Estimated Time:  Two 6 months Building Season, From May to October.  

Or 9 month building from mid April to mid December  

Starting pay at $15hr.  Only 1 position available. 

Apply before Jan. 31, 2019


Prerequisites:  Participants applying for the Foreman Certification must have completed our Journeyman program, or have 3 years experience in building.  One year in natural building or more, and at least one year in conventional building or more.  The applicant will need to pass a comprehensive test and provide references if the journeyman program was completed somewhere else.  If the applicant completed a similar program somewhere else they will need to have received similar experience in the skill set mentioned in our journeyman program.  If they have not completed these skill sets, or fail the comprehensive test, they will be required to complete our journeyman program.  This may be done in a shorter time frame, depending on the applicant, and their skill level.  The minimum will be 6 months.  

Description:  Once accepted into the Foreman Certification program the the participant will continue to develop the skills needed to master the craft of building a cottage to completion.  They will continue to work with the foundation crew, the carpenters, the plumber, the electrician, the plaster crew, the roofer’s, and the Master Natural Builders.   The participant will be given more responsibilities and will be expected to perform all tasks quickly, professionally, and accurately.   The participants in this certification will need to master finishes, including trim, cabinets, window installation, finish plumbing, and finish electrical.  They will need to begin mastering the art of plastering and natural finishes.  They will continue to draw 3D and 2D plans.  They will learn what it takes to pass plans through a building department when building a home to code.  At the completion of this certification there will be a written test, an oral exam, a presentation, and the participant must have completed one project from beginning to end.  After receiving the certification as a Journeyman, the graduate should expect to receive a pay rate between $20 to $25 an hour, depending on how self sufficient they are.  



Accommodations and Food:  Participants are responsible for finding their own accommodations and food during their stay in the program.  Their may be camping available on the land where we are building, but this is case by case, and totally depending on the clients. 


clare and Pioni cob class room
Starting the first layer of the cob stem wall

Other Prerequisites: 18 years of age, in good health, with health insurance.  Have money for food and extra spending.  Be able to pass a drug test.  Be willing to refrain from drug use and drink alcohol while at work. 

Disposition: The participants interested in joining the school should be people who are spiritual, love yoga and meditation, have high energy, love to work hard, be able to stay upbeat, happy, and energetic during long work days.  They should be organized and willing to go the extra mile with a smile.  Students should be able to get up early and work late.  They need to be the kind of person who can follow instruction and are willing to think outside the box.   Ideal applicants are early to work, return back to work on time after breaks, do not mind staying late to get the job done, and are willing to start early to prepare for the day.  The student should be the kind of person who doesn’t need drugs or alcohol to relax.  A person who is flexible with scheduling and able to adapt in a moment’s notice, happily.  Able to let things roll off their back if plans change.  Overall, a happy, healthy, person with a good attitude, that is a team player. 

Do Not Apply: In our past, we have experienced all kinds of people and situations, most of them very positive, but a few not so positive.  We decided to put together a list of the not so positive attributes that really changed the energy of the group, and affected all of us.  By no means is this list to scare you away from the program.  We know there is a little of these attributes in all of us.  Really, we just want to attract people with the positive disposition mentioned above.  So please do not apply if you are not a morning person.  If “low energy,” is part of your life.  If you have any health issues or injuries, that would keep you from doing hard manual labor.  If you don’t consider yourself a positive, energetic, happy person, don’t apply.  If you smoke pot, or need to drink alcohol to relax after work or during the weekends, do not apply.   Do not come to our program to quit a substance, or to change your habits.  If you are having a life changing crisis, or going through a difficult time in life, do not apply.  Do not come to our program if you don’t like to be told what to do, or have trouble following orders.  If you are not a team player, if you are not organized, if you are late consistently, if self-worth.  If changing plans drives you crazy, if you have a hard time being spontaneous, if you need things to go your way, and you get frustrated if it doesn’t, do not apply.

Round Wood Timber Framing Class
Round Wood Timber Framing Class

Terms of agreement:

Sample of daily and weekly check list:   The Daily Check List will be completed by the general contractor at the end of every work day.  Then it will be reviewed by the Director of the School every week.  The director will fill out the Weekly check list for every participant based on feedback from the staff and teacher.   If the participant receives 3 negative overall reviews in one week, it will count as a failed week.  If there are three failed weeks, then the participant fails the terms of agreement, and will be asked to leave the program.  


Daily Review Checklist

Date: _______________________ Name:___________________________________

1.  On time to work:   Y      N           Hours worked: ____________________________

2.  On time back from break:  Y   N

3.  Worked with good attitude : Y  N

4.  Distracted: Y   N

Why:   _____Phone     _____Talking with others without working

_____To much time DJ-ing radio   _____Other:________________________

5.  Stayed on task, and finished set goal for the day:  Y     N

6.  Task completed: ______________________________________________________________


Overall Review:    _________Positive _________Negative

(Any “No” on #1 – #3 = Negative review, a “Yes” on #4 = Negative review):  Three Overall Negative reviews in one week = Failed Week.  Three failed weeks = expulsion from the program


Weekly Review Checklist 


Name_____________________________       Week________________________


1.  Does the participant have a good attitude and high energy:                      Y      N

3.  Is the participant organized and willing to work hard:                               Y      N

4.  Has the participant been able to follow the no drugs/alcohol policy:       Y      N

5.  Is the participant communicating if they are not showing up to work:    Y     N

6.  Has the participant gone to all classes:                                                             Y     N

7.  Did the participant receive 3 or more positive reviews for the week:       Y     N

(No on #7 is automatic fail for the week)

* Three “No” answers = one failed week.   Three failed weeks = expulsion

_______PASS _______FAIL



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