Southest Boston CDC Hyde Park Green Team Youth Jobs and Environmental Education Program: Year-Round Program Coordinator

Southwest Boston Community Development Corporation

Building Communities, Building Partnerships

in Hyde Park and Roslindale


Job Opening


Program Coordinator


Hyde Park Green Team

Youth Jobs and Environmental Education Program



Job Title: Program Coordinator

Hours: Year-round, 30 hours per week (negotiable)


Organizational Background

Founded in 2001 to serve the Boston neighborhoods of Hyde Park and Roslindale, Southwest Boston CDC’s (SWBCDC’s) mission is “to develop and preserve housing for low- and moderate-income people; prevent displacement of neighborhood residents; strengthen the commercial base of the neighborhoods, and create vibrant and stable communities through programs that bring long-time residents and newcomers of all ages and diverse backgrounds together.” The CDC has numerous initiatives to advance its mission and address the needs of the economically and racially diverse neighborhoods it serves. Our current programs include foreclosure prevention, affordable housing development, green space development, social service planning and youth jobs and environmental education.


Program Description

The Hyde Park Green TeamYouth Jobs and Environmental Education Program employs 21 high school-aged youth each summer at 25 hours per week, and 4 to 6 youth after school for five weeks each spring and fall. Youth are supervised by 20- to 24-year-old crew leaders. Throughout the April-November growing season, the Green Team works to clean and beautify Hyde Park’s Cleary/Logan Square business district and to carry out restoration work in Hyde Park’s urban wilds. Restoration work primarily consists of trail building, invasive plant removal, pruning and tree planting. Youth travel between work sites by bicycle, learning road safety skills and gaining confidence in city riding. They also participate in educational field trips including a Neponset River canoe trip to learn about river ecology, a Thompson Island work exchange to learn about harbor ecology, and a work exchange at Brookwood Farm to learn about organic gardening. As part of the job-readiness curriculum, youth receive training on topics such as proper workplace conduct, personal financial management, resume writing and interviewing.


Program Coordinator Responsibilities

Working with the SWBCDC Assistant Director, the Green Team Program Coordinator will have primary responsibility for administering all aspects of the Green Team program. The Program Coordinator will:


·       Assist with hiring of Crew Leaders and Youth Crew Members

·       Orient, train and supervise 3 Crew Leaders in the summer, and 1 Crew Leader in the spring and fall

·       Communicate with collaborating organizations to develop program components

·       Meet with Boston Parks and Recreation personnel to determine the scope of work at Urban Wild sites





·       Create program schedules

·       Mange program expenses including invoices and cost tracking

·       Assist with grant-writing and preparation of reports and invoices to funders

·       Attend appropriate workshops and networking events, as determined by the Assistant Director

·       Participate in activities at Urban Wild sites and field trips as needed to observe the crew and Crew Leaders in the field, as well as to photograph/document the Team’s work. 

·       Oversee annual program evaluation

·       Work with Southwest Boston CDC staff as needed and participate in staff meetings



Required Experience:

·       Supervising or teaching youth 

·       Interest in caring for the environment

·       Experience working in diverse communities

·       Ability to ride a bicycle

·       Youth program development

·       Excellent verbal and written skills

·       Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel


Helpful Experience:

·       Staff or intern supervision

·       Landscaping or trail maintenance

·       Bike safety and maintenance

·       Environmental education

·       Budget management

·       Grant writing



Salary: Based upon experience


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


Applications reviewed on a rolling basis.  

Please apply by sending a cover letter and resume to Pat Alvarez at:

For questions, you may also reach Pat at 617-364-7300. 




Southwest Boston CDC is an equal opportunity employer. 

How to Apply/Contact: 
Send cover letter and resume to Pat Alvarez at