Current summer internship openings include:

  • Green Team Crew Leaders (2 positions available)
  • Green Team Farmers Market Leader (1 position available)
  • Green Team Site Leaders (2 positions available)
  • Green Team Bike Leader (1 position available)
  • Outreach, Social Media, and Events Intern (1 position available)

Please read on for full description and application instructions.

Overview:
All Groundwork Somerville Interns work closely with one another and the rest of the Groundwork staff to build a collaborative and engaging work environment. Positions are overseen by the Program Director and Green Team Coordinator. Orientation and training are provided, and weekly staff meetings are held to provide ongoing support.

In some cases, slight adjustments to start and end dates can be made, but must be approved during the interview process. Groundwork Somerville regrets that we cannot provide direct compensation for these positions. We encourage individuals to look for funding sources, including from their college or university, or through other summer internship funding programs like The Forest Foundation, and will do what we can to support that process.

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.

Thank you for your interest! We look forward to getting to know you.

For more information please visit groundworksomerville.org or contact Rae Axner, Green Team Coordinator: rae@groundworksomerville.org.

To apply, send a resume and cover letter describing yourself and your experience, and clearly stating which position (or positions) you are interested in for summer 2017. Applications submitted by Friday, March 31st will be prioritized. Those received after that date will be considered on a rolling basis.

 

Full Internship Descriptions: 

 

Green Team Crew Leaders (2 positions available)

Dates: Monday, June 12 through Wednesday, August 23 (10 weeks)

Hours: 30-35 hours per week, Monday-Friday (with occasional Saturdays required)

Description:

The Green Team is an environmental and urban agriculture jobs program for high school youth in Somerville. We hire 20 youth ages 14-19 to work with us for eight weeks during the summer, with the option to continue into the school year. The Green Team’s main summer projects are working at the South St Farm and eight school gardens around the City of Somerville, in addition to staffing the mobile farmers market. Additional summer projects include river clean-ups, community outreach, youth advocacy, and educational field trips. The summer Green Team may also continue working on projects from the academic year, which include supporting development without displacement in Somerville, participating in community conversations to address racism, and building a youth jobs network.

Green Team Crew Leaders will each lead a team of 10 (9 youth crew members and 1 youth assistant leader) to carry out agriculture, environmental stewardship and advocacy projects. Crew Leaders also deliver workshops for the youth about our food system, social justice, and environmental issues.

Desired qualifications:

  • Experience working with youth in a multicultural setting
  • Bilingual and/or bicultural (Spanish, Haitian Kreyol, or Portuguese preferred)
  • Experience or strong interest in farming, gardening, agriculture, and/or other outdoor work
  • Commitment to youth empowerment and anti-oppression work
  • Experience facilitating workshops, conversations, or classrooms

Additional skills:

  • Strong communication skills
  • Excited to work as a member of a team with many moving parts
  • Must be able to work outside in hot weather and lift up to 20 pounds
  • Must feel comfortable riding a bike in the city (the Green Team rides bikes as a main form of transportation during the summer months)

 

Green Team Farmers Market Leader (1 position available)

Dates: Monday, June 12 through Wednesday, August 23 (10 weeks)

Hours: 30-35 hours per week: Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat (must be available on Saturday for market days; Weds and Sun off)

Description:

The Green Team is an environmental and urban agriculture jobs program for high school youth in Somerville. We hire 20 youth ages 14-19 to work with us for eight weeks during the summer, with the option to continue into the school year. The Green Team’s main summer projects are working at the South St Farm and eight school gardens around the City of Somerville, in addition to staffing the mobile farmers market. Additional summer projects include river clean-ups, community outreach, youth advocacy, and educational field trips. The summer Green Team may also continue working on projects from the academic year, which include supporting development without displacement in Somerville, participating in community conversations to address racism, and building a youth jobs network.

The Green Team Farmers Market Leader will help to manage weekly youth-led Mobile Market booths that travel by van and bike around the city of Somerville. The mobile nature of this market helps ensure that low income communities around the city have access to the fresh food grown by our youth team and other area farms. The primary market day will be Saturdays. The Farmers Market Leader will also assist with pre-market harvest, weighing, sorting, and packaging produce on Fridays and Saturday mornings. On non-market days, the Farmers Market Leader provides extra support to the Green Team crew leaders and crew members at South St Farm, including co-leading workshops and engaging youth in agricultural tasks.

Desired qualifications:

  • Bilingual and/or bicultural (Spanish, Haitian Kreyol, or Portuguese preferred)
  • Experience or strong interest in farming, gardening, agriculture, and/or other outdoor work
  • Experience with customer service and sales documentation (training on market stand management and documentation systems will be provided)
  • Experience working with youth in a multicultural setting
  • Commitment to youth empowerment and anti-oppression work

Additional skills:

  • Organized and detail-oriented
  • Strong communication skills
  • Excited to work as a member of a team with many moving parts
  • Must be able to work outside in hot weather and lift up to 20 pounds
  • Must feel comfortable riding a bike in the city and towing a bike trailer in a city environment (the Green Team rides bikes as a main form of transportation during the summer months)

 

Green Team Site Leader (2 positions available: Farm Leader and School Gardens Leader)

Dates: Monday, June 12 through Wednesday, August 23 (10 weeks)

Hours: 30-35 hours per week, Monday-Friday (with occasional Saturdays required)

Description:

The Green Team is an environmental and urban agriculture jobs program for high school youth in Somerville. We hire 20 youth ages 14-19 to work with us for eight weeks during the summer, with the option to continue into the school year. The Green Team’s main summer projects are working at the South St Farm and eight school gardens around the City of Somerville, in addition to staffing the mobile farmers market. Additional summer projects include river clean-ups, community outreach, youth advocacy, and educational field trips. The summer Green Team may also continue working on projects from the academic year, which include supporting development without displacement in Somerville, participating in community conversations to address racism, and building a youth jobs network.

Green Team Site Leaders will coordinate the activities and work plans for their assigned site (either South St Farm or Somerville School Gardens). This individual will work closely with the Program Director to create a weekly work plan for their site. They will work with the Green Team Crew Leader to guide the Green Team crew through work and workshops each day.

Desired qualifications:

  • Experience working with youth in a multicultural setting
  • Bilingual and/or bicultural (Spanish, Haitian Kreyol, or Portuguese preferred)
  • Experience or strong interest in farming, gardening, agriculture, and/or other outdoor work
  • Commitment to youth empowerment and anti-oppression work
  • Experience facilitating workshops, conversations, or classrooms

Additional skills:

  • Strong communication skills
  • Excited to work as a member of a team with many moving parts
  • Must be able to work outside in hot weather and lift up to 20 pounds
  • Must feel comfortable riding a bike in the city (the Green Team rides bikes as a main form of transportation during the summer months)

 

Green Team Bike Leader (1 position available)

Dates: Monday, June 12 through Wednesday, August 23 (10 weeks)

Hours: 30-35 hours per week, Monday-Friday (with occasional Saturdays required)

Description:

The Green Team is an environmental and urban agriculture jobs program for high school youth in Somerville. We hire 20 youth ages 14-19 to work with us for eight weeks during the summer, with the option to continue into the school year. The Green Team’s main summer projects are working at the South St Farm and eight school gardens around the City of Somerville, in addition to staffing the mobile farmers market. Additional summer projects include river clean-ups, community outreach, youth advocacy, and educational field trips. The summer Green Team may also continue working on projects from the academic year, which include supporting development without displacement in Somerville, participating in community conversations to address racism, and building a youth jobs network.

A major part of the Green Team’s environmental education is introducing youth to biking in the city as a viable healthy and accessible transportation option. In addition to helping lead the Green Team in daily activities, the Green Team Bike Leader will be responsible for any daily bike maintenance required (broken chains, flat tires, etc.), as well as the organization and assignment of bikes to youth. The Bike Leader may be required to teach inexperienced youth to bike as needed and will lead basic bike repair courses for the Green Team. While bike fixing skills are strongly desired, strong interest and enthusiasm for learning bike skills will be considered as well.

Desired qualifications:

  • Experience working with youth in a multicultural setting
  • Bilingual and/or bicultural (Spanish, Haitian Kreyol, or Portuguese preferred)
  • Must be comfortable riding a bike around the city and teaching others bike riding and bike safety skills
  • Experience with bike repair strongly desired; ability to lead basic bike repair workshops
  • Experience or strong interest in farming, gardening, agriculture, and/or other outdoor work
  • Commitment to youth empowerment and anti-oppression work

Additional skills:

  • Strong communication skills
  • Excited to work as a member of a team with many moving parts
  • Must be able to work outside in hot weather and lift up to 20 pounds

 

Outreach, Social Media, and Events Intern (1 position available)

Dates: Monday, June 12 through Wednesday, August 23 (10 weeks)

Hours: 8-15 hours per week, schedule flexible (Mondays preferred)

Description: The Outreach, Social Media and Events Intern will help Groundwork with all the public facing elements of our work. This will include:

  • Creating material that highlights Groundwork Somerville’s work, to be published on Facebook, Instagram and other social media
  • Developing fliers and permanent signage for public outreach events (mobile farmers market, tabling events, etc.)
  • Event planning and execution: assisting in the delivery of a variety of Groundwork events, including seasonal celebrations, fundraisers, and workshops.

Desired qualifications:

  • Experience with social media, non-profit outreach and marketing, and/or event planning
  • Bilingual and/or bicultural (Spanish, Haitian Kreyol, or Portuguese preferred)
  • Commitment to youth empowerment and anti-oppression work
  • Attention to detail and visuals
  • Experience with visual arts and/or graphic design a plus

Additional skills:

  • Strong communication skills
  • Excited to work as a member of a team with many moving parts

 

 

o Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume to rae@groundworksomerville.org in the form of a single PDF file. Only those whose applications are being considered will be contacted. No phone calls please.

Groundwork Somerville is an equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.