Application Deadline: February 26

or until position is filled

Start Date: March 16

Quail Springs is a leading environmental educational nonprofit that empowers students of all ages and backgrounds with knowledge, skills, and inspiration essential to cultivating ecological and social health.
Quail Springs Mission Statement


Quail Springs Permaculture

Founded in 2004, Quail Springs Permaculture (QS) is an educational non-profit that sits on a 450-acre permaculture demonstration site in the Cuyama Valley. Quail Springs is dedicated to exploring the possibilities of sustainable human settlement through teaching and demonstration. We believe that land health is human health, and that the lessons of simple living provide direction towards a thriving Earth and society.

Residents & staff

The residents and staff of the QS site and non-profit are a group of makers and thinkers who work together to create regenerative land and community systems. The residents and staff of QS strive to create a vibrant community and balanced workplace through passion, collaboration, and celebration.


Prospective candidates will embrace simple, remote rural living in a community while working in a nonprofit organization. Quail Springs has recently adopted a new organizational structure with the aim of empowering all employees with decision-making power in their areas of work and supporting a more equitable, efficient and engaging work environment. We are excited about this new structure and a successful applicant will have an interest in, or knowledge of, “flat” workplace structures and a commitment to grow with us.

About You

Successful applicants are flexible, willing to learn, and have an interest in equitable and resilient community structures. A good sense of humor, excellent communication skills, and an orientation towards leaning in during conflict instead of leaning out will serve the successful candidate in this position.

Position Description

Quail Springs holds a variety of programming on diverse subjects including: natural building, permaculture and farming, youth facilitation, and traditional land-based or craftsmanship skills. The Program Coordinator is an integral part of the Quail Springs program team. They work directly with the Program Director to manage and lead program communication, manage administrative functions, and lead on-the-ground logistics for programming. The Program Coordinator brings a minimum of 2 years of programming experience, including youth programming experience. They will bring ease and experience to managing staff, and will possess a high level of administrative and technological literacy. They are excited about being part of a land-based community and wish to contribute to farm and community tasks.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Respond to programmatic inquiries.
  • Register courses.
  • Manage communications and on-the-ground coordination for specific courses and program contracts.
  • Collaborate on program marketing strategy and implementation.
  • Manage program facilitation team during courses.
  • Act as a facilitator during youth programming.
  • Track and manage community-program interaction (i.e. keeping community up-to-date on program activities).
  • Track program budgets and collaborate with Program Director on budgeting needs.
  • Work with the Program Director on QS outreach in the Cuyama Valley.
  • Respond to and step into other programmatic needs as they come up.
Quail Springs is a highly collaborative work environment. The Program Coordinator will work closely with the Program Director, Co-Executive Directors, and the finance and program teams. The successful candidate will be highly valued for the experiences and skills they bring and will be trained by the Program Director with the intention of promotion to Co-Program Director in a finite amount of time, as to be decided collaboratively within the program team.


Quail Springs Permaculture is based near Ventucopa, California in the Cuyama Valley, 1.5 hours from the nearest urban/suburban center.

Working & Living Conditions

This position is approximately 30hr/week, with some weeks being less, and others being more during the heaviest programming times. The successful candidate is self-directed and thrives with a shifting workload. We all share in community responsibilities, in addition to our paid work. The Program Coordinator will live and work in the Quail Springs community setting, where there are anywhere from 10-25 other people living and working on the mission of the organization. The site is remote, with limited communications (cell phones do not work, and the internet and phone service are limited to the office area). We have two small offices as our indoor workig environment. Work will be more acute prior to, during, and just after programs and other events. Our staffing accommodations range from canvas tents and yurts to earthen homes. This will be discussed during the interview process and depends on availability.


A base stipend of $500/month, plus simple housing and excellent food is provided (as well as endless wilderness to explore). On top of the stipend, the Program Coordinator is paid at an hourly rate for their facilitation during programming. This means the Program Coordinator may make between $500-$1200/month.

Application Process

Please take care to fully fill out our online application so we may best get to know you. If your application is approved, we will set up interviews. We are hard-working folks, so please be patient with our response time! But also don’t hesitate to check back in on the status of your application.

 We highly recommend planning to come out for a day (or night, if a host is available) to see if it feels like a good fit.

Please let us know if you have any questions about this description, your work, or your stay here at Quail Springs. We look forward to reviewing your application!