The Hill to Harbor Corps is a 7-week summer employment opportunity for 15-18 year-olds from the greater Boston area. As members of the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC), teens will work with park rangers to facilitate summer camps for local organizations, lead pop-up public engagement activities, and explore the National Parks of Boston. Youth employees receive benefits such as a student transportation card and CPR/AED certification.
In this 7-week employment program, participants will research and gather stories of leadership within the Boston Latinx community and the three different sites of the National Parks of Boston. Historias de Boston participants will learn how to conduct interviews, record and edit videos, and tell stories so that they can produce short documentaries that highlight the connections between the Latinx and national park communities in Boston.
Green Ambassadors—a program of the National Park Service, Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center, and the MA Department of Conservation and Recreation—provides a summer youth employment and development experience for Boston young people between the ages of 15 – 18. Using the Boston Harbor Islands as a learning lab, this seven week program exposes young people to a variety of natural resource and park management careers, while also cultivating a sense of confidence and community.
First-year Green Ambassadors learn about and experience the science, skills, and decision making of land management, performing important trail clearing, trail building, and vegetation removal on various islands in the park. Second-year Green Ambassadors continue to refine land management understandings and build carpentry skills by working as a team to accomplish a resource management project. The third year culminates with an internship placement that aligns with the individual’s interests and addresses an authentic land management issue.
The Public Lands and Career Exploration (PLACE) Fellowship is a youth employment opportunity with the National Parks of Boston. The PLACE Fellowship empowers fellows with the skills and knowledge to successfully find and pursue careers that excite them, and fellows’ feedback is used to revise the program. Over the course of the fellowship, participants build a more complete understanding of career opportunities by exploring a range of regional parks and programs, learning important professional skills, and building valuable connections with park staff.
The SCA, AmeriCorps, and Massachusetts Service Alliance has partnered with MA Department of Conservation and Recreation and the National Park Service to offer a unique opportunity for young adults looking to gain leadership and hands-on experience in the field of Historic Preservation. 2019 marks the third year for the Historic Preservation in Public Lands program. The goals of the program are three-fold: to build the next generation of preservation leaders; to preserve historic places across Massachusetts while developing apprentice level preservation skills in carpentry, masonry, landscape management; and to serve where there is a need in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.