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Seeking The Win-Win Again

February 28th, 2009 by Alison · 1 Comment · community, home & garden, lifestyle, work

Today’s post fleshes out an ad I just posted on Craigslist for a housemate. Thor and I want to continue practicing a modest form of community and learning to grow some of our own food. I like having a housemate, especially when it comes to that person teaming with me on the gardening. Much more fun with a partner!


Friendly married couple, both professionals in sustainability, seeks one stable, congenial person experienced in vegetable gardening and housekeeping to work in exchange for rent and utilities.

You are

  • Organized and able to keep an accurate work-log in Excel
  • Experienced at living with others
  • Happy to work 6 hours/week without excuses
  • Able to make a six-month commitment
  • Experienced at vegetable gardening and housekeeping
  • Able to make vegetarian meals and enjoy them with us
  • About 7 or 8 on sloppy to tidy continuum (10 = tidiest)
  • Equipped with resume and references, both employment and housemates
  • Possibly car-free (we live on frequent bus-line #15)
  • Comfortable with green lifestyle, i.e. CFL’s, low hot-water use, composting
  • An independent contractor (if you get the position)

We’re offering

  • Pleasant house with spacious, sunny bedroom for you
  • $16-$20/hour in rent/util. for skilled, reliable work
  • Lovely neighborhood near Mt Tabor Park
  • Fairness, consideration and paid time off after first two months
  • References from the prior people in the position

To apply:

Please only apply if the top bullet-points really describe you. If they don’t, consider approaching someone else with an offer to work in exchange for rent. (I’ve seen at least one person I know get taken up on such an offer.)

  • Browse this blog to get an idea of who your would-be supervisor is
  • Write a short letter telling me why you’re interested in the position
  • Email your letter to me at [email protected] along with your resume and phone number
  • Put ‘Diamond Cut Life’ in your email subject line so I”ll know you read this :)

Please understand I can only respond to you if I see a possible fit. Warm wishes, and thank you for your interest!

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One Comment so far ↓

  • Barb Moore

    Gosh there is one problem, you live in Portland and I live in Bend. We would have a match made in heaven! I’m a professional horticulturist with a landscape maintenance business for 26 years. If you ever move over, give me a ring!-Barb

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