PowerCorpsBOS is a green jobs program that provides young people ages 18-30 with training, career readiness support, and connections to employers in the green industry. An “earn and learn” program, PowerCorpsBOS pays members to participate in hands-on training that prepares them for living wage careers.

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Eligibility

To be eligible to join PowerCorpsBOS, you should:

  • Be 18-30 years old
  • Be a Boston resident
  • Have your high school diploma or its equivalent (GED/HiSET)
  • Be unemployed or underemployed and not in college or on a career track
  • Have an interest in outdoor, hands-on training

Priority populations include returning citizens, court-involved residents, youth who have experienced homelessness or housing instability, young people who have been in foster care, and other marginalized communities.

*PowerCorpsBOS is no longer accepting applications for its Summer 2022 cohort.* Click on the button below if you would like to receive an alert when the next application period opens.

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How It Works

Over the course of its 6-month training program, PowerCorpsBOS teaches Corps members a variety of transferrable soft skills and technical forestry skills that can be used in the green industry and beyond. For their commitment, Corps members are paid $15.75/hour at 35 hours per week (Monday-Friday, 8:30-3:30) and also receive a monthly T pass. Training components include:

  • Native and invasive plant identification
  • Environmental conservation
  • Parks maintenance
  • General labor operations
  • OSHA safety certification
  • Career readiness
  • Resume writing & interviewing

In addition to this training, members also receive support services and job placement assistance.

Our Team

Davo Jefferson, Executive Director headshot

Davo Jefferson
Executive Director
davo.jefferson@boston.gov

Taylor Powers, Workforce Development Director headshot

Taylor Powers
Workforce Development Director
taylor.g.powers@boston.gov

Joey Pellegrino, Program Director headshot

Joey Pellegrino
Program Director
joseph.pellegrino@boston.gov

Peggy Hinds-Watson
Director of Data & Operations
peggy.hinds-watson@boston.gov

Joe Rowell, Workforce Development Manager headshot

Joe Rowell
Workforce Development Manager
joe.rowell@boston.gov

Linda Arian, Director of Support Services headshot

Linda Arian MSW, MSCJS
Director of Support Services
linda.arian@boston.gov

Jeremy E. Thompson, Manager of Support Services for PowerCorpsBOS

Jeremy E. Thompson
Manager of Support Services
jeremy.e.thompson@boston.gov

Our Partners

Special thanks to the community partners who make our training program possible:
Boston Housing Authority
City of Boston Parks and Recreation
City of Boston Urban Wilds Program
Mass Audubon
Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR)
US Forest Service

About the Program

PowerCorpsBOS is a partnership of the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development and the Cabinet of Environment, Energy, and Open Space. Modeled after the Philadelphia PowerCorpsPHL program, PowerCorpsBOS aims to both: 1) promote workforce development for opportunity youth in growing industries, and 2) support environmental stewardship and City of Boston climate policies.

“The scale of change needed to shift to a green economy and resilient society requires building up an entire green workforce. Boston must work to ensure that these jobs are local and have good wages and benefits, worker protections, and accessible workforce development pathways for residents of all backgrounds.”

Boston’s Green New Deal

Core Values:

  • Cross-sector collaboration
  • Opportunity youth engagement 
  • Service as strategy
  • Career pathway coordination 
  • Career-connection education

Contact Us

Please send your questions or comments to PowerCorpsBOS@boston.gov

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