DFS office

Driftless Folk School Summer Campus Coordinator

Part Time- 10-15 hours a week @ $10/hr

Temporary: Hired ASAP- September 30, 2016

Contact: Ken and Michele Workowski – kmworkowski@yahoo.com or (608) 627-1952

Job Responsibilities – 

  • Maintain campus grounds including: keep pathways clear and accessible by maintaining mulch and coordinating mowing with landowner as necessary
  • Keep outhouses tidy ( toilet paper, hand washing stations)
  • Keep outdoor kitchen tidy
  • Develop and help with signage when needed

Other tasks as needed – 

  • Ensure that classes on the campus run smoothly
  • Meet and greet instructors and campers
  • Coordinate with lunch providers for full-day classes
  • Meet and greet students (tell them about the school, and welcome them to campus)
  • Provide coffee/tea and water during classes
  • Ensure that cabin remains tidy
  • Coordinate cabin use for teachers and visitors as required
  • Relay campus stewardship values to appropriate parties (Cabin use, Camping, Outdoor Kitchen use)
  • Coordinate volunteer days on the campus.
  • Help prepare for &/or host at any large campus events (June 25 – 3 classes in 1 day on campus) and  Thoreau College (w/o July 17)
  • Work with Site Committee to help with land projects during the summer months
  • Maintain communications with landowner and site committee
  • Attend monthly site committee meetings as schedule allows – last Thursday of the month

Skills Required –

  • Ability to travel to our campus in rural La Farge
  • Flexible schedule required
  • Ability to work with volunteers, and provide training when needed
  • Strong communication skills and an advocate for DFS
  • Ability to coordinate multiple projects
  • Access to a computer and proficiency in Microsoft office-for tracking volunteers and site projects

Personality Traits –

  • Self-motivated multi-tasker who can be flexible
  • Efficient and enjoys a fast paced environment
  • Good communicator and collaborator
  • Physically healthy and ability to lift up to 40 lbs

For more info contact: Michelle or Ken Workowski at kmworkowski@yahoo.com or (608) 627-1952

Posted 5.6.16





Spring & Summer 2016 Catalog Now Available!

Hot off the presses! We’re excited to share with you the Spring & Summer Driftless Folk School Catalog! Download a copy of the Catalog HERE! Watch for the paper version of the catalog in early April at locations around the Driftless region or if you are on our mailing list you should receive it in your mail! You can register for any of the courses now on our Course Calendar HERE.

Volunteer at RampFest!

If you’d like to volunteer at Rampfest, please sign up here. You can attend the festival for free in exchange for 4 hours of volunteering. A great opportunity to be involved in this event! 

Photo by Bjorn Bergman

The Driftless Experience

The Driftless region has a lot to offer. It truly is a gem. A mecca. When you come to the Driftless for a folk school class, why not take advantage of the whole Driftless experience. 


Celebrating 10 Years

On a cold day in January 2006, a group of 18 people met beside a masonry stove in the handsome self-built timber frame home of Dan Pepper and Ruth Kittleson in the small town of Liberty Pole, south of Viroqua. The topic of the meeting was to develop a way to teach and share skills and knowledge within the local community. Many of the people there had never heard the word or concept of “folk school” before, but there was a common recognition that there was a rich concentration of people in the local area with unique and essential knowledge to share with each other and the wider world. (more…)

Why knot?

Because lines are frequently too short, new lines must be added.
Because items must be secured in travel.
Because loads must be lifted into place during construction.Overhand
Because human lives must be rescued.
And because…. the list is endless.
But mostly because the world needs connections.
– Philipe Petit (World Trade Center tightrope walker and knot book author)



DFS office

Contact: Jamie Cermak – jamie@driftlessfolkschool.org 
December 2015

The primary responsibilities for the registrar of the Driftless Folk School include processing class and event registrations and communicating with both students and instructors prior to and after classes. Other responsibilities include keeping records and assisting with promotions.  This position is part time: average of 15 hours a week up to 25 hours during peak seasonal activity.  Schedule is flexible but must attend to communications 4 days a week including some weekends. Some time will be dedicated to working directly with one or more DFS colleagues, committees, or volunteers.