Rochester's Environmental Job (REJob 2.0) Training Program

The City is set to begin its fifth consecutive year of training for the Rochester Environmental Job Training Program (REJob 2.0) to help disadvantaged citizens in the City of Rochester get jobs in the environmental construction industry. So far, ninety-five individuals have successfully graduated from the program and have all received environmental construction careers upon completion of the training program.

The next eight-week training program will be offered beginning in January 2021.

What is the REJob 2.0 Training Program?

The REJob 2.0 Training Program is a comprehensive, multi-partner effort designed to lead to sustainable, long-term environmental employment and to make sure citizens who reside in the city of Rochester share in the economic benefits derived from Brownfields redevelopment. The REJob 2.0 program will specifically target dislocated workers; severely underemployed individuals; and unemployed individuals including low-income and minority residents, veterans, and those with little or no advanced education. The primary goal of the REJob 2.0 program is to train disadvantaged individuals and place them in stable jobs in the environmental construction industry.

The program will provide life skills and remedial education training to foster self-sufficiency in addition to training certifications needed for jobs in the asbestos abatement, hazardous waste site cleanup and general construction fields.  

REJob 2.0 is a non-paid training program. Tuition is free for students accepted into the REJob 2.0 Training Program. The REJob 2.0 program will provide training and active job placement assistance for up to 30 individuals over the next year with an overall goal of being able to provide each participant the necessary skills to secure full-time employment in the environmental construction fields.

The content of the training has been designed based on substantial input from local environmental employers, the City’s Environmental Workforce Advisory Council, and other communities that have successful environmental job training programs. Successful applicants will have access to the multi-stakeholder partnerships that the REJob 2.0 program has formed with neighborhood organizations, government agencies, social service providers and environmental employers.

How do I apply for REJob 2.0?


  • Resident of the city of Rochester
  • 21 years of age or older
  • Have a high school diploma/GED?
  • Have valid NYS driver’s license?
  • Own a registered and insured vehicle for employment training
  • Able to pass multiple drug tests
  • Dedicated to 8 weeks of training 

REJob 2.0 Public Town Hall Meetings

If you meet the qualifications for application, attend one of the REJob 2.0 public town hall meetings. COVID-19 safety measures will apply and each meeting will be limited to 25 attendees.

  • Tuesday, Nov. 10th 5:30 - 7 p.m. at David F. Gantt R-Center
  • Thursday, Nov. 12th 5:30 - 7 p.m. at Trenton and Pamela Jackson R-Center

If you cannot attend a REJob 2.0 public town hall meeting, join the City of Rochester's Zoom Opportunity Fair. Click here for more information and to register for the Zoom Opportunity Fair.

How is the US Environmental Protection Agency supporting the REJob 2.0 Training Program?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded the City of Rochester an Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grant to establish the REJob 2.0 training program.

The USEPA is providing connections to national collaborations and peer networks involved in environmental job training and construction based employment.

The USEPA Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training program also helps identify careers and skills training information, job-matching tools and other resources to help support the growth, adoption, and creation of environmental employment placement across the United States.

The USEPA encourages collaborative partnerships to restore neighborhoods back to safe and healthy environments.