Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy Position: Youth Programs Intern

Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy

Position:        Youth Programs Intern

Status:           Full-time, non-exempt, Summer 2020

Reports to:   Programs and Business Development Manager


About us:

The Greenway is the contemporary public park in the heart of Boston that welcomes millions of visitors annually to gather, play, unwind, and explore. The Greenway Conservancy has sole responsibility for managing all aspects of the Greenway. We envision a vibrant, inclusive, and evolving gathering place that offers healthy green space; fun, engaging, and thought-provoking experiences; and a testing ground for new ideas. We pursue our mission through park care that sustains year-round beauty, ensures safety, and models environmental stewardship; robust programming that showcases and supports the ingenuity and breadth of our community; and temporary exhibitions of contemporary public art that facilitate artistic experimentation and speak to our current moment; raising the standard of excellence for urban park management.


The Greenway Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity or expression (including transgender) or any other characteristic protected by law.


Position Description:

The Greenway Conservancy is seeking a highly motivated and reliable individual for a full-time, paid summer position as a Youth Programs Intern. This is an opportunity to join a dynamic, young organization and learn the key skills required for planning and executing events both large and small to engage youth audiences in a premier public space.


The primary role of the Youth Programs Intern is to support the Senior Programs Coordinator on play and youth activation within the Greenway parks. Responsibilities will include assisting the Programs Department in its daily operations and supporting its events.


This is a full-time, summer intern position from approximately mid-May to the end of August. There is an opportunity for the Youth Programs Intern position to continue event support during occasional nights and weekends through September 2020. The work schedule is typically Tuesday through Saturday and will include at least one evening shift (12pm – 8pm) a week, likely a Thursday or Friday evening.


The Youth Programs Intern will assist in the planning, execution, and monitoring of the Conservancy’s play and youth programming calendar. Thousands of children and guardians visit The Greenway for great events, nature and art activities, innovative play experiences, and Youth Adventure Days. In Summer 2019, The Greenway hosted approximately 100 events and programs specifically geared towards children, camp groups, nursery groups, and more.




The Youth Programs Intern will work in multiple areas and be expected to:


  • Work outdoors, handle physical tasks, and conduct work with professionalism and compassion for everyone encountered.
  • Act as the lead on The Greenway’s 2020 Youth Adventure Day program including:
    • Liaising with youth organization staff and administration to determine logistics, follow-up on visit feedback, and ensure that all groups are knowledgeable and prepared for their visit to The Greenway.
    • Organizing and managing staff and volunteers for Youth Adventure Day visits including set up/breakdown, touring, guiding, and engaging groups of up to 50 children in a Greenway focused 3-hour field trip 2-3 days per week.
    • Working closely with Senior Programs Coordinator to ensure the delivery of food truck lunch donations in accordance with each visit.
    • Overseeing and acting as liaison for volunteer ambassadors during Youth Adventure Day visits.
  • Act as the lead staff on weekly evening and Saturday Play sessions including planning, prepping materials, marketing, staffing and leading volunteer ambassadors during these weekly events.
  • Manage relationships effectively with visitors/youth organization staff and Greenway personnel to communicate, address, and record issues in need of attention and report them to the Senior Programs Coordinator.
  • Work closely with Volunteer and Senior Programs Coordinator to provide assistance with the ambassador program which increases capacity for youth programming. Duties will include data collection, data entry, session reporting and liaison work with the ambassador program.
  • Write a blog highlighting the summer programs for The Conservancy website.
  • Provide on-site support for Greenway and third party events, including set-up, support during the event, and tear-down.
  • Perform other assigned projects or duties as they relate to event execution and use of the parks such as:
    • Supporting the improvement of program or event management tools.
    • Supporting a project with a focus on data analysis/collection.
    • Supporting partners and providing customer service by connecting via phone or email.
    • Researching new program content for 2021.
    • Managing partner schedules and layouts, and assisting in office tasks and administrative duties as needed.


Skills and Qualifications:

  • Entry level position for a person 18 years or older.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and be able to routinely drive Conservancy van around downtown Boston. Van training will be provided.
  • Bilingual skills preferred, particularly in Chinese language/s.
  • Experience working with youth of a variety of ages, especially ages 4-16.
  • Experience/interest in informal learning environments, creative placemaking, youth development, and/or family programming. Coursework in education or youth development a plus.
  • Demonstrated skill in:
    • Building and maintaining successful collaborations and partnerships;
    • Leading large groups of youth through both directed and undirected play opportunities;
    • Multi-tasking and attention to detail;
    • Written and oral communication with both adults and children;
    • Creative problem-solving and staying calm under pressure.
  • Computer proficiency, especially with Microsoft Office and Google Suite.
  • Familiarity with Social Media and Marketing tools.
  • Ability to work outside in all types of weather, kneel or stand for periods of time, and be able to lift 50 pounds.



  • This is a paid position with sick time benefits. We are looking for assistance up to 40 hours per week with preference given to candidates who are available full-time.
  • The position duration is ~15 weeks, beginning in May 2020, with the potential to continue event support through September during occasional evenings and weekends.
  • Work hours are generally Tuesday through Saturday (including at least one evening shift, 12p-8p), but may occasionally fluctuate based on event needs. A day off within the same week will be provided in return for any additional work days.
  • Work will generally take place outdoors, and the position will require a significant amount of time in the parks in all weather conditions. Indoor office time will also be part of the schedule.
  • We will work with interns to receive college credit if interested.


Application Process:

  • Please email a one-page cover letter, resume, and 3 references to: [email protected] with job title in the subject line. Each file name should begin with applicant’s last name.
  • Applicants are encouraged to send materials by the end of February 2020. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. No phone calls, please.
  • The Programs department has three internships available for Summer 2020. If you are interested in different internships, please note this in your cover letter.