Estimated Time: 4 Building Seasons, Generally from May to October.
Or 48 months on the job training and 500 educational hours
Starting pay at $15hr
Prerequisites: Participants applying for the Journeyman Certification ideally will have 1 year experience in natural building, and 1 year experience in conventional building. Experience should be in the form of an apprenticeship program or equivalent. References and a comprehensive written and oral test will be required of the participant. The applicant will need to know how to use the following tools: power drills, skill saw, saws-all, table saw, chalk line, plumb bob, level, chain saw, a hammer, and a nail gun. They need to know how to square a building, find the circumference and the area of circle a circular structure, and understand the fundamentals of constructing a building. A basic understanding of job site safety guidelines is expected.
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 dependent on the clients.
Other Prerequisites: 18 years of age, in good health, with health insurance. Be able to pass a drug test. Be willing to refrain from drug use and drinking alcohol while at work.
Description: As a Journeyman in training, the participant will work directly under a Foreman and the General Contractor, developing all the skills needed to build a home from beginning to end. As a Journeyman in training the participants will need to be involved in multiple fields of construction. They will work with the foundation crew, the carpenters, the plumber, the electrician, the plaster crew, the roofers, and with the Master Natural Builder. At the end of the Journeyman Certification process, the participant will be expected to take a written test, and oral exam, and demonstrate a basic understanding of every step to complete the construction of a dwelling. After receiving the certification as a Journeyman, the graduate should expect to receive a pay rate between $15 to $20 an hour, depending on how self sufficient they are.
Participants in this program will receive hands on experience in:
* Rubble trench foundation
* Concrete and natural stem wall foundations
* Cob making and cob bond beam forming
* Plaster making and leveling walls
* Bale-Cob walls systems
* Material management
* Site management
* Basics in tool use and maintenance
* Permaculture principles
* Round wood timber framing
* Falling trees and forest management
* Roof design and construction
* Finish natural plastering and earthen floors
* Basic plumbing and electrical, including grey water and solar power.
Please read the, “before you apply” page.
For more information please contact us at:
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 530-277-8127