Ranch Apprenticeship Program

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Are you passionate about horses and farm animals? If you are prepared to work hard, get dirty, and spend your Sunday afternoons as part of an awesome team being mentored by a terrific instructor, join the Sienna Ranch Apprenticeship Program!

Ranch Apprentice Program

Ages 12-18

Class Size: 12

Class Duration:  12:30pm-4:00pm

Class Tuition: $250/8-week session

Summer Camp Program: Total of three (3) full weeks from June 1st-August 7th. Apprentices will be assigned to finish the annual program requirements during the Sienna Ranch Summer Camp. We do our best to accommodate preferences.

Credit Option for three weeks of summer worked, get 25% of school year enrollment credited back to family account
1 session enrollment = $62.5 credit
2 session enrollment = $125 credit
3 session enrollment = $187.5 credit
4 session enrollment = $250 credit

**Payment plans by request. A limited number of need based scholarships are available – contact office for more details**

Please enroll through our online registration system whether you are a returning apprentice or a new apprentice. You will need to register for all 4 sessions separately. The dates for the sessions will line up with our school year dates.

About the Apprenticeship Program:

Our apprenticeship program gives youth, ages 12 to 18 an opportunity to experience the satisfaction, education, and tangible work experience which comes from working at a small, family-owned ranch. Apprentices have the opportunity to take ownership of the health and happiness of our animals.  Each week, the Apprentice team will work under the supervision of our Animal Care Manager and Horse Care Manager to complete routine & special animal care tasks as well as spend a part of the class doing enrichment learning about the animals. Some of the tasks include:

  • Mucking stalls and cleaning pens
  • Cleaning tack and equipment
  • Routine animal maintenance
  • Grooming
  • Trimming & hoof care
  • Minor wound care
  • Animal exams
  • Pen and fence mending
  • And much more…

Who can Join?

  • Teens ages 12-18 are welcome to join the Animal Care Apprentice Program.
  • Minimum 3 weeks during Summer Camp
  • Loves hard work, getting dirty, and caring for and learning about animals
  • Takes direction well (follows the Apprentice Rules and Sienna Ranch Staff Communication Principles)
  • Team player
  • Capable of working independently

Why join the apprentice program?

Our apprentice program is workplace training/enrichment where individuals can gain valuable professional experience. All apprentices are expected to follow the Sienna Ranch Staff Communication Principles, and adhere to professional expectations including attendance, good work ethic, appropriate clothing and language. Our goal is to facilitate the building of a solid foundation in animal care, as well as preparing them to excel when faced with the many challenges of being a professional in any field.

Is the Apprenticeship Program right for you?

In caring for animals, there is no such thing as a lazy day! The apprenticeship program requires hard work, dedication, maturity, professionalism, and responsibility. Rain or Shine, at least an hour of your day will consist of mucking & pen cleaning.

    • Apprentices are expected to be on time and ready to learn.
    • Attendance will be taken
    • Apprentices must follow all Sienna Ranch rules.
    • Apprentices must follow the Sienna Ranch Communication Principles.
  • Animal Apprentices in good standing will be given priority in our paid Animal Care Internship (Age 16+).

Explanation of Program Fee:

Animal Care Apprentice Program fees are an important part of keeping this program a sustainable part of the Ranch. Your fees go a small part of the way to cover the administrative time spent planning, supervising and communicating around our apprentice program as well as materials like camp t-shirts, summer snacks, certificates, etc. Fees also allow us to offer our exciting new Paid Internship Program which gives our most experienced and dedicated apprentices a place to grow towards.

Our goal is a sustainable, high-quality program which remains financially accessible.

For any questions or concerns please contact our office on 925 283 6311, or email admin@siennaranch.net

Thanks so much for being a part of our Animal Care Apprenticeship program!

*New this Year* How to Enroll:

Please enroll through our online registration system whether you are a returning apprentice or a new apprentice. You will need to register for all 4 sessions separately.


Classes are eight weeks long.  Join us for one session, or register for the full year.

Before registering, please read and understand our refund and discount policies.

2019-20 Sunday School Year Dates

Session 1 Session 2 Session 3 Session 4
Sep 1-Oct 26 Oct 27-Jan 11 Jan 12-Mar 7 March 22-May 23
no class: 9/1 no class: 12/1, 12/22, 12/29 no class 3/8 no class: 3/15, 3/29