Rochester's Environmental Job (REJob) Training Program

The City has completed its third round of training for the Rochester Environmental Job Training Program (REJob) to help disadvantaged citizens get jobs in the environmental construction industry. Seventy-five individuals have successfully graduated from the program and have been begun environmental construction careers.

The proposal for the next round of grant funding is scheduled to be released Spring 2019. The next eight-week training program will be offered January 2020.

Application information will be available immediately following grant announcement.

 NEW Additional Career-based Opportunities with ReJob 2.0

Technician positions are available at Harris Corp.'s manufacturing center on Jefferson Rd. All shifts available. All positions require high school diploma or GED, ability to pass drug screening and strict seven-year background check.

  • Assemblers - base rate $14/hr
  • Entry level Technicians - $15-16/hr. Requires computer skills and some electrical experience
  • Higher level Technicians - $17-19/hr. Requires 2-year degree in Electrical Engineering Technology OR 4 years of electronics experience

Interested applicants should immediately send resumes to Paul McFadden.

What is the REJob Training Program?

The Rochester Environmental Job Training Program is a federally funded program for underemployed and unemployed City residents. This eight-week program is a comprehensive, multi-partner effort designed to lead to sustainable, long-term employment. It is intended to improve the opportunities for City residents to share in the economic benefits derived from environmental cleanup projects.  


The program will be provided 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. High achieving graduating students may also be offered additional training in related fields including lead and mold abatement. 

REJob is a non-paid training program. Tuition is free for students accepted into the REJob Training Program. The REJob program will provide training and active job placement assistance for up to 60 individuals over the next two years 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 program has formed with neighborhood organizations, government agencies, social services providers and environmental employers.

Who do I contact for more information about REJob?

For more information, email Paul McFadden, Environmental Jobs Training Coordinator.

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

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded the City of Rochester a $200,000 Brownfield Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training grant to establish the REJob 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.