Lead Straw Bale Builder Needed for Nonprofit Straw Bale Project

Written by Andrew Morrison

straw bale build groupY Innovations is looking for a lead straw bale builder for a nonprofit housing project in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area. They are building straw bale homes as affordable housing for low-income families in need. Their first housing project broke ground last month and is going really well! In fact, things are working so well that they’re now looking to hire a full time, lead straw bale builder in the Fall to run its building operations.

If you’re interested in being part of a great project that is doing good in the world, please reach out to Brennan Stark (address below) to get connected. In the meantime, you can read more about the position below.

Lead Straw Bale Builder Job Description

straw bale house foundationThe lead straw bale builder will be responsible for all aspects of Y Innovations’ building division, including selecting and managing subcontractor relationships, sourcing and purchasing materials, and managing on site construction. The lead straw bale builder will also work directly with engineers and architects throughout the design process and will work with building permit officials to receive building permits for projects.

Candidates should have general contractor or equivalent project management experience. While not a requirement, experience with straw bale construction and other forms of natural building is a plus. If the candidate does not have straw bale experience, he or she should be willing to attend a one-week straw bale training program, all expenses paid, with Andrew Morrison of StrawBale.com. Compensation for the lead straw bale builder position will be based on ability and experience. The expected start date is early fall 2018. To inquire further about this position, please contact Brennan Stark at [email protected].

More About Y Innovations

evening straw bale wallTaking on the position of lead straw bale builder could be a rewarding experience. After all, there’s nothing quite as important as providing people who need it with safe, healthy, and beautiful housing. Y Innovations is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that builds affordable, environmentally-friendly housing for low-income families. For more information about Y Innovations, please visit www.yinnovations.org.


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2 Responses

  1. Hello~

    It is exciting to learn of like-minded people. I, too, am looking for a straw bale builder to build for me a cottage designed by Sigi Koko here in Ono, PA. They are hard to find!

    Can you recommend anyone, I hope?

    Good luck with your project and stay healthy!

    Thank you.


  2. Hi Diane. I’m sorry to say that I don’t know of any specific builders in that area. Have you asked Sigi? I know she used to build and I imagine she will have contacts in the area as she is much closer than me (Oregon). You might also contact the folks HERE as they’ve built in the past in PA and may have some contacts to share. Good luck!

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