Internships & Volunteers

Special Volunteer Interns Sought Aug 20-Dec 15, 2017

Djanbung Gardens is seeking 2-3 very special volunteer interns to live and work here from August 20 until December 15, 2017.

This is a shared position to help manage the gardens while our core team members, Melian and Andrew, have a break to bring two new family members into the world.   They are expecting twins in October, and need to focus on preparing for the arrival and for meeting the demands of two newborns during the initial months after birth.

During this time we need good people living here to keep the gardens going, the animals fed and happy, maintain the grounds and greet visitors to the gardens, and be capable of managing the property while Robyn Francis is overseas.

You will receive a month of training with Robyn Francis before she goes to China to teach a PDC early October, and she will return for a 10-day check-in before going to India for 5 weeks for the IPC and teaching.

Interns-gardeningWhat you will do:

  • Join the Growing Abundance course Aug 21-27 and Bamboo Essentials workshop for some of the formal training you will need, and receive a month of on-the-job training with Robyn Francis.
  • Care for the gardens, plant the summer crops, watering, making compost & compost teas, weeding, bed preparation, seed saving and general garden maintenance
  • Care for the animals: chickens, ducks, geese and Polly the pig. These need tending at least twice a day, every day.
  • Maintain the grounds, mowing when necessary. Maintain and clean the main building, toilets and public areas for visitors.
  • Check in with Andrew and Melian as required
  • Help supervise casual volunteers (we have 2-3 ‘work for the dole’ volunteers here 2 days/week)
  • Complete the bamboo harvest, plus treating, processing and storing
  • Greet visitors to the gardens, provide information and direct them on self-guide tours
  • Help with the Djanbung Gardens stall at the Nimbin Show in late September, and host a Repair Café at the gardens.
  • Be involved in setting up the new intern and volunteer living facilities on LandsEnd.

What we offer:

An opportunity to gain valuable real-life experience living and working on a well established world-renowned permaculture property. You will have access to PCA training resources, library, electricity for charging devices and Wi-fi at the main building.

Accommodation – camping on LandsEnd (option to have a bed in workshop area). Living facilities on LandsEnd are basic and offer an opportunity to experience off-grid low-tech living with solar oven, T-lud stove, gas cooker, zeer pot coolers, compost toilet and bush shower. You will be helping to set up this new area and appropriate tech facility for our residential interns and volunteers. Pots, pans, plates and cutlery provided. (Our previous intern residential facility in the railway carriages will become the family home of Melian and Andrew as of August).

At the main building you will have access to a fridge and hot shower.

You will be responsible for your own food and cooking. Garden surplus will be shared. We encourage you to volunteer a regular shift at the local Food Co-op (and get the volunteer’s discount on organic food)

We are an easy 10 minute walk from the heart of the village – local supermarket, food co-op, bakery, farmers market, cafes, health and other village services, businesses and community activities.

You will have an option to stay here for a further month or so until late January and join the support team for the January PDC.

Applicants will need to

  • Have some previous training in permaculture (e.g. PDC)
  • Preferably have previous experience with gardening and small livestock
  • Be reliable and consistent, motivated to do your best and take pride in your work
  • Willing to learn and follow instructions when inducted into the systems here
  • Be respectful and helpful to people living and working on site and to visitors.
  • Be resourceful and passionate about experiencing low impact living and experimenting with simple technologies
  • Capable of working independently and in a team
  • Be responsible for small projects and supervise casual volunteers
  • Work safely and observe workplace health and safety practices
  • Have the self-discipline to get up early for morning chores and feeding the animals
  • Have good English language skills

Applications: please send an email with information about your self to include age, sex, nationality, English proficiency, permaculture training, other qualifications, experience, skills and interests.

Cost: You will need to register and pay $635 for the Growing Abundance course. The course fee will be fully refunded at the end of your internship in mid-December. Otherwise there are no fees or payment required.

You may be asked to do an interview via Skype or in person at the gardens. We will confirm the positions by August 10 at the latest.

Internship work schedule

Work days are Tuesday-Friday, generally 4-6 hours per day, plus one weekend day per fortnight.  Mondays & free weekend days you will still contribute to the rostered daily routine chores of feeding the animals and watering the gardens.  Average time commitment is 20+hrs per week.

You need to bring:  sensible work clothing and long-sleeve shirt, closed shoes or work boots, your own bedding and tent, towel and toiletries (only natural products please). You are also welcome bring your own tools such as secateurs, gardening/work gloves and musical instruments.  We provide you with essential personal protective equipment for specific jobs. We do not permit pets on site.

Long Term Internships

Djanbung Team and interns 2016

Djanbung Team and interns 2016. Fellicia, Andrew, Melian, Robyn, Sam, Aleasa and Pung

“Four of the months in Australia we have been living as interns at Djanbung Gardens, the Permaculture College Australia. We have learnt so much at this amazing place and meet heaps of inspiring and crazy people here. We have worked in the gardens, taken care of the animals, building bamboo structures helped setting up wonderful events and also attending heaps of courses.” – Pung (Sweden)

LONG TERM INTERNSHIPS 3-12 months  These are available by special application to interns who have already completed a minimum of 5 weeks General PP internship or completed a specialist internship at Djanbung Gardens. Long term Interns participate in all aspects of Djanbung Gardens and PCA, and be responsible for supervising volunteers in the gardens, coordinate rosters, conduct garden tours, develop management skills working with the management team and support the organisation of training programs, workshops and special events at Djanbung Gardens.

Do you have specialist skills to offer?   Talk to us if you have skills in photography, video & film editing, marketing & promotion, data base & IT, writing & editing, or in a specific trade such as building.  Special Skills Internships are individually negotiated. Send us your CV and let’s start talking…

2018 Internships

Green Thumbs Internship  March 4 – April 13 plus option to extend as a Long-term Intern for up to 3 months Please register your interest .

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