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Green Zone Environmental Program GZEP

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Are you a high school senior, college student, recent graduate, or young adult interested in a short-term or summer job working with youth and the environment?

If so, you can apply to be a Team Leader, Site Manager, Ward Manager, Warehouse/Project Manager, Payroll & Project Assistant, Program Assistant, or Field Manager for DOEE’s Green Zone Environmental Program (GZEP).

GZEP hard hatEvery summer, the DOEE implements a comprehensive curriculum through a partnership with the Marion Barry Summer Youth Employment Program to provide up to 300 youth and young adults, ages 14 to 24, with an opportunity to learn about energy and environmental issues, complete community-based environmental work projects such as rain gardens and storm drain markers, and prepare for careers. The program is designed to educate GZEP participants about the sustainability, energy, water, wildlife, and natural resource issues impacting the District. GZEP participants receive their education, green career development, and job training from experts at DOEE, local non-profit organizations, and other partnering organizations and sister-agencies. Being a GZEP staff member is a great opportunity to work with District youth and gain valuable leadership experience.

Read about the positions below and use the links to apply now or learn more.

GZEP Program Structure

  • Education & Career Building: Through classroom and on-site instruction, GZEP participants are given the opportunity to learn from the District’s leading experts in the fields of energy and the environment. Participants learn about a range of subjects from climate change to renewable energy and are provided training on basic job skills, resume writing and other professional development components by local nonprofits.

  • Environmental & Community Work Projects: Three days per week, GZEP is out in the field working on a variety of environmental and community projects. Projects from past years include building and maintaining urban farms, removal of invasive plants, tree planting and maintenance, neighborhood beautification, construction of rain gardens, and landscaping services for senior citizens.

  • GZEP Partners: Each year, GZEP partners with local organizations to provide meaningful training, projects, and career preparation. Past partners have included the Anacostia Watershed Society, Mobilized Green, Casey Trees, the Earth Conservation Corps, Living Classrooms, the Latin American Youth Center, Rooted and Sustained, the University of the District of Columbia, SOAR, and the Student Conservation Association.

Green Ready Internship Program (GRIP)

The Green Ready Internship Program at DOEE is designed to provide individuals with exciting experiences in an array of energy and environmental fields, including natural resources and wildlife, water and air quality, lead, energy, sustainability, and legal services. Interns gain an understanding of the issues, work on important projects, and learn about career possibilities in the green economy.

The DOEE developed and implemented the DOEE Green Ready Internship Program (GRIP) as a part of the larger Green Zone Environmental Program (GZEP). DOEE administers the GRIP, to provide a structured, paid training and meaningful work experience in the energy and environmental fields through an internship at DOEE via its Workforce Development program. The GRIP begins immediately following the end of the Green Zone Environmental Program’s Marion Barry Summer Youth Employment Program and lasts for a period of up to eight weeks.

Eligible applicants must be currently employed by the DOEE’s Green Zone Environmental Program and in good standing based upon the evaluation of the GZEP Project Coordinator. The application process begins during the six-week GZEP program and is concluded during that time frame.

GZEP groupFor More Information please email [email protected],
or call (202) 535-6000 or (202) 481-3843, or visit our Facebook.