Groundwork USA is hiring!

October 24th, 2014

We are pleased to announce that Groundwork USA is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Manager of Land and Water Programs.

Please review the job description here:

Manager, Land and Water Programs

Applications are due no later than November 24, 2014.

GW Lawrence: Environmental Technical Training Program (ETTP) Success Stories

October 9th, 2014

Groundwork Lawrence, in partnership with the Merrimack Valley Workforce Investment Board, organized a workforce training, Environmental Technical Training Program, as an intensive 5-Week, 40 hour per week course that balances classroom lecture and discussion with active hands on indoor and outdoor field exercise. Within the last year, this program graduated 47 adults.

The program included 9 highly sought after certifications and trainings including:

• OSHA 40-HOUR HAZWOPER (Safe hazardous materials handling training)
• OSHA-10 HOUR (Construction safety training)

For the entry-level participant of the program, these trainings served as the start of a new career in a growing field. For the seasoned worker these trainings also provided critical certifications to enhance a resume and lead to new opportunities and advancement.

Contact Groundwork Lawrence to learn more about the program!

GW Milwaukee Seeks New Executive Director

September 19th, 2014

Please click here for a full job posting, along with application form and related information.

Groundwork Milwaukee is an independent nonprofit organization located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Its mission is to bring about the sustained regeneration, improvement and management of the physical environment. It does this by developing community-based partnerships that empower people, businesses and organizations to promote environmental, economic and social well-being.

GW Anacostia’s Anti-Littering Campaign for the Anacostia River

September 18th, 2014

Check out this cool video that GW Anacostia is featured in – an effective campaign against littering and its effect on the Anacostia River! Click here to learn more about Groundwork Anacostia DC.

Groundwork Youth Inspire at Shenandoah National Park

September 15th, 2014

Here is a great video put together by the Groundwork youth who worked in Shenandoah National Park this summer, talking about their experiences and what it meant to them. Thanks to Shenandoah National Park, Groundwork Anacostia River DC, Groundwork Richmond, VA, and Groundwork Hudson Valley, NY, for this great collaboration that made this summer youth service camp possible. We hope to continue it next summer!

GW New Orleans: Restoring a Watershed One Community at a Time

September 10th, 2014

Groundwork New Orleans’ Executive Director, Alicia Neal, blogs here for EPA about how residents of the lower Ninth Ward are trying to bring back communal and green spaces to their neighborhoods through projects aimed at managing the City’s many flooding and stormwater issues.

Groundwork Youth Get Hands on Experience Working at Yellowstone NP

August 28th, 2014

Check out this video from Yellowstone this summer!

Groundwork News from Yellowstone 2014

August 25th, 2014 Groundwork News from Yellowstone 2014

In its third year now, this program brought 53 Groundwork youth from across the country together to work at Yellowstone National Park over the course of two weeks in August 2014, as part of a partnership between Groundwork USA and the National Park Service (NPS). Groundwork youth from urban centers across the country are working alongside Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) staff on a variety of maintenance projects for the park. The purpose of this unique collaboration is to give the youth the opportunity to work with conservation professionals outside their hometowns and to see their important work back home as part of a broader environmental movement. Groundwork USA was thrilled that the YCC within Yellowstone National Park was able to arrange for two sessions of the program to take place – thanks to Deputy Chief of Resource Education & Youth Programs, Judy Knuth Folts, Youth Program Manager Bob Fuhrmann, and YCC co-directors Mike Coonan and Laura Del Ross. This program was also financially supported by the Washington DC Youth Program Office of NPS and the National Park Foundation.

Here’s a glimpse of their first day this summer: The youth flew into Bozeman, Montana and were greeted by YCC staff who transported the youth to the YCC camp near Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone. The youth checked into their dorms, received hard hats and PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) and their uniforms. The evening included fun and games and ice breakers to help start things off. The youth were then divided into three teams and the next morning headed off to their various work sites which included axing bumber logs to keep drivers on the road, painting picnic tables throughout norther Yellowstone, and working on the Mandrake trail. That evening they learned all about bears within Yellowstone and how to protect themselves in an encounter. This included practice with bear spray on willing “bears.”

And here we have some fun and inspiring conversations with Jairo from Lawrence, MA, Adrian from Las Cruces, NM, and Ashante from Denver, CO, all loving their time at Yellowstone.

Adrian Avila YS 2014

Ashante Kwon Harris YS 2014

Jairo Hernandez YS 2014

More news to come!

GWUSA’s Brownfields Webinars now on-line!

August 20th, 2014

Groundwork USA’s in-depth webinars on strategies for reclaiming brownfields at varying stages of that process can be found here.

GW Denver Youth Work with the U.S. Forest Service

August 15th, 2014

Read about the Groundwork Denver Green Team youth and the employment and mentoring experiences they have had with the U.S. Forest Service here.