Volunteering and Staff

Internship / Apprenticeship Positions:

Come to Earthlands this Summer! Support and learn from the work at the Earth-centered educational and personal transformation center that “empowers and inspires people to participate as skilled, conscious, and joyful contributors to the evolving life on Planet Earth”.

Earthlands is a program and retreat center that exists to support and promote living and learning in connection and harmony with the Earth and All Life. All of the programs fall within this mission and are focused on personal growth, sustainability, social justice, and Earth connection. Earthlands is a hub for like-minded individuals and groups who conduct their own programs. The Center is situated in rural Petersham, MA and located on approximately 350 acres of open meadows, wetlands, and forest. Earthland’s Main Lodge is rustic and off-grid and the vegetable gardens provide much of the organic produce. The Summer season is from May through August and the on-site Summer staff ranges from 4-8 people during this period. Earthlands is the home of the University of the Wild, an alternative higher education program and living and learning community and sponsor of the unique “Semester on Earth” curriculum.


The Internships & Apprenticeships are primarily focused on the day-to-day operation of the Program Center, care of the permaculture gardens, operation of a non-profit education corporation, and support of the higher education curriculum and public workshops.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Caretaking of lodge, facilities and grounds Site maintenance and up-grades Participate in the up-keep of on-site organic permaculture gardens Support the operation of the UofWild and the non-profit educational center Participate in community life, including community care and group dynamics Positions require mature, self-directed and passionate people who feel called to support the work of Earthlands & UofWild and who are willing to live on the land, participate in community, and learning about regenerative/sustainable culture by living it..

Dates & Length of Stay:

The internship is open from May through August, 2013 or beyond. Position requires at least a one-month, with a preference for candidates who can stay all four months.
Interns will work 25 – 30 hours per week, where the schedule varies according to the operation of the programs and the needs of the facilities, land, and guest residents.
In exchange for the above hours and responsibilities, interns/Apprentices will receive a food stipend and housing on-site. Interns may also have the opportunity to participate in selected programs and services of Earthlands.
Contact: The office@earthlands.org or call (978) 724-3448 to inquire further and start the application process. Visit our website for more info – www.earthlands.org
We look forward to hearing from you. The Earthlands Team
Caretaker Position:
Job Description:
Responsible for the daily caretaking of the Lodge, out-buildings and grounds with attention to local Board of Health requirements; Supervise and coordinate 2-3 Caretaker Interns and volunteers to assist with Caretaker tasks; Prepare the Lodge and out-buildings in advance of incoming programs; Ensure lodge utilities are in good working condition including solar system, generator, hot water, wood stoves and lighting; Greet, orient, and instruct program leaders and guests in lodge, facilities and grounds use; Follow-up caretaking of facilities including laundry, take-down of tents and general clean-up; Manage seasonal responsibilities, including driveway maintenance, water control and mowing; Stewardship of grounds, trails, teaching stations and sacred sites; Coordinate monthly Caretaker work schedule with supervisor; Work alongside Program Coordinator to ensure smooth organizational functioning; Weekends – Certain weekends during the summer & fall, the Caretaker will be required to stay on site and be available for program or event needs. Dates & Length of Stay:

May – August, 2013. Four-month commitment required. Dates are flexible to accommodate college/university schedules.
32 hours per week, where the daily schedule varies according to upcoming programs and the needs of the facilities, land and gardens.
Remuneration & Benefits:
Lodging in the private wood-heated cabin. Monthly Wage & Food Stipend depending on skill and experience) Shared use of food produce from gardens. Use of office space with phone and internet access. Encouraged to participate in selected educational programming without charge. Participate in the community life at Earthlands – potlucks, circles & gatherings. To Apply:
Please send a brief letter of interest and resume to office@earthlands.org.
Head Groundskeeper and Caretaker of Facilities Position:
The Earthlands Head Grounds Keeper and Caretaker of Facilities position is an eight-month or longer residential position beginning May 1st and ending September 1st 2013 with an option for extesion at Earthlands in Petersham, MA.
1. Responsibilities:
a.) Maintain all grounds, trails, gathering places, fields & meadows, open spaces, and sacred sites in a safe, orderly and aesthetic; including, but not limited to lawn mowing, clipping, clearing, organizing, and creating.b.)
b.) Maintain the safe working order of all existing buildings and facilities with attention to Board of Health requirements.
c.) Work with the IEA board and the on-site community in assessing present needs for improvements to existing facilities and construction of new facilities, given resources available.
d.) All improvements and new construction will be completed in the “greenest” ie. energy and resource efficient manner possible
e.) Communicate with the program coordinator and caretaker regarding timing of rental programs and facilities needs.
f.) Time commitment of 15 – 25 hours per week with a flexible schedule.

Community Involvement: Participate in community meals, staff meetings, community gatherings, food shopping etc; Encouraged to participate in selected educational programming, including UofW and rental programs, as appropriate and available, beyond work hours Participate in the Creation and up-keep of on-site organic gardens Remuneration: In return for fulfilling the above responsibilities, Earthlands/UofWild

Stipend commensurate with experience and training Lodging in a small, wood-heated, cabin. Weekly food stipend Office space available with phone and internet access Free or low cost participation in selected programs and services Participation in the 2013 Earthlands Staff Community