BUILDER B.E.E.S.

Community Rebuilds is offering a new opportunity to gain work experience and contribute to the construction of energy-efficient affordable housing! This fall, join us in Building Energy Efficient Shelter as one of our Builder B.E.E.S.! This 9-week work exchange program offers free Bunkhouse housing, monthly food stipends, access to bulk foods, and 288 hours of experience working on our sustainability-focused construction site at the Moab Area Community Land Trust.  No experience necessary.

 

Details

This fall, we will host two terms of the Builder B.E.E.S. program. Each term will enroll up to 16 B.E.E.S. (subject to adjustment based on the state of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic). Both terms will be hosted on the Community Rebuilds campus in Moab, Utah.

 

Term 1:  August 15 - October 15, 2022

 

Term 2: October 17 - December 17, 2022

 

What You’ll Do

  • Learn about energy efficient, sustainable building and affordable housing at the Moab Area Community Land Trust! This program offers an excellent opportunity to gain hands-on work experience while serving the Moab community.

  • Daily tasks will vary based on the build schedule, and some phases of our builds are currently completed by sub-contractors. Depending on the stage of the build upon arrival, B.E.E.S. will work on the following tasks:

    • Foundation insulation and base metal installation

    • House wrap/rain screens

    • Installation of windows and doors (interior & exterior)

    • Stacking straw 

    • Earthen plaster scratch coat and interior finish plasters

    • Tadelakt and preparation for shower/tub installs

    • Countertops

    • Landscaping

Depending on the builds’ timelines and budgets, B.E.E.S. may also contribute to painting, exterior cladding (siding), cabinet installation, tiling, finish trims, vent duct work, radon mitigation, and solar.

  • Builder B.E.E.S. will complete 288 hours of service with Community Rebuilds over the course of their term (about 32 hours per week). Hours totaling less than 32 in a given week will be expected to be made up by the end of the term.

  • Term 2 only:  Get spooky! This Halloween, Community Rebuilds will be hosting our second annual Haunted Bunkhouse, a fundraiser and event well known across the Moab community. We take the fun seriously around here, and we’ll need all hands on deck to pull off all of our tricks and treats. Term 2 B.E.E.S. will get to join in all the hocus pocus, and earn some of their hours on campus in preparation for this event.

 

Benefits

  • Free housing in our straw bale Bunkhouse! B.E.E.S. will experience communal living at its finest, staying in double rooms with access to a large shared kitchen, comfortable living space, and spacious yard to enjoy the Moab sun.

  • $100 monthly food stipend and bulk foods. The Bunkhouse kitchen is stocked with rice, beans, lentils, flour, and oats. CSAs will be offered as available during the harvest season.

  • Valuable work experience and the opportunity to advance with us longer term as an AmeriCorps Build Apprentice.

  • Access to the vibrant and expansive Community Rebuilds network! Our alumni have moved mountains in the world of sustainable living, affordable housing, and natural building, and are always ready to help you on your way.

  • Adventure right in your backyard. Moab is home to no shortage of beautiful landscapes, rich histories, and all sorts of outdoor recreation. With both Arches and Canyonlands National Parks less than an hour away, you and your fellow B.E.E.S. can fill your time off to the brim with desert fun.

 

To Apply

Applications to join the Builder B.E.E.S. are open now! Applicants are asked to provide a completed application, narrative essay, resume, and two recommendations. 

 

When you’re ready to apply, click the "Apply Now!" button below and complete the form. The form includes application questions and space to upload both your personal essay and resume in .doc or .pdf format. Your application will not be considered complete until you have submitted the form and we have received your recommendations. See further instruction on your personal essay and recommendations below.

 

Personal Essay

In order to get a better understanding of each candidate, we ask that you include a 500-700 word narrative essay describing your motivations for applying. In your essay, please address the following questions:

 

  1. How do you see the Builder B.E.E.S. connecting with your interests, education, career goals, or other aspects of your life?

  2. Why is this opportunity important to you?

  3. What will you bring to Community Rebuilds as an organization, to your fellow B.E.E.S.' experiences, and to the participating homeowners' experiences?

 

Please save your essay file with the name formatted as “LastName_FirstName_BEESEssay” and upload it to the above application form. All essays must be in .doc or .pdf form.

 

Recommendations

In addition to your application, essay, and resume, we also ask for two recommendations for each applicant: one personal and one professional. Please submit completed recommendation forms to apply@communityrebuilds.org with "Builder B.E.E.S." and the applicant's first and last name in the subject line.

 

Recommendation forms are available for download here:

Builder B.E.E.S. Recommendation Form