Summary of Position:
The Youth Conservation Corps is an in-depth work and learning opportunity for young people ages 15 to 18 who are interested in outdoor environmental work. The YCC offers paid positions during the months of July and August in Mattapan and East Boston. In May, June, September and October positions are available working in Mattapan on Saturdays. Under the direction of a crew manager, YCC members work in teams of 8 to 10 youth assisting with the stewardship of forests, gardens, greenways and parks by completing hands-on projects that range from planting trees and growing organic vegetables to trail construction and cleanups. The Youth Conservation Corps offers a powerful experience that incorporates leadership, teamwork, and vocational skills into practical projects that provide real benefits to the local community and environment.
Specific work will vary based on individual Crew assignment. Responsibilities may include:
Complete restoration and beatification projects such as planting trees, removal of non-native plants and trash cleanups
Work in community gardens to plant, weed, water, harvest and distribute vegetables.
Complete basic carpentry projects such as the construction of bridges, boardwalks, benches and picnic tables
Assist with educational programs, such as leading nature walks for children.
Deliver presentations to community groups and assist with public events
Property stewardship work including trail maintenance and construction, stone wall clearing, and sign installation
Collect and analyze environmental data such as stream surveys, water quality testing, and natural resource inventories
Maintain a field journal with reflections and observations from fieldwork
Participate in group discussions, teambuilding, job readiness trainings and leadership development activities
Participate in field trips such as kayak and biking trips and annual youth summit
Work with individuals from partner organizations including the Parks and Water Departments, Mass DCR, greenway councils, and with Trustees’ Stewardship Managers & Superintendents
Other duties as assigned with or without accommodation
No prior experience required
Must turn 15 years old on or before July 9, 2018
Cannot turn 19 years old, on or before August 17, 2018.
Interest in learning about the natural environment
Enthusiasm to work as part of a team
Desire to make a difference in your community
Boston residents interested in summer positions must register with the SuccessLink Summer Youth Employment Program at youth.boston.gov by March 30, 2018.
A pre-employment background check is required. Note: In accordance with Massachusetts CORI laws and the Fair Credit Reporting Act, evidence of a criminal history or conviction does not automatically disqualify an individual from employment.
Occasional weekend work may be required
Variable outdoor weather conditions
Ability to meet the physical requirements of outdoor work including using hand tools, lifting 20 pounds and walking over uneven terrain
Benefits and Salary:
This is a seasonal, non-exempt, hourly paid position, with a start date in early July. The position is approximately 25-28 hours per week for 6 to 7 weeks. Pay is $11 per hour.
The Trustees offers competitive compensation and the opportunity to be part of a dedicated team across the Commonwealth who love the outdoors, who love the distinctive charms of New England, and who believe in celebrating and protecting our special places, for everyone, forever.
About The Trustees of Reservations
The Trustees is an organization with a fascinating past and an exciting future. Our places are open to all and we thrive by involving as many people as possible in what we do. Founded in 1891, by a group of visionary volunteers, we preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts and work to protect special places across the state. We have helped protect more than 50,000 acres, including 26,000+ acres on 116 reservations that are all open to the public. We are a nonprofit conservation organization funded and supported entirely by our visitors, supporters, volunteers, and more than 50,000 members.
About the Youth Conservation Corps
The Trustees Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) offers high-quality seasonal employment and educational opportunities to urban youth. The program provides young people experience in a variety of conservation, agricultural, and recreational activities and inspires them to become life-long stewards of their local communities.
In addition to being an Equal Opportunity Employer, The Trustees of Reservations aim to create a thriving, inclusive workplace that values each member of our team. We aspire to reflect and effectively serve the residents and communities of Massachusetts who are at the core of our mission.
We kindly request that you do not call to inquire about the status of your application. Those candidates chosen for interviews will be contacted.