Summer Work Trade Intern

Dreaming Stone Arts and Ecology Center is looking for a work trade summer intern to live in our dome!

Dreaming Stone Arts and Ecology Center is a community space dedicated to regenerative agriculture, earth-honoring & community focused cultural programming, and growing relationships across difference, on 50 acres of ancestral Tsalagi (Cherokee) and Catawba lands near Rutherfordton, NC. We’re looking for another house & land mate to join us in tending land and deepening our community development practices!

Ideally, we’re looking for someone:

  • dedicated to learning about healthy community building practices, and land-based dreaming/visioning
  • excited to live in multi generational community, and is dedicated to respectful communication practices
  • self directed and motivated to initiate projects
  • works independently and collaboratively, with a readiness to ask questions and name needs.
  • with the mental, physical, and emotional ability to lift 50+ lbs, bend, squat, dig, do repetitive tasks, work in hot/cold/rainy/windy weather, operate heavy machinery, and otherwise engage in physically demanding work
  • is motivated to care for our shared spaces and the land.

Your contribution would include:

  • 15 hrs/week of project based work (land projects and facility upgrades)
  • Equal participation in household cleaning.
  • Participation in weekly logistics meetings.

What we’re offering

  • Furnished private dwelling (the dome), which includes living quarters, bedroom with queen sized bed, storage loft (with twin bed), sink, fridge, coffee maker, toaster. It doesn’t include a toilet, so you must walk the 50 yards to the DS Mothership, or set up and maintain your own compost bucket toilet. 
  • Access to the Mothership which includes a fully functioning community kitchen, toilets, showers and baths, community laundry, large space for yoga or other self-care practices, a community library, guest bedrooms, and porches.
  • Wifi/ power/ water
  • Access to garden produce (limited to garden timeline)
  • Access to the Dreaming Stone land, which includes a pond, wetlands, forests, meadows and a river.
  • Opportunity to join community meals and other optional community activities of The Cairn (the circle of residents that live on the land)
  • Opportunity to engage with, attend, or volunteer for the programs of the Dreaming Stone Arts and Ecology Center.
  • Mindful communication, transparency, and kindness
  • Easy driving distance from all the beauty of western NC – with awesome waterfall hikes 30 minutes away.


  • The weekly 15 hours of project based work are in exchange for housing, utilities, garden produce, and access to all Dreaming Stone lands. We are not providing food, but you may join biweekly community meals at no cost.
  • You will need your own vehicle. We are 7 miles from town, from the closest grocery stores and other amenities.
  • We acknowledging that unpaid work can preclude folks from low-income/ working-class backgrounds from participating. Dreaming Stone isn’t yet prepared to compensate for work beyond 15 hrs/week, so we ask that you track and manage your time well. If you need information about other potential places of part time employment in the area, let us know.


  • You are welcome to move in on June 1st, and stay through Sept 1st. To negotiate an earlier arrival or a longer stay, talk with Tevyn at [email protected]

To apply, please submit a written (1-2 pgs) or recorded (<5 mins) response to the following questions by March 31st: 

  • Why do you want to be here?
  • What are you excited to offer to this community/land-based project (please include your skills here)?
  • What are you hoping to receive/learn?

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