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Positions: Permaculture Intern
Type: volunteer position, monthly cost for food, shelter, more (see below)
Organization: Mantoulin Permaculture
Location: Little Current, Manitoulin Island, Ontario

Interested in a deep dive into permaculture living? If you are a self-motivated and self-directed person who is passionate about creating a healthy, connected, and regenerative life and are willing to work hard while learning alongside the rest of us, then a permaculture internship may be a good stop on your journey. You will thrive most readily as an intern if you’ve already had exposure to permaculture, have done some self-study and are eager to put your values into action. It doesn’t really matter what aspects of permaculture you are most interested in developing, as long as have a fire burning in you, you will find many outlets to express your creativity and skill. We are expanding our permaculture internship program and are looking for an additional 4 – 6 people to join us for the 2017 growing season. We’ve got big plans. Check out our website and submit an application if you are interested.

2017 Intern Projects

Building, Energy, and Systems

  • constructing an upcycled styrocrete, aluminum and polycarbonate all-season greenhouse
  • finishing the sleeping nook (small natural building)
  • assisting with finishing a timber frame and light clay compost toilet
  • constructing a ferro-cement water storage cistern
  • continue working on biochar kiln designs
  • assisting with solar panel installation
  • building tent platforms
  • improving irrigation systems
  • excavator work and pond construction

Organic Annual Gardens

  • planning, planting, and maintaining the organic gardens
  • building more hugelkultur beds
  • building new gardens
  • brewing and applying LOTS of compost tea
  • building soil fertility
  • implementing integrated pest management systems
  • using crop rotations & green manures
  • seed saving
  • assisting with kale production and making dehydrated kale chips

Perennials, Food Forest, Edible Food Nursery

  • planning future food forest
  • nurturing existing perennials
  • completing construction of the nursery space
  • starting and tending nursery stock
  • plant propagation
  • growing medicinal herbs

Animal Husbandry

  • ensure the chicken homes are clean, birds are fed, and water is always available
  • diligently ensure all birds are locked up at night and out during the day
  • monitoring the flocks for health issues
  • participating in end of season bird harvest
  • collecting food waste from near by restaurants and grocery stores to minimize the amount of commercial feed required
  • assisting with occasional bee keeping tasks

Kitchen, Cooking, and Nutrition

  • planning and preparing communal dinners with local ingredients
  • comfortable cooking meat and vegetarian meals
  • keeping the pantry organized and stocked
  • shopping for communal food stuffs
  • passionate about nutrition, food artistry, and sharing knowledge
  • harvest storage: fermenting, canning, dehydrating, freezing and root cellaring

Radical Mycology

  • Searching for, identifying and taking samples of local, wild fungi
  • Practicing aseptic lab skills by culturing and training new and unique strains
  • Expanding select mycellium to incorporate into garden beds to support plant growth and health
  • Experiment with different substrates, strains and techniques to produce food and medicine and to remediate damaged landscapes

Regenerative Enterprises

We are interested in exploring ways to generate on-farm revenue to help fund projects and communal expenses while contributing to and supporting the larger Island community.


Cost for participants is $200/month and includes: most of your food, shelter, Internet (somewhat limited), access to all amenities (canoe, bikes, kayaks, car use). Indoor accommodation will be provided for the cooler weeks at either end of the season.


Work expectations are approximately 30 hours per week. The work is generally flexible and can often flow in and around other interests: hiking, biking, swimming, reading, music, yoga, downtime, etc.

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GoodWork ID: 37800       Date posted to Jan 25 2017