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Position: Permaculture Internship Program
Type: full-time internship with accom., some food, more (see below)
Organization: Living Landscapes Eco-Logical Design
Location: Madoc, Ontario (with accom., see below)

We are a small, budding off-grid community and permaculture farm seeking work exchange interns for a structured Permaculture Design Internship culminating in a Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC), as well as for general work-exchange learning opportunities. Our farm is located north of Madoc, Ontario (between Ottawa and Toronto just off Highway 7, north of Belleville about 45 minutes).

Learning Opportunities

  • Permaculture Design Interns will work through a permaculture/forest garden based structured internship program during the 2017 growing season (or beyond), and will earn a PDC, while helping with and learning about setting up a permaculture homestead and perennial polyculture based forest garden and nursery.

    • This includes installing the first stage of a forest garden, a passive solar greenhouse, and setting up pasture and forage operations for future chickens, ducks, bees, and possibly preparing for other animals in the future (e.g. sheep, goats or guineafowl). *Participation with animal prep optional.

  • Permaculture Design Internships are 30 hours/week for between 2 and 6 months, with approximately 10 hours or more of studying or design work per week. Working out other time frames (e.g. 1 month here, 1 month away, 1 month here) is possible - please inquire.

  • Internships are structured by skill set topics and seasonal necessity based learning (e.g. seed starting, or planting seedlings) and will involve studying books and multi-media course materials, and doing hands on and planning/design projects. The longer you stay, the more topics you will learn about.

  • Other work exchanges are also possible for shorter periods, but you may need to tent (depending on cabin availability) and will not be able to earn a PDC (requires 2 months minimum commitment).

  • Our permaculture designer and teacher, Trent Rhode, will work directly with you and supply learning resources and mentor you based on 12+ years of experience in permaculture/ecological design that includes a permaculture teacher training, 2 design courses (including one he co-facilitated), and experience running his own permaculture design company since 2012.

Other Details

  • You will be responsible for your own food beyond what we grow on the farm. This is not a WWOOF opportunity where we provide for all of your needs, but we will supply shelter (first come first serve), kitchen supplies, and other amenities (water, electricity for phones and laptops).

  • We recommend having your own transportation, though carpooling during our regular trips to Peterborough, Belleville, Madoc or Marmora is possible.

  • We can start hosting the next interns starting late August.


To apply, please send an email to:
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briefly explaining why you'd like to do this internship, how long of a learning work exchange program you are interested in, and your experience with permaculture, ecology, organic gardening/farming, or agriculture in general. You may call 705-772-9642 for more information.

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GoodWork ID: 38876       Date posted to Mar 11 2017