not sure what direction you want for your career?

Work-based learning is an opportunity to test drive a career.

Many people gain on-the-ground experience in a field before pursuing focused education and a higher level commitment. Our list of work-based learning opportunities might be a good place for you to start.

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Grizzly Corps

GrizzlyCorps is a new AmeriCorps program launched in 2020 designed by Project Climate at UC Berkeley’s Center for Law, Energy & the Environment in partnership with CaliforniaVolunteers. Our program sends recent college graduates into rural communities across California to promote regenerative agri-food systems and fire and forest resilience


Handshake is an online platform connecting students to job opportunities and employers.

LA Conservation Corps

From the website “The LA Conservation Corps is an environmentally focused youth development organization. As the largest urban conservation corps in the country, we provide opportunities for young adults throughout Los Angeles who are out-of-work and out-of-school to explore new pathways to meaningful career and education opportunities while improving the quality of life in Southern California. By offering paid work experience on green community projects, we strive to build resilience in our Corpsmembers and in the neighborhoods they call home.”

Market Garden Apprenticeship

From the website “SJC Market Garden apprentices will work under the direction of our Market Garden Site Coordinator and Replication Manager, supporting our robust farm team on our 2-acre Market Garden and annexes.”

Market Garden Apprenticeship

From the website “Encinitas Market Garden apprentices will work under the direction of our Market Garden Site Coordinator and Replication Manager on a 7-acre property that includes 3 acres of agricultural crops as well as native plants.”

National Parks Service

From the website “The Career Academy for Natural Resources is being designed to provide developmental opportunities and learning resources for natural resource professionals to acquire and refine skills in meeting job requirements, position competencies, the National Park Service mission, and personal development goals. The NPS Director’s “A Call to Action” specifically identifies the academy program as a process to enhance professional and organizational excellence. Employees at any stage in their career can utilize the academy to assist in career planning and professional development. New employees will see the logical progression from NPS Fundamentals to the academy as they advance through entry/developmental, journey and advanced performance level opportunities.”

Roots of Success Training Program

From the website “Roots of Success is as a leading resource for education and workforce programs across the country that strive to prepare youth and adults with barriers to employment for careers in the green economy, and empower them to improve conditions in their communities. Students are given the opportunity to examine society’s most pressing environmental problems, identify innovative solutions, and put their ideas into practice as they respond to community needs and pursue environmental careers.”

San Francisco Conservation Corps

The Corps (from the website)”work with young men and women to enhance the environment through recycling, conservation, parkland improvements and more. Corpsmembers also attend academic classes, learn about conservation, and develop job skills through their public service work. Additionally, SFCC is an active member of the national Corps movement, The Corps Network. The Corps Network represents over 100 Corps and more than 21,000 Corpsmembers, providing a wealth of conservation, infrastructure improvement, and human service hours to communities around the country.”

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