Natural Building Internship

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Community Rebuilds
548 Locust Lane
Moab, UT
Posted: August 22 2016
Application Deadline: October 31, 2016
Position: 16 Full-time, Unpaid
Timeframe: 02/01/17 — 07/01/17

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At Community Rebuilds we aid income-qualifying families in building AFFORDABLE and energy-efficient straw bale homes, and we are TRAINING young emerging professionals to build LOW CARBON MODERN NATURAL BUILDINGS. We are a nonprofit that provides assistance during all stages of the build. Before breaking ground we act as a free consultant for interested families, by connecting them with low interest rate loans and supplying architectural plans free of cost. During the build we manage the build process and budget, and we provide a labor force of unpaid volunteer interns. After construction is complete we provide our families continued education in home maintenance and repair.

With this program we build affordable housing for the community and provide valuable EDUCATION AND SKILLS IN NATURAL BUILDING to every person involved: homeowners, interns, CR staff and volunteers. Our interns participate from foundation-to-finish working under the direction of our expert natural building instructors. And...we are the only organization that offers this type of education free of cost.

CR offers two five-month semesters in Moab every year. Each semester invites up to eight student interns per project, under the direction of a licensed contractor and natural building experts, to build a straw bale home from foundation to finish. Student interns will contribute to the foundation, frame walls, install bales, apply a variety of natural plasters, pour adobe floors, learn about electrical, plumbing, solar photovoltaics and permaculture, and take part in many other activities necessary to the completion of a home. Semesters are subject to some variability, as the schedule of any build is dependent on many factors, such as weather and unforeseeable build challenges. However, we assure that you will be an integral part of the current build and will gain an unparalleled amount of natural and conventional construction experience. Additionally, though our internship program primarily consists of onsite, hands-on learning, the experience is occasionally supplemented with workshops, conferences, and field trips. There are no graded assignments, tests, or readings.

Our program is very team-oriented. Student interns work together onsite and live together in a home provided by CR. They often get to know our selected homeowners quite well as they work with them side by side in the creation of their home. Similarly, because our CR chapters are located in wonderful, unique communities, student interns have many opportunities to make new friends, perhaps volunteer with other awesome organizations, and invest a little piece of themselves into our CR communities. These partnerships are important to our organization which is based on the understanding that we are all neighbors ready to support each other and make our community better.

In exchange for your labor, CR will provide housing, bulk foods, a small living stipend and an unforgettable experience!


Interns will be asked to work Monday through Friday, typically from 8:00-4:30. The workday begins with site set up, followed by a full day of hands on building from foundation forming to frame work and straw bale installation, all the way on to plastering and finish detailing. Interns are NOT required to have any construction experience; therefore, the workday will be spent going back and forth between learning and then putting skills into practice. Throughout the semester there will be a few workshops relating to permaculture, solar energy and plastering, but most of the education is given on the go during the build.


Interns must be at least 18 years of age.
Interns must commit to the full semester.
Interns must have personal health insurance or a financial plan for medical costs as CR is not liable.
Interns are required to work 40 hours a week onsite.
Interns are responsible for getting themselves to and from the work site. There are some bikes available at the Moab campus.
Interns are expected to supply a number of tools for their personal use onsite. This includes, but is not limited to, the following: tape measure, speed square, utility knife and hammer.
Interns must be able to lift at least 30 pounds, work outdoors in variable weather, maintain a good attitude and be willing to get dirty!
Interns must reside in the housing provided by Community Rebuilds while participating in a CR program. Exceptions can be made on rare occasions.


Required - English

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