Greencorps Chicago is the City of Chicago’s green job training program for individuals with barriers to employment.
Greencorps Chicago promotes environmental stewardship and improves the quality of life in Chicago by establishing, maintaining and restoring natural and public spaces that are safe, healthy, and sustainable through hands-on involvement with program participants.
The outcome is healthier, safer, and more engaged communities and individuals who are prepared for employment through practical field experience and technical training in a variety of environmentally related jobs.
Greencorps Chicago is a public/private partnership between the Chicago Department of Transportation and WRD Environmental.
The program is rooted in education and reinforced with experience on real-world projects. The classroom training is intensive in the early stages of the program as trainees gain the knowledge and skills required to work on projects. The knowledge learned in training is then applied and continually reinforced on projects throughout the Chicagoland region.
Greencorps participants are trained to install and maintain:
– Landscaping and Construction
– Tree Care
– Ecological Restoration
– Green Infrastructure
Trainees earn certifications in:
– OSHA 10 hr General Safety Standards
– IL Pesticide License
– Chicago Wilderness/Midwest Prescription Burn
– First Aid and CPR
– Defensive Driving
– 40 hr HAZWOPER
|Dismantling a Beaver Dam at Hegewisch Marsh||Treating Woody Resprouts at Willow Sanders|
|Balled and burlapped tree planting at the Chicago Botanic Garden||Landscaped resting area at the Englewood Trail|