Groundwork Richmond pays young adults to train for green careers

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Groundwork Richmond pays young adults to train for green careers
Photo contributed by Groundwork Richmond.

By Kathy Chouteau

Groundwork Richmond is looking to dig up Richmond residents between the ages of 18-25 to apply for paid, on-the-job training with its Workforce Development Program.

Successful applicants for the 2nd cohort will work with previous Workforce Development participants on the urban forestry crew to learn “how they improve the health and wellbeing of community members” said Groundwork Richmond. The paid, on-the-job training will occur Mondays through Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. from Sept. 6th through December 2023.

Groundwork Richmond said that applicants “will have the chance to attain certifications in areas like First Aid CPR, OSHA, International Society of Arboriculture training and financial literacy.” An added benefit is to “gain exposure to various careers within the green industry.”

The nonprofit said it looks to address climate change through urban forestry and citizen science and is “actively engaged in various community-centric initiatives.” For instance, Groundwork Richmond’s Adopt-a-Tree program offers “free trees to residents to combat the inordinate levels of air pollution, heat island effects and noise pollution.”

Again, applicants must reside in Richmond and be between the ages of 18 to 25 to be considered. Qualified applicants can complete the application ASAP by clicking here.