Green Jobs Corps

Green Jobs Corps 2022-08-02T16:39:44-04:00

Green Jobs Corps connects young people with paid environmental jobs, career and leadership development opportunities, and the personal and academic supports they need to thrive.

Our Partners, Students’ Impact

Corps members work at Common Ground at a number of community environmental organizations. For more than 75% of participants, Green Jobs Corps offers a first experience of paid work. It also provides an opportunity to make a real difference for the local community and environment:

The Green Jobs Corps logo, designed by student Isabella Torres, class of '16

The Green Jobs Corps logo, designed

  • Working with the Urban Resources Initiative at Yale, Corps members take on urban aboriculture internships — planting hundreds of street trees and surveying thousands more with hand-held GPS devices — and help to create and steward urban oases and community greenspaces across New Haven.
  • Corps members working with CitySeed help to staff our city’s award-winning farmer’s markets and operate the new Mobile Market launched in partnership by Common Ground and CitySeed.
  • At Common Ground, Corps members help run our children’s environmental programs and summer camp, do the hard work of sustaining our urban farm, and run our recycling and composting programs.
  • Green Jobs Corps members help to create and steward school gardens and schoolyard habitats at schools across New Haven.
  • In partnership with Save the Sound, a team of Corps members has been surveying water quality on the West River.
  • Corps members have also joined in a week-long Environmental Careers Camp, led by the Regional Water Authority and other partners.
Green Jobs Corps students in action:
GJC-Arianna and Joana in compost pile GJC-Arianna and Freddy cutting wood GJC-Alex, Thomas, Jaquel, Victor and Brianna on Farm Crew GJC-Chris and Loc planting a tree GJC-Arianna, Idonia and Malik at GreenLeaf Biofuel plant GJC-Arianna at Mobile MarketGJC-Jon building a pig ramp GJC-Janerry at CitySeed GJC-Hilda washiing eggs

GJC-Rob, Andre and Javi at Regional Water Authority's Water Boot Camp GJC-Omar with Kids Unplugged GJC-Loc overlooking the farm

GJC-Taylor at Solar Youth GJC-Steph with chicken GJC-Loc and Lorenzo on Site Crew URI GreenSpace Crew in Nash St park

Thanks to Our Funders

funded1revCommon Ground’s Green Jobs Corps is made possible in part through support from Workforce Alliance, the workforce development board serving South Central CT, with funding from the U.S. Department of Labor.

Green Jobs Corps has also received support through the EPA’s Environmental Education, Healthy Communities, and Environmental Justice Grant Programs. The views expressed in this web site are solely those of the New Haven Ecology Project and EPA does not endorse any products or commercial services mentioned on this site.

Other Green Jobs Corps supporters include the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation, the Carolyn Foundation, the People’s United Community Foundation, and the New Haven Bird Club.