Internship Opportunity

Project Assistant
The Emerald Necklace Conservancy brings people together to renew, enliven and advocate for the Emerald Necklace park system. Our programs are dedicated to park restoration and maintenance, public education, constituency-building and park advocacy. Focusing its work in the Emerald Necklace parks designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the Conservancy collaborates with the City of Boston, the Town of Brookline, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the many park partners committed to keeping our parks healthy and accessible for all.

The Project Assistant will work closely with the Volunteer Coordinator and other staff to coordinate volunteers and programs designed to preserve, maintain, and protect the historic Emerald Necklace. Strong self-motivation and a diligent work ethic are musts. Interns will develop a strong skillset of non-profit management and operations techniques through collaboration with the conservancy staff. Interns are expected to provide support for existing programs, as well as to develop and lead new volunteer initiatives.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Assist Volunteer Coordinator in managing field work
  • Demonstrate safe and proper tool use to volunteers and provide guidance
  • Manage the quality & technique of work performed by working alongside volunteers and motivating them to accomplish projects
  • Ensure successful and timely completion of work projects through good project management practices
  • Work with Volunteer Coordinator and other staff on office-based tasks
  • Assist, as necessary, with carrying-out workshops, community events, and outdoor activities including occasional Sunday evenings at our Summer on the Emerald Necklace events
  • Enter data in volunteer database

Applicants should be comfortable with occasional weekend and evening work. Programs are scheduled for every Tuesday evening and the Second Saturday of every month.


  • Demonstrated experience leading in an informal or formal environment
  • Experience in conservation service project management, service learning, conservation, or trail/conservation projects and hand tool use
  • Punctuality: ability to arrive on time to work
  • Ability to perform manual, physical labor

Preferred Skills and Experience

  • Experience with program management evaluation
  • Experience in conservation project management, service learning, or trail/conservation projects. May also include experience with landscape management or sustainable conservation practices

To Apply
The Emerald Necklace Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer, with an institutional commitment to employ a diverse workforce. Candidates of color, bilingual and bicultural candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applicants should submit cover letter and resume to

Shattuck Visitor Center

125 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115

Open year-round Monday-Friday:
9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday and Sunday (May-October only):
11:00am – 4:00pm