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.

Gowanus Green Team Apprentice (May-August 2020)

APPLY NOW to be a Gowanus Green Team apprentice! The 2020 Gowanus Green Team will run from May through August 2020. Interviews will be conducted in April. See full position description.

Deadline to apply: March 20th 2020


Gowanus Green Team Senior Apprentice (May-August 2020)

Gowanus Canal Conservancy is hiring a part-time Senior Apprentice to help the Stewardship Coordinator lead and facilitate our 3 month environmental stewardship program, Gowanus Green Team. Ideally, we are looking to hire a Green Team apprentice alumni, however we are open to the right candidate. Activities will include working in outdoor urban green spaces including our Lowlands native plant nursery, tree beds, rain gardens, partner urban farms, and more. You must be passionate about working and learning in urban green spaces. This position is an opportunity to hone your leadership, facilitation, organizational, interpersonal, community envisioning, time management, and horticulture skills. See full position description. To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to

Deadline to apply: January 10th 2020, EXTENDED TO JANUARY 31ST


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