Volunteering At Roots

Once you have taken a course at Roots School you are eligible to come back to that course as a Volunteer. Coming back to a class you have already taken offers you the opportunity to focus on what you may have missed or seek further instruction for questions you have run into while practicing at home.  As a volunteer you will gain the experience of helping students new to the information and skills. Often times it is in helping others that key questions of our own are answered.

Volunteers help with the logistical aspects of the school and their work is extremely varied, from helping us to get students settled with parking and camping to helping prepare for demonstrations, and help with meals. When not helping out, volunteers are responsible only for their education.

If you are interested in volunteering for a course you have already taken, please contact us soon, as we can only accept two or three volunteers per class. Please only apply if you enjoy working hard to support others as they learn and experience.

For more information or to apply to volunteer, contact us using the form at the bottom of the page.

Summer Work Trade

Roots Summer Work Trade Program is for students who wish to push the skills and their understanding of what it takes to makes Roots happen in an intensive two or three and a half month position. During this time Work Traders will live on site at Roots, work alongside instructors and volunteers, participate in all courses, receive two mentoring days a month from instructors, earn credit to Roots, and build their connection to the natural world through study.

We will be accepting four individuals for the positions with applications due by April 1st. Dates: Program has flexible starts early May or June and runs till early August.


These are flexible given references and past experience, however, it is important for both Work Traders and staff that we have met and worked together before committing to an Summer Work Trade. Ideally applicants would have:

  • Any Two Roots Courses
  • Volunteer at least one Roots Course
  • Strong personal drive to learn
  • Desire to work hard and meet challenges

Work Traders Roles

Work Traders responsibilities will span many areas of Roots operations. In times between courses Work Traders will assist with maintaining and improving the facilities and the land. Before, during, and after courses Work Traders help instructors prepare course materials and exercises, help students during workshop time and help orchestrate the various jobs needed to run our courses. Work Traders will be expected to meet these roles to the best of their ability and be flexible and ready to learn new skills pertaining to their roles.

In return for your hard work and time…

It is our goal to compensate Work Traders fairly for the sacrifice of their time and work. Throughout their stay at Roots Work Traders will have access to our facilities and resources, to be complimented by two days per month of instructor to Work Traders mentoring throughout the program. Work Traders will find that the more they put into the skills during off times the more they will learn from instructors. During off time Work Traders are welcome to stay at Roots and to further and test their skills.

 Work Traders also receive:

  • $400 credit per month worked to any Roots Courses
  • Once you have worked a course as an Work Traders you may return as a student to that course for 50% off.
  • 1 day per two weeks of private education with instructors and Work Traders teams
  • Exact Days off and mentoring days TBA

Living At Roots

The school is an amazing place to live, and walking the trails, drinking from the springs, and experiencing the wildlife here is a privilege we work hard to respect. While living on the land Work Traders will provide their own shelter, either by tent, tarp, or building a shelter in their off time. Work Traders will have access to the outdoor kitchen, basic food storage, and basic staples such as rice, beans, and oatmeal, as well as occasional garden help to be translated into fresh vegetables and a membership to a local organic CSA for the Work Traders team. In addition to this Work Traders will receive a $100 monthly food stipend. 

How To Apply…

In order to apply for the Summer Work Trade program please download the application form and send it back to us or contact us and we will send you an application to fill out and return. After we receive your application we will contact you for an interview. Remember, there are only four positions available for the summer, and applications are due by April 31st.

 For more information or to apply to the Roots Summer Work Trade, contact us using the form at the bottom of the page. Or give us a call!