Our Mission

Veterans Green Jobs’ mission is to engage, transition and connect military veterans with meaningful employment opportunities that serve our communities and environment.

Our Vision

The vision of Veterans Green Jobs is that all military veterans will obtain meaningful employment in jobs that offer:

  • The security of sustainable income for themselves and their families
  • The opportunity for professional advancement
  • A sense of personal fulfillment and purpose
  • Encouragement and support in being valued leaders and contributors in their chosen fields

Veterans Green Jobs is dedicated to helping all veterans transition into successful career paths by focusing on opportunities in stable economic sectors related to, for example:

  • Environmental restoration, natural resources conservation and sustainability
  • Clean energy and renewable energy and related technologies
  • Energy efficiency and energy conservation
  • Energy independence and energy security

Our Values

As a company and as individuals, we value integrity, personal excellence, innovation, mutual respect and collaboration. We are committed to veterans and the communities we serve, and to those who share our passion for a greener, more economically viable and sustainable future. We take pride in our partners and employees who work hard to make this mission-oriented organization a success by honoring their contributions, experiences and strengths every day. We value realistic goal-setting, and we leverage our compassion for people and the environment to make our work meaningful with lasting impact.

Wildland Firefighting

Seasonal Employment to Equip Veterans for Firefighting Careers

Veterans Green Jobs’ wildland firefighting program offers seasonal employment opportunities that help put veterans on a career path with state and federal resource and land management agencies such as the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service, State Parks and the national parks system.

With programs in several western U.S. states, we engage veterans in wildland firefighting projects by providing hands-on experience in fire mitigation on public lands. Veterans earn certifications and experience that could lead to future employment in wildland firefighting and related fields.

Crews may include both veterans and non-veterans — and all offer the opportunity for veterans to connect with other former servicemen and women while spending time in the beautiful outdoors and our western landscape.

“There’s a certain structure with fire services that gives me a direction to go.
I like being outside, doing labor and working with others.”

– Sarah Castaneda, Veteran of the U.S. Army

Getting Started

The Warrior Spirit

For Derrick Charpentier, the “big selling point” of Veterans Green Jobs’ program was the outdoor experience. “It’s nice to get away from email and TV for a few weeks and reconnect with the wilderness and nature. We live in the only world we’ll ever get; I’m more committed now than ever to getting the forest back to its natural pristine condition.”

Derrick first launched into trail operations on the Archuleta Trail in the wilderness of Rio Grande National Forest, followed by a week of chainsaw training at Ice Cave Ridge in San Juan National Forest. He received a number of certifications in just six months, including S-212 Wildland Fire Chain Saw certification through Colorado Firecamp, and the S-130/S-190 wildland fire training required of all firefighters before they can work on the firelines. He was also trained in wilderness first aid and CPR.

Derrick’s experience through Veterans Green Jobs has paid off in ways he hadn’t imagined before. He was hired to join Dinosaur National Park’s Engine Crew for wildland firefighting on a seasonal basis. Today, he has a job as a wildland firefighter for the Bureau of Land Management. Read the full story.


About jbarry

I am a United States Navy Veteran. I served during the Vietnam War from 1973-1975. I was an Aviation Structural Mechanic "E". I was raised in South Boston "Southie" Massachusetts and I now live in Lancaster, MA. My interests are photography, sailing, building and repairing computers, cars, the great outdoors, traveling and now website design. I recently graduated Mount Wachusetts Community College, I received an Associate of Science Degree in Automotive Technology. I have attended Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston State Collage and Massasoit Community College. I have a CompTIA "A+" Certificate and a CHDP title. I have retired from The Department of Revenue where I was a System Analyst. I have worked for HP under contract to The Bank of America as a Field Engineer.
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