Work2Live WELL

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ “skills accelerator training” program.

Work2Live WELL is a personal and professional development program with a fast-track entry into the important career world of the environment and natural resources that combines technical skills and training to ensure a solid foundation for employment and success.

Working in partnership with private businesses, nonprofits, universities and others, the Work2Live WELL program will offer 30 selected individuals the opportunity to receive unique training in multiple areas. The program is designed to offer exposure, opportunity and training in several emerging fields and sectors.

Detailed field training plus classroom sessions, one-on-one mentoring and assistance is followed by opportunities to interview for employment with a private or public employer. Participants will gain important life and technical skills necessary to succeed and thrive in any field.

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Locations and Skills Training

The first year of our pilot program will have locations in Baltimore City and The City of Cambridge.

Forestry training
The Baltimore track (land resources) will include skills training relating to:

  • Forestry
  • Restoration
  • Wildlife management

Young man learning how to inspect oysters
The Cambridge track (water resources) will include skills training relating to:

  • Aquaculture (fish farming)
  • Boating
  • Commercial fisheries

Each participant will be paired with an individual mentor throughout the program for additional professional support.

Training period: March 26 - May 19

The trainings take place over an eight-week period, five days/week, eight hours/day. A stipend will be paid to selected participants who meet expectations of commitment and responsibility. Course materials, equipment/supplies and uniforms are also included free of charge.

Ideal candidates must be 18+ years old, pass a drug screening and will be accepted based on their desire to work and positive attitude and ability/interest to learn a new trade.

How to Apply

Application period: Feb. 5 - March 16

To apply for the Baltimore track (Land Resources):

Attend an interest session at Civic Works, Tuesdays at 1 p.m.
6260 Frankford Ave.
Baltimore, Maryland 21206

To apply for the Cambridge track (Water Resources):

Visit Quality Staffing Services online or in-person
1237 N. Salisbury Blvd.
Salisbury, Maryland 21801


To schedule an appointment in Cambridge (2918 Old Rt. 50 Rd., Cambridge, Maryland 21613), please call (410-742-2600) to speak to Karen Jones.

Graduation: May 23, 2018 at 4 pm

Partners and potential employment opportunities include:

  • Abreau Boatworks
  • Capt. Phips Seafood
  • Composite Yacht
  • Ecotone
  • Environmental Concern
  • Ferry Point Marina
  • Honga Oyster Company
  • Hoopers Island Oyster Company
  • Lindy’s Seafood
  • Maryland Department of Natural Resources
  • Maryland Environmental Service
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Underwood & Associates
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This project is funded by the State of Maryland's EARN Maryland Grant Program, which is administered by the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.


For more information on the Work2Live WELL program, please contact Trystan Sill at or 410-260-8103.​