Internship and Volunteer Opportunities

Join the MSA Team!

If you have interest in any of the positions listed below we would love to hear from you! Please email your resume, cover letter, and any other information you feel may be relevant.


Research & Communications Assistant To Tom Sine (Internship)
Administrative & Research Assistant to Christine Sine (Internship)
Garden Manager (Volunteer)
Office & Event Coordinator (Volunteer)



Research & Communications Assistant to Tom Sine

Seeking a student intern that loves to do research and is interested in learning more about the remarkable field of imagination, innovation, social entrepreneurship and social, religious, technological and economic change in our very volatile world. This research will be used to help design at the Mustard Seed Village a multi-faceted program of Christian imagination and innovation to create new ways to live a more sustainable way of life and more sustainable local communities in these very troubled times. This research will also be used for speaking and writing for Mustard Seed Associates about the power of imagination to help us all imagine new ways to live and serve.

The position is unpaid however academic credit should be possible. It is open to both graduate and undergraduate students who are well organized, self motivated and reliable. I would prefer to find a student that would be available for a year-long internship, but would settle for two quarters. It would be important that the student have good computer skills including Microsoft Word, creating PowerPoint presentations as well as Internet applications. Ten or more hours a week would be great but would be willing to negotiate. I would be happy to mentor an intern in research and writing in areas of your keen interest.

If you have interest in this position we would love to hear from you! Please email your resume, cover letter, and any other information you feel may be relevant.


Administrative & Research Assistant to Christine Sine

Are you interested in learning to live and serve with the future of God in mind? In particular are you concerned about how to develop spiritual practices that interweave throughout every day life? This internship provides a unique opportunity to work with a small not for profit to research and help create new spiritual rhythms, new faith practices and new community expressions of faith.

This internship will provide support for the Executive Director of Mustard Seed Associates in research, writing and web communications. It will provide an opportunity for the intern to assist in publishing articles, blog posts and possibly a book on spiritual practices. There will also be time to assist in events and interact with and meet collaborators from around the world. There will also be the opportunity for mentoring in spiritual development. This position will also involve administrative responsibilities.

The position is unpaid however academic credit should be possible. It is open to both graduate and undergraduate students who are well organized, self motivated and reliable with good attention to detail. Good computer and Internet skills required. Writing and editorial skills would be a plus. A minimum of 10 hours per week with fifteen preferred.

If you have interest in this position we would love to hear from you! Please email your resume, cover letter, and any other information you feel may be relevant.


Garden Manager

This position is an exciting opportunity to help develop a new area of ministry for MSA as we seek to model a way of life that emphasizes both concern for God’s creation and for local and regional sustainability. The garden manager would care for an existing urban vegetable garden in Seattle and develop another much larger garden for the Mustard Seed Village on Camano Island. The existing garden currently provides some of the produce for the community at the Mustard Seed House but we would like to see this expanded to help provide for other members in the broader community.

The farmer would plant, grow, harvest and distribute the bounty of the garden in Seattle and have the opportunity to develop the garden on Camano from scratch. They would also organize volunteers for work parties on both sites and help expand MSA’s networks through involvement with local community garden and sustainability networks. There will also be opportunity to participate in spirituality of gardening seminars and other aspects of the MSA’s ministry.

This position will begin as a volunteer position but with entrepreneurial initiative on the part of the farmer should become self sustaining through the selling of seed starts, garden produce and other products as well as through involvement in educational programmes.

Qualifications:

  • An interest and passion for modelling God’s kingdom in their life and work as well as an interest in local and regional sustainability
  • Gardening experience and knowledge using organic methods of production – preferably in the Pacific NW
  • Self motivated with a willingness to develop income generating initiatives related to the gardens.
  • Also willingness to complete garden tasks and develop network contacts with minimal supervision
    Good communication skills to organize volunteers, connect to local organizations and keep the community informed of the garden efforts.

Time Commitment

  • Duration of the opportunity: Long-term (three months or longer)
  • Expected time commitment: More than 10 hours per week
  • Times of day volunteers are needed: Mornings/Afternoons
  • Days of week volunteers are needed: Weekdays
  • Type of commitment: Schedule is flexible

If you have interest in this position we would love to hear from you! Please email your resume, cover letter, and any other information you feel may be relevant.


Office & Event Coordinator

This position will provide a unique opportunity to assist the Mustard Seed team in developing and marketing events that invite participants to re-imagine how to live and serve God in our volatile world. There will be opportunities to attend MSA events and to meet MSA collaborators from around the world.

The position also involves participation in logistics for coordinating speaking opportunities for the MSA team. It includes heavy administrative activities and requires good attention to detail, computer skills in Word and Excel, and organizational skills.
If you have interest in this position we would love to hear from you! Please email your resume, cover letter, and any other information you feel may be relevant.

Time Commitment

  • Duration of the opportunity: Long-term (three months or longer)
  • Expected time commitment: More than 10 hours per week
  • Times of day volunteers are needed: Mornings/Afternoons
  • Days of week volunteers are needed: Weekdays
  • Type of commitment: Schedule is flexible