We offer space for up to 8 work traders. In exchange for a four day 16-20 hour work week (depending on your living option), our work traders are given a bed in our Rainbow dorm (or private tent), access to facilities (showers, kitchen, bathroom, laundry etc), access to our spa, free classes and activities and other benefits. In addition they get $175 a week to cover their food and other expenses and can eat from the garden.
Another major benefit is the amount of learning you will get on the job. Learn to build soil in a traditional Hawaiian way, learn permaculture, food forestry and much more. You also get to be a part of our community and will learn communication and conflict resolution skills.
Work traders must be prepared for the following. Expect to get dirty and work hard! The climate here is generally mild, but the sun can be quite hot, especially in the summer. It can also be buggy and we get frequent rain showers, more in the winter. You may be asked to do less glamorous tasks like moving rocks, setting up for an event or cleaning. Also be aware that if you live in the dorm it is not a fully private space.
Experience with Hawaiian plants, heavy equipment (tractors etc) or having mechanical, electrical or plumbing skills is a big plus. Having a good attitude and a willingness to work well with others is important. Women are encouraged to apply, but be aware that the crew tends to lean heavily male because of the nature of the work.
Positions in our work trade program are often filled up, however there is turnover and new positions open up frequently. If you want to be considered put in your application and if we’re interested and there are openings we’ll be in touch, Otherwise we’ll keep it on file and may contact you when an opening arises.
All work traders are required to go through a 2-week trial period. After that a second 2-weeks before being accepted for a longer term position.
Work Trade Application