The New Mexico Environmental Job Training Program

Economic and Workforce Development

Continuing Education

Environmental Technician Training

Register below for the SFCC Environmental Technician Training Session beginning September 20 through October 21, 2021 at the SFCC Higher Education Center located at 1950 Siringo Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The next training session will begin March 28 to April 29, 2022 at the Northern New Mexico College Campus in Espanola, New Mexico.  Registration for this session will begin January 3, 2022.

Do you want a rewarding career in the environmental profession?  Santa Fe Community College’s Environmental Technician Job Training Program provides the training, skills, and certifications necessary to enter a wide range of job opportunities in the environmental profession.

Santa Fe Community College received a Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency to provide training to unemployed and under-employed New Mexicans.

Environmental Technician Training Program

This intensive 5-week training program classes and certifications provide certifications and skills for entry level job positions:

  • General Hazardous Waste Site Worker (HAZWOPER) 40 hours
  • CPR and First Aid
  • Forklift Operator (8 hours)
  • OSHA Construction Standards, 30 hours
  • Confined Space Entry and Non-Entry Rescue (8 hours)
  • Solid Waste Management (8 hours)
  • Hazardous Waste Management (RCRA) (24 hours)
  • Phase I and Phase II Environmental Assessments (16 hours)
  • Environmental Sampling (24 hours)
  • DOT HazMat (16 hours)

In addition to the 172 hours of training, attendees will meet with environmental employers and Department of Workforce Solutions staff to provide guidance on resume preparation and job interviewing skills.

Participants who successfully complete the program are eligible for job placement assistance.

Most entry-level positions offer benefits with an average starting wage between $16 to $19 per hour.
Note: Employers may require health screenings, drug testing and background checks.

If you are interested in applying to the training program, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a High School Graduate or GED
  • 18 years or older
  • Be unemployed, under-employed or low-income
  • Be fully vaccinated for the COVID-19 virus
  • Able to lift 30 lbs
  • Able to attend the entire 5-week program

Frequently asked questions

There is no cost to participants. All fees, tuition and teaching materials are paid for through an EPA Brownfield
Environmental Job Training Grant.

No.  However, eligible applicants may qualified for job assistance through Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act funds.

  • All interested individuals must fill out the  online application form below.
  • A phone interview will be conducted to clarify submitted information, answer applicant’s questions and schedule an in person interview.
  • The in person interview is conducted to determine how the SFCC Environmental Technician Training program can assist the applicant in obtaining a job in the  environmental profession.

  • Applicants who will most benefit from this training based on veteran status, employment status, income and other
    socio-economic factors
  • Applicants who demonstrate that they are able to complete this training and want to obtain full-time employment in an environmental career
  • Applicants must be 18 years
  • Space is limited and applicants may be accepted on a first come, first served basis

Working 20 or less hours per week.

Below is the threshold for annual income based on family/household size:
Family of one: $13,652
Family of Two: $22,373
Family of Three: $30,718
Family of Four: $37,920
Family of Five: $44,746
Family of Six: $52,337

  • Ability to lift 30 lbs
  • Ability to wear a respirator
  • Most jobs we are training for require physical exertion and working in outdoor environments

Job readiness is taught within the program. You will also be connected with employers. However, a job is not guaranteed.

  • There is no drug test or background check for the training program; however some employers may require one.
  • SFCC maintains a drug-free environment.

If you have further questions please contact:
Janet Kerley 
janet.kerley@sfcc.edu
505-428-1896

Environmental Job Training Program Application Form

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