Green Career Pathways in the Twin Cities

This is a comprehensive resource of employment and continuing education opportunities for Blue Thumb Sustainable Landcare trainees and other people in the Twin Cities community interested in careers in sustainable land care. Explore this page for information on career development, sustainable land care job boards, other educational opportunities to pursue, volunteer opportunities, and more.

I just completed the SLC! Now what?

Below is a sample resume + cover letter to reference when creating your own for your job search. We highly recommend that you personalize yours to show your individual passions, strengths, and experiences to potential employers:

SLC Sample Resume

SLC Sample Cover Letter

Knowledge Developed in the SLC:
  • Stormwater Best Management Practice (BMP) maintenance + inspection
  • Basics of Botany and Plant Morphology
  • Reading Planting Plans
  • Hydrology and erosion science
  • Basic plant botany
  • Native plant and weed identification
  • Pollinator identification
  • Twin Cities environmental history and environmental justice

Potential Career Paths for SLC graduates:

  • Green stormwater infrastructure installation, maintenance, and inspection
  • Environmental justice advocate
  • Community organizer
  • Native plant nursery employee
  • Landcare entrepreneur/business owner
  • Nonprofit employee
  • Youth program coordinator
  • Environmental educator
  • Water permit inspector
  • Government employee
  • For more ideas, check out this great list from our partners at Freshwater

I'm ready to look for a job!


Check out this list of Sustainable Landcare Job Boards

Job Searching

As you are searching for jobs:

    • Reflect on your needs, wants, and preferences. Write up a goal statement for your job search, based on those priorities.
    • Search for organizations you might be interested in working for. Look for their job posting webpage. This may be called “Careers” or “Job Opportunities” or “Work With Us”. These pages might be hidden within the bottom of the organization’s home page, or in a drop-down menu.
    • Sign up for email lists or listservs of industries you’re interested in.
    • Find job boards related to the work you’re seeking. These may be by topic, sector, or specific to employers. Check out our list of job boards related to stormwater best management.  practices. Subscribe to the job boards you want to follow, or check them frequently.
    • Reach out to your network and let people know you’re looking for work.
    • Follow up with former supervisors or people you might want to act as references.
    • Make a LinkedIn and update it.

Employment Opportunities for Young Adults/Adults

  • Minnesota GreenCorps  preserves and protects Minnesota’s environment while training a new generation of environmental professionals.
  • Renewable Energy Partners provides workforce training and career opportunities in renewable energy, including paid on-the-job learning through the Regional Apprenticeship Training Center in North Minneapolis.
  • Reuse MN provides volunteer and job opportunities; it is a member-based nonprofit that works on behalf of repair, resale, and rental businesses to promote the reuse economy in the state of Minnesota.
  • Tree Trust transforms lives and landscapes by engaging people to build skills for meaningful careers, inspiring people to plant trees, and making our community a greener, healthier place to live.
  • Conservation Corps of Minnesota and Iowa offers opportunities for young adults ages 19-25 to serve in a variety of different AmeriCorps programs focusing on outdoor education and conservation.

Youth Programs

Name Organization Description
Step Up City of Minneapolis Step Up brings together Minneapolis young people (ages 14-21) with Twin Cities employers through internships and training that build careers and lead to a diverse, skilled and equitable workforce. Since 2003, Step Up has created over 29,000 high-quality internship opportunities.

Each year, Step Up trains and places hundreds of Minneapolis high school youth in paid internships with over 200 top Twin Cities employers. Learn about opportunities here!

Mississippi River Green Team Mississippi Watershed Management Organization

The Mississippi River Green Team is a two-year employment and conservation program for Minneapolis youth between the ages of 14 and 16. The MWMO and the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board created the Green Team as an opportunity for youth to have a mentored job experience, learn about environmental careers and acquire new skills. The Green Team is a special environmental unit of the MPRB’s Teen Teamworks program.

Brooklynk Get Ready Brooklynk Brooklynk runs youth jobs programming from young people ages 14-24 in the Northwest suburbs (Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center, North Minneapolis, Robbinsdale, and more). Check out their job board, work readiness training, and summer internship opportunities.
Green Garden Bakery Green Garden Bakery

Green Garden Bakery is a youth-run social entrepreneurship program based in North Minneapolis. They bake vegetable-based desserts using sustainable packaging.

Helping Hand Companies  Helping Hand Companies

Helping Hand Companies is a local business in North Minneapolis that works with youth and young adults to gain workforce experience, with a specific emphasis on green careers.  Helping Hand is committed to promoting an ethic that embodies the responsible planning and management of the natural world and the impact of human activity on its condition.

Teen Teamworks Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board

Summer and year-round employment opportunities for Minneapolis youth ages 14-24 to work with the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board, with a focus on outdoor work and pathways to green careers.

Spark-Y Youth Programs Spark-Y

Spark-Y serves its mission of youth empowerment through three branches: hands-on learning, urban agriculture lab, and youth pathways. These initiatives work together systemically, creating multiple touch points for youth engagement. Spark-Y empowers over 2,500 Twin Cities youth annually. You can browse opportunities with Spark-Y here

Right Track City of St. Paul

Right Track brings together the City of Saint Paul, the Saint Paul Public Schools, local businesses, and community-based organizations to provide employment opportunities and professional skills training for youth. Together we are building a skilled and diverse workforce for the future.

Environmental Stewardship Institute Friends of the Mississippi River The Environmental Stewardship Institute fosters environmental leaders through an immersive program that supports exploration of the environmental field. For high school age youth.
Summer Internships Urban Roots For youth ages 14-18 who live or attend school on the East Side of St. Paul. Interns have the opportunity to work in their urban gardens, kitchens, and local parks while building 21st century job skills, learning more about environmental issues and creating a positive impact on your community.
Farm Stewards Youth Farm Youth development organization focused on North Minneapolis and St. Paul, with an emphasis on supporting leadership in community farming.
Youth Activities Sabathani Community Center Paid training opportunities and after school programming for southside youth, including green building program, drone operating, and afterschool basketball.
Youth Outdoors Conservation Corps of Minnesota and Iowa Paid summer opportunity doing conservation and community improvement projects. Twin Cities youth ages 15-18 can participate as crew members, and young adults ages 19-25 serve as AmeriCorps crew leaders for the younger youth.

Volunteering Opportunities

Volunteering can be a great way to share what you’ve learned in the SLC training! It is also a great way to make connections and to care for your community. Here are some potential volunteer opportunities to explore:


Southside Minneapolis

  • East Phillips Neighborhood Institute (EPNI): environmental justice advocacy
  • MN Environmental Justice Table 
  • Sabathani Community Center supports south Minneapolis with a variety of programming for employment, emergency needs, and youth opportunities. They need volunteers for their food distribution center, clothing closet, social media, community outreach, leadership, and more.
  • Urban Ventures focuses on economic and educational opportunities for residents of south Minneapolis, with some programming offered in Spanish. They have a variety of volunteer opportunities, ranging from working with youth to farming to helping with summer programming and one-time events.

North Minneapolis

I Want to Continue my Education

Here are some opportunities to grow your skillset beyond the Sustainable Land Care training.




Time commitment


Minnesota Stormwater Manual Training and certification for GSI Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Varies Varies Comprehensive listing of training and certification opportunities within green stormwater infrastructure (GSI).
Erosion and Stormwater Management Certification Program University of Minnesota $250 4 months – 1 year Comprehensive training on erosion and stormwater management for designers, inspectors, contractors and other people involved in National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) regulations.
National Green Infrastructure Certification Program (NGICP) National Green Infrastructure Certification Program Depends – $350 or more Depends Certification for entry-level workers to properly construct, inspect and maintain green stormwater infrastructure.
Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (ISA TRAQ) International Society of Arboriculture Pricing varies. 2.5 days, but you must already have another tree certification. Voluntary qualification program designed to train and assess candidates in a specialized field of arboriculture.
Green Roofs Professional (GRP) Training & Accreditation Green Roofs for Healthy Cities 3 courses $1,099 for courses and one exam attempt Comprehensive training on green roofs.
Rainwater Harvesting Training and Certification American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association Depends: self-paced online course $520 Training and professional development opportunities related to rainwater harvesting.
Green Stormwater Infrastructure Inspector The Storm Water Training Center One day $299 Green infrastructure inspection training, focused on the transfer, long-term operation, and maintenance phases.
OSHA 10 OSHA 10 hours for OSHA 10, 30 hours for OSHA 30 Depends on trainer Basic and more advanced training about common safety and health hazards on the job. Students receive an OSHA 10-hour or 30-hour course completion card at the end of the training.
Sustainable Landscape Design MN Horticultural Society/UMN Extension This online workshop is your opportunity to learn the theory and basic principles of sustainable landscape design and avoid the mistakes commonly made by novices and professionals alike.
Municipal Forestry Institute Society of Municipal Arborists 1 week in person $2,299 High-level training opportunity that guides professionals in the leadership and managerial aspects of urban forestry.

Resources to Address Barriers to Employment

Comprehensive Employment Services
  • EMERGE Minnesota, a partner in the Blue Thumb Sustainable Land Care training program, has comprehensive workforce services. Connect with them for support on employment connections, breaking down barriers to employment through a holistic, support environment.
Drivers License Resources
  • A driver’s license is often required by employers, and identified as a potential barrier to employment in sustainable land care. Here are some resources available to support SLC trainees in earning a driver’s license.
  • For information on Driver’s Education, visit the MN Department of Transportation.
  • Driver’s Licenses for All: As of 10/3/2023, Minnesotans can get a standard state identification card, permit, or driver’s license without needing to provide proof of legal presence.
Criminal Justice Involved Resources
  • CareerForce through the State of Minnesota has resources to support justice-involved individuals. Check out their website and reach out to their career specialists for advising and personal assistance.
  • EMERGE Minnesota also has a reentry program, supporting individuals with a criminal history in overcoming obstacles to employment and overcoming past traumas.

Financial Resources

Name Organization Description
Open Road Fund Nexus Community Partners Grant awards of $50,000 to Black community members who are ages 14+, live in Minnesota, and are descendants of the Atlantic slave trade. Project resources can be used for several wealth-building initiatives. Fund application reopens on June 19, 2024
Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation North Star STEM Alliance An initiative to double the number of Black, Latino, Native American, Alaska Native and Pacific Islander students receiving baccalaureate degrees in science, technology, engineering and math.
MN SAF Early Career Gap Funding MN Society of American Foresters (SAF) The MN Society of American Foresters (SAF) Early Career Gap Funding Award aims to offer financial support to a student or young professional from underrepresented groups in forestry and natural resources to help them grow and thrive in the profession. The awardee will receive a $100 to $1500 contribution towards early career gap funding.


ISA Certified Arborist Scholarship Minnesota Society of Arboriculture Scholarships for Underserved Arborists to become an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborist
Academic Award College Scholarship Program  Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association $1,000 scholarships for college students pursuing careers in the nursery and landscape industry.
Apprentice Ecologist Initiative Nicodemus Wilderness Project Complete an environmental cleanup or conservation project and write an essay about it to apply for a $1,750 scholarship.
Scholarships National Association of Landscape Professionals Scholarships for students at two or four-year colleges studying landscape contracting or horticulture.
Scholarships American Society of Landscape Architects Scholarships for students pursuing landscape architecture. Many opportunities for different scholarships on this page!