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Applying for the Farm and Garden Apprenticeship

Deadline for Application

2016-2017 Apprenticeship: January 1st, 2016

Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

Apprentice selections will be made by mid- to late-February, 2016. The program begins April 10, 2016 and runs through April 7, 2017.

Before You Apply

Before preparing your application to the Farm and Garden Apprenticeship, carefully read all the material presented about the Farm and Garden, and on the general Apprenticeship Page. It is essential that applicants have a realistic sense of the scope, structure and requirements of the program before applying.

Please be aware that we can only accept U.S. Citizens and legal residents ages 21 years and older for the apprenticeship

Application Process

Download the Farm & Garden Apprentice Application

We prefer to receive your Apprentice Application and associated materials electronically by email to Please fill out our Apprenticeship Application Form, answering the questions and attaching accompanying materials (photo, resume, etc.) into that document. Once you submit your Apprenticeship Application Form, you will receive an email confirmation of receipt.

If you plan to apply for scholarship funds, please make sure to submit your Apprenticeship Scholarship Application Form by the session’s application deadline as well.

Selection Process

Once the application deadline passes, the Farm and Garden will review applications and consider individuals for the available positions. As part of our selection process, you may be asked to come for a working interview. Such arrangements are at the discretion of the Farm & Garden staff and will not be extended to all of those who apply. Phone interviews will be requested for individuals unable to attend a working on-site interview due to access or geographic distance.

Visiting the Farm and Garden as an Apprentice Applicant

Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend at least one Farm & Garden volunteer day at Esalen to introduce yourself and get a feel for a typical day within the department. To be a garden volunteer, please carefully review the information on our volunteer overview page, then use our online booking system and indicate in the notes that you are an apprentice applicant. Volunteer positions are available Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 7am to 1pm.

Contact Us

Please contact the Farm and Garden directly for questions about the Apprenticeship program or the application process. Email is the preferred method of contact for Apprenticeship inquiries and questions:



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