There are several ways to volunteer at IUH, from committed to casual.
Three Springs Administrative Internship
March 15-December 15, 2013 Deadline for applicaton: February 15, 2013
Our nine month internship gives you a good sense of the flow and work required to run a small non-profit. You will be involved in learning to manage some of the day to day aspects of running IUH as well as mentorship in a specific area such as grantwriting, promotion or outreach. In addition you will attend many classes and events as a representative of the school. A great opportunity to expand your small business skills and homesteading knowledge. This internship requires your availability wednesday mornings as well as some weekend days and weekday evenings. Here's what one of our current interns has to say about the experience "This year was professionally and personally transformative. I learned about running a grass-roots organization with integrity and creativity, met many gifted people and got to attend a lot of amazing classes. A deep well of knowledge and experience"
Download Application for Spring Internship
Work Study Days - Learn By Doing
Begins January 2013 Applications are ongoing
Work Study Days give you an opportunity to learn by doing working with IUH faculty and other experienced homesteaders on a wide variety of projects. Once accepted to the program, you will receive email notifications of the work days. Simply RSVP for the ones that interest you. While the program offers a lot of flexibility both to faculty and student participants we ask that once accepted you commit to at least 4 work days through the course of the 9 month season. The program will officially begin early in 2013, but we are accepting applications immediately.
Download Application for Work Study Days.
Are you experienced? We are accepting applications from people who would like to teach hands-on skills in exchange for labor and be one of the sites to offer work/study days. Download Work Study Site Application
Volunteering at Events
IUH offer a number of exciting special events through the year including our Urban Farm Tours, Day of the Dead Celebration and Winter Open House. We need and welcome volunteers to help out with these events at different levels from being on the production team to simply tabling on the day of the event. We also accept volunteers to table for us at events around the bay area and such tabling gains you entrance to the events. Each event has it's own requirements and benefits, the least of which is gaining insider contact with other amazing volunteers, event participants and producers. If you would like to volunteer use our contact form and let us know which events you are interested in or if you would like to be on the list for tabling at outside events.
Work-Exchange or Barter for Classes
We seldom offer work exchange for classes, simply because class space is limited and unless the teacher actually needs assistance, we need every seat reserved for a paying student in order to offer our sliding scale and still make our financial commitments. That said, work exchange for classes is offered on a case-by-case basis and is entirely up to the individual teacher if they prefer to have your labor over cash in hand. If you wish to do work study for a particular class, use our contact form to make your request and we will forward the request to the teacher. Types of exchange include support on the day of class (you will be asked to show up early or stay late), volunteer work for the teacher at a separate time from the class at a rate of approximately $15/hr (expect to work 2 hours in exchange for a $30 class) or barter of an appropriate amount of good or services (make clear what you want to offer in your request).