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BUILDER BEES

This year, join us in Building Energy Efficient Shelter as one of our Builder BEES! This opportunity invites you to gain work experience and contribute to the construction of energy-efficient affordable housing, all while surrounded by the beautiful red rocks of Southeastern Utah. This work exchange program offers free Bunkhouse housing, monthly food stipends, access to bulk foods, and valuable build experience working on our sustainability-focused construction site at the Moab Area Community Land Trust.  No experience necessary.

 

Details

Now accepting applications for Term 2!

July 8 - August 30 (8 weeks, 256 hours)

This year we will be hosting multiple Builder BEES program terms! Additional 2024 terms will be announced later in the year. Each term will enroll up to 9 BEES (subject to adjustment based on the state of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and program needs). All terms will be hosted on the Community Rebuilds campus in Moab, Utah.

 

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. Please contact our Recruitment Coordinator at recruitment@communityrebuilds.org for more info or questions about anticipated tasks during your term. You will be helping low-income home owners fulfill their sweat equity hours on the Moab Area Community Land Trust. Depending on the stage of the build upon arrival, BEES may be working on the following tasks:

    • Exterior Veneer (siding, plaster, house wrap, etc.)

    • Window + Door Installation 

    • Straw Stacking

    • Drywall 

    • ReStore Projects

    • Campus Maintenance

  • These builds are heavily supported by subcontractors. The stages of this term which we are using subcontractors may include drywall. 

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

 

Benefits

  • Free housing in our straw bale Bunkhouse! BEES 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.

  • $200 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 BEES can fill your time off to the brim with desert fun.

To Apply

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 BEES' 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 recruitment@communityrebuilds.org with "Builder BEES Recommendation" and the applicant's first and last name in the subject line.

 

Recommendation forms are available for download here:

Builder BEES Recommendation Form

OTHER WAYS TO GET INVOLVED

  • Natural Building Internship - TO BE ANNOUNCED. When projects allow a foundation to finish build, we will once again offer our 5-month internship program. We are currently called to action and scaling up to help with the housing crisis in the communities we serve. All of our projects will feature natural building techniques, always, and all volunteers will get their hands muddy. We are extremely focused on building for climate change, carbon accounting, and incorporating as many carbon sequestering materials as we can in an effort to store the amount of carbon our buildings generate in the goal of having carbon-neutral buildings. With this focus, making adjustments to our standard building model can create more opportunity for additional carbon storage. One example is using siding made from upcycled cedar telephone poles on the exterior of our buildings versus natural plasters.​

  • If you have experience in leadership or building, consider an AmeriCorps Building Apprentice Position. Find more info on what's currently available here.​

  • Community Rebuilds has created dozens of work exchange opportunities and Office Internships that are custom to interests and passions of individuals as they align with the needs of our mission and programs. If you are interested in working with us on a special project or program, or as part of an academic fulfillment, please send a letter of intent and resume to rikki@communityrebuilds.org.

  • Sign up to learn and Volunteer on your own schedule here.

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