Adult Job Training

Groundwork Rhode Island’s Adult Job Training introduces local residents to career pathways in the environmental sector – particularly in the areas of brownfield remediation, lead and asbestos abatement, stormwater management, and urban land restoration.  The training offers many certifications that make participants more competitive job applicants, and gives them hands-on experience in stormwater, garden, and tree planting projects that also improve the places where they live and work.  By giving people the resources and skills they need to make a difference in their own communities, Groundwork is building a new and lasting force for change in participants’ own neighborhoods. Groundwork Rhode Island’s education, employment, job training and stewardship programs all serve the common goal of creating and sustaining healthy, beautiful, and resilient communities for all.

AJT Flyer Fall 2019 (PDF)

Fall 2019 training dates:

September 18 – November 6, 2019


Download the application here: GWRI Adult Job Training App

You can also APPLY ONLINE at 


Groundwork Rhode Island’s Environmental Job Training Program was developed in partnership with representatives from the environmental industry, community grGWP_Job Trainingoups, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM), the Rhode Island Department of Health, the University of Rhode Island, the Providence Housing Authority, and many other partners. The program design process combined the expertise and lessons learned from Groundwork Rhode Island’s past Adult Job Training programs with best practices from our local partners and Job Training Providers across the country. The program is funded through the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grant Program.

Program Partners
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Providence Housing Authority, Pawtucket Central Falls Development Corporation, Amos House, Community Action Partnership of Providence, RI Housing, Children’s Friend, and many more!
Core Curriculum
  • OSHA HAZWOPER 40 hours with Confined Space Entry
  • OSHA Construction Safety 10 hours
  • First AID/CPR
  • EPA-Certified 8 Hour Lead Renovator Training
  • Asbestos Supervisor/Contractor 40 Hour
  • Indoor Air Quality and Vapor Intrusion
  • Wastewater/Sewage Treatment
  • Energy Efficiency and Weatherization
  • Green Infrastructure and Stormwater Management
  • Environmental Justice and Health Equity
  • Contextualized and hands-on curriculum

Our Trainees:

Groundwork Rhode Island recruits highly motivated trainees from urban core communities in Providence, Pawtucket, Central Falls, and Woonsocket, with a special emphasis on serving formerly-incarcerated individuals and residents of public housing.  All applicants are invited to complete an orientation with Groundwork Rhode Island before enrolling in the program.  All participants must be legal U.S. residents (due to our funding restrictions), meet income requirements for free training, and/or be a displaced worker due to lay-offs or industry closures. A high school degree or equivalency is recommended but not required. We accept participants who have a strong interest in careers in hazardous materials handling/clean-up and sustainable urban landscaping, and are working to improve their own lives.


Groundwork Rhode Island has been conducting Environmental Job Training since 2002.  To date we have placed an average of 70% of training graduates in jobs ranging from temporary crew positions on remediation projects to full-time salaried positions with remediation contractors, Aerotek, T.F. Green Airport, Tremco Roofing, The Compost Plant, weatherization contractors, Thielsch Engineering, and others.