Groundwork Jacksonville's

Green Team Youth Corps

2020 Summer Apprenticeship

Building the Next Generation of Environmental Leaders

The Green Team Youth Corps is a year-round program for youth 13-18 that connects them to nature while empowering them to be advocates for themselves, their city and the environment. The Apprenticeship is a 9-week paid summer program for youth who live, attend school or a place of worship in the zip codes 32202, 32204, 32206, 32208, 32209 and 32254. During the Apprenticeship, 22 youth work to complete various community-based projects that support the mission of Groundwork Jacksonville, and participate in enrichment programming.

Apprenticeship Program Description

Groundwork Jacksonville is seeking Green Team youth apprentices for its 2020 summer apprenticeship. This opportunity offers an educational stipend and limited hourly pay as well as opportunities to earn community service hours, experiences in Jacksonville’s outdoor spaces, exposure to professionals working in the science, technology, engineering, art, and math fields, a chance to meet new friends and to create positive community changes.

The summer apprenticeship runs from Monday, June 1 to Saturday, August 1, 2020. During the summer, we work in cohorts, or teams, of ten youth apprentices to one adult youth leader - we will have two cohorts or groups of 11 this summer.


Green Team apprentices’ summer projects are designed to help fulfill the mission of Groundwork Jacksonville. Over the past four years we have taken on multiple projects along or within  neighborhoods of the Emerald Necklace footprint, including tree planting, community garden building, pollinator garden installation, bioswale installations, mosaic creation, and more.


To get a feel for the Green Team summer apprenticeship and hear from youth who have successfully completed the summer apprenticeship check out our 2017 Green Team summer apprenticeship video:


Active, healthy living, and close-to-home access to places to play and learn within an urban setting will be promoted throughout the summer program and curricula. Youth apprentices will have the opportunity to play, learn, and serve at and in connection with Jacksonville’s National Park Service units (Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve) to increase access to the well-preserved outdoor spaces.

The Green Team summer apprenticeship are guided by our Four Guiding Principles:

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Neighborhood Connectivity

Connecting residents of urban neighborhoods to the wild in their backyard

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Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math principle learning

Leadership Activities
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Leadership Development

Serve as ambassadors to the community

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Environmental Empathy

Fostering environmental stewardship through environmental projects, learning, and play.

Program Timeline 

ALL DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. We will continue to follow CDC and DCPS recommendations regarding COVID-19,

Accepting applications until all 22 positions are filled but no later than Friday, May1st: Completed Green Team apprenticeship applications and unopened official transcripts with overall GPA or OneView consent form due no later than May 1st. See the end of the application for submission options.

Week of April 13th: Invitations to interview will be emailed and you will receive a phone call from the Program Manager.

Scheduled individually: Candidate interviews

Monday, May 11th: Green Team apprenticeship selections announced

Saturday, May 30st:  Orientation - Team building,  pre-program & handbook review (PARENT ATTENDANCE REQUIRED)

Monday, June 1st: Green Team apprenticeship begins

Friday, August 1st: Green Team apprenticeship celebration

*All activities, dates and times are subject to change.

*Lunch provided at all events

Work Schedule 

Work day - 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Cohort A

Youth in Cohort A will work on Monday/Wednesday, Friday and some Saturdays.

Cohort B

Youth in Cohort B will work on Tuesday/Thursday, Friday and some Saturdays.

Excessive absences will not be allowed and can result in your being dismissed from the apprenticeship.

Stipend Pay Scale

First Year apprentices are paid $360 for the summer.

Second Year apprentices are paid $580 for the summer.

Third + Year apprentices are paid $805 for the summer.

Pay Schedule -

Pay Day 1 -  half of stipend - Fri., July 3rd

Final Pay Day - remainder of stipend - Sat., Aug 1st


Two ways to complete the Apprenticeship Application


Submit your application via an online form.

Instructions for submitting your transcript are at the end of the application. Instead of a transcript, you can also submit a OneView consent form via email to with the subject line << YOUTH NAME OneView 2020>>.


Download and complete the paper application.

Instructions for submitting your transcript are at the end of the application. Instead of a transcript, you can also submit a OneView consent form via email to with the subject line       << YOUTH NAME OneView 2020>>.

For more information, contact Shanell Davis-Bryant, Program Manager, or 904-598-5664