Boatbuilding Apprentice Program

Mission and History

Through the building and use of wooden boats, ASF helps young people turn their lives around and provides families, community groups and schools with meaningful educational, social and recreational experiences. Since 1993, ASF’s core focus has been a paid, work-based apprentice program serving DC, Maryland and Virginia. Here, disadvantaged youths,  ages 18–22, develop the discipline, self confidence, career and social skills necessary to find a meaningful place in the workforce.

Apprentice Program Description

Apprentices work Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Seaport Center, located on the waterfront in Old Town, Alexandria.  Apprentices work alongside adult mentors learning mathematical and carpentry skills while building wooden boats.  After completing a four-week trial period with stipend, apprentices are paid an hourly wage which is based upon attendance and performance.

Using ASF’s, hands-on approach to learning, apprentices improve their ability to use mathematics in the real world by following a curriculum which allows for a progressive building of carpentry skills.  By working their way up from small carpentry projects to boat repair and boat construction,  students gain confidence in their own abilities to provide value in the workplace.

There is one full-time employee directing the Apprentice Program, and a large volunteer base contributes over 10,000 program hours annually.  ASF’s on-site resource specialist supports apprentices facing potential barriers to success, such as court fines, legal and social service needs.

Apprentice Program Application Process

The application process consists of the following:

  • Completed Application
  • Preliminary Informational Interview
  • Drug Screen
  • Formal Interview with Program Staff

Application Process

Applications are accepted at any time.  Walk-ins are also welcome. 

To apply to the ASF Apprentice program, please contact Jimmy Gottfried at 732-275-4887.

A copy of the application is provided below.  You may complete the application in person during your informational interview, or you may print it out and submit it ahead of time.  You may also mail it to:  James Gottfried, P.O. Box 25036, Alexandria, VA  223133

Those who continue the application after the initial interview must provide a government issued ID and social security card.  You may obtain a free social security card replacement by clicking on this link:

If you graduated from high school, you must provide a copy of your diploma.

Apprentice Application 2015