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Green Team Coordinator

Groundwork Somerville is seeking a part-time Green Team Coordinator to lead our youth jobs program, be a role model for Somerville area teens, expand program curriculum, and develop an alumni network to support Green Team graduates as they pursue academic and professional careers.

The Green Team program provides 40 youth (20 in the summer, and 10 during fall and spring semesters) with a meaningful first job experience working on community projects, including our urban farm. 75% of program participants are youth of color or recent immigrants. The Green Team is designed as an early step on a path to long-term academic and career success. Participants are trained in hands-on skills, professionalism and leadership, interpersonal skills, and civic engagement. Through the lens of social and racial justice, health equity, and food justice, participants are encouraged to see themselves as leaders in their community, and to make their voices and opinions heard. Participants are also exposed to career opportunities and connected to potential future employers, including municipal and state government departments, universities, and the National Park Service. Along the way, they are encouraged to ask questions and form their own opinions about the state of local and national food systems, environmental issues, and racial and social justice issues in their community. The goal of each project is to connect youth with positive ways that they can make an impact in their city.

In addition to leading weekly programming at the farm and other sites, the Green Team Coordinator will develop curriculum and coordinate the administration of a new Youth Jobs Network. This will involve researching and implementing appropriate training and certifications for youth to prepare them for success in future environmental or social justice careers and study; and to place program graduates into high quality future jobs following the Green Team. In reaching these goals, the Coordinator will connect with other youth programs in the national Groundwork system as well as local and regional programs, agencies, and businesses.

Groundwork Somerville believes that investing in youth, especially those who have had less access to opportunities due to issues of socio-economics, race, and other systems of oppression, and providing opportunities to long-term success ensures our future as an interconnected society. Food security and racial equity are central to our work because they are fundamental building blocks to the more sustainable and just future we envision.

This position is a part time position guaranteed for three years, with the possibility of extending to full time in years two and three.

Essential Functions:

  • Interview and hire the Green Team members for each season (fall, spring and summer)
  • Lead Academic Year Green Team Program (10 hrs/week in fall and spring)
  • Work directly with youth to hold conversations and train them in issues of racial justice, health equity, environmental justice and stewardship, food access and more.
  • Lead Green Team participants in farm and garden tasks, including planting, harvesting, weeding, watering and more (with guidance of Program Director if needed)
  • Oversee leadership of summer Crew Leaders (college-aged) as they directly supervise Summer Green Team Program
  • Develop the Youth Jobs Network and Curriculum;
  • Actively engage youth in civic training, life skills, green job training and career development
  • Participate in community-based advisory committees related to food access, youth opportunities, racial justice and health equity
  • Attend the annual Groundwork USA Youth Summit each fall; potentially attend Yellowstone trip in the summer
  • Coordinate all stewardship, team-building, and educational events
  • Collaborate with community partners to involve youth in regular community service, civic engagement, events and rallies, educational activities, and special events
  • Participate in personal leadership development opportunities as applicable
  • Work with the Program Director on program planning, and summer staff recruitment

Groundwork Somerville has a small staff and the large amount of projects and programs accomplished are through collective action and goal setting as well as independent accomplishments. By focusing on both the local details of our work as well as the big picture impacts, Groundwork works to create and use replicable models for community-based partnerships that solve complex environmental and social & racial justice problems.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Training and/or some work experience in one or more of the following areas: youth education, youth leadership, job training, outdoor education and working with youth of color;
  • Commitment to addressing the impact of racism and other oppressions on health equity and social justice issues.
  • Experience leading groups of teenagers in focused tasks and projects;
  • Interest in meeting new people and networking to discover new partnerships and opportunities for Groundwork and the Green Team;
  • Ability to network and connect with new partners through open, friendly connection building
  • Demonstrated outstanding organizational skills along with strong oral and written communication skills and excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Basic computer skills: Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Google Drive
  • Ability to balance competing priorities and deadlines and to handle multiple tasks;
  • Must be experienced working in multi-cultural, inclusive settings;
  • Knowledge of a non-English language strongly preferred.
  • Experience with developing curriculum, training programs, and evaluation tools a plus;
  • Experience with gardening, agriculture, or landscaping a plus;
  • Must be comfortable riding a bike around Somerville, or willing to learn and develop that skill

Compensation: This position is beginning as a half time job averaging 20 hours a week starting at $18/hour. Due to the seasonal nature of the Green Team program, this may require 30 or more hours a week during July and August, with winter and some spring or fall months requiring less time weekly.  Employee benefits include excellent paid time off benefits and a percentage of health insurance through Groundwork’s health insurance program.

This position reports to the Program Director and is an exempt, full-time position requiring some evening and weekend hours. Groundwork Somerville provides excellent opportunities for advancement and growth within the organization, particularly within this position.

The position will expand in July 2017 and 2018 to at least 24 hours/week at $22/hour, with the potential to increase pending new funding at any time, or become a salaried position.

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, or any legally protected status.  City of Somerville residents, Green Team (or similar program) alumni are strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply:  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  Please submit letter of interest describing your relevant experience and interests and your resume as a single PDF or word document (preferably) by August 1, 2016 to: jobs@groundworksomerville.org. You may also mail your application to Groundwork Somerville, Attn: Human Resources, 24 Park St., #7, Somerville, MA 02143. If mailing an application, please email or call 617.628.9988 first. Applications may be submitted after the deadline, but are not guaranteed a response.

Download this job description here: Green Team Coordinator Description 2016
No phone calls please. Email inquiries may be sent to jobs@groundworksomerville.org

Groundwork Somerville, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, has been making change happen in Somerville, Massachusetts since 2000. Through community engagement, environmental and open space improvements, fresh food access, youth education, and employment initiatives, Groundwork creates the building blocks of a healthy community, and empowers residents to improve their quality of life. Groundwork achieves results by engaging the whole community – residents, youth, nonprofits, government and businesses – in the planning and realization of projects. With this collaborative approach, Groundwork ensures that all stakeholders are mutually invested in the outcomes, the key to stable neighborhoods and sustainable change.

 

Groundwork Somerville’s mission and operations are premised on the understanding that environmental conditions are inextricably linked to the economic and social health of a neighborhood, and that individuals’ health can be directly affected by race and income level. As a consequence, Groundwork is committed to “changing places and changing lives” through on-the-ground projects that help to transform local communities.  Groundwork’s mission is “to bring about the sustained regeneration, improvement and management of the physical environment by developing community-based partnerships which empower people, businesses and organizations to promote environmental, economic and social well-being.”  

 
MassLIFT Americorps Youth Education Coordinator
The MassLIFT Americorps Youth Education Coordinator at Groundwork Somerville will work on a variety of youth focused programs. S/he will support Somerville’s ten school gardens by leading garden classes, co-designing and implementing coordination systems, developing/refining garden curriculum, and training teachers to use the gardens with their classes. S/he will also coordinate the Maple Syrup Project- an urban maple sugaring program that engages 2nd graders across the city in hands-on learning projects, as well as supporting the Green Team- a youth employment and urban agriculture program for at-risk teens in Somerville. Interested applicants should apply through MassLIFT here. Please also send an email to jess@groundworksomerville.org to let us know you have applied.

Internships

Green Team Bike Mechanic Intern (1 position)

 

Hours: 1-3 hrs*/week days and times flexible *Hours can be increased if interested

Description: The Green Team is an environment and urban agriculture jobs program for high school youth in Somerville.  We hire at risk youth ages 14-19 to work at the South St Farm, as well as 8 school gardens around the city of Somerville. Additional projects include river clean-ups, community outreach, and youth advocacy.

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. The Bike Mechanic Intern will be responsible for weekly bike maintenance (broken chains, flat tires, etc.), as well as helping to maintain a system to receive feedback about bike condition from the youth. The Bike Mechanic Intern will also be asked to provide at least one bike maintenance workshop for the youth, to show them the basics of caring for their own bike.

 

Required Qualifications: Basic bike maintenance skills (fixing flat tires, broken chains, brakes, etc)
Desired qualifications: Strong communication and coordination skills.

This is an unpaid position. Community Service credit can be earned and approved by Groundwork Somerville staff.

                                         

 

                                                 Summer 2016 Internships

All Green Team Summer Internship staff work closely with one another to build a collaborative and engaging work environment. Positions are overseen by the Program Manager and Service Learning Coordinator. Two weeks of orientation/training are provided at the beginning of the season, and weekly staff meetings are held to provide ongoing training and support.

In some cases, slight adjustments to start and end dates can be made, but must be approved during the interview process. Groundwork Somerville cannot provide direct compensation for these positions, but 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.

Thanks for your interest!

For more information, or to express interest, please contact Jess Bloomer: jess@groundworksomerville.org

 

Green Team Crew Leaders (2 positions)

Dates: June 15-August 24 (10 weeks).

Hours: 30-35/week Mon-Fri (with occasional Saturdays)

Description: Groundwork Somerville is currently seeking Green Team Crew Leaders for the 2016 summer season. The Green Team is an environment and urban agriculture jobs program for high school youth in Somerville.  We hire 20 youth ages 14-19 to work at the South St Farm, as well as 8 school gardens around the city of Somerville. Additional projects include river clean-ups, community outreach, and youth advocacy. Throughout the summer, the Green Team participates in educational fieldtrips, including a 3-day, 2-night camping trip at the start of the season.

Green Team Crew Leaders will each be 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 themes.

Desired qualifications: experience working with youth, bi-lingual and/or bi-cultural (Spanish, Kreyol, or Portuguese preferred), experience with agriculture, park maintenance and/or outdoor work, commitment to youth empowerment.  Additional skills: strong communication and coordination skills.  Must be able to work outside, lift up to 20 lbs. Must feel comfortable riding a bike in the city, and towing a trailer on that bike (the Green Team rides bikes as a main form of transportation during the summer months).

 

Green Team Farmers Market Leader (1 position)

Dates: June 15-August 24 (10 weeks).

Hours: 30-35/week*, Mon,Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat; must be available on Saturday market days (Weds and Sundays off)

Description: Groundwork Somerville is currently seeking Green Team Crew Leaders for the 2016 summer season. The Green Team is an environment and urban agriculture jobs program for high school youth in Somerville.  We hire 20 youth ages 14-19 to work at the South St Farm, as well as 8 school gardens around the city of Somerville. Additional projects include river clean-ups, community outreach, and youth advocacy. Throughout the summer, the Green Team participates in educational fieldtrips, including a 3-day, 2-night camping trip at the start of the season.

The Green Team Farmers’ Market Leader will manage weekly youth-led Mobile Market booths that travel by van and bike around the City of Somerville. Final locations are being determined for this year, but the likely schedule will include several one-hour stops throughout the day. 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: bi-lingual (Creole, Portuguese, or Spanish) and/or bi-cultural competence, experience working with urban youth; experience with farming or basic gardening knowledge; customer service experience, documentation skills, communication skills, organized and detail-oriented focus.  Must be able to lift heavy containers of produce (up to 20 lbs) and spend time outdoors in hot weather. Must feel comfortable riding a bike, and towing a bike trailer in a city environment. Groundwork Somerville will train on market stand management details and documentation systems.

 

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

Dates: June 15-August 24 (10 weeks).

Hours: 30-35/week Mon-Fri (with occasional Saturdays)

Description: Groundwork Somerville is currently seeking Green Team Leaders for the 2016 summer season. The Green Team is an environment and urban agriculture jobs program for high school youth in Somerville.  We hire 20 youth ages 14-19 to work at the South St Farm, as well as 8 school gardens around the city of Somerville. Additional projects include river clean-ups, community outreach, and youth advocacy. Throughout the summer, the Green Team participates in educational fieldtrips, including a 3-day, 2-night camping trip at the start of the season.

Green Team Site Leaders will coordinate the activities and work plans for their assigned site (South St Farm and Somerville School Gardens are the two sites for 2016). This individual will work closely with the Program Manager 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, bi-lingual and/or bi-cultural (Spanish, Kreyol, or Portuguese preferred), experience with agriculture, park maintenance and/or outdoor work, commitment to youth empowerment.  Additional skills: Strong communication and coordination skills.  Must be able to work outside, lift up to 20 lbs. Must feel comfortable riding a bike in the city, and towing a trailer on that bike (the Green Team rides bikes as a main form of transportation during the summer months).

 

Green Team Bike Leader (1 position)

Dates: June 15-August 24 (10 weeks).

Hours: 30-35/week Mon-Fri (with occasional Saturdays)

Description: Groundwork Somerville is currently seeking Green Team Leaders for the 2016 summer season. The Green Team is an environment and urban agriculture jobs program for high school youth in Somerville.  We hire 20 youth ages 14-19 to work at the South St Farm, as well as 8 school gardens around the city of Somerville. Additional projects include river clean-ups, community outreach, and youth advocacy. Throughout the summer, the Green Team participates in educational fieldtrips, including a 3-day, 2-night camping trip at the start of the season.

A major part of the Green Team’s environmental education is introducing youth to biking in the city 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 bike basic repair courses for the rest of staff, as well as for the Green Team.

 

Required Qualifications: Basic bike maintenance skills (fixing flat tires, broken chains, brakes, etc); comfort in riding a bike in a city environment
Desired qualifications: experience working with youth, bi-lingual and/or bi-cultural (Spanish, Kreyol, or Portuguese preferred), experience with agriculture, park maintenance and/or outdoor work, commitment to youth empowerment.  Additional skills: Strong communication and coordination skills.  Must be able to work outside, lift up to 20 lbs. Must feel comfortable riding a bike in the city, and towing a trailer on that bike (the Green Team rides bikes as a main form of transportation during the summer months).

To Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume to jobs@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.

Groundwork Somerville, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, has been making change happen in Somerville, Massachusetts since 2000. Through community engagement, environmental and open space improvements, fresh food access, youth education, and employment initiatives, Groundwork creates the building blocks of a healthy community, and empowers residents to improve their quality of life. Groundwork achieves results by engaging the whole community – residents, youth, nonprofits, government and businesses – in the planning and realization of projects. With this collaborative approach, Groundwork ensures that all stakeholders are mutually invested in the outcomes, the key to stable neighborhoods and sustainable change.

Groundwork Somerville’s mission and operations are premised on the understanding that environmental conditions are inextricably linked to the economic and social health of a neighborhood, and that individuals’ health can be directly affected by race and income level. As a consequence, Groundwork is committed to “changing places and changing lives” through on-the-ground projects that help to transform local communities.  Groundwork’s mission is “to bring about the sustained regeneration, improvement and management of the physical environment by developing community-based partnerships which empower people, businesses and organizations to promote environmental, economic and social well-being.”

We create jobs, food, green space, and leadership opportunities for environmental justice communities and individuals, through programs that address areas of healthy education, green jobs and sustainable communities. We work with children and teachers in school garden classrooms to connect experiential learning to state curriculum standards, and young people to their environment; we provide jobs and leadership training to low-income and underserved youth in our community; and we are stewards of 31 sites throughout the region, which we maintain, cleanup, and grow food in, including the South Street Farm – Somerville’s first urban farm; the Mystic River; and 10 Garden Classrooms in every elementary school in Somerville.