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Gain valuable practical skills

Internships at Sunseed are a great opportunity to gain some hands-on experience within different areas of sustainability. 
This ranges from agro-ecology,  communication, ecosystem restoration, environmental education, 
sustainable living skills or appropriate technology. 
We provide the space and support for self-driven education.
Secure your Erasmus+ funds

1. Your university

Inquire if your university has available funds to finance your traineeship at Sunseed. If not, find and alternative funding.

Plan your internship

2. The research

After having read about our departments, select an internship model which corresponds with your wishes or share you ideas with us concerning a tailored program.

Apply

3. Your application

Prepare your CV and fill our application form. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

Enjoy your internship

4. The experience

Congratulations, you made it! We hope you will make most out of your traineeship!

Payment details

Our internships are usually sponsored by Erasmus+ as part of your University course. Check with them for available funds. Internships are a minimum of 3 months with a maximum of 6 months. The cost is €98 per week, which includes everything you need to live at Sunseed Alternatively, if you would like to complete a self-funded internship please see our costs.

Open internships

Sunseed is a dynamic, inter-cultural group where each member contributes to the running of everyday life, taking on responsibilities to assure a supportive communal and low-impact environment. The ideal candidate for our internships would be comfortable with, or ready to explore, the balance between communal living, professional responsibilities, and environmental integrity.

Have a look at our open positions and apply by filling in the application form below.

Alternative technologies for refrigeration in semi-arid environments


Duration: 3 to 6 months
Commitment: full-time

Description:


Eco-friendly, low-cost refrigeration applications at the domestic level are becoming an integral

part of the present day living in rural areas. The existing refrigeration systems have reached the

maximum level of innovation. For the last few decades, there has not been any significant

increase in the efficiency of the system. Moreover, with the increasing awareness of

environmental degradation, the production, use and disposal of chemicals as refrigerants in

mechanical refrigeration systems has become a subject of great concern. Efforts are being

directed to develop other types of refrigeration technologies which will be more eco-friendly, cost effective, efficient, simple in design, convenient and reliable.


At Sunseed, we are seeking to join the scientific development of an alternative refrigeration

system. It would be useful for our community as the off-grid Project is located in a semi-arid

environment. Moreover, a successful outcome of this project would result in a system that would be promoted in poor rural areas around the world through our network.


Requirements:


  • Any Engineering studies. Any level.
  • Skills/knowledge to design, plan, build & troubleshoot a refrigerator.
  • Skills/knowledge to study and calculate the cooling rate, efficiency, and thermodynamics.
  • Interest in green energy.
  • Using power tools.
  • Analysis and Documentation of the process until the end.
  • Full term commitment to finish the project.


Desirable skills:


  • Good knowledge on renewable energy, sustainability & low tech solutions based either upon academic study, practical experience, or a mixture of both.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Basic knowledge of thermodynamics.

Sunseed is a vibrant, inter-cultural community where each member contributes to the smooth running of everyday life, taking on responsibilities to assure a supportive communal environment. We are all part of this group, working closely with each other and respecting each other. The ideal candidate would be comfortable with, or ready to explore, this balance of community living, technical responsibilities, and personal life.


Social Media


Duration: 3 to 6 months
Commitment: full-time

This position is a learning opportunity to gain valuable knowledge in the running of an established NGO, in working closely with different departments, and in off-grid, sustainable, community living. The Social Media Intern will join the Communication Coordinator.

Key tasks:

  • Creating content for Sunseed´s social media platforms. 
  • Managing social media profiles.
  • Producing Sunseed e-newsletters.
  • Coordinating blog writing with other departments.
  • Maintaining and developing Sunseed’s website and other web presence.
  • Ensuring all project documentation is up-to-date and consistent in style.
  • Ensuring that as much as possible Sunseed literature is in both English and Spanish.
  • Advertising the project cost-effectively.
  • Maintaining and building Sunseed’s relationships with local, national and international networks.

Requirements:

  • Commitment to promoting low-impact living.
  • Initiative, creativity,  imagination and sense of humor!
  • Good communication skills, writing and speaking. 
  • Familiarity with social media platforms (Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn).
  • Ability to work as part of a closely-integrated team with confidence, sensitivity, patience and open mindedness. 
  • Good organizational abilities.
  • Ability to set targets, identify priorities and monitor progress.
  • Good spoken and written English.
  • Own laptop with software installed.

Desirable skills:

  • Graphic design experience (PS / AI / IN)
  • Knowledge and experience of platforms such as Mailjet and WordPress
  • Social media, copywriting and digital communications experience a strong advantage
  • An understanding of organisational structures, particularly non-hierarchical organizations and those in the third sector.
  • A strong affinity with Sunseed’s vision and mission
  • Good spoken and written Spanish 

Water harvesting in the Desert

Duration: 3 to 6 months
Commitment: full-time
Core Responsibilities:
This position is a learning opportunity to gain valuable knowledge in the running of an established NGO, in working closely with different departments, in an off-grid, sustainable, community living. The intern will work closely with the Gardens Coordinator to ensure the educational potential of her or his responsibilities and overall experience are fulfilled.
  • Water harvesting in the Desert
  • Research into methods of harvesting water; implementing condensation and fog structural designs with water saving beds and appropriate planting.
  • Planting a variety of edible and non-edible plants to create a diversity to attract wildlife and benefit the soil
  • Researching into local fauna to see how it collects and holds water
  • Researching and developing water catchment designs
  • Recording progress
Requirements:
  • Practical knowledge of water management/collection based on academic study, practical experience or a mixture of both.
  • Good communication skills
  • A strong affinity with Sunseed's vision and mission
  • Ability to work physically in a wide variety of weather conditions, including hot in summer and rain/cold in winter.
  • Ability to self-organise and motivate the rest of the team.
  • Good spoken English

Desired:
  • Level of Spanish
  • Previous experience in volunteering and/or coordinating projects.

Sunseed is a vibrant, inter-cultural community where each member contributes to the smooth running of everyday life, taking on responsibilities to assure a supportive communal environment. We are all part of this group, working closely with each other and respecting each other. The ideal candidate would be comfortable with, or ready to explore, this balance of community living, technical responsibilities, and personal life.

Bird census

Duration: 3-6 months
Commitment: Full Time

This position is a learning opportunity to gain valuable knowledge in bird census and thereby contribute to the overall biodiversity census of the oasis Los Molinos de Rio Aguas. The intern will work closely with Dr. Richard Banham (the coordinator of the project) for professional guidance and to obtain the full educational potential of the experience. If there is interest, the research can be extended to including invertebrates, mammals,amphibians,reptiles,flora,butterflies,dragonflies,damselflies and demoiselles, since the project has now expanded from a full bird census into collecting data to investigate the whole biodiversity of the area.

Core Responsibilities
  • The intern will be required to look for previously color ringed birds and accurately record the details of them and their color ringing sequences. 
  • Assist in the ringing of new birds
  • Taking pictures for recording the flora and fauna
  • Take accurate daily species and bird counts in the surveyed area
  • Logging the data into Microsoft Word and Excel files



Requirements
  • Basic knowledge of common UK/Western European  birds
  • Background in science, preferably in Ecology, Zoology or similar.
  • Familiarity with camera traps
  • A laptop and digital camera or smartphone
   

Ecosystem Restoration


Duration: 6 months 
Commitment: Full-time

Sunseed is a non-formal education center dedicated to sustainability, biodiversity and self-sufficiency. Through observation of natural ecosystems, we aim to understand the processes of desertification. We experiment with methods to combat land degradation, improve soil quality, restore the local vegetation, and implement innovative water management technologies. As an Intern at the Ecosystem Restoration department, you will work along the Coordinator. 

Main responsibilities:

  • Keep and extend our wild seed bank
  • Watering, weeding and propagating our native plants in the nursery
  • Mulching, watering and maintaining the arboretum
  • Making swales and digs for water retention system
  • Planting native trees and shrubs
  • Taking care of the fruit trees
  • Harvesting and foraging wild fruits and herbs
Essential:
  • Ability to communicate well in English 
  • Ability to work with others, encouraging contributions from people with less experience or knowledge
  • Tolerance of hard physical work in hot conditions.
Desirable:
  • Ability to communicate well in Spanish 
  • Computer Literacy

Sunseed is a vibrant, inter-cultural community where each member contributes to the smooth running of everyday life, taking on responsibilities to assure a supportive communal environment. We are all part of this group, working closely with each other and respecting each other. The ideal candidate would be comfortable with, or ready to explore, this balance of community living, technical responsibilities, and personal life.

Growing and cultivating edible mushrooms and mycelia

Duration: 3 to 6 months 
Commitment: full-time
This position is a learning opportunity to gain valuable knowledge in the running of an established NGO, in working closely with different departments, in an off-grid, sustainable, community living. The intern will work closely with the Gardens Coordinator to ensure the educational potential of her or his responsibilities and overall experience are fulfilled.
Core responsibilities:
Growing and cultivating edible mushrooms and mycelia outdoors in semi-arid area.
A variety of regenerative ecological growing methods with mycelium, with the core aim of feeding the soil, plant and ourselves.
  • Mycoremediation and mycorestoration of the land, habitat restoration, mycolfiltration
  • Hands on and visual research with companion planting setting up and researching into the difference between beds with or without mycelium, recording tests and experiments using natural local materials.
  • Introducing mycellium into the gardens; symbiotic relationship between mycorrhizal fungi and plant´s roots for increased garden harvests and healthier soil; companion cultivation; benefits of mycological plantings.
Requirements:
  • Practical knowledge of fungi and mycelium in academic study, practical experience or a mixture of both.
  • Good communication skills
  • A strong affinity with Sunseed's vision and mission
  • Ability to work physically in a wide variety of weather conditions, including hot in summer and rain/cold in winter.
  • Ability to self-organise and motivate the rest of the team.
  • Good spoken English
Desired:
  • Level of Spanish
  • Previous experience in volunteering and/or coordinating projects.

Sunseed is a vibrant, inter-cultural community where each member contributes to the smooth running of everyday life, taking on responsibilities to assure a supportive communal environment. We are all part of this group, working closely with each other and respecting each other. The ideal candidate would be comfortable with, or ready to explore, this balance of community living, technical responsibilities, and personal life.

Development & Implementation of a small-scale biodigester unit

Duration: 3 to 6 months 
Commitment: full-time
Description:
At Sunseed, we are seeking to implement a biodigester unit in order to make use of horse
manure and plant waste. Desired outputs would be good quality sludge & BioGas. Sludge will be used as a fertilizer on our land and in rejuvenating the desertificated areas, while biogas
would have numerous applications. Biodigester would be a part of our Bio-Cogenerative system with which we are trying to make uses of waste to clean water, revive desertificated soil, generate green energy...
Furthermore, we are seeking to export this system as a smart/green/low-tech solution to poor
rural areas around the globe. Our aim is to help develop rural areas, use waste in a sufficient
way, create green energy, improve the soil fertility, and reduce the Co2 emissions as much as
possible.

Requirements:

  • Skills/knowledge to design, plan, build and troubleshoot a biodigester unit.
  • Understanding of different biodigester types and their selection according to the environment.
  • Skills/knowledge to study and calculate the inputs and outputs.
  • Interest in green energy.
  • Analysis and Documentation of the process until the end.
  • Full term commitment to finish the project.

Desirable skills:

  • Prior experience.
  • Good knowledge on renewable energy, sustainability & low tech solutions based either upon academic study, practical experience, or a mixture of both.
  • Good communication skills.

Sunseed is a vibrant, inter-cultural community where each member contributes to the smooth running of everyday life, taking on responsibilities to assure a supportive communal environment. We are all part of this group, working closely with each other and respecting each other. The ideal candidate would be comfortable with, or ready to explore, this balance of community living, technical responsibilities, and personal life.

Graphic Design

Duration: 3 to 6 months
Commitment: full-time

This position is a learning opportunity to gain valuable knowledge in the running of an established NGO, in working closely with different departments, and in off-grid, sustainable, community living. The Graphic Design Intern will join the Communication and Education Coordinators.

Key tasks:

  • Design clear engaging graphic communications for print and web. This will include communication brochures, direct mail pieces, web site and social media graphics, posters, flyers, presentations and other graphic materials as needed.
  • Adhere to brand guidelines and complete projects according to deadline.
  • Create and develop design concepts.
  • Assemble final presentation material for printing as needed.

Requirements:

  • Commitment to promoting low-impact living.
  • Graphic Design major preferred.
  • Basic knowledge of layouts, typography, line composition, color, and other graphic design fundamentals.
  • Experience with InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, and Illustrator.
  • Strong creative and analytical skills.
  • Compelling portfolio of graphic design work
  • Initiative, creativity,  imagination and sense of humor!
  • Good communication skills, writing and speaking. 
  • Ability to work as part of a closely-integrated team with confidence, sensitivity, patience and open mindedness. 
  • Good organizational abilities.
  • Ability to set targets, identify priorities and monitor progress.
  • Good spoken and written English.
  • Own laptop with software installed.

Desirable skills:

  • Photography and video making and editing skills.
  • An understanding of organisational structures, particularly non-hierarchical organizations and those in the third sector.
  • A strong affinity with Sunseed’s vision and mission
  • Good spoken and written Spanish 

Environmental Education

Duration: 3 to 6 months
Commitment: full-time

This position is a learning opportunity to gain valuable knowledge in creation and delivering of Environmental Education and Activism activities in our NGO along with our Education Coordinator. You will have the chance to get involved with other departments to create content and activities. Our aim is to spread environmental awareness at regional level (Almería province) and internationally through activities on site and online.


Key tasks:


  • Design and develop environmental education activities for our School Activities Dossier.
  • Help to create educational content for our Online Education project.
  • Deliver workshops, presentations and activities along with the Education Coordinator.


Requirements:


  • Commitment to promoting low-impact living.
  • Studies and/or experience on education and/or environmental education.
  • Basic knowledge of programming and delivering activities with children and young people.
  • Initiative, creativity and imagination. 
  • Good communication skills, writing and speaking. 
  • Ability to work as part of a closely-integrated team with confidence, sensitivity, patience and open mindedness. 
  • Good organizational abilities.
  • Ability to set targets, identify priorities and monitor progress.
  • Good spoken and written English and Spanish.
  • Own laptop with software installed.



Desirable skills:


  • Knowledge on online education
  • Photography and video making and editing skills.
  • An understanding of organizational structures, particularly non-hierarchical organizations and those in the third sector.
  • A strong affinity with Sunseed’s vision and mission


Organic Gardening and Sustainable Food Systems

Duration: 3 to 6 months
Commitment: full-time

By 2050, it is predicted that 10 billion people will call this planet home. How can we produce

enough food to ensure that no one goes hungry?

Sunseed is a non-formal education centre located in the south of Spain, committed to low-impact, sustainable living. A significant part of Sunseed’s activities is centred around food growing, processing, preservation and preparation in order to ensure an environmentally-friendly, nutritious and balanced diet for the community. For this internship you will work together with the Sustainable Living team, in collaboration with our Organic Gardens Department.


As part of this internship, you will:

-Maintain garden beds using Sunseed’s weeding and mulching techniques

-Manage kitchen waste for compost to fertilize our soil

-Feed, raise and nurture our chickens

-Understand the process of food production at Sunseed - from planting and harvesting to cooking

-Learn the basics of food microbiology and metabolic processes

-Understand the role of microorganisms used in food production

-Prepare preserves, ferments, beer, wine and bread (products dependant on season)

-Utilise low-tech/sustainable kitchen technologies including: parabolic cooker, solar oven, hay-box and solar dryer

-Experiment and assist in the design of new vegan dishes and recipes (for example, vegan cheese with cheese culture, vegan omelette etc.)


Skills, Abilities and Knowledge:


Essential


-Interest in circular food systems and enthusiasm toward sustainable production

-Ability to communicate in English

-Ability to collaborate with others and encourage contributions from those with less

experience or knowledge

-Interest in working within the context of an eco-community

-Capability to share ideas, techniques and experience in contributing to the project

-Ability to tolerate hard, physical work outdoors, at times in hot conditions


Desirable


-Knowledge of Spanish, or desire to learn

-Knowledge of organic gardening techniques based on academic study, practical experience

or a mixture of both

-Previous experience working in kitchens or on organic farms

-Some knowledge of food microbiology

-Interest in expanding cooking techniques and abilities in the kitchen


Natural Health Products and Home Remedies

Duration: 3 to 6 months
Commitment: full-time

Sourcing and using the active ingredients found in many common plant species to treat a wide range of minor illnesses has been practiced for centuries and is simple, better for the environment and better for you!


Sunseed is a non-formal education centre located in the south of Spain, committed to low-impact, sustainable living. You will use Sunseed’s own medicinal garden to gain valuable skills in garden design, planting, maintenance, harvesting and processing medicinal plants (following permaculture principles). Materials sourced from the medicinal garden will then be used to manufacture home-made personal hygiene products (soaps, shampoos, conditioners, mouth wash, and toothpowder), cosmetics (moisturizers, face creams, hand creams) and natural remedies (essential oils, medicinal balms, infusions and tinctures). 


During this internship you will work together with the Sustainable

Living team.


As part of this internship, you will:

-Maintain medicinal garden beds using Sunseed’s weeding and mulching techniques

-Research and source new species to help design an abundant and productive medicinal garden

-Understand how permaculture principles are applied to manufacture natural health products

-Master the process of making health products - from planting and harvesting to testing

-Prepare cosmetics, hygiene products and remedies (products dependant on season)

-Utilise low-tech/sustainable technologies, including solar oven, hay-box and solar dryer

-Experiment and assist in the preparation of new health products and remedies

Skills, Abilities and Knowledge:

Essential

-Commitment to promoting and practicing low-impact, sustainable living

-Knowledge of permaculture techniques based on academic study, practical experience or a

mixture of both

-Ability to communicate in English

-Ability to collaborate with others and encourage contributions from those with less

experience or knowledge

-Interest in working within the context of an eco-community

-Capability to share ideas, techniques and experience in contributing to the project

-Ability to tolerate physical work outdoors, at times in hot conditions

Desirable

-Knowledge of Spanish, or desire to learn

-A keen interest in natural health, remedial medicine and permaculture

-Previous experience sourcing and preparing natural products

-Previous gardening experience and knowledge of basic maintenance

-Some knowledge of common medicinal plant species and an ability to identify them

-A strong affinity with Sunseed’s vision and mission


Bioconstruction and restoration

Duration: 3 to 6 months
Commitment: full-time

Description: 


Sunseed is a non-formal education centre dedicated to sustainability, biodiversity and self-sufficiency. The project is located in the village of Los Molinos del Rio Aguas, a settlement with a long agricultural and mining history. What used to be a group of traditional houses has become an example of off-grid living. The village has no connection to the public electricity and water networks and is self-sufficient. Electricity is provided by photovoltaic panels, water comes from the river itself and rainwater collection, waste is managed by sustainable purification systems, etc. 



Within the Eco-maintenance department you will learn about traditional architecture, bio-construction, sustainable materials, recycling, self-managed project management and much more.


This is above all a space for experimentation, with the help of your coordinator you will be able to participate in projects for the maintenance and improvement of the environment as well as propose your own ideas according to your interests and concerns.



Participate with a multidisciplinary team in the possibility of learning from practice, through trial and error, to manage and carry out projects from start to finish, in a unique environment and surrounded by people with a passion for sustainability in all its facets.


Requirements: 


Any engineering, architecture, technical architecture or construction studio. Any level. 


Skills/knowledge to design, plan, build and solve problems around the different aspects of habitability.


Use of tools. 


Ability to analyse and document the process.


Teamwork and task management skills.


Motivation for the development of own projects and work self-sufficiency.


Commitment to finish the project.


Desirable skills:


Basic knowledge of varied construction systems, use of tools and manual work based on academic study, practical experience, or a mixture of both.


Good communication skills.


Interest in manual and outdoor work.


Ability to work physically in a wide variety of weather conditions.


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