Masonry Heaters, Wood-Fired Ovens, Natural Building

Assistant/Apprentice Position

Application Process Beginning April 25, 2017.  Interviews during the month of May.

Firespeaking is looking for an assistant to begin work at the beginning of June 2017.  Our work is creative and rewarding and involves an almost daily fusion of form and function.  It is very detail oriented and includes a wide-ranging skillset including masonry, metal work, carpentry, ceramics and design.

This assistant position is partly influenced and molded by the individual seeking the position.

We are looking for someone who can carry out the responsibilities of assistant on masonry heater and wood-fired oven builds in the field.  When not working on projects in the field, the assistant would be working in our shop, especially on metalwork for products that we have developed.  To the degree that the candidate is skilled and/or interested, there is also potential for gaining experience with the day-to-day tasks of running an innovative business such as website development, answering the phone, office organization, CAD design work using Sketchup and bookkeeping.

While none of these specific skills are necessarily required for the position and can be acquired through on-the-job training, some experience in the rigor and discipline of craft and construction is necessary.  The most important asset is a keen interest in the kind of work that we do and motivation to get good at it.

This position could be filled by someone already residing in Eugene looking for a long term employment relationship or someone interested in moving to Eugene for a 1-3 year apprenticeship experience which would prepare them for engaging in similar business in another location.  We have accommodations on-site (Long Table Farm) which can be an ideal live-in experience for the candidate.

Initial pay ranges between $10-$17/hr. depending on experience.  Previous bricklaying or metal working experience is an especially strong asset for a candidate. Our work load does vary between 20 and 40 hrs/week depending on whether we are on a project or not. For this reason, it is great if the candidate appreciates having some flexibility to also pursue his or her own interests or activities in parallel to working for Firespeaking.

If you are interested, please send a letter of introduction to info (at) .

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Firespeaking - 89242 Fir Butte Rd, Eugene, OR 97402 - info (at) - (541) 688-0948 - OR CCB# 200122