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Internships at Brooksdale

A Rocha Canada’s Internship Program at the Brooksdale Environmental Centre in Surrey, BC is an apprenticeship-style program designed for anyone 18 years or older. Internships run in three “terms” – fall, winter/spring, and summer.

Interns live, learn, and work in beautiful British Columbia at the Brooksdale Environmental Centre. Interns participate in community life, receive quality teaching on a variety of topics related to environmental stewardship and Christian faith, as well as instruction and practical experience in their internship concentration area.

Our Internships are more than work training – it is life training! Interns are invited to engage fully in what our intentional community life has to offer: regular community meals, rhythms of community worship and prayer, weekly teaching times, mentorship from A Rocha staff, a working retreat on Galiano Island or another scenic location, and much more!

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What past interns are saying

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“My Internship at A Rocha exceeded all of my expectations! It was one of the best experiences of my life.”
~ Joseph Prescott Sones, Sustainable Agriculture Intern

“Being part of the A Rocha Canada community for a season was really rewarding and gave me a real sense of what working in the conservation field is like. I enjoyed all aspects of my internship and learned a lot about life, God, science, community, and food.”
~ Jennifer Rumley, Conservation Science Intern

Concentration Options

During internships you will:

  • Gain valuable experience in small-scale sustainable agriculture through our Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) project
  • Assist the Farm Manager to plan, manage and implement the garden season
  • Live & participate in community life alongside all other interns
  • Receive valuable teaching, mentorship, & instruction in your program area, creation care theology, & life application
  • Gain valuable life experience assisting with community meal preparation – using local, seasonal produce.
  • Assist with on-site community engagement events.
  • Do physical labour outdoors:
    • Winter Term (February – May)
      • Planning/organizing, greenhouse plant propagation, bed prep, soil tillage, direct seeding and transplanting towards the end of term
    • Summer Term (May – August)
      • Transplanting, seeding, watering, preserving, harvesting, starting CSA
    • Fall Term (September – December)
      • Harvesting, bed cleanup, composting, root cellaring, preserving, cover crop planting
    • Liaise with community members, CSA shareholders
  • Gain valuable experience planning and implementing environmental education programs
  • Work with children from a broad range of ages, particularly elementary school ages
  • Lead activities with groups of children for school programs, day-camp programs, summer camp workshops and community events on and off-site
  • Research and create resources for education programs
  • Live & participate in community life alongside all other interns
  • Receive valuable teaching, mentorship, & instruction in your program area, creation care theology, & life application
  • Gain valuable life experience assisting with community meal preparation – using local, seasonal produce.
  • Assist with on-site community engagement events.
  • Assist with community-based environmental restoration projects, including native plantings, invasive species removal and more.
  • Assist in conservation projects such as fish, amphibian, and bird enhancement projects, water quality monitoring, and various species at risk surveys
  • Participate in local stewardship events
  • Research and develop resource materials related to stewardship and fish and wildlife habitat
  • Assist with the native plant nursery
  • Liaise with community members and supervise volunteers
  • Live & participate in community life alongside all other interns
  • Receive valuable teaching, mentorship, & instruction in your program area, creation care theology, & life application
  • Gain valuable life experience assisting with community meal preparation – using local, seasonal produce.
  • Assist with on-site community engagement events.

For a sneak peek into the Conservation Internship experience, read this blog from Sarah Woodfield.

  • Gain valuable experience assisting in hosting and running our Guest House
  • Gain experience cooking for large groups from local, seasonal foods
  • Gain experience in canning and preserving foods for use year round
  • Liaise with the garden team regarding seasonal produce ready for use
  • Assist part-time in the garden with harvesting & other garden tasks
  • Live & participate in community life alongside all other interns
  • Receive valuable teaching, mentorship, & instruction in your program area, creation care theology, & life application
  • Gain valuable life experience assisting with community meal preparation – using local, seasonal produce.
  • Assist with on-site community engagement events.

Please note that all people who live on site are also responsible for participating in community life (chores, cooking, hospitality, and assisting with on-site events).

Program Details

We recommend that you apply at least 2 months prior to the start of the internship.

  • Winter / Spring 2017: February 8 – May 4 (arrival date Feb 7)
  • Summer 2017: May 17 – August 17 (arrival date May 16)
  • Fall 2017: September 6 – December 9 (arrival date Sept 5)
Costs for internships include all room and board, training and opportunities related to intern program areas, community experience, and access to an A Rocha Vehicle (with proper license) for community related outings. Also included in the cost is a five-day working retreat on Galiano Island – a beautiful island off the coast of BC – or another scenic location. 

  • Cost of Winter / Spring Term: $2,000* ($23 / day @ 87 days)
  • Cost of Summer Term: $2,175* ($23 / day @ 94 days)
  • Cost of Fall Term: $2,175* ($23 / day @ 94 days)

* All prices in Canadian dollars.

Please click the red button “Apply” at the top of the page for the application form.

Once we have your application, you will hear from us via email to determine a time to connect via phone or Skype.

If you are interested in a less structured experience A Rocha also welcomes volunteers in all of our program areas.

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Interns working in sustainable agriculture on the A Rocha Brooksdale Organic Farm

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News from the Internship Program

First Signs of Spring

March 1st, 2017|

Conservation interns Elise Huculiak and Caleb Gaeke reflect on life cycles in the Little Campbell Watershed. For most Lower Mainlanders, this year’s lingering winter has been a reason to grieve, but for the A Rocha conservation team [...]

New Interns Arrive at Brooksdale

February 9th, 2017|

On the Cusp of Creation Care with the 2017 Winter / Spring Interns Brooksdale sits in a wintery wonderland as the team welcomes our newest crew of interns! Hailing from across Canada and the USA, [...]

In Community With Creation

January 24th, 2017|

Interns Reflect on the A Rocha Experience Every three months a new group of young stewards immerse themselves in a creation care internship at A Rocha's Brooksdale Environmental Centre in Surrey, BC. They [...]