• The Emerald Necklace youth programs

Green Team Summer Program

Employment opportunities for youth in Boston’s historic parks

The Green Team Summer Program combines park maintenance, nature connection, environmental education, team building and work skills development into a unique program. During the six-week intensive program (July 5–August 12, 2016) 30 youth crew members meet for a total of 25 hours each week. Summer Green Team Program applicants must be Boston residents and between the ages of 15-18 years old.

The Green Team crew members work outdoors performing duties such as invasive plant removal, weeding and plant bed maintenance. Hands-on nature connection and environmental education activities are woven into the program in order to build an awareness and understanding of natural systems. In order to further enhance environmental learning and understanding, crew members participate in a day of canoeing and a nature connection overnight experience. Crew members are divided into three groups of ten and learn and work under the guidance of two crew leaders.

City of Boston’s Department of Youth Engagement and Employment Information

  • Applicants must be a resident Boston and be between the ages of 15-18
  • Applicants must be registered with the Department of Youth Engagement and Employment in order to participate
  • To register go to SucessLink
  • Registration is between early February through March 2017 through SuccessLink
  • Once you have registered through SuccessLink, you must complete the Green Team Application and return it, along with a letter of recommendation, to Kent Jackson, Education Director. It can be mailed to the Emerald Necklace Conservancy, 125 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115 or emailed to kjackson@emeraldnecklace.org. If you have questions, contact Kent by phone at 617-522-2700.
  • Applications are reviewed on a first come first served basis.

Youth programs are generously supported by: Boston Youth Fund; Brookline Community Foundation’s Brookline Youth Fund; The Charlotte Foundation; City of Boston; Cummings Foundation; Inner Spark Foundation; Jane B. Cook 1992 Charitable Trust; The Starbucks Foundation; Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council; the Hamilton Companies Charitable Foundation; and Bank of America.

Green Team Summer Program

Questions: Contact Kent Jackson, Director of Education, at kjackson@emeraldnecklace.org or 617-522-2700