Lee Cain, AWS's Manager of Education Programs, lead DC Green Summer
Job Corps staff in a special watershed training workshop last summer.
For the third consecutive year, AWS is working with the District Department of the Environment (DDOE) for The Mayor's Green Summer Job Corps; a program that engages District youth, aged 14-21, by providing them with green-collar job experience. Last year we had a team of 45 youth and ten supervisors working at Fort Dupont Park, in SE DC. Between June and August the team removed more than 1 acre of 13 highly invasive plant species. The program has been a great opportunity for many organizations that do on-the-ground environmental work in the District, as well as for the youth of the, increasingly greener, national capital, many of them from disadvantaged communities. Please see the message below from DDOE for additional information on applying to this program.
Want to have a rewarding experience this summer working to green our nation’s capital while engaging and mentoring youth from around the District? Then the Mayor’s Green Summer Job Corps is the place for you! In 2009, our supervisors led the nation’s largest green collar jobs training program through a successful nine week program. Through hard work, dedication, positive energy and a lot of fun our staff and program youth transformed many areas of the District into greener, cleaner and safer areas for all residents and visitors to the District to enjoy. Below is a quick glimpse of some of the projects accomplished in 2009:
• Installed rain gardens throughout the District;
• Built and installed planters for native vegetation along the H Street Corridor;
• Maintained (mulched, pruned and watered) newly planted trees across the District;
• Removed many tons of garbage from District waterways;
• Labeled storm drains to prevent pollution in the Anacostia River;
• Educated District residents on energy efficiency through the distribution of CFL bulbs and weatherization kits – more than 500 resident homes served; and
• Tons of invasive plant species removed from wetland areas to promote the reintroduction of native wildlife.
AWS Conservation Biologist Jorge Bogantes Montero and DC Green Summer
Job Corps participants pulled invasive plants from Ft. Dupont Park last summer.
The Mayor's Green Summer Job Corps, a project of the District Department of the Environment, is currently hiring for three supervisory positions: Team Leaders, Site Managers and Program Managers. Green Summer supervisors work with District youth, ages 14-21, on substantive environmental projects, so that youth gain career and green-collar work skills. All positions are paid, full-time, and last the duration of summer 2010. An interest in environmental issues and/or youth advocacy is strongly encouraged.
The Green Summer program is an excellent way for those interested in the environment and conservation fields to gain valuable field level work and leadership experience while making a difference in young people’s lives. If you are interested in having a summer experience that will change your life – join us this summer and apply today. Please follow this link to read job descriptions and pay levels.
We are currently hiring for several positions – Team Leaders, Site Managers and Program Managers. Please click here to apply online today. For more information about the Green Summer program, please visit our Web site.
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