Tara Elmore, 2014-2015 year long intern, works with female alpaca, Esperanza.


White Violet Center for Eco-Justice (WVC) is a ministry of the Sisters of Providence at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana. Founded in 1996, WVC exists to foster a way of life that recognizes the interdependence of all of creation. We do this through a number of programs including earth spirituality, environmental education and sustainable agriculture.

At WVC you’ll find 320 acres of forestland, about 300 acres of Indiana certified organic cropland, a 5 acre USDA certified organic garden, two orchards, and a small apiary from which we harvest and sell small amounts of raw, unfiltered honey.
Another important part of our sustainable agriculture program is our alpaca herd. We have about 35 alpacas. We mix their manure with leaves and kitchen scraps and use it to enrich the soil in the garden. Their fiber is harvested annually to create handmade yarns, scarves, hats, shawls, and other garments. These items are created by volunteers to generate funds for the alpacas’ daily care.


The internship position is intended for individuals who wish to have a combination of field work and academic study. While much of the intern’s time will be spent working in the field, a portion of each week will be reserved for study in intern’s area of specialized interest. The intern will also complete a project in his/her chosen area, so applicants should have a strong desire to learn.

Applicants must be physically fit, capable of completing the rigors of pasture work, and able to work in a variety of weather conditions. Though previous experience with livestock is not necessary to apply, we do ask that applicants be very comfortable handling larger animals. Mostly, we encourage a willingness to learn and ability to self-direct.


Duration is negotiable. There is a minimum commitment of three months with options up to one year.

Start date



Five days a week with occasional weekend hours — roughly 35-45 hours a week total


Compensation includes a private room, paid lunch on workdays (Monday-Friday), $150/month stipend, and access to White Violet Center workshops. There are also opportunities for interns to learn fiber arts such as felting, knitting and spinning.


Applications are always accepted. Apply by end of February for summer consideration.

Application procedure

Contact Sister Mary Montgomery at internswvc@spsmw.org or 812-535-2932.