Jobs & Internships
We are currently hiring for the following positions. Please scroll down for more details.
- Executive Director
- Green Team Leaders (June-August 2018, PAID positions now available)
- TerraCorps Youth Education/Community Engagement Coordinator (August 2018-July 2019)
- Additional information about internships
Executive Director Position Summary – Spring 2018
Groundwork Somerville is an action-oriented non-profit focusing on health equity and food access, youth development, building a sustainable local environment, and working for social justice in our community. Groundwork strives to bring about the sustained regeneration, improvement and management of the physical environment through the development of community-based partnerships which empower people, businesses and organizations to promote environmental, economic and social well-being.
Over the last 18 years, Groundwork Somerville has created impact through a broad range of programs, including our Urban Agriculture Initiative, Green Team youth jobs corps, School Garden classrooms, the Mystic River revitalization, summer and winter Farmers Markets, and wide variety of projects that engage our community to improve equity and sustainability in our city. Groundwork Somerville is looking for a leader with the fundraising capacity, professional network, energy, and creativity to grow the impact of these programs.
The Executive Director will focus primarily on fundraising and identifying income sources to drive the growth of Groundwork Somerville. They will also assist the organization with finalizing an administrative partnership with Groundwork Lawrence to allow a structured sharing of procurement, financial management and human resources/talent management functions
This dynamic and entrepreneurial Executive Director will lead Groundwork Somerville into its next phase of work transforming the principles of sustainability into physical demonstrations of change in the built environment. Key areas of emphasis will include working hands-on with a growing Board of Directors and dedicated staff to increase visibility and drive our operational activities. The Executive Director will also serve a primary role as an ambassador for Groundwork, promoting the organization’s work and cultivating relationships with supporters and stakeholders from across Greater Somerville.
The diversity of projects that Groundwork Somerville tackles every year requires an Executive Director with variety of skills and a passion for approaching environmental challenges through a community-driven perspective. Groundwork Somerville believes in the power of collaboration, achieving results by building partnerships, and the imperative of approaching this work through the lens of racial justice. The incoming leader will share these goals, and benefit from the strength of our history, our dedicated and talented team, and the organization’s partners.
Fundraising, Communication, and Collaboration
- Oversee the procurement of Groundwork Somerville’s annual operating budget. Includes creation of annual budget, strategic vision for meeting budgetary goals, and execution of this strategy to ensure fiscal sustainability and growth of organization.
- Apply successful experience in proposal writing capabilities. Identify, aggressively pursue and secure all funding, including grants, gifts, fee-for-service arrangements, in-kind donations, non-traditional funding, online marketing, pro bono legal services, and business partnerships.
- Develop and implement strategies to build and invigorate an active base of volunteers and donors and attract unrestricted funds.
- Utilize relationships to increase Groundwork Somerville’s visibility across local and regional influence networks.
- Oversee and expand tactical communications and marketing strategies to ensure timely and effective organizational updates are provided to a variety of audiences. Includes oversight and delegation of periodic newsletters, website and social media strategy, and other outlets to build awareness of Groundwork and our efforts among Somerville residents and region-wide.
- Act as a strong and enthusiastic networker, tapping a broad range of relationships across the non-profit, food security, youth development, government (local, state and federal), charitable foundation, corporate partner, and educational sectors, including Groundwork USA and other Groundwork Trusts across the country, the City of Somerville, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, National Park Service and US-EPA.
- Work with the Board of Directors, Deputy Director, and Groundwork staff to set the strategic direction for the organization, identify opportunities for partnerships and new initiatives, and secure the financial and capital resources required for a thriving program and project portfolio.
- Oversee financial oversight and reporting, budget preparation and management. With the creation of the administrative partnership with Groundwork Lawrence, work with the shared processes on billing, HR compliance, financial management, payroll, and other business needs.
- Grow the Board of Directors through the nomination, onboarding, and continued engagement of diverse candidates.
- Uphold the values and culture of the organization by fostering a positive and team-oriented environment, putting a premium on racial and social justice internally and externally.
Program Development and Staff Management
- Build organizational diversity, and institutionalize systems that ensure an inclusive work environment for all.
- Support Deputy Director and Groundwork staff to organize and implement projects within Somerville and the Mystic River region that align with overall organizational goals.
- Manage, support and advise staff, including recruitment, hiring, delegation of responsibility and oversight for programs and projects, team building and career development, evaluation, and mediation.
- Directly supervise: Deputy Director and Landscapes Project Manager.
- Demonstrated success in developing and executing fundraising strategies, with particular strength in grant proposal writing and raising funds from corporate and individual donors.
- Experience in budget development and contract management.
- Strong and diverse network of professional relationships.
- At least 5 years’ experience in leadership roles, with success in fundraising and staff management.
- Experience with collaboration across professional specialties within a range of public and private institutions.
- Familiarity with governance, statutory language, advisory boards, administrative partnerships and government agency contracts.
- High level of cultural competency and respect for all stakeholders, with experience working in multicultural settings.
- A passion for Groundwork’s mission and values around racial, social and environmental justice, equity, diversity and inclusion, and an ability to align mission-driven priorities with operational strategy.
- Strong knowledge-base regarding urban agriculture, open space, land protection and urban place-making project landscape.
- Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred.
- Proficiency (verbal and written) in a non-English language preferred (e.g. Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole).
Compensation: Commensurate with experience. Generous health benefits package, as well as flexible paid time off and vacation.
Hiring Policy: Groundwork Somerville is an equal opportunity employer. We consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation/identification, or any legally protected status. City of Somerville residents are strongly encouraged to apply.
To apply, please send: Resume, Cover letter and a Short Sample of a Proposal or Grant, to
firstname.lastname@example.org (as a single PDF file, if possible, titled “LastName_FirstName_EDApplication”).
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until a candidate is selected.
Green Team Leadership Positions – Summer 2018
The positions listed below are designed for people who are older than high school age or have graduated from high school. If you are interested in a Green Team position for a high schooler/teenager, please find information about applying for the Green Team here!
UPDATE 4/24/18: We are now able to provide a stipend of $3,500 for two Green Team Leaders for summer 2018. Priority for these stipended positions will go to Green Team Alumni, Somerville Public Schools graduates, and Somerville residents (but people who don’t fit these categories are also welcome to apply). We are specifically seeking a Market Leader, Farm Site Leader, or Bike Leader, but potential Crew Leaders may also apply. Please submit your application (details below) and note in your cover letter if you fit any of the priority groups above. Deadline is Friday, May 4th. Applications received after this date will be considered if openings remain, until all positions are filled.
The Green Team is our teen employment program. Participants develop leadership, job, and relationship-building skills through urban agriculture, environmental justice, and civic engagement projects. The Green Team hires primarily low-income, recent immigrant, and youth of color from Somerville. Crews work at and bike between various sites in Somerville. The summer Green Team employs 10-20 youth for 7-8 weeks, 20 hours per week. Each week includes work projects, issue-based workshops, team building, and job skills development.
Green Team leaders work closely with each other and Groundwork staff to run an immersive job experience for Green Team members over 7-8 weeks. All leaders participate in 2-3 weeks of training and meet weekly for planning and ongoing support.
Being a Green Team leader is an opportunity to grow as a youth worker, farmer, community change agent, and more. It is a significant commitment of time and energy, both physical and emotional. Past Green Team leaders have described it as one of their most rewarding work or internship experiences. We hope you’ll join us for a fun and challenging summer!
Positions include: Crew Leaders (2 positions), Site Leaders (2 positions), Farmers Market Leader (1 position), and Bikes Leader (1 position)
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and remain open until positions are filled. Feel free to email Rae Axner, Youth Employment Program Manager at email@example.com with questions.
TerraCorps Youth Education/Community Engagement Coordinator – August 2018-July 2019
TerraCorps Service Members apply through TerraCorps and are matched with a host site. Find more information and apply at: https://terracorps.org/become-a-member/#gws1
Applications to be a TerraCorps member are now open!
A service member at Groundwork Somerville will be serving in a blended capacity, with 50% of time in a Community Engagement role, and 50% of time spent in a Youth Education role. Both roles are described below, to provide a sense of the types of projects this individual will be working on.
Community Engagement Coordinators (CEC) build the long-term capacity of their service sites by developing culturally inclusive systems, programing, partnerships, and events.
Youth Education Coordinators (YEC) build the long-term capacity of their service site by engaging youth in service learning, experiential education, and inquiry-based science and nature learning projects.
TerraCorps members engage with their supervisors to develop and carry out three or more capacity building projects over the course of the service year. Some of these projects will involve recruiting, training, and/or managing community volunteers. Groundwork Somerville has proposed the following potential project for their Youth Education/Community Engagement Coordinator:
- Expansion and formalization of our “School Garden Steward Program.” This program activates Somerville community members to help support both the maintenance and garden classes within our school gardens. As a “train the trainer” model, we seek to build a team of volunteer support to ensure high level of garden maintenance and programming across all school garden sites.
The Groundwork YEC/ CEC will work on revising and improving volunteer recruitment practices, assisting in the development and training of these volunteers, and supporting these volunteers at their school sites to be able to successfully complete garden tasks, as well as act as assistant teacher in our classrooms. These deliverables will be based on research of successful existing models across the country. Because this service member will also be providing direct service in the school gardens in the form of teaching and developing the gardens, they will also be drawing from this experience as they help to develop the School Garden Steward team.
- School Garden education: Groundwork Somerville supports school gardens in all 10 elementary schools in Somerville. The Groundwork YEC / CEC will provide school garden education programming for students at 3-5 of Somerville’s public and public charter schools around the city. This will range from school day programing to afterschool programming, and across age groups K-8th grade, with a strong focus on K-6th The focus will be on piloting new curriculum materials, including the World Crops curriculum and Pollinator curriculum.
- high school diploma and relevant experience
- a strong interest in serving with diverse community groups, landowners, and municipalities
- experience teaching or leading groups in the outdoors, preferably youth
- experience with hands-on land management or stewardship projects
- comfortable presenting in front of groups
- strong writing, communication, and networking skills
- able to serve both independently and as a member of a team
- familiarity with Microsoft Office programs
- associates degree or higher and/or certificate, training, or internship in a field related to environmental and social justice, environmental education, environmental policy and civic advocacy, social marketing and communication, or other social science related fields
- experience in community needs assessment
- experience with diversity and inclusion issues
- experience training and managing volunteers
- experience with experiential education, service learning, and inquiry-based learning methods
- experience with curriculum development and lesson planning
- experience in local government, or civic organizations
- marketing experience or experience developing public informational materials
- familiarity with land conservation in Massachusetts
- experience with service learning programs
For questions about our TerraCorps position, contact Jess Bloomer at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 617-628-9988.
Additional Internship Openings & Overview
We will be seeking the following internship positions for the 2018-2019 school year. More details to come.
- Tisch Scholar working with the Green Team (for a Tufts student who is a Tisch Scholar)
- Social Media, Outreach, and Events Intern (for a Tufts student eligible for federal work study)
All Groundwork Somerville Interns work closely with one another and the rest of the Groundwork staff to build a collaborative and engaging work environment. Orientation and training are provided, and weekly meetings are held to provide ongoing support.
We will occasionally create positions for individuals with the right skills. If we do not currently have any internship positions open, or if none of the internship opportunities meet your needs but you would like to work with us, please get in touch at email@example.com.
Groundwork Somerville is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity. Groundwork Somerville does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status. People of Color and those with other marginalized identities are strongly encouraged to apply.