Youth Work-Site Coordinator for Edgewood Park Stewardship Program - Summer 2019
The Friends of Edgewood Park, New Haven, CT are looking for a coordinator to create and implement a five-week youth park stewardship work program in the park for summer 2019.
Work and Program Description:
The Site Coordinator will supervise three to five New Haven youth, ages 14 – 18, selected to participate in New Haven’s Youth at Work Program. The youth will work 25 hours per week, July 1 – Aug 2 The coordinator will work 30 hours per week. The Site Coordinator will plan and oversee the young people’s work, most often independently, and sometimes alongside community members and other volunteers. The Coordinator will work with the group to create and implement environmental projects and help the youth learn valuable long-term work skills.
In these Youth@Work park programs, the young people will focus on:
- Infrastructure improvements - such as trail maintenance, tree planting and care, invasive plant control, and trash clean up,
- Environmental education – learning about plants, animals and eco-systems, and park/plant stewardship,
- Work skills development – attendance, punctuality, attitude toward work, and environmental careers.
We are looking for a person who:
- Is excited to work with youth and diverse community members.
- Has youth leadership skills.
- Is creative, flexible, and autonomous, yet collaborative. S/he should be comfortable taking initiative. The position requires collaboration with Youth@Work and community members; working with the New Haven Parks Dept., and the Edgewood Park friends group.
- Have some knowledge of urban parks and their stewardship.
- Is comfortable leading and doing outside physical work.
We can offer you:
- $3080 total, for 10 hours of pre-program planning, and for 5 weeks of direct on-site supervision of the youth program, Jul 1 – Aug 2. (For 24 week days, the youth work 5 hours per day; the coordinator works 6 hours per day. No work on July 4. Coordinator pay is $20 per hour.)
- A base of diverse and passionate community members to help you design and implement the program.
- Financial support for implementation of the program (reimbursement for supplies/tools, etc. as approved by the park group.)
- Administrative support.
- A fascinating summer experience where you gain valuable insight into working with youth, community members, and the City of New Haven on environmental education and justice.
To apply for this position, please e-mail your resume and cover letter to Maria at firstname.lastname@example.org by April 24.