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Work Study Students

Watering the Folk School's garden
Work Study Students live as a group at the Folk School for nine weeks. During the nine-week session they work five of the weeks and take weeklong classes for four of the weeks. They are also eligible for weekend classes on a space-available basis. Work Studies receive room and board during their stay and have access to the full range of classes listed in the catalog with tuition covered (note: materials fees are specific to each class and are the responsibility of the student).

We are currently accepting applications for the following sessions:

Session 7 (FULL): July 15 - September 15 (deadline June 1)
Session 8 (FULL): August 5 - October 6 (deadline June 1)
Session 9 (FULL): September 16 - November 17 (deadline June 16)
Session 10: October 7 - December 8 (deadline July 7)

There are two Work Exchange options to choose from:

1) Garden Crew
Garden Crew work is mostly outdoors on the gardens and grounds, but there are other duties as well which may include weekends. Garden Crew participants must be in good physical condition and be able to perform occasional strenuous tasks in a variety of weather conditions.

2) Special Projects
Work Study students perform focused work to benefit the school or the campus. Information about these projects is updated on the website throughout the year. We are currently accepting work study applications for the following Special Projects:

Archives Collection Organization and Care:
Candidates should be self-motivated and familiar with collections management and/or cataloging in museum, archives, or library environment; best practices for conservation and collections care (with objects, audio/visual recordings, photographs, books, and documents), and familiarity with collections management software. Primary duties may include organizing, cleaning, and sorting files, photographs, and objects; conducting thorough inventory; cataloging objects, photographs and documents; database entry; transcribing and logging audio files; digitizing collections; and cleaning, preparing mounts, and designing proper storage solutions for materials.

Assist in keeping the Folk School honeybee hives through the work study session, maintaining equipment, assisting with honey harvesting preparation for marketing, and implementing pest control measures, and helping to bring colonies towards maximum health going into the winter season. Candidate will help provide support to any beekeeping classes held during the session. Candidates should have experience keeping a hive through a full season. Position available in session 7 & 8 only. Reports to Buildings and Grounds Director.

Trail improvements and interpretive signage:
Work on keeping walking trails on the campus (Rivercane, Mill House, and White Oak Trails) in good condition by clearing overhanging vegetation and improving drainage and trail surfaces. Develop condition reports, develop procedures for annual maintenance and oversee current maintenance. Assist in development of interpretive and wayfinding signage on trails. Candidate should be in good physical condition and have some experience using hand tools related to trail work, and have basic chain saw, mower, and weedeater skills. Reports to Buildings and Ground Director.

Candidates will assist staff in identifying and documenting existing signage and other graphic communication, and visual clues in the Folk School environment. Additional work may include the development of a set of architectural or design elements that aid orientation throughout campus. Candidates should be self-motivated and possess ability to work independently. Primary responsibilities include strong organizational skills; ability to follow directions closely; adept in Microsoft Office, including Word and Excel, ability to problem-solve, research solutions, and communicate challenges, and basic working knowledge of digital cameras.

How to Apply

The online Work Study application is available here.

For more information about the Work Study Program click here.

The number of work study positions is limited. Please note that applicants not accepted into a session may be invited to reapply for a subsequent session. Applicants are generally selected and notified about three months before each session starts. Application fee is good for one year.

For more information on the Work Study Program, email john@folkschool.org. For more information on Special Projects, email Jerry Jackson, Director at jerry@folkschool.org.


The Folk School is an equal opportunity institution and does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, religious affiliation, nationality, or ethnic origin. All students must be at least 18 years of age.


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