Job Training

Adult Workforce Development Training

In some Detroit neighborhoods, the unemployment rate is well above the national average. We are trying to change that by providing unemployed Detroiters with valuable job training and certification in the green industry. To date, more than 80 percent of our graduates found employment after completing our training program.

The Greening’s workforce training initiative is a registered apprenticeship program through the U.S. Department of Labor. Each training session is eight weeks, 32 hours per week. Participants are trained in landscape technician and safety skills, and most become certified in CPR and first aid. Upon completion of the program, graduates have the opportunity to take The Greening of Detroit’s landscape exam and earn the landscape industry certification through the state of Michigan.

In order to apply, you must be a resident of Detroit, Hamtramck or Highland Park. Please contact Naomi at, or call 313-285-2251 to get more information.

Green Corps Youth Employment Program

The Greening of Detroit has planted more than 85,000 trees since we started putting shovels in the ground back in 1989. As the scope of our work increased, we needed help caring for the newly planted trees. In 1998, we created The Green Corps program, which allows us to hire high school students from Detroit each summer to help us water trees and maintain city parks and greenways.

The Green Corps program has collectively employed more than 1,600 Detroit youth since its inception. By maintaining thousands of trees in 250 planting sites across the city, Corps members are investing energy and time in their communities. In 2014, our Green Corps watered more than 12,000 city trees; maintained and helped clean up green spaces like parks and greenways; and planted, weeded, and harvested crops at the Greening's farm gardens. Each tree site was visited an average of 25 times over the course of the summer.

Green Corps members also participate in experiential learning throughout the summer to enhance their knowledge and broaden their worlds. These include workshops in resume writing, financial literacy and conflict resolution, along with a green career and college fair and field trips to state parks to enjoy the great outdoors.

The Greening has completed its 2015 seasonal hiring of 170 youth from Detroit Public Schools. If you are interested in becoming a Green Corps member in 2016, contact us in late January.  Thanks for your interest!


Urban Agriculture Adult Apprenticeship Program

If you’re interested in the program, please fill out our form and we’ll get in touch with you once more information becomes available.