You can view projects and jobs that are set up in the area. Select the name of the project to view more information about it. Projects with the coin icon are jobs that will pay coins every hour that you participate in that project. If you join a project while currently working on a different one, you will automatically quit the last project you were on. Viewing more information about the project will give you specific information about it depending on whether or not you are the owner. You can cancel a project if it has been around for over two years, and no one is working on it. You can also cancel it if you are the owner, and no one is working on it. Anyone can look to see who is working on a project at a given moment, and if this project is for gathering a resource you'll be able to see how many resources will be harvested on completion. If you aren't the owner of a project, and this project is a job, you can see how much pay you will get for every hour you work on that project based on your skills.
Participants on a project are paid on a first-come-first-serve basis, based on how skilled they are at the work they are doing. The more skilled they are, the more they contribute to the progress of the project. This nets them more pay in paid projects. If the paid project is for the gathering of resources or the crafting of an item, pay is given hourly. If it's for an effect, such as healing, it is paid out once the project is completed. Progress is calculated based on the skill and the tools of the participants. Tthe higher the skill, the higher the contribution. If the project is paid, pay is distributed every hour based on percentage of contributions that hour. So, if person A gathers 6 apples per hour, and person B gathers 4 apples per hour, a project with a total pay of 10 would split based on the contributions of 60 and 40 percent.
You can cancel a project if you are the project initiator, or if the project is 2 game years old with no participants. Cancellations on projects which produce resources, except for collecting produce from animals, will return the amount collected thus far. Any projects that produce actual items or produce collected from domesticated animals will not return anything partially completed, but they will return any requirements that had been applied to the project when it was started.