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Youth Conservation Corps

Over 710 teens have participated in the Youth Conservation Corps since it began, and we anticipate another 70 youth will serve in the program in 2015, its 21st year of operation. This year, four teams of youth age 15-18 will work along the Neponset River Greenway in Dorchester and Mattapan, the East Boston Greenway, Allandale Woods in West Roxbury, and our Urban Agriculture sites in Roxbury and Hyde Park. YCC teens learn teamwork and job skills while engaged in park improvement projects involving environmental restoration, trail building, landscaping, urban agriculture and more.

The YCC youth have been instrumental in building support for both the Greenways and Urban Wilds by drawing community attention to these spaces. The Trustees/BNAN partner with MA DCR and Boston Parks Department to accomplish the YCC projects.

We are now hiring teens for the 2015 season! Read below for more information. Now hiring also for adult staff, click for information, anticipated jobs posted end of February 2015.

YCC Activities
The Youth Conservation Corps work and education programs focus on restoring habitat and creating access to greenspace and parks. The list below is just a sample of what YCC members do.

  • Create and maintain trails
  • Complete native restoration projects, which attract birds, insects and other wildlife
  • Remove invasive plant species
  • Create murals along the Neponset and East Boston Greenways
  • Learn about current local and global environmental concerns
  • Grow food for donation to local food pantries


    Spring Crew (1):
  • Urban Agriculture Crew - Hyde Park & Roxbury (location rotates weekly)
    Summer Crews (4):
  • East Boston Crew - East Boston Greenway, East Boston
  • Neponset Crew - Neponset River Greenway in Mattapan
  • Urban Wilds Crew - Allandale Woods in West Roxbury/Roslindale
  • Urban Agriculture Crew - Gardens in Hyde Park & Mattapan

Youth will be part of one of the above teams with 10-12 other teens and will engage in physical work projects to improve parks and natural areas or grow vegetables. Corpsmembers will learn about environmental and food justice topics while performing conservation projects, trail building, landscaping, urban agriculture and other similar activities. YCC youth also participate in outdoor programming such as canoeing and biking as well as job skills workshops.


  • 15 - 18 years of age
  • Resident of Boston, Enrolled in high school or GED program. Summer applicants must be registered with SuccessLink at, deadline March 27 (see below for more Hopeline information
  • Resident of Milton - Summer positions only. A limited number of positions is available for Milton residents
  • Ability to perform physical work outdoors in all weather
  • Interest in learning about growing food and/or the natural environment
  • Enthusiasm to work as part of a team
  • Desire to make a difference in your community

Work Schedule:

  • Saturday, May 9 Saturday, June 27 - 6-8 hours per week, Fridays 4-6:30PM and Saturdays 8:30AM-3PM.
  • July 6 - August 14, 25 hours a week: Monday - Friday 8:30AM - 1:30PM

Pay: $9.00 per hour


Deadline to Apply: Monday March 9, First Round. All applications received after this deadline will be considered for our waiting list. While we do hire crew members from that list, you are encouraged to apply early.