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Emerald Necklace Conservancy

The Emerald Necklace Conservancy connects people and parks and conserves the Emerald Necklace through projects and programs to enrich the visitor experience and restore and renew the landscape, waterways and parkways. To steward the Emerald Necklace’s 1,100 acres of parkland extending from Boston’s Back Bay through Brookline and Jamaica Plain to Franklin Park in Dorchester, the conservancy works in collaboration with its partners on advocacy, maintenance and restoration, education and access, and promoting park stewardship through volunteer and youth programs.

In its role as a steward of Frederick Law Olmsted’s 100-year old park system, the Emerald Necklace Conservancy will be seen as a trusted collaborator working seamlessly with its public partners to restore, improve, maintain, and protect this iconic urban landscape. This work will be visible to all and recognized nationally for setting standards of excellence and creating best practices in preservation, advocacy, education, conservation, programming, safety, sustainability and park administration.

The Conservancy is proud to conduct youth employment programs across the Emerald Necklace in an effort to connect teens to their surrounding natural environment. These opportunities are geared toward students from Boston and Brookline Public Schools to work in the historic Emerald Necklace parks.

To learn more about the Conservancy’s programs and projects, please visit our website: Emerald Necklace Conservancy

Youth Leadership Program

School Year Employment Opportunity

The Youth Leadership Program (YLP) is a program for youth ages 15—18 that focuses on developing leadership skills. It also enhances communication skills and deepens life science and park maintenance knowledge. YLP is geared toward youth who have already completed Green Team or a comparable youth employment program in the environmental field. YLP runs from October through April.

If you’d like to learn more about YLP or are interested in applying, please visit our website: Youth Leadership Program

Green Team

Summer Employment Opportunity

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 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.

If you’d like to learn more about Green Team or are interested in applying, please visit our website: Green Team

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