Farm Apprenticeships

Check out our programs, tools and resources below to start learning and training on farms:

2021 YOUNG AGRARIANS APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM – Young Agrarians and our network of exceptional mentor farmers in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba are offering advanced, full-immersions, hands-on apprenticeships in regenerative agriculture. We carefully screen host farms, and prospective apprenticeship complete an application process to apply. 

FIND AN APPRENTICESHIP – Looking for hands-on farm education? Check out our listings of apprenticeships below. Please note that we do not have the capacity to screen host farms. Don’t see your dream opportunity listed here? Visit the Young Agrarians UMAP for more ways to find farm apprenticeships.

POST AN APPRENTICESHIP OPPORTUNITY – Got a great apprenticeship opportunity on your farm? Submit the opportunity to us, and we’ll post it on our blog and social media channels to help spread the word.

APPRENTICESHIP RESOURCES FOR FARMS AND NOVICE FARMERS –

For new and young farmers looking for opportunities: Please screen your potential apprentice host to ensure that you are entering into a fair exchange that meets your needs and expectations. Try asking the farm for references of past apprentices, or ask people in the community if you are unsure. Check out these great resources for apprentices on the SOIL website.

For farms offering apprenticeships: By posting at Young Agrarians, the expectation is that you are offering a fair and equitable opportunity, that complies with labour regulations in your province or territory (e.g. see BC regulations here). All provinces have different rules on apprenticeship vs. employment regulations. Please check out these best practices from SOIL on labour laws, education, interview questions, contracts, and more.

Looking to submit a job instead of an apprenticeship? Click here.

Happy farming!


Apprenticeship Opportunities

INTERNSHIP: NEAT, Digital & Information Technology Development

Posted by Michalina Hunter on August 25, 2020

NEAT is excited to be seeking an intern candidate to head up digital and information technology projects. This is a temporary, full time position that will develop the tools and frameworks to help us meet our mission and vision. Funding for this position is generously provided by the Government of Canada & facilitated through BC Technology for Learning Society. JOB DESCRIPTION The Digital & Information Technology Development position is based in Fort St John, BC and will report to the Executive Director. The successful candidate will: Research, plan & build robust technological tools and frameworks to support NEAT’s day to … Continue reading INTERNSHIP: NEAT, Digital & Information Technology Development

Thinking of Hosting an Apprenticeship – Are You a Good Fit?

Posted by Dana Penrice on August 24, 2020

Mentoring the next generation of ranchers and farmers can be extremely rewarding. As an expert in your field with many years of experience running a business, you are in an excellent position to introduce a novice to the many and nuanced aspects of running an agricultural business, from building fence or caring for a sick animal to fixing the farm truck, developing a marketing strategy, designing a label for your products, or making important financial decisions. No one is better qualified to grow a new agrarian than an experienced mentor with many years on the land, yet not every rancher or … Continue reading Thinking of Hosting an Apprenticeship – Are You a Good Fit?

Call for Mentors: Young Agrarians Apprenticeship Program

Posted by Dana Penrice on August 10, 2020

We are seeking Host Mentor Farms for the YA Apprenticeship Program in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba We are excited to announce that in 2021, in addition to Alberta, we will be expanding the Young Agrarians Apprenticeship program into Saskatchewan and Manitoba. We are actively seeking farms and ranches in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba to join our program and grow the next generation of regenerative agriculture practitioners. We are looking for farmers who are dedicated stewards of the land; are skilled and enthusiastic teachers who have a passion for mentoring young and aspiring farmers; and have a farm philosophy that recognizes the connectedness of the … Continue reading Call for Mentors: Young Agrarians Apprenticeship Program

APPRENTICESHIP: PORT ALBERNI, BC – Avalon Organic Blueberry Farm, Farm Manager Apprentice

Posted by Azja Jones Martin on June 29, 2020

Avalon Organic Blueberry Farm

Avalon Organic Blueberry Farm in Port Alberni, Vancouver Island, BC is seeking a Farm Manager Apprentice for the 2020 season and beyond! ABOUT AVALON ORGANIC BLUEBERRY FARM Avalon Farm is a 22 acre farm, with 1.5 acre certified organic blueberries, 5 acre hay field, large organic gardens; seeking a long term farm manager to allow the owners to ease into retirement. This position is suitable for a single person, or couples are welcome to apply. The property has several acres of land that could be used for additional farming operations for the successful candidate if desired. It is intended that … Continue reading APPRENTICESHIP: PORT ALBERNI, BC – Avalon Organic Blueberry Farm, Farm Manager Apprentice

Meet Your Future Farmers – Alberta Apprenticeship Program

Posted by Kolby Peterson on April 29, 2020

We want to introduce the 2020 Apprenticeship Cohort to you, our YA community. They’re a pretty big deal. This crew is committing to a season of learning and working on some top-notch regenerative farms in Alberta. They are committing to long days, short nights, sore muscles, muddy boots, and sunburn. They are also committing to the cultivation of life in many forms, fresh food in abundance, skill-building, enriching experiences, and irreplaceable community bonds that are part-and-parcel of farming. When we can gather again, be sure to give them a warm handshake and hello. Erika Dickson – Lazy T & Lady’s Hat Farm Hi, my … Continue reading Meet Your Future Farmers – Alberta Apprenticeship Program

APPRENTICESHIPS: LILLOOET, BC – One Love Farm

Posted by Michalina Hunter on March 16, 2020

one love farm

Looking for a farming apprenticeship in BC? Check out One Love Farm in Lillooet, BC! About One Love Farm Our farm is located on a very scenic and rural Mountain Bench in the rugged Fraser Canyon. We are located twenty minutes from the town of Lillooet, B.C. Town offers an organic sourdough bakery, a well-stocked grocery store and a health food store. We are in a rain shadow but have access to pure gravity fed mountain spring water; providing great conditions for growing and working in. We farm with respect for the land, environment and our customers by only using organic and sustainable growing … Continue reading APPRENTICESHIPS: LILLOOET, BC – One Love Farm

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GreenPAC Parliamentary Internship for the Environment

Posted by Michalina Hunter on March 09, 2020

Apply now for the 2020-2021 GreenPAC Parliamentary Internship for the Environment! The GreenPAC Parliamentary Internship for the Environment, with support from the Sustainability Network, offers young leaders (aged 18-30) the chance to gain invaluable training and experience from Canada’s top environmental champions on Parliament Hill. The program runs from September 2020-June 2021 and includes a monthly stipend totalling $25,000. Interns work full-time in the Parliament Hill office of a Member of Parliament (MP) with a proven record of environmental leadership. Reflecting GreenPAC’s commitment to nonpartisanship, host MPs come from across the political spectrum and from every major national political party. During this time, Interns … Continue reading GreenPAC Parliamentary Internship for the Environment

Buy from SPUD.ca in March & Support Women Farmers!

Posted by Michalina Hunter on March 08, 2020

Gender Equality For Food Sustainability In celebration of all the hard-working women in the food system, SPUD.ca is donating 25% of all sales from eight highlighted women-led vendors to Young Agrarians! Thank you SPUD.ca! Buy from any of their women-owned vendors this month and a portion of your purchase will support aspiring women farmers in BC and Alberta. Get groceries, grow a farmer! >> Shop SPUD’s Women-Owned Businesses << Funds raised will go towards the Young Agrarians B.C. Business Mentorship Network, and the Alberta Apprenticeship Program, which pair up new and seasoned farmers to cultivate skills for running ecologically sustainable and financially viable businesses. Get … Continue reading Buy from SPUD.ca in March & Support Women Farmers!

APPRENTICESHIPS: GOLDEN, BC – Goonieland Permaculture Farm

Posted by Michalina Hunter on February 25, 2020

Goonieland Permaculture Farm in Golden, BC is seeking apprentices for the 2020 season! About Goonieland Permaculture Farm We are located on the edge of the Rocky Mountains near Golden BC. Our land is mostly forested hillside where we are building a Permaculture farm-stead. We started with bare land and have in the past 8 years built a functioning though still under construction farm-stead. We built an “Earthship” (rammed earth tire wall/hempcrete/off-grid home.) Set up an outdoor kitchen with pizza oven and gardens. Planted an orchard/food forest with 30 fruit trees, hazelnuts and other edible plants. We put in (and are still … Continue reading APPRENTICESHIPS: GOLDEN, BC – Goonieland Permaculture Farm

FARM APPRENTICESHIPS: NELSON, BC – Chuckleberry Farm

Posted by Michalina Hunter on February 10, 2020

Chuckleberry Farm in Beasley, near Nelson, BC is accepting applications for their Organic Microgreen & Farming Business Internship for the 2020/21 season! About Chuckleberry Farm Chuckleberry is located on a pristine 18-acre property in the Selkirk Mountains, 10 miles west of Nelson British Columbia. The land is south sloping with a very generous south exposure supporting a unique micro climate great for organic gardening & orchards as well as passive solar, photovoltaic power and annualized Geo Solar Building. Chuckleberry is a certified organic community farm that operates year round from our in ground earthship that is largely heated and powered by the sun.  The earthship supports … Continue reading FARM APPRENTICESHIPS: NELSON, BC – Chuckleberry Farm