Southwest Boston CDC Green Team
Youth Jobs and Environmental Stewardship Program
Job Title: PROGRAM COORDINATOR
Hours: May 1 -August 31, 2017, 30 per week
Southwest Boston Community Development Corporation (SWBCDC) is a non-profit organization serving Boston’s Hyde Park and Roslindale neighborhoods. Current projects include youth employment, affordable housing preservation and development, green space preservation and development, environmental justice and transit equity along the Fairmount Commuter Rail Line.
The Green Team program will employ approximately 17 Hyde Park youth ages 15-18 and three Crew Leaders ages 20-24. The Team will work 25 hours per week Monday-Friday from July 10-August 18. Crew Leaders will receive training in late June/early July and will conduct program evaluation and wrap up at the end of August. The Program will offer youth skilled landscape training and environmental education, community engagement training and job readiness training. At Sherrin Woods Urban Wild youth will continue trail restoration, while participating in renovation planning to create more trails and trail heads, scenic overlook seating and signage. They will work with local neighborhood association to educate residents about the planned renovations. At West Street Urban Wild youth will continue invasive plant removal and watering of newly planted trees. At Riley House youth will work with seniors to plan and install a shade garden and seating area in the courtyard.
Youth receive re-built bicycles which they use to travel between worksites, experiencing the value of sustainable transportation and increasing their level of physical fitness. Our staff and our community partners provide a comprehensive combination of job readiness training, environmental education and career exploration including proper workplace conduct and conflict resolution; safety in the woods, bike safety and healthy eating; skilled landscaping and woodland ecology; personal financial management; resume preparation, interviewing, and college planning. Youth also explore careers with the Boston Police and Fire Departments and with the USDA Forest Service. This year we expect to engage some new trainers to teach youth about the history of the Neponset River, current problems, soil and water testing, and restoration strategies. To learn more about the Green Team visit our website: www.swbcdc.org.
Program Coordinator Responsibilities
Working under the direction of the SWBCDC Assistant Director, the Green Team Program Coordinator will have primary responsibility for administering all aspects of the Green Team program. The Program Coordinator will:
Assist with hiring of Crew Leaders and Youth Crew Members
Orient, train and supervise 3 Crew Leaders
Coordinate environmental education and job readiness trainings with volunteer trainers
Meet periodically with Boston Parks Department staff to determine the scope of work and monitor work progress at Urban Wild sites
Create program schedules
Track staff hours and prepare invoices
Participate in work and educational activities as needed to observe the Crew and Crew Leaders in the field, and to photograph the Team’s work.
Attend appropriate workshops and networking events, as determined by the Assistant Director
Work with Southwest Boston CDC staff as needed and participate in staff meetings
Oversee annual program evaluation
Supervising or teaching youth
Youth program development
Experience working in diverse communities
Interest in caring for wooded conservation land or gardening/farming
Ability to ride a bicycle
Excellent verbal and written skills
Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel
Well organized, able to multi-task
Ability to work effectively both independently and as a team member
Staff or intern supervision
Landscaping, trail maintenance, gardening/farming
Bike safety and maintenance
Salary: $25 per hour
Please send cover letter and resume to Patricia Alvarez at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For questions call 617-990-4498.
Southwest Boston CDC is an equal opportunity employer.