Farm Manager Apprentice – California Farm Academy Apprenticeship Program

Contact information
Farm Address:
WOODLAND, California, 95776

Primary Contact: Nicole Curiel
Primary Phone:
    Number: 530-795-1520


Internship information
General Farm Description: The mission of the Center for Land-Based Learning is to inspire, educate, and cultivate future generations of farmers, agricultural leaders and natural resource stewards. Our programs provide hands-on experiences through which participants develop leadership skills, learn sustainable agriculture practices that contribute to a healthier ecosystem, and create connections to agricultural, environmental, and food system careers.

CRAFT Member Farm? No

Internship Starts: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis
Internship Ends: Apprentices graduate upon their completion of 3,000 hours of paid on-the-job training and 250 hours of related course instruction
Number of Internship Available: 10
Application Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis
Minimum Length of Stay: This apprenticeship generally takes 2 years to complete

Internship Details:

The California Farm Academy Apprenticeship Program trains individuals for farm management jobs by providing practical experience, valuable skills, connections to farmer mentors, and an industry-recognized credential. The Apprenticeship Program connects aspiring farm managers with established farmers who provide a space and opportunity to develop and practice the skills needed for a career in farm management. This practical, hands-on program provides a well-rounded, real-world educational experience that you can’t get in a traditional classroom.

This is a formal apprenticeship registered with the California Department of Apprenticeship Standards that combines paid on-the-job training with job-related instruction. The program lasts approximately two years. During this time, apprentices complete 3,000 hours of paid on-the-job training at a farm or ranch and receive free related fundamental curriculum in ag production, leadership and management. Some courses may be tailored towards the apprentice’s career goals.

To apply, please complete our application available on our website:

For more information on our California Farm Academy programs, join us at a virtual info session:

Educational Opportunities: Apprentices complete a minimum of 3,000 hours of paid on-the-job training and a minimum of 250 hours of coursework in ag production, leadership and management during the two year program. CLBL and curriculum partners cover all tuition costs for coursework.

Skills Desired: To ensure apprentices are ready for advanced topics in farm management, 12 months of prior farm work experience is required to enter the program. Apprentices must also be 18 or older, currently reside in California, be eligible to work in the United States, have a high school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent, and have a valid U.S. Driver's License.

Meals: Meals are not provided.

Stipend: Apprentices are considered employees and receive an hourly wage DOE, with $0.50 wage increases approximately every six months. The California Farm Academy Apprenticeship is a Veterans Administration-approved training program; eligible veterans may receive their VA education assistance benefits to supplement their apprenticeship wages.

Housing: Most participating farms do not offer housing. Eligible veterans will be able to access their VA education benefits for housing if accepted into the program.

Preferred method of Contact: Email