Southwest Boston CDC: Green Team Youth Jobs and Environmental Education Program Crew Leader

Southwest Boston Community Development Corporation

Building Communities, Building Partnerships

in Hyde Park and Roslindale



2014 Youth Jobs and Environmental Education Program

 Summer Crew Leader Position


Posting Date: January 31, 2014 


Job Title: Crew Leader


Employment Dates: June 23 – August 22, 2013


Work Schedule: 37 hours per week, Monday through Friday.


Program Background

The Hyde Park Green Team is a youth jobs and environmental education program which employs 21 young people, ages 15-17, to clean and beautify Hyde Park’s business district and to work on restoration of Hyde Park’s Urban Wilds. Through educational field trips, community outreach, and trainings with area colleges and non-profits, Green Team program youth develop job readiness skills, landscaping and trail-building experience, youth leadership and civic engagement skills and knowledge of local ecology. The Team travels between work sites by bicycle, learning about road safety and basic bicycle maintenance. Through their participation on the Green Team, youth learn workplace expectations and proper workplace conduct, and become active, environmentally-aware citizens.

To see the Green Team at work, please view our 2013 Green Team video at:


Organizational Background
The Southwest Boston Community Development Corporation (SWBCDC) 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; to strengthen the commercial base of the neighborhoods; and to create vibrant and stable communities through programs and activities that bring long-time residents and newcomers of all ages and diverse backgrounds together. Current SWBCDC initiatives which address the needs of these economically and racially diverse neighborhoods include, in addition to the Green Team, the Hyde Park Community Resources and Hyde Park Action service providers’ coalitions, which aim to improve resident access to employment social, cultural, health and recreation services; and Transit-oriented Affordable Housing and Greenspace Development and Foreclosure Prevention and Intervention


Crew Leader Job Description

Crew Leaders will work alongside and supervise Green Team youth on the following work projects:

·       Cleaning and beautifying Hyde Park’s central business district and distributing anti-littering materials to business owners and residents;

·       Restoring urban wilds by removing trash, yard waste and invasive species, planting environmentally appropriate trees and shrubs, and rebuilding trails; and

·       Conducting community outreach to engage residents in restoration efforts.


Crew leaders will be responsible for planning and leading ‘rainy days’ indoor environmental education activities. They will also assist collaborating educators with training sessions such as resume-writing, personal financial education and bicycle safety. Crew Leaders will accompany youth and educators on the following environmental field trips: a canoe trip on the Neponset River, a trip by bicycle to the Brookwood Community Farm and a trip to Thompson Island in the Boston Harbor.


Key Responsibilities

1.      Execute (and modify when necessary) a daily program schedule including work projects and educational activities prepared by the SWBCDC Assistant Director and Green Team Program Coordinator.

2.      Communicate effectively with organizations providing training and field trips, and coordinate any necessary travel logistics in advance of the 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.      Meet regularly with SWBCDC Assistant Director and/or the Green Team Program Coordinator to provide program updates, receive feedback and discuss challenges.

7.      Participate in 2 weeks of training and orientation at the beginning of the program.

8.      Conduct youth and program evaluations throughout the duration of the program as well as administrative wrap-up activities at the end of the program.



1.      Permanent City of Boston resident between the ages of 18 and 24.

2.      One or more years of experience working with youth

3.      Experience managing a team including planning and coordination, supervision, mediation and conflict resolution and enforcement of established disciplinary procedures

4.      Ability to ride a bicycle and knowledge of safe bicycle riding practices

5.      Ability to lift 25 pounds and work outside for extended periods of time

6.      Experience in, or strong interest in learning basic gardening, landscaping or trail-building skills

7.      Strong communication and organization skills

8.      Experience working in diverse communities



1.      First aid and/or CPR certification

2.      Bike maintenance and repair skills

3.      Experience or interest in environmental issues, sustainability or conservation

4.      Multi-lingual capacity (Spanish or Haitian Creole)



SWBCDC offers competitive pay based upon experience. 



We encourage you to apply as soon as possible, as early submissions will be given preference. Please send a resume and cover letter by email or mail to:

Patricia Alvarez,

11 Fairmount Ave. Suite 101,

Hyde Park, MA 02136.


How to Apply/Contact: 
Send resume and cover letter by email or mail to Patricia Alvarez, 11 Fairmount Ave. Suite 101, Hyde Park, MA 02136,