As a local Conservation Corps dedicated to providing career pathways in high-demand industries, Civicorps operates two social enterprises with triple bottom line goals—profitability, social benefit, and environmental impact.
Environmental Job Training Program
Earning an income is crucial for our youth population; thus, during the Academic and Professional Pathway, our students gain paid job training while working on environmental enhancement and mitigation projects.
Each year, about 120 youth perform real-world workplace tasks under the contracts we have procured with almost 20 public agencies. On-the-job, youth learn professional habits such as reporting for work on-time, sustaining steady attendance, dressing appropriately, working as a team, administering individual tasks, and following orders from a supervisor.
During the vocational training, Civicorps administers in-house certifications in horticulture, invasive species eradication, fire mitigation, truck transportation, and chainsaw- and other tool-operation. We also disseminate red cards, which are the nationally-recognized certificate for wildland fire fighting.
This in-depth training allows our youth to pursue careers in the following high-demand industries: Truck Transportation, Warehouse Operations, Utilities, Manufacturing, Recycling, Land Management, and Fire Safety.
For 30 years, Civicorps has been contracting with such local public agencies as:
- East Bay Regional Parks District: trail creation and rehabilitation, invasive species removal, and fire mitigation.
- Alameda Flood Control: stream and culvert restoration.
- Cities throughout Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, including Oakland, Berkeley, Richmond and Walnut Creek: urban forestry, fire mitigation, invasive species removal, and park maintenance.
- Caltrans: right-of-way brush clearing and highway maintenance.
- East Bay Municipal Utility District: fuel load reduction.
- Port of Oakland: landscape maintenance.
The East Bay Regional Park District is very proud to be a founding partner of Civicorps. We are especially happy to have a long-standing relationship that provides direct benefit to the public as well as a portal to the natural environment for the students.— Anne Scheer, Chief of Park Operations,
East Bay Regional Parks District
Civicorps Recycling is the largest non-profit recycler in Oakland. Each week, we process over 23 tons of recycling (paper, aluminum and metal cans, glass, and plastic bottles) that is picked up from over 230 accounts with small businesses, restaurants and bars, college campuses, and other public and institutional buildings. In addition, we employ over 40 interns each year.
Civicorps Recycling provides career pathways in warehouse logistics and in truck transportation through its paid internship program for youth who have a high-school diploma. Recycling interns gain industry certifications in the front loader, bobcat, and other warehouse machinery. Interns can also earn their Class B Drivers License with air brakes certification, which allows them to pursue transportation careers, starting at $35 an hour.
Last year Civicorps recycled:
Aluminum Cans 3.2 tons Glass Containers 244 tons Plastic Containers 28.9 tons Tin Cans, Rigid Plastic, etc. 44.9 tons Paper 878.9 Tons
If your business or organization is interested in contracting with Civicorps for our recycling pick-up services, please contact us at (510) 992 – 7871.
Recology East Bay has provided trucks, training, and other mentorship to help Civicorps grow their recycling routes into a viable Green Jobs training program that provides a valuable service to the community. Our partnership also helps Civicorps’ youth interns gain experience and job skills that translate directly into career opportunities within the growing recycling industry.— Minna Tao, General Manager, Recology East Bay