Wilderness Instructor Apprenticeship

Expand Your Outdoor Leadership and Teaching Skills!

Wilderness Instructor Apprenticeship
Program Details:

Begins: Aug 28, 2017
Ends: June 11, 2018
Location: Campus and field trips
Instructors: Alderleaf staff

Continue to grow your skills with valuable teaching and learning experiences. The Wilderness Instructor Apprenticeship is for individuals who have completed the Wilderness Certification Program (or an equivalent in-depth training in nature skills) and are seeking to further develop their outdoor leadership and teaching skills.

The apprenticeship program provides the opportunity to assist at Alderleaf courses, gaining valuable hands-on experience with leading groups and lessons under the supervision of experienced wilderness teachers.

Components include:

  • Assisting weekly with the Alderleaf Wilderness Certification Program (Sept – June), including all field trips
  • Assisting with several weekend courses throughout the year
  • Participating in weekly Certification Program staff meetings for curriculum planning, outreach, and logistical support
  • Working with core staff to enhance the learning environment at Alderleaf


  • Previous training in outdoor leadership, teaching, and nature skills (graduate of the Wilderness Certification Program or equivalent course)
  • Commitment to participate in the entire school year (including pre-program preparations and post program wrap-up)

To Apply:
To apply to the Wilderness Instructor Apprenticeship write a two-page letter of intent that describes your personal goals in the program and what you will bring to the apprenticeship. Application letters can be emailed to info(at)wildernesscollege.com or sent via postal mail to Alderleaf Wilderness College, 18715 299th Ave SE, Monroe, WA 98272. More Information: For questions or to learn more, contact us.

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