The apprenticeship program is a paid job training opportunity where Twin Cities youth develop technical woodworking skills, social and emotional skills, and a connection to local waterways.
The program hires youth who qualify as low-income and/or have employment barriers and they have the option to participate from 3 - 12 months. Pay starts at $9.65/hour with opportunities to receive a raise.
Technical: safe tool use, measurement, wood species identification
Social & Emotional: receiving feedback, cultivating a growth mindset, working within a diverse team
Career Readiness: offsite field trips to work sites & college campuses, mock interviews, resume writing, financial literacy, goal setting
Apprentices work alongside Urban Boatbuilders instructors learning technical boat building skills while earning money. Once the boats are finished, apprentices get to enjoy their hard work by launching and paddling them in nearby lakes. In the spring and fall apprentices go on a canoe and camping trip on a nearby river, and in August they go on a five-day trip to the Boundary Waters with homemade boats and paddles in tow.
It’s a comprehensive program that seeks to empower youth through hands-on learning projects while working to expand the possibilities and paths they envision for their futures.
Summer Session Schedule:
The application for our spring session has closed. The next opportunity to apply is now (if you live in St. Paul) - please visit the Right Track summer job application page to apply and see if you're eligible. Right Track's application is due February 28, and they offer many job opportunities, including at Urban Boatbuilders.
Otherwise, Urban Boatbuilders' regular summer application will start on May 15, 2018 and the deadline is June 1, 2018. We have limited space, so if you live in St. Paul, please apply through Right Track.
- June 11 - August 16, 2018 two work shift options:
- AM Crew: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays 9:00am - 12:15pm and Thursdays 2:00 - 5:15pm
- or PM Crew: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays 2:00 - 5:15pm
- Five-day canoeing trip in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness: August 20 - 24, 2018
- 16 - 19 years of age at the time of application
Be eligible for free or reduced price lunch or have a barrier to employment, including but not limited to students with IEPs, limited English proficiency, juvenile offenders and youth in diversion programs, youth with chemical dependency issues, or youth who are parenting. This is only a guideline. If you are not sure if you qualify, please apply.
- Young women are strongly encouraged to apply.
Have questions about the apprenticeship or the application process? Email Martha Brummitt, Apprenticeship Program Coordinator at email@example.com