The Green Jobs program is a 6-week employment program for City-residents that provides participants with hands-on outdoor environmental work, career exploration, exposure to environmental issues, and a mentoring component. Participants who are 14-18 years old will work 25 hours per week and earn minimum wage.
The program is focused on bringing urban youth outside and exposing them to environmental issues and careers. Host organizations work hard to ensure the interns exit the six-week program with a greater understanding of the local environment, how to improve it, and their individual impacts on it (both positive and negative). The program is coordinated by the University of Delaware Water Resources Agency and led by the City of Wilmington’s Department of Parks and Recreation. The partner host organizations are critical to the program’s success and include:
- City of Wilmington, Public Works Department
- Delaware Center for Horticulture
- Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
- Delaware Nature Society
- Delaware State University
- Filasky Farm
- Mid-Atlantic Youth Anglers & Outdoor Program
- Partnership for the Delaware Estuary
- Springmill Community
- The Nature Conservancy, Delaware Chapter
- University of Delaware’s Water Resources Center
Recruiting for the Green Jobs Program typically begins in February. Applications are available at the City of Wilmington Department of Parks and Recreation.