Steward Recruitment

May 2018

ABOUT OUR SEARCH

We currently are in search of 2-3 stewards with strong skills and experience in: Construction/Repair and IT/Web/Social Media. If this is you we would love to hear from you. Stewards ‘Lead’ in a focused area that we hone in on together through the application and interview process. In addition, all stewards have the opportunity to contribute some of their weekly time as a ‘Support’ to other elements of the project. This allows for each steward to be in collaboration with others, and decentralizes our processes.

We are searching for self motivated people! You bring: passions, expertise, and experience that are already well developed, a social network, and fundraising skills, a bonus! You thrive on co-creation and work to make the world a better place. Less interest in people just searching for a place to live and more on willingness to observe, learn, collaborate and plug-in with minimal management. You have integrity, respect for others, don’t speak over others, and you understand that non-violent communication is a practice.

WHO WE ARE
We are a public serving sustainability educational site with live-on stewards who manage and run the cooperative and non-profit. We are a 7 year old cooperative that have a deep desire to experiment with alternative organizing structures and regenerative land management in an urban environment. We are a dynamic group who are deeply committed to social and environmental justice work in the Bay Area. We offer a supportive environment, a good reputation, long term stability (4 going on 100 year lease), well established with other amazing grassroots organizations, and a beautiful green place to live!

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STRIVING FOR DIVERSITY
As a community, PLACE is deeply committed to fostering a decolonized vision of community and connection to each other and our planet. We understand that holding this vision for justice and equity falls short without proper representation of diverse communities, particularly those which have been historically marginalized.

We see that amidst all of our critical movement building, there is a need for deeper work towards collective liberation. We therefore strive to create an open and honest environment that does not ignore the state of our currently gentrifying neighborhoods, and unstable economic, environmental, and political climate.

We believe that authentic relationships between diverse groups of people comes from hard work of trust building. It is crucial to our work at PLACE to have many perspectives present in our community. We are committed to embracing the tough conversations that are necessary in order to grow as individuals and as a collective. In our search for a new steward member, we strongly encourage people of historically marginalized communities to apply.

We are passionate about these things and hope you are as well: gardening, permaculture, ecology, placemaking, art, music, social justice, environmental justice, cooperative living and are not shy about frequent meetings to plan, report and complete tasks together. Please love communal cooking and eating together.

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THE SITE
We have a 10,000 sq ft lot with three buildings and various alternative dwellings that border a 6,000 sq ft open garden space. We have a 600 sq ft shared shop space, 600 sq ft craft and makers’ space, and a 1300 sq ft barn (converted warehouse) which has a kitchen, coworking shared office space, dining area, living room, and shelves stocked with musical instruments and books. The earliest move-in opening is June 1st. More on this at interview process.

A few times a month, the barn transforms into a community space for educational workshops, panel discussions, meetings, film nights and musical performances. We have a cob oven in our outdoor kitchen, a rainwater collection system, 3 grey water systems that channel our waste water into our garden and landscaping from kitchen sink and bathtub and bathroom sink, as well as our laundry to landscape system and many other permaculture demonstration models. Our bathroom does have a shower and tub. We also have a private outdoor shower stall for the summer months.

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THE NEIGHBORHOOD
We are near Alcatraz and San Pablo Avenues in the Golden Gate district of Oakland. We are on a side street, just a block off of San Pablo Avenue, 10 blocks from Berkeley Bowl West, Urban Ore, Ashby Lumber. We are a 20 minute walk to Ashby BART, or a 3 block walk to the free shuttle bus to MacArthur BART station (on Hollis Street).

HOW TO APPLY
All interested applicants must fill out our form (link below) for consideration. NOTE: We have filled the Admin and Education Steward roles, so no need to fill out questions related to them in our application form below. Currently searching for the Facilities (Construction/Repair) and IT/Web/Social Media stewards.

  1. STEWARD APPLICATION FORM
  2. Be prepared to attach your cover letter, resume and references to the form application

We will contact you to set up an interview once we review applications in batches. We apologize in advance if we are unable to respond to all inquiries, we are lacking admin support currently and are doing our best to share the various admin tasks needed at this time.

Please, no facebook messages.

Thank you for applying and we look forward to meeting you!