Whole Life Learning Center Land Steward
This position is a unique opportunity to live and work on site at a working permaculture center in Austin, Texas. The Whole Life Learning Center is settled on a little less than 2 acres and serves about 70 youth ages 3-14 Monday – Friday. We also host permaculture design courses and volunteer days for adults through out the year. This position offers a monthly stipend of $500 and board in exchange for the role and responsibilities.
Teaching opportunities may also be available if interested.
The Whole Life Learning Center is a drug free campus. www.Wholelifelearningcenter.com
One World Permaculture is the online hub for permaculture offerings at WLLC and Austin Community College www.oneworldpermaculture.com
This position is perfect for someone who:
- has completed a Permaculture Design Course or has experience in horticulture, agriculture, holistic land management, biodynamics
- is ready to live a place based lifestyle, including rooting and investing creative energy and love into the land. this includes slowing down to watch sunsets, observe plants and waking for the occasional sunrise
- is comfortable with direct non-violent communication and is willing to be a part of a team to build and maintain this thriving and continually growing community.
- is committed and passionate about working at a permaculture education site – many hands go into the gardens here making for a unique farming experience. We have an evolving system for record keeping
- is comfortable living at a school that serves children ages 3-14yrs and enjoys being around children and people
- Is comfortable with manual labor in Central Texas Climate
- has experience growing annual food crops, has interest in planning, implementing and maintaining food crops, including mixing compost tea and other soil preparations
- is inspired to help maintain and evolve a four year old perennial food garden and small pond system
- can lift 50 lbs
- is comfortable working with chickens,ducks and three nigerian dwarf goats, including daily care of feeding, water and cleaning as needed as well as putting one (chicken or duck) down if something happens (I can teach you how)
- has experience starting plants from seed and interest in other propagation techniques and basic greenhouse care
- feels comfortable working with volunteers on a weekly basis
- feels comfortable communicating with parents, children and staff of WLLC
- is inspired to engage in the Austin permaculture community
- can be around during holiday breaks including thanksgiving, winter break, spring break and summer or help find appropriate replacement
- can help with maintaining grounds including taking trash and recycling to curb, tending compost, mowing as needed (or use animals to mow), keeping farm space tidy
- will feel comfortable living in a 16’ yurt or a 32’ 1972 Airstream Trailer both with heat, AC, kitchen and bath on grey water. e are transitioning out of the airstream and into the yurt in this very moment.
- feels inspired to continually evolve the space independently and in collaboration with others
- can commit one year to this position
Please inquire to this position to Caroline Riley at email@example.com or 512-217-0661
a bit about the director:
Caroline Riley is a Texas native who grew up in the garden & free ranging on the Texas coast with her family. She discovered permaculture design while living in Colorado in 2004 & soon incorporated the ethics & principles into her Montessori classroom as a foundation to learn from nature with youth.
Today she owns the Whole Life Learning Center with her husband which is where she focuses her creative efforts, working to create & maintain a permaculture education center for people of all ages in Austin, Texas.
With a passion for experiential learning & creative design, Caroline instructs Permaculture Design Courses through Austin Community College & the Austin Permaculture Guild every Fall & Spring semester.
Caroline founded One World Permaculture in 2010 with the mission to connect & serve people worldwide through the study & practice of permaculture design ethics & principles. OWP collaborates & inspires to create integrated regenerative community, ecology & economy.
Caroline has studied permaculture with many great instructors, including Geoff Lawton, Warren Brush, Judd Hobbs, Kirby Fry, Dick Pierce & more. Her goal is to create a unique learning opportunity for her students from her vast experience.
When not at the learning center Caroline can be found on her 5 acre retreat of a homestead East of Austin with her family.