Internships

Internships are opportunities for students who have done Permaculture learning/workshops/ courses here at Koanga or elsewhere, to further their learning by gaining practical experience in their field of interest.

If you have a passion for growing nutrient dense food and seed saving or forest gardening  and propagating trees, teaching others or starting your own business, Koanga offers several  internships at no cost to you, designed to help you on your journey, and support us to get the work done.

These internships are unique as you are not only learning from experienced experts in your desired area of focus but you are also sitting within the wider Koanga framework and could immerse yourself in far wider learning than your specific internship will provide, including all aspects of soil health, crop health and human health, and many other  aspects, as well as experiencing living simply.

Internships can be suitable for couples wanting to learn together.

We have a range of possibilities;

  • Food production and seed saving internship

  • Forest garden and Tree nursery internships

  • Internships in Hokianga

Read on for more information!

Forest garden and Tree nursery internships

 

2021 internships:

2 x 18   Week Forest Garden Internships Available Beginning April 15th.

Serious contenders only please, this is an amazing opportunity

Forest Garden Interns  will 

  • Love and be experienced at physical outdoor most weather, work

  • Love trees, and life in the forest 

  • Be keen to learn to design implement and manage forest gardens

  • Be interested in a career in forest gardening, either domestic or commercial scale fruit production  

  • Be excited to learn /experience living simply, reconnecting with the natural world, growing own food, rocket stove technology, earth building technology

  • Passionate about Koanga vision and willing to actively support that vision

On this Forest Garden internship you will be taught by our  experienced and skilled  skilled managers the following::

  • Forest garden design, implementation and maintenance.

  • Understanding the role of heritage fruit trees within this ecosystem

  • Heritage fruit tree varieties and  best practice management

  • Understanding the roles of support species and best practice management

  • Understanding and creating soil and tree health

  • Propagation, from seed, cutting rootstocks grafting etc

  • Forest Garden seed collection.

As part of this  internship, Koanga provides  free Propagation and Pruning   Workshops, as well as the 5 day Forest Garden masterclass in September, meals included, plus daily mentoring while at work and access to our library and online workshops.  

This Internship runs over the busiest most critical time of the year in the forest garden and nursery, you will learn a lot, but in the end how much you learn will be up to you. We’re looking for highly motivated passionate Interns who want to get a lot out of this opportunity which could be life changing.

We are a very down to earth, highly motivated team with a vast range of expertise that love to share our knowledge and give you the best learning possible by always going that extra mile.

Spaces are strictly limited and we ask that if you are interested you e-mail [email protected] and request an internship application form 

We are a charitable trust and this is regarded by us as volunteer work done in the spirit of providing the best practical learning experience we can for you trusting that you will give it your all as well. We give you a place to stay, a light earth insulated caravan or cabin with rocket stove heating and cooking, rocket stove showers and hand washing machine. composting toilets etc . There is an intern vege garden, and you will have whatever fruit there is available in the forest garden and eggs as well, plus comfortable library and internet access, as well as a very special experience here at Koanga where you can experience, learn, and be inspired by the things you are keen to learn about.

Koanga does not provide other food. We do have a food co-op operating but you will need to be able to support yourself whilst here. We will choose people who are committed to living simply locally, and creating regenerative futures for local communities and the planet, and who can show us they are capable of the commitment and the physical work, outdoors in most weather, and who we feel are able to cope with very basic caravan living conditions… and are totally passionate about learning.

Food production and seed saving internship

- next one is 11th January to 26th March 2021 - applications CLOSED

As part of this internship you will work alongside our gardeners learning skills such as:

  • Bio-intensive practices

  • How to work efficiently with low impact on your body.

  • Propagation

  • Regenerative soil development techniques

  • Growing nutrient dense food.

  • Garden planning and management

  • Plant health

  • Compost making

  • Harvesting and seed cleaning techniques

We asked our recent interns what their experience of Koanga was and here are their responses:

I thought I was doing pretty good growing my own vegetables and eating organically as much as possible- but wow, coming to Koanga made me realise just how much more I can do, to tread lightly on earth as well as grow even more nutrient dense food. It’s so inspiring to be apart of it, with a bunch of knowledgeable individuals in many different areas relating to different aspects of regenerative living. I’m incredibly grateful to be apart of the seed internship and have the opportunity to to learn and grow with some seriously talented individuals”

-Sophiemarie Bethell

I came to Koanga on an internship on forest garden and nursery production which included the two week permaculture design course, which i have wanted to do for years. Little did I know I would be getting so much more. From nutritional health, looking after geese and fowl and seed saving to alternative technology and more. My mentors here at Koanga Institute are happy to share all the knowledge you need to live a regenerative life. I will be leaving here well equipped and grateful for the opportunity to live and learn in this awesome place.”

-Alistair Mckay

We are a very down to earth, highly motivated team with a vast range of expertise that love to share our knowledge and give you the best learning possible by always going that extra mile.

Spaces are strictly limited and we ask that if you are interested you e-mail [email protected] and request an internship application form or to be put on the mailing list for internships as they become available. 

We are a charitable trust and this is regarded by us as volunteer work done in the spirit of providing the best practical learning experience we can for you trusting that you will give it your all as well. We give you a place to stay, caravan with basic cooking and facilities plus comfortable library and internet access, as well as a very special experience here at Koanga where you can experience, learn, and be inspired by the things you are keen to learn about.

If you choose the Heritage Seed and Food Production Internship you will be able to do the Koanga Food Security Week and the Koanga Seed Week. If you do the Forest Garden Nursery Internship you will do the Propagation workshop and the Koanga Tree Week as well as working along side mentors most of the time doing practical work.

Koanga does not provide food, so you will need to be able to support yourself whilst here. We will choose people who are committed to living simply locally, and creating regenerative futures for local communities and the planet, and who can show us they are capable of the commitment and the physical work, outdoors in most weather, and who we feel are able to cope with very basic caravan living conditions… and are totally passionate about learning.

 

Internships in Hokianga

Gail and John, who have been linked with Koanga for many years, also offer internships of around 3 to 6 months on a wwoofing type basis at their farm in Hokianga.

They are seed growers, hold the Northern Koanga Fruit Tree Collection on their land and Gail is employed by Koanga in a number of roles. They live on a 65 acre farm not far from Rawene and have gardens and orchards as well as Dexter Cattle, Arapawa and Wiltshire Sheep, and the usual mix of ducks, chooks, and geese.
They have lots of projects on and are looking for interns to stay for several months. Interns need to be interested in all aspects of regenerative living including gardening, orchards, woodlots, food preparation and preservation, milking, building, and animal care. They need to be flexible and prepared to do what needs doing at different times of year and a significant part of the focus is on gardening. They are looking for interns who are quick learners with good practical aptitude and are enthusiastic about trying to live in a different way. There is no requirement to have undertaken a Permaculture Design Course.

If you are interested please e-mail [email protected] for more information.

Gail and John's garden

 

Regeneration Productions Internship

ReGeneration Productions is an online education platform. Our mission is to restore the health of our people, our communities and the health of our planet. To do that we've gathered years of practical experience by partnering with Koanga, a Permaculture Institute in New Zealand which has been teaching people how to live regeneratively for over 30 years. ReGen is producing online workshops with videos, databases, and webinars to inspire and support us all to be the change we want to see in the world.

ReGen Website

We are looking for a volunteer interested in Permaculture and Regenerative Development who would love to be involved in creating 'Regeneration' in all it’s aspects, whilst filming and editing videos to create on-line workshops about this journey. The successful applicant will live at the Koanga Institute and be involved in a diverse range of activities, with a focus on Filmmaking, but ranging from regenerative urban gardening to seed saving, forest gardening, designing nutrient dense diets and much more. This Internship is 10 weeks long and the right intern has the chance of being permanently employed by ReGen in the future.

If this sounds like you please email us for more information: [email protected]

We look forward to hearing from you!