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Greencorps Job Recruitment

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Greencorps Chicago's Job Training Program is recruiting for 2007 crew members.

Chicago citizens over 18 years of age should contact (312) 744-8691 to sign up for the February 14th Open House to learn about this paid training program in landscaping, horticulture and other environmental services.

Greencorps Chicago offers workshops, plant materials, technical assistance and educational programs. Organizations working in a public space--including schools, faith institutions, libraries, public housing communities and block clubs--may participate in our activities .

The following programs are offered by Greencorps Chicago:

  • Plant Distribution Days: Four times a year, Greencorps Chicago distributes seeds, annuals and vegetables, perennials and bulbs free of charge to community organizations throughout the city. Any group gardening in a public space can benefit from this program.
  • Basic Assistance: Community groups in the preliminary stages of developing their garden site or those with minor installation or maintenance needs can apply for one day of assistance by our landscaping crew.
  • Comprehensive Assistance: Community groups developing a long-term, sustainable garden or landscape in need of major assistance with design and installation can apply to be part of this competitive program.
  • Green Schools Assistance: A special program for Chicago Public Schools to integrate community gardening with the school district's required service learning program.
  • Job training: Each spring, Greencorps Chicago hires approximately 25 people into its six-month landscaping training program.
  • Mayor Daley's Landscape Awards: Mayor Daley recognizes residents, schools, community organizations and businesses for their outstanding contributions to the city's environment with this annual awards program.
  • Volunteer Opportunities: Greencorps Chicago recruits and trains volunteers to assist with our community gardens and to serve as docents at the Chicago Center for Green Technology.

For more information, to get involved in any of these programs or to be placed on their mailing list, please call (312)744-8691 and let them know which program interests you. Send e-mail to

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