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Logging Apprenticeship Opportunity at Third Branch Horse Logging in Vermont


August 2, 2020

Third Branch Horse Logging LLP, owned by long-time LIF instructor Brad Johnson and his business partner Derek O'Toole, has an opening in its Horse Logger Apprenticeship Program (HLAP). Located in central Vermont and based around a traditional tradesman's apprenticeship model, candidates should expect a rigorous full year of hands-on working and learning starting in January 2021 and running through the end of the fall timber harvesting season (typically mid-December). While no experience is necessary, candidates need to demonstrate a real interest in learning the skills necessary to practice positive impact forestry, including horsemanship; ecology and economics of timber harvesting; chainsaw use and maintenance; directional tree felling; operating small-scale logging machinery; building and maintaining trails; processing firewood; seasonal working considerations; and more. A relentless working attitude is a must along with the physical and mental ability to do strenuous work during long hours outside. Housing is provided. Johnson and O'Toole require an in-person interview with time spent working with them. For more information, contact Johnson at 802-345-7488 or [email protected].

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