Who should apply?

The Apprentice Program is for motivated college graduates seeking experience in the classroom, residential education, and wilderness. Students may choose to pursue graduate credit for their participation in the Apprentice Program.

Questions? Contact Timbah Bell, Dean of the Apprentice Program, at or 719-486-8200 x108

Information Sessions

Interested applicants are encouraged to attend one of our information sessions:

  • Williams College in Williamstown, MA on Wednesday, November 29th at 6pm in the Career Center
  • University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH on Tuesday, December 5th at 7:30am  in the Outdoor Recreation Classroom in the Hamel Recreation Center
  • Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA during the week of November 27th–specific time and location TBA
  • University of Vermont in Burlington, VT during the week of November 27th–specific time and location TBA
  • Dartmouth University to be determined

Online Information Sessions:

Tuesday, November 28th from 6-7pm MST — Register here!
Wednesday, December 13th from 6-7pm MST — Register here!
Thursday, January 18th from 6-7pm MST — Register here!


Click here to access the Apprentice Program online application.

A completed online application includes the following:

  • General information questions
  • Academic Transcript
  • Resume
  • A completed essay
  • List of 2 references

Note: you are able to begin your application and return to it at any point until you are ready to submit.


Accepted apprentices must provide proof of health insurance, current CPR, and Wilderness First Responder (WFR) or Wilderness First Aid (WFA) certification by the time the program begins. The High Mountain Institute hosts Wilderness Medicine Institute WFA and WFR certification courses throughout the year. Click here to see a schedule of courses offered.

2018-19 Dates

Application Deadline (for both Semesters): February 1, 2018
Fall Semester: August 3, 2018- December 17, 2018
Spring Semester: January 6, 2019- May 27, 2019


  • $4,765 per Semester
  • Cost includes room & board, all class materials, and wilderness gear rental
  • Financial aid is available
  • AmeriCorps awards accepted and graduate credit offered