G3 Conservation Corps recruiting for sustainability workforce development program

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The University of Guam’s G3 Conservation Corps is launching a workforce development program and is seeking applicants to help prepare Guam for the growing green economy.

The G3 Conservation Corps is aligned with the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

The Guam Green Growth Initiative encourages an ecosystem for transformative action to attain a sustainable and prosperous future for Guam.

The program is looking to recruit and train 12 members to lead volunteers in activities such as island beautification, circular economy, recycling, reforestation, agriculture, gardening, and other sustainability-focused tasks

UOG Center for Island Sustainability and Sea Grant Programs Director Austin Shelton hopes the new recruits will be representative of the G3 Conservation Core group and their mission.

“We’re looking for people who are just graduating high school or from college who are looking to transition into the workforce. We’d also be looking for and be really happy to receive applicants who’ve been unfortunately laid off or furloughed during the pandemic. We also accept applications from recent retirees interested in learning to do something new or a different type of career. We’d like the conservation core to represent all of society and create opportunities for them to contribute to this new green economy for the island,” Shelton said.

Shelton believes there has been much discussion on economic diversity because of the recognition of the import dependency the island faced during the pandemic.

“We rely on a lot of food energy and transportation needs to be imported — over 90% of everything we consume here on Guam. We also have a lot of waste to deal with and bury into our landfill. It’s really expensive, we’re running out of space to do it so we think there are a lot of great opportunities in the emerging green economy and the workforce development training that we can provide will have a more skilled workforce and also contribute to great economic growth for our island,” Shelton said.

The University of Guam facilitates the island-wide initiative in cooperation with the Office of the Governor of Guam and 99 members of the G3 Working Group representing all sectors.

The G3 Conservation Corps program is made possible through the Recycling Revolving Fund following approval from the Guam Environmental Protection Agency board of directors.

Selected applicants will work 40 hours per week from June to November of this year and will receive a bi-weekly stipend of $1,300.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old, have reliable transportation, be a U.S. citizen or national, or be a legal resident.

The deadline to apply for the G3 Conservation Corps is Friday, May 28. Prospective applicants may access the application form at https://guamgreengrowth.org/jobs/.

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