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Staff Vacancies

Join the team

Sunseed is run by voluntary staff members. Coordinators' contracts last for a year, while assistants come for 3 or 6 months (both can be extended). You will find the upcoming vacancies and the general work conditions below.
If you are interested in a certain position, please do apply as eventually it will be open.

Now recruiting:

Eco-Maintenance Coordinator

One responsibility of the Maintenance Coordinator includes the supervision of the volunteers who are keen to help with maintenance-work, often having more enthusiasm than skills, as well as the application of clear Health and Safety standards. Bigger Projects require the help from local Construction-workers and need to be coordinated.
Core Responsibilities
Assisting and supervising volunteers in carrying out tasks
Maintenance and Improvements of our Buildings
General maintenance of roofs, floors, doors, etc
Plastering, painting and finishing with a lime wash
Instructing on safety and proper tool use
Maintaining and repairing tools
Requirements
Ability to lead and motivate volunteers, who range from those with a wealth of experience to those with little or none.
Knowledge of building skills including plumbing repairs, plastering, painting, etc. (Experience would be desirable)
Tolerance of hard physical work in hot conditions.
Ability to organise work schedules and work in a team.
Desirable Skills
Experience of water heating systems or rainwater catchment systems
Experience in ecological building techniques and materials.
Experience in using power tools
Experience in Plumbing
Ability to speak spanish

Sustainable Living Coordinator

Sunseed is a non-formal education project for the transition toward sustainability. The community of volunteers live in an off-grid (electricity & water) village and committed to teaching visitors & volunteers how to live a low-impact lifestyle.
The Sustainable Living department coordinates the smooth running of Sunseed’s low-impact lifestyle. The department ensures that all visitors contribute to it through shared cooking and household duties. The department is central to educating all volunteers in everyday low-impact, sustainable living and bringing awareness to the no chemical policy. The Sustainable Living Coordinator implements the Sunseed Food Policy to ensure an ethical, healthy, vegetarian diet. It is a very broad role involving many different tasks and getting to the core of community life, keeping the focus on the importance of an integrated and environmentally aware lifestyle.
This is a volunteer position with compensation of 210 euros per month and a minimum commitment of one year.
Core Responsibilities
Overseeing the running of Sunseed’s low-impact household
Orientating volunteers on their arrival and educating them in low-impact living
Organizing the accommodation and the communal area
Supervising hygiene, health and safety, cleanliness, tidiness
Publishing and updating rotas, notices and routines
Implementing and encouraging no-chemical policy
Making organic soap, toothpaste and cosmetics
Food Management (making orders, harvesting etc)
Overseeing the implementation of the Sunseed Food Policy
Promoting solar and energy-efficient cooking
Preserving excess produce from the gardens (preserves, ferments, olives, almonds etc)
Foraging wild plants and promoting their use
Taking care of the medicinal garden and using medicinal plants
Baking bread
Other Responsibilities
Organizing Sunseed’s presence at local markets and festivals
Documenting and evaluating work undertaken
Requirements
Passion for low impact living
Experience baking bread, making preserves and natural cosmetics
Commitment to use of low-impact cooking technologies, and reducing consumption and waste

Drylands Assistant

Here in Los Molinos we are in the Natural Park 'Karst en Yesos de Sorbas' which has a very interesting geology and a rich diversity of plants. Through the observation of our natural environment, the department of Ecosystem Restoration aims to understand the processes of desertification. Using native plant species and land management techniques, we aim to reduce erosion, improve the quality and water retention capacity of the soil and conserve local biodiversity. 

Main responsibilities:
Planting native trees and shrubs
Maintaining our tree nursery: watering and cutting
Sowing the seeds and caring for them
Plant care in drylands to improve survival success (mulching, watering)
Collection of wild seeds and maintenance of the seed bank
Excavation and construction of water retention structures
Working with volunteers and helping to plan and deliver workshops
Participate in community life and attend meetings

Essential skills:
Knowledge of ecology/ geology/ botany
Ability to do physical work in hot conditions
Initiative and attention to detail
Good interpersonal communication skills
Good spoken English
Commitment to sustainability and low impact living

Desirable skills:
Community living experience
The experience of being a volunteer/working with volunteers
Spanish well spoken
Interest in research/permaculture

Sunseed is a vibrant, intercultural community in which each member contributes to the smooth running of daily life by taking responsibility for ensuring a supportive community environment. We are all part of this group, working closely with each other and respecting each other. The ideal candidate must be motivated to experience this balance between community life, professional responsibilities and personal life.

Communications Assistant

Sunseed is a non-formal education project for the transition toward sustainability. We are entirely off-grid and committed to teaching visitors how to live a low-impact lifestyle in harmony with nature.
The Communications Department focuses on raising awareness about environmental issues. Using social media, the Sunseed website and local contacts, we generate interest in our commitment to living a sustainable and low-impact lifestyle. 

Core Responsibilities:
Maintaining and developing Sunseed’s website, social media profiles and other web presence.
Producing other publicity materials such as posters, postcards, fliers and information as needed.
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.
Approaching both Spanish and English media (magazines, websites, radio, TV etc.) regarding possible features, articles and broadcasts about Sunseed.
Advertising the project cost-effectively.
Helping to organise and publicise special events such as courses, guided tours and open days with the Education Coordinator.
Helping to organise Sunseed events.
Maintaining and building Sunseed’s relationships with local, national and international networks.
General office support as needed.

Requirements:
Excellent communication and writing skills.
A strong affinity with Sunseed’s vision and mission.
Experience participating in social, environmental movements.
Photography and video skills.
Confidence, sensitivity, patience and open mindedness.
An understanding of organisational structures, particularly non-hierarchical organisations and those in the third sector.
Ability to set targets, identify priorities and monitor progress.
Ability to live in a basic communal environment with limited resources and the desire to live and work closely with group members.
Ability to document and evaluate work.
Own laptop with software installed.
Good spoken English.

Desirable Skills:
Graphic design experience (PS / AI / IN)
Good spoken Spanish


Sustainable Living Assistant

Sunseed is a non-formal education project working for the transition toward sustainability. The community of volunteers live in an off-grid (electricity & water) village and are committed to educating visitors & volunteers on how to live a low-impact lifestyle.

The Sustainable Living department coordinates the smooth running of Sunseed’s low-impact lifestyle. The department ensures that all members can contribute, through shared cooking and household duties. The department is central to educating all volunteers in everyday low-impact, sustainable living and bringing awareness to the no chemical policy. The Sustainable Living Assistant will support the Sustainable Living Coordinator in ensuring Sunseed’s current sustainability policies are being carried out, while looking at ways to incorporate more eco-friendly practices into the community. It is a very broad role involving many different tasks and getting to the core of community life, keeping the focus on the importance of an integrated and environmentally aware
lifestyle.

This is a volunteer position with compensation of 25 euros/month for a commitment of three months and 50 euros/month for a commitment of 6 months or longer.

Core Responsibilities
You will work alongside the Sustainable Living Coordinator to undertake the following:

 Orientating volunteers on arrival and educating them in low impact living
 Promoting good hygiene, health and safety, cleanliness and tidiness within the community
 Encouraging Sunseed’s no chemical and food policies
 Preparing cosmetics, household items, bread, preserves, ferments etc.
 Supplying the community with locally sourced eco-friendly products (where possible)
 Promoting more energy-efficient practices (such as cooking, washing clothes etc.)
 Foraging wild plants and promoting their use in food, medicine and cosmetics
 Tending to the medicinal garden and using medicinal plants where possible
 Organising market stalls and educating the public about Sunseed

Requirements
 Strong interest in low impact living, with the ability to represent and demonstrate this across
all aspects of community life
 Desire to bring new ideas or strategies that will improve sustainable practice at Sunseed
 Ability to work as part of a team, collaborate with others and encourage contributions from
those with less experience or knowledge
 Interest in working within the context of an eco-community
 Suitable level of English (ability to communicate)
 Clean driving licence (only applicable if over 26 years of age)
 Commitment of at least 3 months at Sunseed
 Motivation to carry out physical work under a variety of weather conditions, including heat in summer and rain/cold in winter

Desirable
 Experience making bread, cosmetics, ferments and/or preserves
 Knowledge of common medicinal plant species and their uses
 Good level of Spanish, or a strong desire to learn
 Previous experience as part of a community or eco-village
 A strong affinity with Sunseed’s vision and mission

Upcoming vacancies:

Appropriate Technology Assistant

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Education Assistant

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Eco-Maintenance Assistant

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Organic Gardens Assistant

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Required skills:

  1. Commitment to Sunseed’s vision, mission and goals

  2. Commitment to environmental stewardship and social change

  3. Willingness to share knowledge and ideas and encourage learning, teaching and community integration

  4. Ability to give short talks and guided tours

  5. Ability to be flexible, co-operative and welcoming to all visitors

  6. Ability to provide mentoring for visitors and supervise their projects

  7. Good communication skills, good spoken and written English

Desirable skills:

  1. Some knowledge of Spanish and willingness to improve language skills

  2. If over 25, a full driving license valid for driving in Spain

  3. Interest in living off-grid in a sustainable way

Benefits

Vegeterian food

Locally sourced mostly organic food included

Paid holidays

24 days of paid holidays per year

Amenities

Internet, cosmetics, detergents, library, etc. provided

Scenic landscape

Unique location within a natural reserve with a natural pool

Coordinator
210

Monthly

  • Contract of 12-24 months
  • Accommodation: basic single room
  • 2 paid days off a month
  • 150€ travel assistance at the end of each contract year
All staff are responsible for their own insurance and up-to-date tetanus jabs.
Assistant
25/50*

Monthly

  • Contract of 3-6 months
  • Accommodation: basic shared room
  • 40€ travel assistance at the end
  • 2 days paid holidays per month
*25€/month for 3 months commitment, 50€/month for more than 3 months commitment. 

Committing to Sunseed 

Living at Sunseed as a community member means more than simply doing your job well. You will be expected to put your environment first and personal needs second.

You will be expected to take part fully in community life, relevant meetings and to assist in duties that are outside of your post like sharing communal duties such as cooking and cleaning, as well as setting a good example in areas such as enthusiasm, safe practices, punctuality and socialising.

All staff participate in the planning and implementation of tasks in their department and contribute to the overall longer-term strategic development of the project.

All staff are responsible for supervising volunteers and implementing the Health and Safety guidelines in all activities. This is of the utmost importance for staff involved in supervising unskilled volunteers in potentially hazardous situations.

All staff are expected to follow and oversee Sunseed’s mission and policies (vegetarian, no-chemical, no-drug), procedures (grievance) and agreements (communal).