Greencorps Chicago is a City of Chicago green industry job training program for individuals with barriers to employment, run in partnership with WRD Environmental. The program is a Service and Conservation Corps program and proud member of The Corps Network.
During the nine month program, Greencorps Chicago trainees receive practical experience, academic enhancement, professional development and training in a variety of environmentally-related jobs with skills that are easily transferable to other industries.
Participants receive classroom training in horticulture, urban agriculture, tree care, landscaping, carpentry, ecological restoration, IPM, and many other topics. Participants are provided diverse learning opportunities and hands-on training experiences in areas like landscaping, tree care, ecological restoration and brownfield remediation.
Training happens both in the classroom and in the field while working alongside the Chicago Park District, the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, and other public/community partners.
Greencorps trainees are offered a number of professional certifications including:
Defensive Driving Course,
OSHA 10-Hour Safety Standards,
Chicago Wilderness Prescription Burn Class,
and Illinois Pesticide Certification
Support for Success:
Throughout the program, trainees are supported with wrap-around social services and a stable income, leading to high retention rates that increase the graduates’ abilities to secure full time employment upon completion of the program. Outplacement specialists work to identify positive placement matches and continue with post placement follow-up addressing any workplace issues that may arise. This process provides more continuous employment and multiple placement opportunities.