The INTERNSHIP programme  was started in 2016 . It was brilliant! The interns brought so much to the place, with all their enthusiasm and research and imagination. They improved our practices in every area, taught the volunteers and – I hope – all learned a lot too in their subjects and had the chance to work with each other. Most of them found jobs in their chosen field afterwards. Each year since, we have run it with different subjects on offer – according to the things we need most help with.

Internships we will be running in 2020 – and posts for more skilled volunteers

CARPENTRY  This year’s carpenter will be helping with the building of an eco cabin – from June 2020, when the larch frame  will be constructed as a course over a couple of weeks. Subsequent work will be helping Iona – who will be living in it – with roofing and cladding. Other projects that potential carpenters could be involved in are the building of a tiny home (with Merlin), building a compost loo, ,cladding the oak framed barn (17/18th century) to provide teaching space for the Out of Eden Centre.

GARDENING   The gardener will learn how to provide fresh food all year round, in a challenging climate, for all who work here. Ideally this post will start in March for planning and sowing.

EXPERIMENTAL ARCHAEOLOGY  This internship allows someone to explore a subject they have studied in more depth, to research a topic they are interested in or improve a skill that could be useful to the Out of Eden stone age project.  The intern will need to have practical skills but does not necessarily need to be an archaeologist. He/she is free to suggest any project that could lead to our greater understanding of a Neolithic skill or its interpretation – eg pottery, textiles, environmental archaeology, museum display, Welsh language –  that will enrich the evolution of our stone age settlement.

ECOTOURISM   A chance for someone interested in setting up their own business in the field to run and develop a small enterprise for 3 months (July – Sept)

STOCK HANDLING and COUNTRYSIDE MANAGEMENT   Training will be given in a number of skills depending on time of year – from lambing, grassland management, haymaking,  to hedge laying, woodland management, animal medicine and ecology. We will look specifically at balancing management for food production and wildlife proliferation. Suitable especially for agriculture or ecology student placements or anyone contemplating getting into farming/running a smallholding.

MAINTENANCE This post is for someone who is already experienced in some building skills or very practical. An opportunity to try out some new skills too – like stone work, timber framing.

DAIRY Running from the beginning of July, this internship will cover calving and halter training of calves, care of cows, milking by hand, cheesemaking, butter and yoghurt production.  No previous experience is needed for this post.

SCULPTURE (WOOD) Are you interested in woodcarving on a grand scale? We are looking for someone to carve whole oak trunks, Neolithic style, that will make the aisle posts of our Neolithic longhouse, in advance of it’s construction.

Internships application form