Careers in Asbestos Abatement & Environmental Remediation

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) funded a workforce development program by the City of Worcester’s MassHire Central Region Workforce Board to recruit, train, and place in stable, full-time jobs unemployed and underemployed residents from communities affected by environmental pollution, economic disinvestment, and Brownfields. Environmental remediation positions are in high demand and offer starting salaries of $18-$20/hour or more.

“The term ‘brownfield site’ means real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.” (Federal Brownfields Act of 2002)

In addition to providing free training that leads to four nationally recognized certifications, the Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) program offers free job placement assistance to participants who complete the three-week training.

“I want to thank MassHire for the opportunity to further my business licensing and help me grow with qualified candidates! Participating in this training also helped me discover all the other services MassHire offers. I can’t wait to work with MassHire in the future.” (A.V., May ’22 graduate)

Watch this video from a program graduate!

Flyer to inform and recruit potential participants for Year 2 of the City of Worcester's EPA EWDJT program
Flyer for employers to hire EPA EWDJT program graduates Year 2


This free, three-week program is full time, Monday – Friday (generally 8AM – 4PM). Classes are taught in English, per state law. Participants who successfully complete training are eligible to earn four nationally recognized certificates/credentials: OSHA-10 hour Construction Safety, 40-hour Asbestos Supervisor training, OSHA-40 hour HAZWOPER, and ECSI (Emergency Care & Safety Institute) First Aid/CPR/AED. Participants also get two days of BOUNCE (communications, soft skills, and leadership) training. Graduates receive free job placement assistance.

Participants who complete training consecutively without absences will receive support services remittances:

  • $50 support services remittance for completing weeks 2 and 3
  • $150 support services remittance for completing all 3 weeks

Note: Please allow 2-4 weeks to receive your training support stipends or support services remittances.

Training April 2023 May 2023 June 2023
BOUNCE location: MassHire Worcester (Walnut Room) completed completed completed
OSHA-10 hour Construction Safety location: Atlas completed completed ppd
ECSI (Emergency Care & Safety Institute) First Aid, CPR/AED location: MassHire Worcester (Walnut Room) completed completed ppd
OSHA-40 hour Asbestos Abatement Supervisor location: MassHire Worcester (Walnut Room) completed completed ppd
OSHA-40 hour Asbestos Abatement Supervisor (hands-on) location: Atlas completed completed ppd
OSHA-40 hour HAZWOPER location: MassHire Worcester (Walnut Room) completed completed 20, 21, 22, 23
OSHA-40 hour HAZWOPER (hands-on) location: Atlas completed completed 26

Core Curriculum

  • OSHA-10 hour Construction Safety

  • OSHA-40 hour HAZWOPER 40 with Confined Space Entry

  • 40-hour Asbestos Abatement Supervisor/ Contractor

  • ECSI First Aid/CPR/AED training (8 hours)

  • Communications and leadership training

  • Contextualized and hands-on curriculum

Participant Eligibility, Screening, & Admissions

Applications are CLOSED.

Program graduates get free job search and job placement assistance from MassHire Central Region Career Center Counselors. MassHire staff will work with program graduates and employers to find the best fit. (Note: Potential employers may have additional hiring requirements, including an Asbestos/Lead Physical Exam, Respirator Fit Test, drug test, and/or a current, valid driver’s license.)

Free Transportation to Offsite Trainings

We offer free van transportation (provided by Knights Limo) to and from offsite trainings.

  • Free Van: Enrolled participants who want to use the free van service must notify program staff in writing one week in advance (24 hours at the latest).
    1. Pick up & drop off: Front of 340 Main Street in downtown Worcester.
    2. Enrolled participants will be given a schedule that lists offsite training days and the times/locations to access the free van service.
    3. On off-site training days, participants MUST be in front of the building at 340 Main Street at least 10 minutes before the van is scheduled to depart.
    4. Parking in downtown Worcester: Limited and expensive. Trainees are encouraged to use free WRTA or ridesharing services to arrive on time.
  • Privately Owned Vehicle, Ridesharing service, Carpool: Trainees may use a POV, ridesharing service (e.g., Uber/Lyft), and/or “carpool” with other trainees. Program staff will not coordinate or reserve ridesharing services or carpools.
  • Non-reimbursable expenses: The program will not reimburse trainees for any travel expenses related to use of POVs or ridesharing services to get to or from (or park at) designated training locations. Trainees must arrive on time at all designated training locations.

Program Partners

The City of Worcester’s EWDJT program was developed in partnership with representatives from the environmental services and consulting industry, community organizations, and other partners. Training and transportation are funded through the EPA. Our partners:

Partner Name Address Partner Classification
Atlas – ATC 73 William Franks Dr., West Springfield OSHA training provider
Pulse Savers (Year 2 ONLY) ECSI training provider
IEE (Year 1 ONLY) 16 Upton Drive, Wilmington TMA Deleading Supervisor training provider
City of Worcester Housing Development Div. (Year 1 ONLY) City Hall 4th floor, 455 Main St., Worcester Coordinating partner
Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce 311 Main St., Ste. 200, Worcester Business/Community partner
MassHire Central Career Center Business Engagement Services Team 340 Main St., Ste. 400, Worcester Massachusetts Workforce Association
Abide, Inc. 483 Shaker Rd., East Longmeadow Employer partner
Ascentria Care Alliance 11 Shattuck St., Worcester Employer partner
Kyle R. Blood GC 1387 Mass Ave., Lunenberg Employer partner
Banner Environmental Services, Inc. 672 Pleasant Street, Norwood Employer partner
Catamount Environmental, Inc. PO Box 160, Wilmington, VT Employer partner
E.T. & L. Corporation 873 Great Rd., Stow Employer partner
Fisher Contracting (MBE, WBE) 11 Webster Pl., Worcester Employer partner
Gold Star Builders, Inc. (MBE) 6 Jacques St., Worcester Employer partner
Muchkin Construction GC 4 Village Rock Lane, Natick Employer partner
Strategic Environmental Services, Inc. 362 Putnam Hill Road, Sutton Employer partner
We Fix It Renovate 11 Apex Dr., Suite 300, Marlborough Employer partner
Worcester Jobs Fund 340 Main St., Ste. 400, Worcester Community partner
Central MA Regional Planning Commission One Mercantile St., Ste. 520, Worcester Community partner
MassEdCo 484 Main St., Ste. 500, Worcester Community partner
Resource Options, Inc. 200 Highland Avenue, Suite 404, Needham Employer partner
YOU, Inc. – Seven Hills Foundation 81 Hope Ave., Worcester Community partner
Worcester Community Action Coalition (WCAC) 484 Main St., 2nd floor, Worcester Community partner
Grafton Job Corps 100 Pine St., North Grafton Community partner
Worcester Public Schools 20 Irving St., Worcester Community partner

Training Syllabi


Info about EPA EWDJT grants and grant contacts, Brownfields news and events, and publications