We are currently accepting new applicants for Cohort 12. If you would like to become a PowerCorps member for our upcoming cohort, please fill out our application.

Become a Member

PowerCorpsPHL is a 12-month workforce development program that tackles pressing environmental challenges, including improving stormwater management, increasing tree coverage, and revitalizing public land. PowerCorpsPHL is a City of Philadelphia AmeriCorps program operated in partnership with EducationWorks.

Members of PowerCorpsPHL serve on crews with the City of Philadelphia’s Water and Parks & Recreation departments. All members work on projects the first 5 months and spend the sixth month in intensive career training.

Crews serve Monday through Friday 7:45am – 3:30pm; and some evenings and weekends in park and public lands, recreation centers, public gardens, public riverbanks and waterways, and green stormwater infrastructure sites. After the first six months, members can apply to become a Fellow with an external partner and extend their experience to a full-year.

Applicants Must:

Be a 18-26 year old
Philadelphia resident

Want to transform your
life through service

Have a high school
diploma or GED

*Applicants with criminal background can apply (some exceptions apply)

Applicants Process

Step 1:

Complete the online application
and schedule first interview

Step 2:

Office Interview

Step 3:

Service Site

Step 4:

Final Intake

*During the interview process, all applicants submit a state-issued Photo ID, Birth Certificate, Social Security Card, and Diploma or GED. All candidates invited to our full-time 3-week Pre-Service Orientation must complete their Fingerprint and Child Abuse Clearances, at no cost to the candidate. Upon completion, candidates are sworn in and become an AmeriCorps member and start participating on the service crews.

NOV 19, 2018

Application opens for Cohort 12

JAN 16, 2019

Application due for Cohort 12

JAN 9 – FEB 6, 2019

Interviews for Cohort 12
(first in-office; second on-site;
third in-office)

MAR 4, 2019

Cohort 12 begins
(Full-time probationary
Pre-service Orientation (PSO)
begins fornew member
from 7:45am – 3:30pm)

*Have a question about applying to PowerCorpsPHL?  Come to our office at 990 Spring Garden, Suite 601 on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 9-11am or 3-4:30pm and ask for Ms. Alee Gonzalez, or email her at Need help completing the application.  See How to Apply.

What are the benefits?

  • Living Stipend and other perks – AmeriCorps members receive a living allowance of $484 bi-weekly (before taxes); a monthly SEPTA Transpass; uniform and safety equipment Uacket, shirt, sweatshirt, boots)
  • Technical Skills – Rigorous technical skills training in landcare and environmental stewardship• Technical Skills- Rigorous technical skills training in landcare and environmental stewardship
  • Soft Skills – Workplace skill building, including time management, conflict resolution, networking, & financial literacy• Soft Skills- Workplace skill building, including time management, conflict resolution, networking, & financial literacy
  • Mentorship – Individual mentorship and coaching from a Crew Leader and Career Services Advisor
  • Expungement Services – Possible expungement of record, if eligible

What are the benefits?

  • Education Award- Up to $2,000 for each six-month cohort completed for use towards future schooling or student loans
  • Extra Points on Civil Service Exam

Host or Hire a Member

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Get Involved by:

Hosting an intern or other workplace-learning experience
Hiring alumni
Hosting a tour of your business
Conducting a training or information session

To Apply to host an intern or fellow please apply here:

For more information about hiring or hosting, please contact Devin Hamilton


We are always looking for professional development and training opportunities for our members, so if you are able to support us in that way please contact Devin Hamilton at

There are times in the cohort when our members are looking for extra hour/service opportunities. If you have an event or activity on an evening or weekend and you would like some PowerCorpsPHL people power, please email

Become an AmeriCorps Community Partnership Coordinator

Information and Application

PowerCorpsPHL is seeking dynamic individuals to serve as full-time, 10-month AmeriCorps members from October 1, 2018 through August 16, 2019. Community Partnerships Coordinators (CPC) are full-time AmeriCorps members and will serve together as a small team connecting with community organizations to reach disconnected young adults and support them through the application process for PowerCorpsPHL. Community Partnerships Coordinators will work with organizations across the city, coordinate environmental stewardship service-learning opportunities, and serve outdoors alongside PowerCorpsPHL members and candidates.