Youth Project Leader Temporary

Job Locations US-MA-Springfield
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(7/14/2021 2:42 PM)
Job ID
# of Openings
Children and Youth
Fiscal Sponsorship Organizations
Location : Name
Gardening The Community


Founded in 2002, in Springfield, MA, Gardening the Community ( (GTC), a fiscally sponsored project of TSNE (, is a food justice organization engaged in youth development, urban agriculture and sustainable living to build healthy and equitable communities.  GTC works with youth to grow food on vacant lots and organizes to expand healthy, affordable food access in the Mason Square neighborhoods of Springfield. GTC’s vision includes building a vibrant, healthy food system with just and equal access to it – one that recognizes and addresses inequity - so racism no longer determines the health or well-being of a neighborhood or community.


GTC Project Leaders are senior youth who have been chosen for summer leadership positions. This is usually a 8-week long position, dependent on the season and funding resources. Two positions are funded for up to 15 hours/week and paid $14/hour for a maximum of 8 weeks/each. 


Project Leaders will be assigned one or two specific areas of responsibility according to organization needs at that time.  In addition, all project leaders will have the following general duties and responsibilities:


Essential Functions

  • Assist with managing the daily participation, involvement and leadership development of all youth participants of GTC;
  • Assist with the management of the timely completion of youth related paperwork and/or summer youth timesheets;
  • Develop a continued critical analysis of food justice and food access;
  • Assist with implementing production plans for GTC plots including growing, composting, sustainability, pest management and site maintenance;
  • Assist with harvesting;
  • Assist with the management of the Farm Share and Farm store as needed, including bicycle delivery;
  • Assist with data inputting and analysis;
  • Provide leadership and guidance to small groups of youth, adults, or volunteers on site;
  • Attend GTC Staff Meetings and Board Meetings;
  • Assist with other organizational activities including fundraising, events, and office management as appropriate.


We will consider exceptional candidates who demonstrate a strong combination of the specific qualifications and skills described below.

  • Interest in issues relating to local food, food access, and sustainable agriculture;
  • Knowledgeable of GTC programs and history;
  • Knowledgeable of Food Justice and Food Access issues and solutions;
  • Participation in GTC Winter Curriculum and at least two full seasons with GTC;
  • Participation as a Youth Leader with GTC;
  • Completion of Undoing Racism Workshop;
  • Experience assisting staff with new youth, interns, and volunteers in a farm or garden setting (with GTC or other similar organization);
  • Experience leading a group (large or small);
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team;
  • Must be in High School (grades 11-12), college or a recent college graduate;
  • Minimum 2-3 years prior involvement w/ GTC;
  • Must pass a background check.

Physical Demands/Work Environment


The physical demands described here are representative of those for this position. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. Work is performed in an office environment and in close proximity to other workers.


While performing the duties of this position, the employee is required to:

  • Handle, or feel objects, tools or controls;
  • Reach; traverse; sit (usually for longer periods of time); occasionally ascend/descend; and position self (to) move;
  • Occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds;
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate;
  • Job is not subject to significant occupational or environmental hazards;
  • Likelihood of personal injury would be relatively slight;
  • Environmental and work hazards are not present to a measurable degree.

Compensation and Benefits


Location: Work will be primarily performed in Springfield, MA.

Compensation: The starting salary for this position is $14.00/hr..


TSNE/Gardening the Community envisions a society grounded in the principles of social and economic justice. As such, we strive to achieve excellence through a diverse and inclusive workplace that honors the unique talents and lived experiences of each person. Our vision and values are reflected in all our employment-related decisions, including hiring practices. Accordingly, TSNE actively seeks people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in our work.


As an EOE/AA employer, TSNE/Gardening the Community will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin or ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identification, genetic information, veteran or disability status or any other factor prohibited by law.  


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