Gateway to Green Jobs

We will provide up to 15 participants with a paid 30-hour (5 days, 6 hours/day) training program that will expose them to the various opportunities in the environmental industry.  Through this training, participants will receive a 1) Chesapeake Bay Landscaping Professional - Associate certificate; 2) exposure to an active job site; 3) presentations from and interactions with employers and people in the environmental industry; 4) guidance in hands-on work; and 5) opportunities to submit applications to employers.

When: The  training will take place from 11/30-12/4/2020 from 9AM to 3PM

Where: Participants will begin and end each day at the Nonprofit Collaborative: 9770 Patuxent Woods Dr, Columbia, MD 21046

Stipend: Each participant will receive a stipend of $150 for the 30-hour commitment and a travel stipend of $50 to support transportation accommodations to and from their location to the Nonprofit Collaborative.  Snacks will be provided.



  • Attendance for the full 30-hour training.

  • Current unemployment attributed to, or lack of re-employment, due to the coronavirus

  • Desire to explore Green Jobs

  • Commitment to submit at least one job application, or equivalent follow up, at the end of the training

  • Agreement to participate in post-training surveys regarding employment status

  • Documentation of normal temperature the day prior, or morning of, the start of the training

  • Masks, frequent hand washing and social distancing  throughout the duration of the training

  • Eligibility to work in the United States

The application period has ended.  We will be interviewing and selecting participants for the training by Friday, November 20.



Partners and Employers

Partners and employers for the pilot Gateway to Green Jobs program include:



Maryland’s historical low unemployment rate was in March, 2020 at 3.3% and Maryland’s historical high unemployment rate was one month later in April, 2020 at 10.1%.  Unemployment rates have soared as a result of the coronavirus as businesses and industries struggle to survive in the "new normal."  Jobs that are outside and lend themselves to social distancing can provide a viable transition opportunity for entry level workers with re-training of the workforce for these prospects.  Our pilot project proposes to close the disparity gap created by the pandemic by piloting a Green Jobs Gateway to support workers displaced from their jobs due to COVID.  



Howard EcoWorks

9770 Patuxent Woods Drive, Suite 309

Columbia, MD 21046 


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