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Summer Farm Internship & Earth Skills Apprenticeships

Full-Time Summer Residential Program Options

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

Wolf Journey Book 8 Cover Artwork by Joanna Colbert of GaianTarot.comThe Earth Skills Teaching Apprenticeship has been our hallmark program since the year 2000 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 anywhere 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 Nature Guide & Outdoor Leader • 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 later in the summer, 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 IconThe Blue Skye Farm Internship is available for students who want to learn homesteading, sustainability, entrepreneurial skills 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 • Organic Fruit Orcharding & Vegetable Gardening •  Farm Animal Cultivation • Sustainable Building & Energy Conservation • Wild Edible Foraging & Preparation • Medicinal Herb Collection & Preservation • Entrepreneurial Business Experience. Dates for 2018 include June 9 – Sept 8 with complimentary extension into October. If accepted, an additional $200 is required to confirm your spot and 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.

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.