Jobs & Internships
Unfortunately, Groundwork Somerville does not have any job openings available at this time. However, please check back soon, since we do often post employment opportunities here!
If you are interested in volunteering with Groundwork Somerville, please check out the Volunteer Opportunities page.
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, would like to sign up for a volunteer opportunity, or would like to apply for an internship, please contact the appropriate coordinator listed below (do not mail resumes or other materials unless specifically requested):
Kristin, Green Team Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lee, Gardens Coordinator, Lee@groundworksomerville.org
Chris, Executive Director, Chris@groundworksomerville.org
Other/not specified, email@example.com
*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.*
Farmers’ Market Intern: 1-2 Openings
Months: May-October (Preference will be given to individuals who are available to start in late May and are able to continue through the fall, but summer-only interns will also be considered.)
Hours: 12-15/week, must be available on Saturday market days and/or Thursdays.
Description: Farmers’ Market Intern will manage weekly youth-led Mobile Market booths at the Mystic & Clarendon Hill/North St housing developments and at Glen Park on Saturdays, as well as at the Council on Aging center on Thursdays. Farmers’ Market Intern may also assist with pre-market harvest, weighing, sorting, and packaging produce on Fridays and Saturday mornings.
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, and detail-oriented focus. Must be able to lift heavy containers of produce and spend time outdoors in hot weather! Groundwork Somerville will train on market stand management details and documentation systems. (Kristin)
Green Team Supervisor: 2-3 Openings
Months: June-August. Green Team works from July 2-August 24; Supervisors will start on June 15 to plan and prepare for the program.
Description: Groundwork Somerville is currently seeking Green Team Supervisors for the 2013 summer season. The Green Team is an environmental jobs program for high school youth in Somerville. This summer they will focus on improving a riverside park in Somerville (Blessing of the Bay), leading community outreach projects, maintaining Groundwork Somerville’s urban agriculture site, the South Street Farm, and harvesting produce from schoolyard gardens.
Supervisors will each be assigned to a team of 8 (7 youth workers and 1 youth assistant) to carry out environmental stewardship and advocacy projects. Teams and Supervisors will work on some projects together, and independently for the majority of the summer, coming together for community meals each week, volunteer projects, and a 3-day, 2-night camping trip the second week of July.
Desired qualifications: experience working with urban youth, bi-lingual and/or bi-cultural (Spanish, Kreyol, or Portuguese preferred), experience with park maintenance, horticulture, and/or outdoor work, commitment to youth empowerment. Additional skills: comfort riding a bicycle in the city (the Green Team rides bikes as a main form of transportation during the summer months); strong communication and coordination skills. (Kristin)
Garden Youth Crew Leader: 1-2 openings
Months: July 2-August 24 (8 weeks); can start earlier if available
Hours: 24 hours/week
Description: Garden Youth Crew is an apprenticeship program for middle-school youth from Somerville interested in gardening, urban agriculture, environmental advocacy, and nature. Structured somewhat like a day-camp, the group of 6-10 middle schoolers meet 3-4 days a week to learn about gardening, agriculture, and to maintain 2-3 of Groundwork’s Schoolyard Gardens. The crew also works together to create a value-added product from the gardens to sell at local farmers markets. Crew members receive a $50 stipend for completing the program.
The Garden Youth Crew Leader will plan and coordinate the Garden Youth Crew, developing activities, workshops, and projects. From early July to mid-August, they will supervise and lead the Garden Youth Crew with advisory help from Groundwork Somerville’s Gardens Coordinator, Lee Dwyer, meeting weekly with Lee to plan and improve each week’s programming. The Garden Youth Crew Leader will be responsible for leading the youth in maintaining two school gardens, running educational activities, and planning activities and trips throughout the summer; they will also be in charge of promoting positive youth development and team work and ensuring students’ basic safety.
Desired qualifications: experience working with middle-school youth(e.g. teaching groups of students, being a camp counselor, tutoring/mentoring); experience gardening and/or farming; leadership and coordination ability; strong communication skills; ability to work outdoors during the summer heat; a sense of humor! (Lee)
Administrative Intern: 1 opening
Months: June – August (3 months), start/end date flexible
Hours: TBD with Intern (about 15-35/week)
Description: The Administrative Intern will assist the Executive Director with all aspects of the efficient functioning of a nonprofit organization. This will include tasks such as facilitating relationships with project and program partners, including the City of Somerville; volunteer and donor cultivation and tracking; composing monthly e-newsletters; website maintenance and updates; and payroll. Other projects may include creating new outreach materials and brochures; coordinating equipment and supply needs with Program Coordinators; grant research and writing; and in-person outreach and event coordination. To some degree, this position’s responsibilities can be tailored to the interests of the intern so they may gain the most from the work experience.
Desired qualifications: experience in volunteer coordination, donor recruitment/tracking, development, grant-writing, and/or marketing/outreach; strong writing, communication, and organization skills; basic knowledge of social media management; familiarity with the basic operation of a small non-profit organization. (Chris)