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Green Zone Environmental Program GZEP

GZEPThe 2015 Green Zone Environmental Program ends on Friday, August 7th.  We want to thank all of our partners, staff and participants for a great summer.  We look forward to seeing everyone in 2016!  Please visit our Facebook page for more pictures from this year’s program.

The Green Zone Environmental Program (GZEP) is one of the largest green jobs training programs for youth in the nation. The program, which operates under the auspices of the District Department of the Environment (DDOE), introduces District youth, age 14 to 24, to the green industry, exposing them to numerous exciting careers through workshops and hands on training in the environment. Additionally, program participants will develop basic skills necessary to succeed in the workplace. GZEP youth workers work on projects that have immeasurable sustainability impact in the District.

About GZEP 2015

GZEP 2015 will  begin in July and ends mid-August. Only youth workers that are registered in the District's Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) will be allowed to participate in this six-week environmental learning program. Work assignments within the city will include, but will not be limited to, beautification projects, graffiti removal, and invasive plant removal. Classroom and field-based training on environmental issues will also be provided. DDOE will collaborate with other District agencies, non-profit community groups, and private partners to ensure that participants in GZEP are offered meaningful and fun-filled summer work experience.

- Green Zone Facebook Page
- Green Zone Team On YouTube

Supervisors Wanted
Update: GZEP is no longer accepting applications

Looking for a rewarding opportunity? GZEP seeks qualified applicants interested in the environment and conservation fields. Successful applicants will gain invaluable work experience leading the next generation of conservationist and land stewards in a host of environmental and sustainability assignments that will result in rebuilding neighborhoods and creating greener communities in the District. Here is a glimpse of some of our youth workers' accomplishments in 2015:

  • Avert more than 10,895 pounds of litter from reaching the Anacostia River
  • Renovated the DuPont Park garden
  • Installed storm drain markers throughout the District
  • Completed 1,586 Community Clean-up Projects

We are currently recruiting for the following positions: Administrative Assistant, Team Leaders, Site Managers, Ward Managers, Payroll Specialists, and a Procurement Warehouse Specialist. For more information, please read the job descriptions and pay levels.

If you are interesting in becoming a part of our team, please complete and submit the application form. The Department of the Environment (DDOE) thanks you for your interest.

Senior Projects and Beautification

The 2015 GZEP program is coming to an end and we are no longer accepting applications for the Senior Beautification Program.

If you are a senior living within 10 blocks of our seven sites this summer you can request that our young adults mow, trim trees and shrubs and complete other landscaping and cleaning outside of your home.  We provide these services every Friday on a first come first serve basis.  If you would like to request service, please email the Green Zone Environmental Program at greenzone.seniorproject@dc.gov and Kevin will return your email in 3 business days.

We have seven locations this summer.  You must live within 10 blocks of the locations below to receive service from the Green Zone Environmental Program.

  1. Hughes Memorial United Methodist Church
  2. Sousa Middle School
  3. Ketcham Elementary School
  4. Hart Middle School
  5. Phelps Architecture, Construction and Engineering High School
  6. Dunbar High School
  7. Roosevelt High School

For More Information

District Department of the Environment
Office of Human Resources
Green Zone Environmental Program (
1200 First Street NE, 5th Floor
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 535-2600 or (202) 481-3843 |  green.zone@dc.gov