The Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast Inc. is looking for dedicated people who want to learn more about Permaculture at a hands on level. You will be trained by Tom and Zaia Kendall on their property Maungaraeeda in Kin Kin, Queensland.



This training is not for the faint hearted: the hours are long (6am until 5 or 6pm), the work is hard (lots of handtools, shoveling, scything, wheelbarrow pushing, cutting, planting, digging etc) and the learning is intense. You will get in depth knowledge of the Permaculture systems and design principles at Maungaraeeda, and you will learn from a PRI accredited Permaculture teacher (see Tom’s bio here). On some weekends we ask you do minor jobs (eg animal routines on a Saturday or Sunday morning), but the weekends will mostly be yours.


Please note that this is NOT a paid position: we are offering you a free learning experience, as Tom will take his time showing you how things operate on the property, show and teach you our permaculture systems and self reliance. The more you work with him, the more you will learn. You will need to be with him on the property to get the most out of your time here. The days are long and the work is hard, but immensely satisfying and empowering. A Permaculture Design Certificate is preferred but not required for this training.



You will start on a 3 week probation period, if we like each other and things work out you will be asked to stay for 3 months. At the end of 3 months, if we still like each other and both parties wish to continue, you may be able to stay longer term and possibly work towards a practical certificate. Please note that we have animals on the property and you will be required to participate in preparing animals for human consumption.


Accommodation is in a tent (supplied by you) for the first 3 weeks. Our facilities are very basic, with compost toilets and wood heated showers. If you end up staying longer than 3 weeks, one of our buses will be made available to you. In the bus you will have a bed and your own lounge space, as well as access to the external communal lounge and kitchen area. You will need to make your own meals in the communal kitchen area. Food from the property may be available at times. Please be aware that the communal lounge and kitchen area may be shared with paying guests from time to time. We try and have breakfast and lunch together, but this depends on what is happening on the property at the time.


We do not allow any drugs, alcohol, chemicals or cigarettes on the property. Please check any soaps, shampoos, sunscreen, insect repellents and toothpastes you bring, whether they have any sulphates or other nasties. If unsure, please ask. We make shampoo, conditioner, body wash and soaps available for people to use on the property. We also may supply sun screen and mosquito spray if required.


In the kitchen garden at PRI Sunshine Coast

Please only apply if you desire a longer term, intense, hands on learning experience and would like to make a career from practising permaculture! To apply, please complete and submit the form below. If successful we will contact you for a conversation. Please be honest in answering the questions, and be honest with yourself. We are after hard working keen learners who would like to make Permaculture their life! This is a challenging position and requires someone with stamina and get up and go!