The Wild Cooperative is a fairly new education and demonstration site and an intentional regenerative community in Western Colorado. In the spirit of biocentrism and collaboration, this site is offering creative space for workshops, activism, and community-building. Our vision is to be surrounded by energy efficient homes, perennial food forest gardens, healthy soils, clean reliable water and healthy air. Just as we design this resilient system on the ground we nurture similarly supportive social, economic, cultural, and educational guilds.
We are looking for a person, a couple, or a family to live year-round on-site to maintain many aspects of a community-owned off-grid homestead and education center; preferably, someone who resonates with our mission and vision statements and is interested in joining the community but is unable to meet the financial obligations. We want to set up a long term relationship and we foresee this ideal caretaker to receive reciprocal care from our community and be possibly offered a membership in the future.
Regular work hours are approximately 10 hours per week per adult caretaker in exchange for land to live on.
Sought out traits of an ideal caretaker:
- Reliable, Skilled, Passionate, and Flexible
- Willing and able to complete many tasks and work with little direct supervision
- Good communication and leadership skills
- Physically able to work outdoors in all types of weather
The responsibilities will include natural building, carpentry, plumbing, electrical, basic manual labor, etc. Caretakers must be able to safely operate a farm truck and other equipment including power and hand tools. This role will be most suited for an experienced off-gridder.
Depending on your skills and knowledge there are possibilities to teach workshops and lead interns in projects.
Sounds like a wonderful opportunity! We just visited good friends up in Paonia and this area is beautiful. What would the living situation be? Is there an established shelter for the homesteader(s) to live in?
Hi Greame. Yes, it's an amazing place with a wonderful community. At this point we can only offer a land to build on with a septic to tie into, potable water nearby, no power (unless you tie into the grid on the road or your own solar). Thank you for your interest. Let me know if you have more questions.
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