This study was produced by Jobs for the Future (JFF) as part of NatureWORKS, a national initiative to understand the jobs, careers, skills, credentials, and potential of the U.S. green infrastructure workforce; and was funded by the U.S. Forest Service’s National Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program as recommended by the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council (NUCFAC). The study seeks to address a gap in the literature around current green infrastructure (GI) workforce realities and needs. Focusing on installation, maintenance, and inspection, the report describes what kinds of GI jobs are currently available, job requirements and pay scales, and developing education and certification programs. The report finds that while GI specializations have been slow to emerge, there will likely be a greater increase in demand for training and certification specific to GI, and offers recommendations for further development of the GI workforce in the areas of policy, education, and employment.
Jobs for the Future. Exploring the Green Infrastructure Workforce. Boston, MA: A Natureworks Issue Brief, Spring 2017.