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The Earthship Biotecture Internship Program

Interns work on Earthship construction sites where it is necessary to assist the crew.  The exact content of the work varies from session to session.  Work hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.  This work is labor intensive, but we are happy to work around any physical issues you may have.  No prior building experience is necessary and we encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to participate.


If that is your interest, then you should attend the Earthship Academy.  


The fee for attending our three week session is $ 150 USD + housing. Our housing prices range from $ 450 USD for a shared room, $ 600 USD for a private room and $ 800 USD for a double private room. You will also get a class on the Earthship 6 Principles and a Tour of the Earthship Community. 

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We offer very basic, dormitory-style housing to interns and students. The accommodations include early Earthship attempts, Earthship-inspired buildings, and our latest Simple Survival models. These spaces are rustic and experimental, and you must be prepared for camping-like conditions. There are no laundry facilities on these sites. 

We have set the prices of these accommodations to be lower than equivalent transient around the Taos, New Mexico area.

We recommend the Earthship accommodations as your stay in these a “primitive Earthship” units is considered to be part of your education in understanding the Earthship concept.  They are not meant to impress you in terms of comforts rather they are meant to educate you on what must be learned in order to build and  live in Earthships

Some of the water and power systems of these buildings are designed for minimal use only, not for ideal comfort.  

A $100 cleaning deposit is required for check-in to any Intern housing.  This money must be in the form of cash or check and will be collected at Orientation.  This money will be returned to you upon your departure pending the cleanliness of your space. If you need to leave before the scheduled check-out, your deposit will be returned to you via US mail or PayPal.

We are unable to accommodate early check-ins or late check-outs.


Taos, New Mexico is a high desert with an extreme climate.  Temperatures can vary from 100 plus degrees in the summer to 30 degrees below zero in the winter.  The elevation is 6,950 feet above sea level which can cause temperature variations of 40 degrees in a matter of minutes.

Taos is seated at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and is famous for it’s fine art, great food and majestic beauty.  Taos Ski Valley is known as one of the best in the country and the Taos Pueblo contains the oldest stand alone dwelling in the United States.  During the summer, Taos offers a multitude of outdoor activities including river rafting, mountain climbing and hiking.  Natural hot springs dot the Rio Grande river and are not far from the Earthship community.


There is no public transportation, Uber or Taxi service in Taos. Please take this into consideration when making your travel arrangements.  The Earthship compounds, job sites and the town of Taos (food shopping, laundry facilities, gas, etc.) are spread out and driving is a must.  If you choose to participate without a vehicle, you will be dependent upon your fellow Interns for rides.  

The closest airport is in Santa Fe, NM (1.5 hour drive).  The closest International Airport is in Albuquerque, NM (3 hour drive to Taos). There are two airport shuttle services that can bring you to Taos, the Taos Ski Valley Shuttle:  http://www.skitaos.com/discover-taos/airport-shuttle/ or Mario: 575-779-4424. Reservations must be made in advance.

One month prior to each session, Interns receive a list of fellow participants and their email addresses so that they may coordinate ride sharing, etc.

Orientation and check-in to the housing begins at 10:00 am on the first morning of each Intern session.  This means you will most likely need to be in Taos the night before.  We are unable to accept early check-ins and therefore recommend the Abominable Snow Mansion Hostel in Arroyo Seco:  www.snowmansion.com as an inexpensive option.

Check-out is at 2:00 pm on the last day of each Intern session.  If you need to leave early, your cleaning deposit will be mailed to you upon the cleanliness of your space.


Bedding and pillow


1 gallon water bottle

rain gear (for the job site)

closed toe shoes

clothes you do not mind ruining

a good flashlight or headlamp

a good sun hat

25‘ tape measure

utility knife with blades

grout sponges

cement hawk

pool trowel (10”, 12”, or 14”)

tin snips

linesman’s pliers

carpenter’s pencils

sharpie marker

heavy duty rubber gloves

leather gloves

tool belt

small speed square


Make sure you have read and understand the above information.

Fill out the form below. We will send you more details and a PayPal invoice, or you can send us a check or money order for your payment. Your spot will not be reserved until we have received your payment. Once registered, you will receive PDF packet with more detailed information about the session and Taos.

PLEASE NOTE THIS PAYMENT IS NON-REFUNDABLE. Your credit will be honored for two years.. 

Frequently Asked Questions for the Academy and Internship Programs

Will I be able to build my own Earthship once I finish the Academy?2020-02-23T19:41:35-07:00

The short answer is no you will not be able to build your own Earthship once you finish the Academy.  However, this really depends on your skill level going into the Academy.  There are many components that go into the construction of an Earthship including plumbing, electrical, carpentry, masonry, etc.  You will learn the basics of all of these, but you will likely want to hire a professional for many aspects of the construction of your own Earthship.

Can I record the classes?2020-02-23T19:41:07-07:00

We do allow voice recordings of the classes, video recording is prohibited.

What time do we start in the morning?2020-02-23T19:40:41-07:00

You are expected to be in the classroom or on the job site before 9:00a.m.  Classes and work start at 9:00.

Will Michael Reynolds be there?2020-02-23T19:40:09-07:00

Michael Reynolds does teach classes for many of our Academy sessions; however, we have clients all over the world and Michael may be traveling during your specific session.  There are many other very skilled instructors that have been a part of the Earthship movement for numerous years.  If you wish to have a special consultation with Michael please contact our receptionist at (575)751-0462.  

Can I stay longer?2020-02-23T19:39:43-07:00

We are unable to allow students to stay after their session in our student housing.  We have a new group Academy students or Interns coming each month.

Can I arrive few days before?2020-02-23T19:39:17-07:00

Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate you before 10:00a.m. on the first day of your session.  We recommend you contact the Abominable Snow Mansion at (575)776-8298. 

When do I need to pay my tuition balance? If I cannot attend, will I get a refund?2020-02-23T19:38:30-07:00

Tuition is expected to be paid in full before the first day of your Academy session.

    • Unfortunately, we have a no refund policy but you can use your credit for up to two years, on any program or product.

When can I do a field study?2020-02-23T19:38:01-07:00

We offer field study opportunities 2-3 times a year.  Keep an eye out in your e-mail or on our website for the most up to date information.

What size bedding do I need to bring?2020-02-23T19:37:28-07:00

The majority of our beds are twin sized.  

Does Earthship Biotecture have housing for families?2020-02-23T19:36:54-07:00

Each situation is different; however, we are willing to make reasonable accommodations for families.  Please contact us to discuss your circumstances.

Will I have have WiFi while at the Academy?2020-02-23T19:36:20-07:00

We have WiFi in the majority of our buildings.  Our classroom and most of our student housing units has WiFi.  If you end up staying in a unit where there is no WiFi, you will still have access via communal areas in your housing compound.

Does the Academy have laundry facilities?2020-02-23T19:35:22-07:00

No.  There are two laundromats in Taos.  Spin & Sparkle and The Pinch Penny.

How far will we be from Taos?2020-02-23T19:33:50-07:00

The Greater World Community (Academy Campus) is about 20 minutes North of Taos.  Taos is the nearest town where you will be able to buy groceries & do your laundry.

Do I need to bring biodegradable soaps if I’m living in the housing?2020-02-23T19:33:19-07:00

The plants are watered from the bathroom sink and shower (and occasionally the kitchen sink).  You do not have to buy specific soap simply to come here.  Be conscientious of how much soap you are using and putting down the drain, large amounts can be harmful to the plants.  Do not pour bleach or photography chemicals down these drains.  

Why can’t I bring my rice cooker (blender, hair dryer, etc.)?2020-02-23T19:32:37-07:00

Our power system is not made to handle these high wattage appliances.  When you build your own Earthship, you’ll be able to put more batteries and solar panels in them in order to power your needs.  You’ll learn more about this in your Electrical courses.

Do I get to choose my own housing?2020-02-23T19:32:02-07:00

No.  Once you choose whether you want to live in a shared or private room, we will set up where you will stay.  We have to make arrangements for housing based on the number of cars in each group.

Can I camp?2020-02-23T19:31:18-07:00
  • Camping is not allowed on our property.  This includes campers, RV’s, buses, tents, etc.

  • You can contact Carson National Forest:  575-758-6200; ask for a spot closest to the Gorge Bridge.

  • If you decide to camp, you will need to have your own vehicle to get to and from our property.

For my recommendation letters, what do I need?2020-02-23T19:30:26-07:00

These recommendation letters are more of a character reference than professional references and are more for us to start to get to know who you are.

Is there an application deadline?2020-02-23T19:28:54-07:00

Your application needs to be submitted by the 1st of the month prior to the Academy session you wish to attend.  If you are submitting your application via mail you need to ensure that we will receive it by the 1st. If you are submitting your application via e-mail, you can send it on the 1st.  (I.e.  You want to attend the April Academy session, we need to receive it by the 1st of March).

What do I get when I complete my Earthship Biotecture Certification?2020-02-23T19:28:27-07:00
  • You will receive your certificate in Biotecture from Earthship Biotecture.  

  • You are able to to apply this credit toward graduate school.  We have a partnership with Western States Colorado University, specifically with their Masters in Environmental Management Program.  Even if you are not enrolled at WSCU, you may be able to apply the credit to your program.

  • You will also be able to give public talks about Earthships.  We have had many of our graduates share their knowledge of Earthships with others.

What is the difference between the Academy and the Internship?2020-02-23T19:27:54-07:00
  • The Academy is a 4-week long program that includes time spent both in the classroom and on the job site.  The Academy is $2,500, plus the cost of accommodations.

  • The Internship is a 3-week long program that is solely spent on the job site.  The cost is $500 which includes accommodations.

  • Our original education program was the internship, but many of the interns thought it would be extremely beneficial to have some days spent in the classroom learning the theory and methodology behind the Earthship concept.  Therefore, the Academy is a much more in depth educational experience.