Job Training

Detroit Conservation Corps -- An Adult Workforce Development Training

In some Detroit neighadult workforce.jpgborhoods, 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.

Detroit’s real transformation will happen when its residents can find work that pays a living wage. The city still has a relatively high unemployment rate.  But with more than 25 square miles of vacant land, opportunity knocks.  More than 350 Detroiters have graduated from The Greening’s adult workforce training cohort since its inception five years ago.  In 2015, the program became certified as a federal apprenticeship program through the U.S. Department of Labor.



As the city transforms its vacant land, The Greening is expanding its workforce training program to meet the growing demand for green services. A new partnership with Focus:HOPE and Neighborhood Services Organization, called The Detroit Conservation Corps (DCC), plans to eventually train more than 5,000 Detroiters in the skilled trades of landscape technicians, tree artisans, floral decor, urban agriculture, landscape construction, and urban forestry.


Green Corps Youth Employment Program

IMG_3904.jpegThe Greening of Detroit has planted more than 89,000 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.

By maintaining thousand of trees in 250 planting sites across the city, Corps members are investing energy and time in their communities, in 2015 our Green Corps watered more than 11,000 city trees, maintained and help 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 25 times over the course of the summer.

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The Greening of Detroit doubled its Green Corps youth employment program in 2015, hiring more than 160 Detroit high school students to water and care for trees, work in gardens, mentor children in environmental stewardship, and learn valuable life lessons.

Corps members traveled to national forests, wildlife refuges, and the only minority-owned fruit farm in western Michigan. They learned about the ecosystem, climate change, and practical skills including fi nancial literacy, managing conflicts, work readiness, and successful teamwork. Ten of last year’s 14 graduating seniors went on to college with partial or full scholarships; several are studying environmental or agricultural disciplines.

 This season's Green Corp application process is now closed. Good Luck to all who applied! 

Urban Agriculture Adult Apprenticeship Program

Parks and Greenways Program

The Greening maintains several Detroit parks and green ways throughout the city.  We mow the grass, clean up the litter, trim trees and hedges, and make sure the green spaces are tidy and groomed.  Each year we work with the neighborhood to appoint a Community Ambassador who helps develop programming for the parks for residents to enjoy and participate in.

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Some of these events might be bird watching, tree identification, yoga, bike rides, movies and more! For more information on our Parks and Greenways Program click here or contact Lenzi at