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Greencorps Chicago

Green Industry Job Training

Greencorps’ commitment to green industry job training remains strong and we will continue to look for creative ways to provide this vital training while supporting safe, healthy and sustainable communities.  Intake for 2013 is in process and the crews will begin field training in April.  Intake should begin again in January 2014.  Please check back for updates.



Greencorps Chicago is the City of Chicago’s green industry job training program for individuals with barriers to employment.  Greencorps’ mission is to promote environmental stewardship and improve 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 trainees.  Greencorps succeeds through an array of public and private partnerships along with strong support from the city, county and community partners.  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. 

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 working with the Chicago Park District, The Forest Preserve District of Cook County and other public and community partners.

Greencorps trainees are offered a number of professional certifications including: Defensive Driving Course, Flagger Training, Fork Lift Operator, First Aid/CPR, HAZWOPER, LRRP (40 CFR 745), OSHA 10-Hour Safety General Industry, Chicago Wilderness Prescription Burn Class and Illinois Pesticide Certification. 

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. 

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Community Garden Assistance Update

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the community gardeners who have worked tirelessly making their communities greener, healthier and safer.  Over the past 19 years, Greencorps Chicago staff and trainees have worked side-by-side with you, supporting your efforts while admiring your dedication, resilience, humor and cooking.  Due to reduced funding levels, Greencorps’ will not be able to provide garden assistance. A transition plan for this vital work is being carried out by a number of organizations with a community gardener led initiative, “Connecting Chicago’s Community Gardeners.”   Please check out their Facebook page as a way of staying connected. 


Greencorps fighting brush fire

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