Koanga Building Internship Opportunities this Summer

The Koanga Institute is now accepting applications for our Summer 2011-12 Building Research Interns.

earth buildingThe Position: Koanga Institute Building Research Intern
Date of Internship: October/November 2011 – March 30th 2012.
Application Form: http://www.koanga.org.nz/application-summer-internship-2011-12

The Koanga Institute is a registered charitable trust, dedicated to sustainable living.  We work in the fields of;

  • Biointensive Gardening
  • Heritage Food Seed
  • Nutrient Dense Food Production
  • Light Earth Building Techniques
  • Appropriate Technology

Our Internships provide an amazing opportunity to learn alongside Bob Corker and other staff members, while supporting the important work of the Koanga Institute. The Institute is located within a developing village community, so there will be many opportunities to meet and work with interesting dedicated people who are passionate about creating a new model for sustainable, self reliant living in New Zealand.

The work you will be involved in will include researching and applying a range of light earth building techniques that are most appropriate to our area, and designing and building a range of appropriate technologies, including: solar  water heating, rocket and other stoves, cool safes, composting toilets, grey-water systems, water filters etc

The results of the research will be applied in our future building cooperative as we develop our village.

We are looking for interns who;

  • have a good work ethic and can do effective physical work on a daily basis.
  • are capable of working on building sites 8 hours a day, 5 days a week
  • can work within a team and follow instructions carefully
  • are happy working alone at times
  • are happy living a simple life
  • can provide for their own needs for the duration of the Internship (food, transport costs, and all other living expenses)
  • can provide their own tent, caravan or housebus for accommodation for the duration of the summer position.

We will provide

  • a shared outdoor cooking and eating space with earth oven, rocket stove, bush bath and solar powered shower within the Institute space, which sits within a developing village community
  • a river to swim in
  • a research library you can use
  • inspiring people to work with and learn from
  • Some vegetables will be provided from the Institute gardens.

    Application Form: http://www.koanga.org.nz/application-summer-internship-2011-12