About Landforce

Landforce helps restore and maintain land and green assets by providing professionally skilled crews who can assist in environmental management.

Our crews are made up of people who have faced a variety of barriers entering the workforce — whether due to former incarceration, poverty, a lack of education, as a returning veteran, or as a new refugee. We work together to address these barriers, establish an Individualized Employment Plan, and identify real long-term employment opportunities.

Landforce is a multi-organizational collaboration designed to maximize program self-sufficiency and impact, and is not bound to a particular land type or geography.

Landforce Mission

Working closely with a coalition of public and private agencies as well as a network of greenspace and workforce development experts, Landforce…

  • Recruits, trains, educates, employs and supports traditionally hard to employ adults including those with limited income and education levels, homelessness, or those who are formerly incarcerated and/or military veterans.
  • Facilitates quality land stewardship services such as: invasive plant management removal, vacant lot stabilization, sidewalk repair, staircase and retaining wall repair, trail building, reforestation, garden maintenance, erosion control, tree care/maintenance, riparian zone management, and additional green infrastructure maintenance needs for a variety of land types throughout the city and county.
  • Facilitates meaningful work combined with customized support services for participants using expertise from an array of workforce and human service partners.
  • Establishes a collaborative brand that creates value for all stakeholders and can be both adaptive and enduring.

Guiding Principles

The following guiding principles grew out of our planning phase when we conducted national benchmarking, site visits and a brief literature review:

  • Public benefit should be maximized (employing hard to employ individuals, conducting high quality work for public sector, providing a labor force to fill an identifiable need.)
  • Landforce will need to be adaptable to different land types, stewardship services and population types.
  • There is a great demand for services – hence market demand will inform program size.
  • Land stewardship is an ideal platform for career development: Participants in the program should gain valuable training, on the job experience, and credentials enabling career pursuit in a variety of occupations.
  • Building strong partnerships with potential employers and land steward and workforce development organizations is crucial.
  • Value can be created for people and places through multi-organizational collaboration, shared services, and inclusivity.
  • High quality workforce development capacity must be embedded within the framework in order to support the challenges of the hard-to-employ and sustain their capacity to remain employed.
  • The development of Landforce should not displace other locally managed community landscape contractors and crews, rather it should partner with them to build strength in the sector.
  • Maintaining a supportive relationship with the hard-to-employ person will help sustain employment even past the initial job placement.

Photo Credit: Brian Cohen Photography