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Green Zone Environmental Program GZEP

Green Pathways - SummerApplications for GZEP 2017 are now open!

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 & Beautification Project Manager, Payroll & Project Assistant, Assistant Field & Ward Manager, Senior Field Manager, or Program Assistant for DOEE’s Green Zone Environmental Program (GZEP).GZEP hard hat

Every summer, GZEP partners with the Marion Barry Summer Youth Employment Program to provide over 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.  Being a GZEP staff member is a great opportunity to work with District youth and gain valuable leadership experience.

Learn more about GZEP positions below, and be sure to check back in early 2018 to apply for the next round.



Team Leader (35 Openings)

Lead and supervise a team of up to 12 youth/young adults ages 14-24. Lead team in completing projects as directed by Site Manager.

Site Manager (7 Openings)

Implement daily schedule and provide day-to-day supervision for team leaders and up to 50 youth ages 14-24.

Payroll & Project Assistant (1 Opening)

Tracks, enters, and files weekly payroll for GZEP participants and staff and provides office and administrative support for the GZEP program.

Warehouse Project Manager (1 Opening)

Coordinate with Ward and Site Managers and Central Office staff to deliver supplies and support day-to-day logistics. Maintain a log of warehoused items and oversee inventory of supplies and stocking. Work with community to identify opportunities for landscaping and home front beautification for the District's older adult residents (60 years and older).

Ward Manager (3 Openings)

Oversee Site Managers, Team Leaders, and the day-to-day operations of multiple sites, and work with central office to implement GZEP. Work closely with the Office of Community Relations to maintain GZEP social media presence, take photos and video, and support all other GZEP-related media.

Assistant Field & Ward Manager (1 Opening)

Assists in planning and managing the daily field operations of the GZEP program. Also oversees the Senior Beatification project assignments for all GZEP worksites.

Highlights from 2016:


  • Awarded the 2016 SYEP Visionary Program Award from DOES.
  • 15 young adults were trained to install solar panels at McKinley Tech. The group participated in a press conference with Mayor Bowser in front of one of the homes they installed panels and three participants earned full time jobs with GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic. Watch a video and blog summarizing the experience.


  • GZEP participants installed 3 rain gardens at local churches, near Ballou, Kramer and LaSalle.
  • GZEP participants helped 70 seniors clean and landscape their homes and gardens.
  • Conducted 2 Illegal Dumping Site Clean-ups
  • Our HD Woodson site worked with UDC planting and maintaining the East Capitol Urban Farm.
  • They cleared about 13,000 square feet of bush honey suckle on Kingman Island in order to create new trail and make new picnic areas to aid with education programming resources, and improve the experience for park visitors. 
  • The Leaflet: GZEP Exposes Kids to Nature


  • The youth and young adults participated in 40 field trips to tour the Anacostia River, DC Water, Alice Ferguson Foundation and the Aquatic Resources Education center
  • 12 SYEP participants were trained on OSHA 10 and CPR.
  • Three GZEP worksites were introduced to Electric Vehicle Training

GZEP Solar Initiatives
For More Information
(202) 535-2600 or (202) 481-3843 |  [email protected]
GZEP Facebook Page     - GZEP on YouTube