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Occidental Arts and Ecology Center Internship

An announcement from our colleagues in Sonoma County:

In 2011, the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center (OAEC) is pleased to offer a new internship opportunity in our beautiful rustic vegetarian kitchen. The Kitchen Internship is just under 10 months long, starting Feb. 22, 2011 and ending Dec. 15, 2011. The kitchen is the hub and hearth of our land-based intentional community, as well as for the many guests who attend OAEC’s courses, rentals, and events. It serves as the dynamic intersection between our 36-year-old biointensive organic gardens and other local farms in Sonoma county, and is at the heart of our land-based local food system.

The intern position is 25 hrs/week, though the exact weekly schedule is determined by the varying needs of the kitchen.  Some hours will be at regularly scheduled times, and others will be flexible; and some weekend work is required.

The ideal kitchen intern will be responsible, motivated, community-oriented, flexible, dependable, and able to take direction well. A sense of humor is a huge plus! We are looking for a self-starter, who is at ease and focused whether working alone or with others. Prior kitchen experience is desirable, but the most important thing is a desire to learn various aspects of running a rural commercial kitchen, including bulk food ordering, maintaining fridge and pantry organization, food preservation, and cooking and prepping for meals.

The intern must be willing to be on-call for occasional last-minute emergencies and jump in to help resolve situations when the kitchen manager is unavailable. Since all OAEC interns participate in the intentional community, strong communication skills, appreciation for group process, and a desire to contribute to the community are essential.

Though not required, it is highly preferred that Kitchen Intern applicants attend a Wednesday Garden Volunteer Day to meet the staff and get a sense of our full soil-to-table cycle.  Plan to stay at least 2 hours, including an hour-long lunch (12:30-1:30pm) and another hour of working in the garden.  Garden Volunteer Days are every Wednesday, 10am-5pm, and you are welcome to stay longer than 2 hours, if you like.  Please wear gardening clothes.  If you are able to attend, email Janell, the Kitchen Manager (janell@oaec.org), ahead of time to coordinate the day and time.

To apply, email cover letters and resumes no later than January 15, 2011 to:
Janell Lundgren
Kitchen Manager
(707) 874-1557 ext. 235

After initial selection of potential candidates, on-site interviews will be scheduled in January.  Phone interviews are generally not possible.

See OAEC’s web site for background on what we do: www.oaec.org