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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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.”

San Jose Conservation Corps

From the website “We hire young adults, ages 18-27, looking to gain job skills and earn a living wage. They “earn while they learn” in one of SJCC+CS’s paid job training programs, completing projects that benefit the community in the areas of zero waste, natural resource management, and construction through our housing initiative.”


From the website “SEI is an environmental nonprofit that builds leaders to drive sustainability solutions. For over 20 years, SEI has partnered with schools, communities, and businesses to develop a sustainability leadership pathway from elementary school to early career. Our flagship programs educate and empower students and emerging professionals to create thriving, resilient communities.

Training in Applied Agroecology Program (TAAP)

The certificate program uses a cohort model, and is designed to induce self-inquiry as fellows define and advance their interest in agroecology, farming & food pathways. Fellows will complete 14 weekly sessions over 4 months, assignments (including professional development topics), as well as work with a mentor to complete a learning plan to complete 80 hours of self-directed learning (50 hours of hands-on work & 30 hours of technical training). We use Google classroom to facilitate course materials, assignment submissions, and meet virtually using Zoom. Key course themes include: (1) Food Sovereignty, (2) Food Systems, (3) Participatory Action, (4) Land Defense, (5) Sustainable Agroecosystems, (6) Agroecological Practices.”

Your Future is our Business

From the website “We provide work-based learning opportunities like expos, panels, guest speakers and more to elementary, middle, and high school students as well as internships for post-secondary students. Students get to explore a variety of career options and interact with professionals currently working in the industry. We provide real-world exposure and connect youth to adults who can assist youth with finding their path.”

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