Green Team Youth Leader Positions (Full-time, Seasonal)
Who We Are
GWL’s mission and operations are premised on the understanding that environmental conditions are inextricably linked to the economic and social health of a neighborhood. As a consequence, GWL is committed to “changing places and changing lives” through on-the-ground projects that help to transform local communities.
What You Will Do
Groundwork Lawrence (GWL) is seeking individuals with experience in youth development to be responsible for the daily management and supervision of our Green Team Summer 2018 program crews. The Green Team Summer program is a 7-week part-time job and leadership opportunity for 30 high school students in Lawrence to be an integral part of urban agriculture, environmentalism, stewardship, and community engagement initiatives. Two Team Leaders are paired with a group of ten Green Team members to concentrate on one of the focus areas described below.
So Fresh: urban farm and food initiatives
So Green: trail maintenance and invasive species removal at Den Rock Park, local and external parks
So Green: trail maintenance and invasive species removal at Ferrous Park and along the Spicket River Greenway
Along with the primary focus, each crew will spend time working in parks, on the farm, and facilitating the learning of local youth. Each crew will also have the opportunity to attend at least one outdoor adventure. For more information about Green Team please visit: www.groundworklawrence.org/greenteam
Manage Green Team members under the supervision of the Equity Initiatives Manager:
Provide feedback of behavior and work performance
Provide youth leadership and mentoring
Facilitate and lead training of crew members
Maintain a safe work environment
Convey important logistical info (daily meeting times and locations) and manage crew timesheets
Transport members as needed in GWL van
Take part in a 2 week-long paid training to learn about GWL, tool safety, youth leadership and facilitation, curriculum development, first aid/CPR certification and become familiar with summer schedule
Organize and manage logistics for field trips, guest speakers, and activities with other organizations/youth groups
Integrate Green Team’s programming with GWL’s projects, as well as other aspects of our work
Other duties as assigned
Schedule: Monday-Friday with some nights, weekends and overnight trips
Team Leaders also receive weekly feedback from the Equity Initiatives Manager, as well as informal daily guidance from an assigned staff member and fellow Team Leaders.
What We Seek
We hold high expectations for our youth, and in order to reach their full potential we require our Team Leaders to be strong role models. Ideal candidates will possess enthusiasm for working with youth, a commitment to Groundwork Lawrence’s mission, alignment with the philosophy of ‘serving-with not serving-for’, a strong work ethic, and a desire to work hard outdoors.
While our organization is deeply committed to urban agriculture and the environment, we do not require Team Leader candidates to be well-versed in these fields. We seek candidates who are open to learning and engaging with the Groundwork Lawrence mission.
Experience in leadership and positive youth development
Desire to do hard work in the outdoors
Strong communication skills
Basic computer skills: Word, Excel and desktop publishing
Strong organizational skills and ability to balance competing priorities and deadlines
Ability to work effectively independently and as part of a team
Minimum of 21 years of age, US citizen or permanent resident status
Ability to work a flexible schedule (some night and weekends will be required)
Bilingual skills (Spanish/English) are a plus
Experience or desire to work in multicultural settings
A CORI and SORI background check and drivers license is required, as is a safe driving record
Current CPR & First Aid certification (training provided as needed prior to start date)
Additional Preferred Qualifications:
Experience in farming, managing farm operations, and proper handling and technique of farm tools
Experience in farmers markets
Resident of or familiarity with Lawrence Community
Compensation:$14.00 p/hr (dependent upon experience and funding)
Employment Dates: Approximately June 12, 2017– August 17, 2018; 30-40 hrs/wk
Hiring Process: Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. We strongly suggest applicants apply as early as possible before the deadline.
To Apply: Please submit a resume and cover letter expressing your interest in this position by March 16, 2017 at 11:59pm to: Human Resources, Groundwork Lawrence, 50 Island St, Entrance B, Suite 101, Lawrence MA 01840 email@example.com
Offers: Offers will be given by early May.