The Green Team program hires local teenagers enrolled in the Yonkers Public School system for summer environmental jobs – for many, their first real job. The program focuses on leadership, group dynamics, and a variety of conservation and construction skills. This hard work is tempered with amazing adventures, like hiking, camping,  and swimming.

The Green Team begins their summer work in Yonkers. With projects that include building gardens and pocket parks, cleaning the Saw Mill river, removing invasive species, and mapping a new bike trail, they learn first-hand how to make a real difference in their neighborhoods.

To put this work in context, the Green Team spends at least 5 days working on public lands. These trips include wilderness camping, canoeing, and night hikes, as well as trail restoration and park conservation in places like Shenandoah National Park, Gateway National Recreation Area, Wallkill National Wildlife Refuge, and the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.

Working alongside National Park Service and US Fish & Wildlife Service rangers, this program opens participants up to a variety of career opportunities. For some, it is the launching pad for a career in conservation.

Youth typically work 30 hours a week from the first week of July to the third week of August. For more information please contact Sara Smith Sell at

(Link to Green Team Application (available after May 1.)