Forest Apprenticeship

Apprentice Forester Program

The Apprentice Forester Program, affectionately known as “Forest Crew,” is a 12-week summer program designed to provide students applied field experiences in forest management. The paid apprenticeship is a combination of an internship and a field course, finding a balance between education and productivity. The crew follows a curriculum that involves, among other tasks: conducting road evaluation and maintenance; marking property boundaries; performing long-term and operational forest inventories; prescribing silvicultural treatments; preparing and monitoring timber sales; and infrastructure maintenance. Additionally, the apprenticeship offers opportunities to engage with various aspects of the Yale Forests’ landowner outreach program, the Quiet Corner Initiative, and professional foresters in the region.

This program is open to all Master’s students at the Yale School of the Environment, but does require an application process.  Please contact Joe Orefice ( for more information about the apprenticeship program.