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2020 Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture Application
Application Deadlines for the 2020 Apprenticeship:
AUGUST 15, 2019 International applications
SEPTEMBER 30, 2019 Domestic applications

NOTE: THE $60 REGISTRATION FEE AND OTHER SUPPORTING MATERIALS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY MAIL AND POSTMARKED BY THE ABOVE DEADLINES; SEE BELOW FOR DETAILS. YOU MAY REQUEST A WAIVER OF THE REGISTRATION FEE, AS EXPLAINED BELOW.

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Domestic or International Applicant? Please note: if you are an international applicant, please fill out and submit the Visa Information Form along with the other application materials. The form is available on this page: casfs.ucsc.edu/apprenticeship/apprenticeship-information/how-to-apply.html *
Will you use an AmeriCorps voucher to pay for the course fee? *
If you are using an AmeriCorps voucher, please list the amount of the voucher.
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Scholarship Forms
If you are applying for any of the available scholarships, please fill out the application form(s) found on the "How to Apply" web page:
casfs.ucsc.edu/apprenticeship/apprenticeship-information/how-to-apply.html
NOTE: All scholarship applicants must fill out the General Apprenticeship Scholarship application, in addition to any of the specific scholarships in which you may be interested.
Are you applying for any of the following scholarships? Check all that apply:
General information
How did you hear about the Apprenticeship?
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Have you visited the UCSC Farm & Garden? *
If you visited, when was your visit?
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If you visited, which staff member(s) did you meet (if any)?
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Please tell us about your experiences and goals
Please answer all of the following questions; please observe the word limits indicated. Note: please monitor your word totals as the text box will not set a word limit.
1. Please describe your previous experience, if any, in farming or gardening. (300 words or fewer) *
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2. The Apprenticeship is a practical training program informed by contemporary social issues. Please describe your interest in/commitment to social justice/food justice issues. (300 words maximum) *
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3. The Apprenticeship is a rigorous program with high expectations of active participation and engagement. Explain how this training fits into your future plans. (300 words maximum) *
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4. Living, learning, and working in community is part of the daily experience at the Apprenticeship. Describe your previous experience, if any, in cooperative living and working situations. What do you consider to be the advantages and disadvantages of such arrangements? (200 words maximum) *
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5. The nature of farming and gardening is physically demanding and our educational setting requires personal motivation and self-discipline. Given this context, please tell us how you imagine staying motivated for the full six months of the program. (200 words maximum) *
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6. Briefly describe your educational background and recent work experience (if any). (200 words maximum) *
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References and Resumé
Note: Please send two professional references, farming and gardening related (if available), and your resumé/CV. See mailing instructions, below.
Housing information
The Apprenticeship program will have 36 tent cabin spaces for the 2020 apprentices. In addition to the 36 tent cabin spaces, there will be an additional 3 apprenticeship slots available to people who choose to live off-campus. The tuition cost remains the same ($6,000 for 2020) whether or not you choose to live in a tent cabin or off campus.
If you choose to live off-campus, you are responsible for finding and paying for your own housing. The Apprenticeship program does not have enough staffing to provide assistance in this area, but the UCSC Campus Rentals Office is a great resource (available for $10 for 30 days). There will be a $100 refundable security deposit for the tent cabins.
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Please mail application fee and supporting materials
In addition to submitting this online application, please mail an application fee of $60 in order to be considered, or let us know why you are requesting a waiver of the application fee (see below).
PLEASE MAKE YOUR APPLICATION FEE CHECK OUT TO: UC Regents

Please send the following additional materials. Make sure to include your contact information (name, address, email, phone number):
• Two letters of reference, farming and gardening related if possible
• Résumé/CV
• Optional supporting materials (articles or brochures about your program, etc.)

Send your application fee and supporting material postmarked by the deadline - August 15, 2019 for international applicants, and September 30, 2019 for domestic applicants:
Mail to: Apprenticeship Applications
CASFS / UC Santa Cruz
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064
For more information, contact us
Call (831) 459-3240 or send email to casfs@ucsc.edu. Confirmation of receipt of your
course fee will be sent within two (2) weeks after the application deadline.
Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.
Fee waiver request: check any that apply
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