Green Team

The Gowanus Green Team are paid high school apprentices engaged in environmental stewardship, nursery maintenance, green infrastructure, and urban conservation work each Spring and 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 the 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 currently accepting applications for our 2022 Green Team cohort. Please APPLY HERE. Gowanus residents, including NYCHA residents and youth of color, are highly encouraged to apply. The deadline for the application to be submitted is March 15th 2022. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, so applicants are encouraged to apply early.

  • Hourly Pay: $15.00
  • Program length: Spring + Summer 2022 (exact dates will be posted soon)
  • Application Deadline: March 15th, 2022

Please note that we take COVID safety protocols seriously and we require everyone on Green Team to be fully vaccinated. Proof of COVID vaccination is required before the start of the position

If you have any questions, please email Joanne at

Partners and Sponsors

Council Member Brad Lander
Council Member Steve Levin
Fifth Avenue Committee
Friends of Governors Island
Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club Boathouse
Green City Force
NYC Compost Project Hosted by Big Reuse
SIMS Municipal Recycling
Trees NY