Green & Away is looking for a number of passionate and hardworking individuals to fulfil the summer internship programme across 5 departments: catering management; organiser’s office; technical and maintenance; hospitality and housekeeping and sustainability and education. Interns will be responsible for the daily operation of their departments, including management of a team of volunteers, with continual guidance from a dedicated mentor.
A holistic training programme will be provided within the first week, along with continual mentoring from an experienced member of the trustee board. You will have the opportunity to measure your progress through regular check-ins with the Interns Manager.
Applicants for the internship programme should work well as part of a team as well as independently, have a passion for sustainability, charity work, ecotourism, outdoor living and enjoy taking on new challenges and responsibility.
Green & Away is an entirely volunteer-run organisation. All interns are required to stay on site throughout the season and are provided with full board, including accommodation if required (although we strongly encourage individuals to bring their own tent and sleeping bag). There will also be opportunities for off-site activities, for example canoeing or visiting fellow eco-businesses, during quieter periods of the season.
About the role
Green & Away are seeking two interns in the Technical and Maintenance Department with an interest in renewable energy, sustainability, off-grid living, up-cycling and construction. You will be involved in various tasks, such as structural checks and maintenance of marquees and tents, installation of plumbing, lighting of fires and restocking firewood, recycling and building or repairing items on site.
You will also help set up and maintain our solar arrays, making sure the charging station and lights are ready for the needs of all on site, therefore some knowledge of electrical engineering is desirable although not essential.
Often physical and hands-on, this placement will also offer you experience in teamwork and leadership and site and task management as well as the practical aspects of maintenance, renewable technologies, health and safety and sustainability. This challenging and rewarding role would be best suited to a motivated, creative individual who relishes working outdoors and is not afraid of undertaking plenty of responsibility.
Duration and travel
All internships will start on 12 June 2017 and end around mid August. All applicants need to be resident for the whole duration of the summer season. We allow all volunteers numerous days off (about twice a week).
Green & Away is located 3 miles from Worcester which has a main line rail station with buses which come to a few minutes walk of our site. Please see our website for travel information.
Accommodation and facilities
Green & Away takes place mainly outdoors and under canvas. Ideally you will need your own tent, however we may be able to arrange one for you if you are unable to bring one. Full board is provided (vegetarian, mostly organic and mostly local). The site has hot showers, clothes washing facilities and composting toilets.
A licensed bar, comfortable sitting areas and arts and crafts facilities come later, as and when we have built them. There are also Wi-Fi, phone and laptop charging facilities. Please note you will first be arriving to an empty field, so please be prepared for this.
Although G&A is set up on the outskirts of a small village near Worcester, there are very few facilities outside the field. There is a café/restaurant within a few minutes walk but the nearest shop and post office is 2 miles away.
Green & Away does not pay any of its volunteers, trustees or interns. We provide 3 meals a day (including dessert with the evening meal, teas and coffees etc.) to everyone volunteering on site. Your only cost throughout the internship will be your travel or any drinks and snacks you choose from the bar.
How to apply
Applications should consist of a CV and a short covering letter explaining why you would like to be an intern with Green & Away, which internship you are applying for, which aspects of our work particularly appeal to you and what you have to offer in the role. You are welcome to apply for a placement in more than one department. Interviews will be conducted via Skype/video conferencing on a rolling basis with selections being made in April/May .
Please send applications by 31 March 2017 by email to Daniel at: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Outdoor Recreation
- Environmental Education
- Home Repair
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Must be at least 18