our courses are taught by experienced practitioners who bring years of real world knowledge to the classroom with a focus on helping students prepare for job opportunities, start businesses, and live more sustainably.

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