Green Team

The Gowanus Green Team are paid high school apprentices engaged in environmental stewardship, nursery maintenance, green infrastructure, and urban conservation work each summer. This program aims to educate local youth, expand job opportunities, and cultivate awareness and urgency regarding the importance of environmental work in Gowanus and New York City. Green Team is an integral part of Gowanus Canal Conservancy’s growing maintenance team, providing stewardship for green spaces in Gowanus and the Lowlands Nursery.

Apprentices participate in classroom lessons, field work and training, and trips to parks and restoration areas in Gowanus and around NYC. Apprentices explore a range of environmental themes including Gowanus Canal history and ecology, stormwater management, urban forestry, environmental justice, waste management, urban design, and horticulture. Participants develop physical skills, including gardening, infrastructure maintenance, and plant identification; teamwork and communication skills; and knowledge about urban environmental issues facing our city.


We are not currently accepting applications to Green Team. Stay tuned for future opportunities!

Green Team is possible thanks to generous funding from:
NYC Council Member Shahana Hanif
NYC Department of Youth and Community Development
National Grid
NYC Green Fund administered by City Parks Foundation
The Pinkerton Foundation

Additional support is provided by:
M&T Bank Charitable Foundation
The City Gardens Club of New York City

572/574 Warren Street Tenants Association
Brooklyn College Urban Sustainability Program
Catholic Charities Brooklyn & Queens
Center for Family Life in Sunset Park
Gowanus Dredgers
Gowanus Houses Gardeners
Henry Street Settlement
Hudson River Park Trust
NYC Department of Environmental Protection
NYC Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP)
Prospect Park Alliance Woodlands Youth Crew
Red Hook Farms
The Gowanus Mutual Aid NYCHA CSA
The Opportunity Network
Trees New York
Wyckoff Gardens Resident Association