Rochester's Environmental Job (REJob) Training Program

Note: We are no longer accepting applications for the 2017 class

The City of Rochester Department of Environmental Services, in conjunction with Mayor Lovely Warren’s Stairway Out of Poverty Initiative, is proud to announce Rochester’s Environmental Job (REJob) Training Program

What is the REJob Training Program?

The Rochester Environmental Job Training Program is a federally funded program for underemployed and unemployed City residents. This 8-week program is a comprehensive, multi-partner effort designed to lead to sustainable, long-term employment. It is intended to improve the opportunities for City residents to share in the economic benefits derived from environmental cleanup projects. The 8-week training program will be offered in 2017 and 2018 for up to 30 students each year. 

Successful applicants to the REJob program will be provided life skills and remedial education training to foster self-sufficiency in addition to training certifications needed for jobs in the asbestos abatement, hazardous waste site cleanup and general construction fields. High achieving graduating students may also be offered additional training in related fields including lead and mold abatement. 

REJob is a non-paid training program. Tuition is free for students accepted into the REJob Training Program. The REJob program will provide training and active job placement assistance for up to 60 individuals over the next two years with an overall goal of being able to provide each participant the necessary skills to secure full-time employment in the environmental construction fields.

The content of the training has been designed based on substantial input from local environmental employers, the City’s Environmental Workforce Advisory Council, and other communities that have successful environmental job training programs. Successful applicants will have access to the multi-stakeholder partnerships that the REJob program has formed with neighborhood organizations, government agencies, social services providers and environmental employers.

Who can apply?

The 8-week training program is available to dislocated workers, severely underemployed individuals and unemployed individuals including low-income and minority residents, veterans and those with little or no advanced education. There is no application fee. The REJob Training Program is available to City residents that: 

  • Are 18 years of age or older
  • Possess a high school diploma, G.E.D. or TASC
  • Possess a valid NYS driver’s license
  • Have reliable transportation
  • Are able to successfully pass multiple drug screens
  • Are willing to commit to 8 weeks of daily training and instruction

Important Dates

Feb. 15     Application deadline
Feb. 16 - March 2 Committee reviews all applications
and selects program participants
March 3 Selected participants notified
TBD Orientation for participants
March 13 Training begins

Training will begin March 13, 2017, and runs for eight weeks, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

How is the US Environmental Protection Agency supporting the REJob Training Program?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded the City of Rochester a $200,000 Brownfield Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training grant to establish the REJob training program.

The USEPA is providing connections to national collaborations and peer networks involved in environmental job training and construction based employment.

The USEPA Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training program also helps identify careers and skills training information, job-matching tools and other resources to help support the growth, adoption, and creation of environmental employment placement across the United States.

The USEPA encourages collaborative partnerships to restore neighborhoods back to safe and healthy environments.