Jobs & Internships

Job Openings

The National Park Service is currently accepting applications for the 2014 Branching Out Program. Branching Out is an outdoor, summer work experience that provides young people (ages 16 – 24 by July 1) with an overview of landscape maintenance practices through educational
workshops and hands-on fi eld experiences. Landscape maintenace: the process of keeping a landscape (park, garden, yard, etc..) clean, safe,
healthy and attractive. This is a 38-40 hour/week, paid experience. Hourly
rates start at $10.00/hour. Participants will:
• Learn about the historical significance of national
parks and how to maintain them.
• Gain hands-on experience in tree and shrub care,
turf management, and formal garden maintenance.
• Receive training and certification in use of power
• Receive special training specific to your interests.
• Discover education pathways to college or training.
• Explore career paths such as gardener,
horticulturist, or arborist.
• Visit a national park in another state.

Applicants may be eligible for an 8 – 10 week position.
Experience is not required, but placement is based on
the applicant’s level of skill and interest in the field of
landscape maintenance.

U.S. Department of the Interior
National Park Service
Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation
For more information contact Michelle Pizzillo at
617/241-6954 ex: 268 or
To apply, return the completed application to:

Celena Illuzzi
Olmsted Center for Landsacape Preservation
Charlestown Navy Yard, Quarters C
Boston, MA 02129
Or fax your application to: 617/241-3952
Applications must be received by March 14, 2014.
Applications received after March 14th will not
be reviewed.

2014 Branching Out Application


We are now hiring for our summer 2014 Green Team and National Park Preservers!

What is the Green Team?

The Green Team is a youth jobs leadership program for Somerville teens. Hired youth will work in teams to improve the environment, fight for environmental justice, and learn about where you live, work, and play!

What do we do?

The Green Team will work on teams involved with Urban Agriculture, Urban Forestry, and Mystic River Management. Responsibilities will include harvesting, weeding, learning to grow vegetables, managing a farmer’s market table, removing water chestnuts from the Mystic River and much more. You will learn to trust your voice, travel by bike in the city, work effectively on a team, identify and complete projects, and lead volunteer days. Be ready to get dirty, sweaty, and healthy!

How much does it pay?

Green Team members work 24 hours/week during the summer at $8/hour. Team members will also be expected to complete 20 hours of community service. Work days are Tuesday-Friday and volunteer hours will be completed on Fridays, Saturdays and weekday nights.

When is it?

The Green Team will run from July 1-August 22 including a three day camping trip in mid-July.

Green Team Summer Application 2014

What is National Park Preservers?

National Park Preservers (NPP) is a youth jobs program for 18-25 year olds with some connection to Somerville, MA who will train and work in the Minuteman National Historic Park throughout the summer in the rehabilitation of historic agricultural fields within Minute Man National Historical Park. This work will improve overgrown agricultural fields within the Battle Road Unit of the park. The work will include clearing overgrown vegetation along historic stone walls and removal of invasive plant species from cultural landscapes. They will also install livestock fencing to allow animals to graze the fields, and clear agricultural ditches to help drain the fields. Improvements to the park’s cultural landscape will increase visitor enjoyment of park resources and visitor understanding of the opening battle of the American Revolution. Work will include clearing invasive vegetation from overgrown fields and stone walls, rebuilding stone walls, thinning overgrown hedgerows, installing livestock fencing, clearing agricultural drainage ditches, assisting with farm activities and other tasks associated with preserving the park’s historic agrarian landscape.

Youth will also receive hands-on training at Minute Man National Park, with instruction, project oversight and supervision of Park based training activities provided by park staff. Preservation training on historic agricultural landscape and field rehabilitation will include some or all of the following: clearing invasive vegetation from overgrown fields and stone walls, rebuilding stone walls, thinning overgrown hedgerows, installing livestock fencing, eradicating non-native invasive plants, clearing agricultural drainage ditches, assisting with farm activities and other tasks associated with preserving the park’s historic agrarian landscape.

Project supplies and uniforms: Boots, gloves, poison ivy scrub and other essential supplies will be provided for the work to be done at MNHP.

National Park Service Volunteer Hours: Each NPP member will participate in periodic volunteer service projects around the City of Somerville. These service projects can include, but are not limited to: clean up of vacant lots, maintenance of urban agriculture sites, an invasive species clearing along the Mystic River, partnerships with local businesses, and outreach for public meetings. Due to the rigorous schedule of the program, this will not exceed four days throughout the summer, and are to be performed generally on weekends and after work hours as possible.


This will be a full time job from July 1 – August 23, 40 hours a week, 8am-4pm in the park. Employees may arrive under their own transportation, or may meet at 7am at the Gorundwork Office at 24 Park St. in Somerville to receive a ride to the Park. They may also return in this fashion, arriving back in Somerville at 5pm. Pay is $11/hour.

How do I apply?

Return the attached application to Chris Mancini at Groundwork Somerville by the deadline MAY 9th, 2014!

Questions: Contact Kristin at, 617-628-9988, or stop by the Groundwork Somerville office:

National Park Preservers Application 2014


Please check out the rest of our website first to learn about our programs, events, and staff, and read the descriptions below thoroughly.  If you have questions or would like to apply for an internship not listed below, please contact the appropriate coordinator in the description (do not mail resumes or other materials unless specifically requested):

*Unfortunately, due to budget constraints the following internship opportunities are currently unpaid.  If you are a student, we may be able to help you seek funding through your school’s work-study program, community service office, or fellowships.*

Unfortunately we do not have any current internship opportunities, but fall opportunities will be added soon! If you are interested in volunteering with Groundwork Somerville, please check out the Volunteer Opportunities page.