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Applications Being Accepted for DC Green Corps

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Applications Being Accepted for DC Green Corps

Career Development Opportunity for Under-Employed Residents

Washington, DC - The District Department of Transportation’s Urban Forestry Administration (UFA) and Washington Parks & People (WPP) are pleased to announce openings in the upcoming 7th iteration of the DC Green Corps program.

This workforce development program provides introductory job readiness training for District residents interested in a career improving communities through urban greening initiatives. With a focus on urban forestry, the program includes tree planting and care; using natural systems to reduce stormwater runoff and basic job skill readiness. All Corps members receive a stipend for their participation in the 4-week, 160-hour program and—upon graduation—a certificate signed by the District of Columbia’s State Forester as well as Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

All applicants must be at least 18 years of age, have earned a high school diploma or GED and pass basic reading, drug and physical fitness screening tests. Priority will be given to unemployed or under-employed applicants who are enthusiastic about improving DC’s environment while demonstrating the greatest need and potential to benefit from participation.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday, February 19, 2014. Applications are available online or through Washington Parks & People’s Program Manager, RonDell Pooler, at and 202-462-7275 x25.

To date, 139 DC women and men have graduated from Washington Parks & People’s District of Columbia Green Corps. This program is made possible in large part through grants from the USDA Forest Service Chesapeake Bay Forest Stewardship Program. Additional support has been provided by Sustainable DC and the DC Department of the Environment, the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, the Eugene and Agnes Meyer Foundation, the Bancroft Foundation and other supporters of Washington Parks & People.

Washington Parks & People began 25 years ago, receiving the National Park Service’s highest organizational award for leading the transformation of Meridian Hill Park from one of the most violent parks in the capital region into one of the safest. Today, WPP leads greening initiatives across the city that focus on large-scale land reclamation, native reforestation, watershed restoration, public health and fitness, urban agriculture and green job training.

The mission of the Urban Forestry Administration is to establish a full population of street trees within the District and to ensure those trees are maintained in a healthy and safe condition. UFA staff includes the DC State Forester and certified arborists who are responsible for issuing permits, enforcing regulations and caring for approximately 144,000 street tree locations.

Washington Parks & People, DDOT, and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibit discrimination in all programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD). To file a complaint of discrimination, write to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20250-9410, or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TDD). Washington Parks & People, DDOT, and USDA are all equal opportunity providers and employers.

In accordance with the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977, as amended, D.C. Official Code sec. 2-1401.01 et seq. (Act), the District of Columbia does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived: race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, familial status, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, disability, source of income, status as a victim of an intra-family offense, or place of residence or business.  Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination which is prohibited by the Act.  In addition, harassment based on any of the above protected categories is prohibited by the Act. Discrimination in a violation of the Act will not be tolerated.  Violators will be subject to disciplinary action.

If you need special accommodations or language assistance services (translation or interpretation) please contact: RonDell Pooler at 202-462-7275 ext. 25 or 72-hours in advance of the training date. These services will be provided free of charge.