Massachusetts: SWBCDC seeks two Hyde Park Green Team Crew Leaders

7 Mar

Organizational Background

The Southwest Boston Community Development Corporation (SWB CDC) is a non-profit  organization serving the communities of Hyde Park and Roslindale.  Its mission is to prevent displacement of neighborhood residents, particularly elders and those of limited means by developing and preserving affordable housing; strengthening the commercial base of the neighborhoods; and creating vibrant and stable communities through programs and activities that bring long-time residents and newcomers of all ages and diverse backgrounds together.

Job Description

The Hyde Park Green Team is a summer youth jobs program (with possible extension into the fall after-school) which employs up to 15 youth ages 15-17 to clean and beautify Hyde Park’s business district, and to build and maintain trails in Hyde Park’s open parklands..

Southwest Boston CDC seeks two Crew Leaders to work from approximately June 20 –August 19, 2011, Monday –Friday, from 8:30am-2:30pm. The Crew Leaders will work together to plan and supervise outdoor work projects, indoor training sessions and field trips. In all activities Crew Leaders will take an active role, working along side, as well as supervising youth. Work and training activities may include any of the following:


  • Develop and implement of an anti-littering campaign aimed at engaging business owners and residents
  • Clean and beautify Hyde Park’s central business district, Cleary and Logan Squares by picking up litter and caring for flowers
  • In Hyde Park’s urban wilds (parklands) maintain and build walking trails, remove invasive species, and plant eco-friendly trees and shrubs
  • Conduct community outreach to engage residents in urban wild maintenance
  • Maintain a small urban vegetable garden
  • Assist with preparations for Hyde Park’s annual ArtScene outdoor art festival, plan and run a green arts activity for children during the festival
  • Prepare indoor environmental education activities in advance, which can be used on rainy days.
  • Participate in field trips to learn about open space (land and water) protection and management
  • Participate in training activities which may include:

o   resume writing

o   financial literacy

o   workplace rights and responsibilities

o   investigations into the expanding field of ‘green jobs’

o   contemporary strategies for energy conservation

o   landscaping and trail-maintenance skill-building

o   plant and wild life identification

o   bicycle safety and maintenance

o   community outreach and organizing



Key Responsibilities

  1. Create and execute well planned daily schedule
  2. Communicate effectively with organizations providing training and field trips
  3. Provide positive direction and supervision while working alongside youth.  Create a supportive work environment while giving enthusiastic and clear direction.
  4. Explain and enforce strict disciplinary and safety rules.
  5. Communicate with parents as necessary.
  6. Regularly meet with SWBCDC Assistant Director to provide program updates, get feed back, and discuss challenges.
  7. Participate in two weeks of training and orientation at the beginning of the program
  8. Conduct youth and program evaluations, as well as administrative wrap-up activities at the end of the program.


  1. Must be a permanent Boston resident between the ages of 18-24
  2. At least one year of experience working with youth
  3. Ability to ride a bicycle and knowledge of safe bicycle riding practices
  4. Ability to lift a minimum of 25 pounds and work outside for extended periods of time
  5. Strong communication and organization skills
  6. Ability to manage a team including planning and coordination, mediation and conflict resolution
  7. Experience working in diverse communities
  8. Minimum educational experience: High School diploma or equivalent



  1. First aid and/or CPR certification
  2. Bike maintenance and repair skills
  3. Basic landscaping or trail-building experience
  4. Experience or interest in environmental issues, sustainability or conservation
  5. Knowledge of sustainable practices and environmentally friendly clean-up
  6. Multi-lingual capacity (Spanish or Haitian Creole)


SWBCDC offers competitive pay based upon experience.


Please send resume and cover letter to Patricia Alvarez,, by March 31, 2011, to 11 Fairmount Ave #101, Hyde Park, MA 02136. Phone 617-364-7300, fax to 617-364-7360.


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