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Paid job training to work on NYC's rooftops

NYC °CoolRoofs by NYC Department of Small Business Services | The HOPE Program

Actively recruiting

Services Provided Internship or short-term job, Training for a new job

Eligibility Adults, Immigrants, Low-income New Yorkers, NYCHA residents, Public assistance recipients, People with justice involvement

Schedule 1 to less than 3 months, Daytime

Last Updated Last updated on Feb 15, 2022

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

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be 18 years or older
  • Be legally authorized to work in the US
  • Be ready to take part in a full-time program and work full time

No diploma or high school equivalency required.

Ideal candidates are:

  • Willing to work a flexible schedule, including early mornings and weekends
  • Able to find their way in NYC and travel to installation sites
  • Able to perform manual labor, including climbing stairs, lifting buckets, and working on a roof in the hot sun
  • Comfortable and able to work with a low Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) paint that contains latex
  • Currently unemployed

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.

The application process includes the following steps:

  1. Attend a virtual info session.
  2. Apply for the program.
  3. Get assessed for eligibility by program staff.