Start Your New Career In This Growing Industry

Participate in our new intensive 6-month training in the green infrastructure field with the Seattle Opportunity Work (SOW) Corps. Learn about maintaining natural drainage systems, plant identification, landscape, and maintenance skills. This program is not about only sitting in a classroom. Participants will also visit and explore different work sites to get in-person experience.

Receive Personalized Support

SJI can assist you with food, housing, transportation, childcare, school, clothing, safety gear, and more!

Earn While You Learn

Receive a stipend every two weeks while enrolled in the program

Gain Employment Skills

Discover more about utility operations and other career paths

Help Seattle build cleaner and more resilient communities while advancing your career goals!


Program Details

Seattle Opportunity Work Corps is a six-month paid training opportunity with essential job training in green stormwater infrastructure maintenance and exposure to other utility-related careers in water, stormwater, and solid waste. The program also provides critical career preparation skills such as resume writing and interview preparation.

Who is Eligible for SOW Corps?

Participants must be Seattle residents, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), and between 18 to 25 years old.

What is Green Infrastructure?

Green infrastructure is a cost-effective way to collect and treat rain once it hits the earth and becomes stormwater. This reduces flooding, sewer overflows, and pollution entering our waterways. Examples of this approach are rainwater harvesting and rain gardens. Read Seattle Public Utilities’ information page here to learn more about this growing field.

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Partners

At SJI, our work is not done in isolation. We collaborate with other community-based organizations, community colleges and universities, city, county, and state governments, workforce boards, and industry to maximize our potential, expand our reach, and magnify our impact.

As experts in green stormwater infrastructure, Seattle Public Utilities will support the Corps crew lead in hard skills training related to maintaining green stormwater facilities. SPU will also provide exposure to utility operations and careers for Corps members.

Established by the International Association of Machinists (IAM) District 751, the Machinists Institute provides cutting-edge education and training to build a highly skilled and diverse workforce.


This 2023 joint report from SJI and The Nature Conservancy focuses on the workforce ecosystem involved in the Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) sector. The project also includes an interactive dashboard to explore these pathways. It was commissioned by the Green Stormwater Infrastructure Workforce Collaborative, which promotes knowledge sharing and collaborates to create opportunities to develop sustainable, equitable, and inclusive career and employment opportunities within the GSI field for the southern portion of the Salish Sea Region. View the webinar presentation slides for this report here.

This September 2022 report provides a labor market analysis of Port-related industries to help identify in-demand career pathways in maritime and green jobs offering a living wage to workers. View the presentation slides for this report here.

In 2022, SJI was hired to support and inform King County’s green jobs strategy. The SJI Policy Research and Evaluation team worked on the following tasks in collaboration with King County Green Jobs Program: Identify prospective high-growth green sectors, including localized industry sector/market opportunity and workforce trends analysis; assessment of high-demand occupations within identified high-growth industries; and recommendations for integration of industry/market sector analysis and occupational assessments into King County’s Green Jobs Strategy development process. Watch the webinar presentation of this report’s findings here.