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Apprenticeships & Internships

At the Conservation College you can learn for a day, train in-depth at a week-long expedition, or build a career in outdoor education through one of our great apprenticeship programs which are designed to provide students with a variety of pathways for study.

Summer Options: Full-Time Residential Programs

The Conservation College runs two unique, full-time summer training programs. Call us at 425-248-0253, email us, or apply now for one of the following focuses:

Wolf Journey Book 8 Cover Artwork by Joanna Colbert of GaianTarot.comEarth Skills Teaching Apprenticeship runs June 16 – August 18, 2018 with complimentary September extension

The Earth Skills Teaching Apprenticeship has been our hallmark residential program since 1999 and is available for students who want to learn to teach wilderness skills in a fast-paced, outdoor setting. Our goal is to ensure that by the end of the summer you have the skillset necessary to work in the field of outdoor education. Join us at our home base in Puyallup, Washington with travel into the Cascade Mountains, Central Washington Canyonlands, and Salish Sea during the summer. You can also choose to specialize in one of the following focus areas, including as a Outdoor Leader & Nature Guide • Ethnobotany & Herbalism Instructor • Wildlife Conservation & Tracking Instructor • Traditional Technology & Survival Instructor, or for teens returning from past years at camp as a Youth Mentor & Camp Counselor. Dates for 2018 include June 16 – August 18 with complimentary work-trade extension through August 31 and into September for full tuition reimbursement. If for some reason you can’t start on June 16th, you can start as late as June 24th but still need to pay for missed workshops and will need to get Wilderness First Aid certification elsewhere. Application fee is $200 and includes initial correspondence, review of your resume/bio, phone interviews, background check, and complimentary access to our Wolf Journey Earth Conservation Course curriculum. If accepted, an additional $400 is required to cover the cost of four initial workshop days as part of your training. Otherwise, all your expenses including food and facilities throughout the summer are complimentary in exchange for shared help packing/organizing/cooking/cleaning each week, and your participation in 4-5 adult expedition training courses are complimentary in exchange for assisting at 4-5 youth training camps, as well as 4-5 weekend workshops you will co-lead with other apprentices. Click here for the apprenticeship details plus supplemental FAQs received from applicants. We can accept 8 apprentices in 2018, so apply now for the best placement opportunity.

Farm Internship IconBlue Skye Farm Internship runs full-time June 9 – Sept 8, 2018 with complimentary October extension

The Blue Skye Farm Internship is designed for participants who want to work to learn homesteading, sustainability and “permaculture” which is a revolutionary lifestyle of appropriate living that cultivates the home environment in a way that benefits nature and humans. The mission of the internship is to help you gain sustainability skills for a self-sufficient lifestyle, including • Farm Animal Cultivation • Organic Fruit Orcharding & Vegetable Gardening • Sustainable Building & Natural Selection Forestry • Wild Edible Foraging & Preparation • Paleo Cooking & Food Storage • Medicinal Herb Collection & Preservation • Developing Entrepreneurial Cottage Industries. Dates for 2018 include June 9 – Sept 15 with optional extension through October. If accepted, an additional $200 is required to cover the cost of two workshop days where we hire guest instructors. Otherwise, all your expenses including room and board, workman’s compensation insurance, plus participation in our summer earth skills classes are complimentary in exchange for your 40 hours/week of farm work. In return, farm interns will split 50% of shared revenue from personal neighborhood and farmer’s market sales in the second half of the summer.We can accept just 3 interns as part of the Washington State Farm Internship Project, so click here for all the details and apply now for the best placement opportunity.

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Future Spring Options: Part-Time Apprenticeship Programs

The Conservation College runs three unique apprenticeships during the Academic Year:

WJECCArtBook7The Environmental Activist apprenticeship year starts January 6, 2019

This program runs January 7 – November 18, 2018 meeting every Sunday from 9:00-5:00 with time in nature, strategic planning, and boots-on-the ground in the political arena.  Includes guidance through Wolf Journey Book VII – Trail of the Sustainable Citizen. Costs including personal guidance, books, workshops and all materials totals $2,950. Ask for password protected program details or jump straight to our simple registration process to apply by June 5th!

WJECCArtBook4The Survival Scout spring apprenticeship starts April 8, 2019

The Survival Scout apprenticeship runs April 8 – June 15, 2019 on Saturdays and includes participation in all our weekend workshops plus final graduation get-together, guidance through Wolf Journey Book IV – Trail of the Survival Scout and more.  Costs including instruction, books, workshops and materials total $1,475. Click here for program details or go straight to our simple registration process.

The Neighborhood Naturalist spring apprenticeship starts April 8, 2019

The Neighborhood Naturalist apprenticeship runs April 8 – June 15, 2019 on Saturdays and includes participation in all our weekend workshops plus final graduation get-together, plus guidance through the Wolf Journey Earth Conservation Courses with emphasis on Book I – Trail of the Neighborhood Naturalist. Costs total $975. Click here for program details or go straight to our simple registration process.

Email us with any questions. We always keep your information absolutely private. You can also like our facebook page to keep in better touch. While considering an application, check out our apprenticeship testimonials from novice apprentices, former campers-turned-instructors, and experienced educators who all succeeded in our summer apprenticeships and agree that the results far exceed expectations.