The City of Detroit is hiring Environmental Technicians to spend three days per week conducting groundskeeping and tree maintenance work, and two days completing career training. The role is part of Detroit's Skills for Life program, suiting Detroiters who wants to work outdoors work and development employment skills. The program itself takes 6-12 months - a foundation for lucrative jobs paying $18 per hour.

Skills you'll develop

  • Groundskeeping: Operate power machinery such lawnmowers, trimmers, hedge trimmers and leaf blowers to maintain the appearance and safe access of parks, gardens and other open spaces where plants grow.
  • Power Tools: Safely and skilfully use high pressure sprayers, blowers, hedge trimmers, mowers, pruning saws and chainsaws.
  • Fencing: Erect, repair and construct wooden and metal fences.
  • Tool Safety: Knowing how to use and transport hand tools in a safe way, especially when using them in close proximity to people. Includes use of wheelbarrows, shovels, pitchforks and rakes.
  • Oral Expression: Communicate in a busy, fast-paced environment. A real-life flow would include being able to receive instructions from managers or customers, remember or recorded them correctly and pass to colleagues in an efficient way.
  • Teamwork: Work within a group to achieve the maximum outcome for all, while meeting personal responsibilities within your role.
  • Movement & Mobility: Able to use hands and fingers, kneel, crawl, stand, bend, reach, lift, climb and balance.
  • Advanced Strength: Ability to manually lift and move up to 90lbs.


$15 per hour


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