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How does the Green Team Program work?

The Green Team Program offers youth meaningful employment opportunities in a supportive team setting. Green Teams focus on local environmental and cultural projects developed in partnership with communities, organizations, and corporate partners.


Our main areas of development


We provide youth in Newfoundland and Labrador with skill development opportunities and employment experience through jobs relating to environmental and cultural heritage conservation.


The Green Team program aims to support community based organizations, municipalities and corporations with local conservation activities.


What to expect from the Green Team Program

Youth Working Together

Youth ages 16-30 will become part of a team to work on a local project with environmental or cultural significance.  Learning to work with others, to constructively deal with conflict, and to communicate are skills that will enhance nearly every area of your life!

Meaningful Employment

CCNL works with community partners to ensure that all projects will have a meaningful impact on the local area.  This means you get to be a part of something that will benefit your community for years to come!

Enhanced Training

CCNL works hard to equip youth with training and experience that will enhance overall employability and offer youth new and valuable skill sets for the future.


CCNL expects that each employee diligently take responsibility for contributing to a successful project and a successful team.


The chain of command employed by CCNL ensures that every employee has someone to rely on at all times.  Team Members can rely on Team Leaders; Team Leaders can rely on Regional Supervisors; and everyone is offered support and guidance by CCNL senior staff who are committed to providing all employees with the best experience possible.  Have a question? Unsure of the next step? Just need someone to talk to?  At CCNL, you will always have someone in your corner to work through challenges and offer encouragement.


The Green Team Program is structured to offer advancement opportunities to returning staff.  While not every Green Team Member can become a Team Leader (trust us, the math just doesn’t work), we want to see you succeed and we actively structure our programs to provide stepping stones to reach your goals.

"Being a part of this and getting to work as a part of this project and this kind of positive development in the community is definitely an honour. I'm so grateful to be a part of it."

-Alex, Green Team Member (2016)


What to expect from the Green Team Program


CCNL is committed to the values and benefits of true partnership.  Collaboration and communication ensure that each project’s overall design and implementation meets the needs and standards of all partners.


Green Team size and duration of employment can vary, but most Green Teams consist of four youth aged 16-30. Typically 1 Team Leader and 3 Team Members will work during the summer season for 8 weeks.

Environment or Culture

Green Team projects will focus on the environmental or cultural heritage conservation goals of the partner organization. Projects should directly or indirectly benefit the communities in which they take place.


Project selection takes place in the late winter and early spring each year and is a competitive process.  Genuine attempts will be made each year to share Green Team resources throughout the province.  20-25 projects are selected and completed each year.

Training Camp

Youth who are selected to work on Green Teams will attend Green Team Training Camp during the first week of their employment term.  This training will equip them to safely and effectively work on their project, and provide a variety of skill development opportunities.


CCNL assigns considerable responsibility to the young people on each Green Team in order to strengthen motivation, self-reliance, and leadership.  The Team Leader and his/her Regional Supervisor will oversee the day-to-day work activities of the Team.

"We’ve had a wonderful experience with the green team. It’s just allowed us to do so much more than we would normally be able to do in the run of a summer. I think they [the youth of the team] have learned a lot too, as well as being able to give us a much needed helping hand."

-Linda Bailet, Green Team Community Partner (2015)


Does the Green Team Program sound like a good fit for you? Check out some of our videos for more info!