WANTED – Summer Program Coordinator: Train youth in urban greening/restoration

Southwest Boston Community Development Corporation (SWBCDC) seeks a Program Coordinator for 30 hours per week from May 1 -August 31, 2017.

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 seniorsto 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.

Start date: May 1, 2017
Salary: $25 per hour

See job listing on SWBCDC website + photo credit.

Download full job description (PDF).

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