Green Workforce Development

As the MWMO works with its partners to install green infrastructure across the landscape in our watershed, the demand for a skilled workforce to operate and maintain these structures is increasing. At this moment, there is a real shortage of workers who are trained and experienced in these fields. The MWMO works closely with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board to facilitate two workforce development programs aimed at training local youth to take on these challenges and become part of the green workforce of the future.

Mississippi River Green Team is an up to two-year summer employment program for Minneapolis youth between 14-16 years old. This introductory program provides a mentored job experience in which youth learn about environmental careers and acquire new skills. Learn More >

Green Infrastructure Inspection Team (GrIIT) builds on the skills developed by youth on the Mississippi River Green Team. This summer employment program is geared for 16-18 year-olds who have completed two years of the Mississippi River Green Team or a similar program. Team members further their skills around ecological restoration and green infrastructure maintenance. Youth who complete this program are ready to join the green workforce with a solid foundation and significant experience in operations and maintenance of green infrastructure.