The New Mexico Environmental Job Training Program

Economic and Workforce Development

Continuing Education

Environmental Technician Training

Watch for news of the launch of a FREE 5-week training session to take place at Santa Fe Higher Education Center and Northern New Mexico College


Santa Fe Community College was notified on March 11, 2021, that the college is the recipient of a $200,000 training grant to support its Environmental Technician Training program. Read the EPA announcement.

Consider joining the New Mexico Green Collar Workforce. The New Mexico Environmental Job Training Program is a FREE five-week intensive training that will take place at the Santa Higher Education Center (1950 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe, NM, 87505) and on the campus of Northern New Mexico College (921 N. Paseo de Oñate, Española, NM, 87532). Instruction will be provided through Santa Fe Community College’s highly-ranked EPA workforce development program. Training costs for unemployed, underemployed, or low-income applicants who are accepted into the program will be covered by an Environmental Protection Agency grant. SFCC is in the process of setting up the next 5-week training session. Visit this page for updates later in the spring. If you are interested in the program and would like to be notified when the application process opens, please submit your name and contact phone number to Evelyn Gonzales via email at

Environmental Technician Training Track:

This 5-week program prepares you to be employed as a technician in the environmental cleanup and investigation fields.

Graduates from our program will obtain federal and state recognized certifications such as, but not limited to:

  • General Hazardous Waste Site Worker (HAZWOPER) 40 hour
  • CPR and First Aid
  • Forklift Operator
  • OSHA Construction Standards, 30 hour

Participants who successfully complete the program are eligible for job placement assistance. Most entry-level positions offer benefits with an average starting wage between $12 and $16 per hour.
Please note: Some 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:

  • Able to attend the entire 5-week program
  • 18 years or older
  • Able to lift at least 30 lbs.
  • Be unemployed, underemployed or low-income

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 you can be eligible for a $200 travel stipend.

All interested individuals must fill out an application form. The application screening process is as follows:

  • 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.