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).
Most Work Studys work outdoors on the gardens and grounds as part of the Garden Crew, but there are other duties 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.
Occasionally, Work Study students perform focused work to benefit the school or the campus. This page will be updated with future special project Work Study positions.
The dates for the 2021 Work Study sessions will be posted as soon as more information becomes available.
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:
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.
Various projects may include the research of various topics to generate and/or improve processes, compare data to similar folk schools, and comparative analysis of data for our other programs administered at the Folk School. Reports to various management staff and departments.
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 two months before each session starts. Application fee is good for one year.
For more information on the Work Study Program and Special Projects, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student Hosts live at the Folk School for a four month period, and are responsible for making sure that students have a good experience. In exchange, Student Hosts may take one class each week. Click here to read the complete Student Host Job Description.
Available Host dates:
The dates for the 2021 Host sessions will be posted as soon as more information becomes available.
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.