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Paid job training to work on NYC's rooftops

NYC °CoolRoofs by NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) and NYC Mayor's Office of Climate and Environmental Justice (MOCEJ) | The HOPE Program

Services Provided Apprenticeships and job training

Eligibility BIPOC Black, Indigenous, Hispanic/Latino, and people of color, Immigrant, Justice-impacted individual, LGBTQ+ Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and more, Low-income, NYCHA resident, Public assistance recipient, Veteran, Woman

Schedule 1 to 3 months, Daytime

Last Updated Last updated on Mar 27, 2024

This 10-week paid training program offers hands-on experience making NYC rooftops more energy efficient.

NYC °CoolRoofs pays participants to coat rooftops in a reflective material that reduces the building’s energy output. This training opportunity includes 10 to 11 weeks of full-time, paid work experience installing energy-saving reflective rooftops at a starting wage of $15 per hour. You can also earn credentials in the construction sector, including 4-Hour Flagger, 4-Hour Scaffold User, Fireguard, CPR/First Aid, and Construction Site Safety Training (SST) certification at no cost.

Who it's for Who it's for

All candidates are expected to meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Age 18 or older
  • New York City resident
  • Able to work a flexible schedule that includes early mornings
  • Able to navigate New York City and travel to installation sites throughout the five boroughs
  • Committed to pursuing a career in construction
  • Able to perform manual labor, such as climbing stairs, carrying 50-pound buckets, and working on a roof in all weather conditions
  • Able to wear a mask for a 7-hour shift and follow safety protocols
  • Able to work with paint that contains latex and silicone ingredients

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior driving and construction experience
  • Able to use email, phone, and maps applications

Duration and Length Duration and Length

The program has a flexible schedule, including early mornings and weekends.

Next Steps

To apply, complete the CoolRoofs Interest Form.