Boston Youth Conservation Corps

Boston YCC

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Applications are available online starting in early February
For more information email or call 508.636.4693 x5004.

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The Boston Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) offers paid positions to Boston residents between the ages of 15 and 18 during the months of July and August. Crews work in Mattapan, East Boston, Hyde Park, and Roslindale. An agriculture crew also works on Saturdays at City Natives garden in Mattapan during the spring and fall. Under the direction of a crew supervisor and assistant supervisor, YCC members work in teams of 8 to 12 youth assisting with the stewardship of community gardens, urban wilds and greenways, completing hands-on projects that range from planting flowers and growing organic vegetables to trail construction and cleanups. Teambuilding, leadership and job readiness activities help to prepare youth for future employment and connect them to their local community and environment.

Activities include:

  • Complete restoration and beatification projects such as planting trees, removal of non-native plants and trash cleanup.
  • Work in community gardens to plant, weed, water, harvest and distribute vegetables.
  • Complete basic carpentry projects such as the construction of bridges, boardwalks, benches and picnic tables. 
  • Assist with education programs, such as leading summer nature programs for children, creating interpretive materials, and designing educational activities.
  • Deliver presentations to community groups and staff informational tables at public events.
  • Property stewardship including trail maintenance and construction, stone wall clearing, and sign installation.
  • Collect and analyze environmental data such as stream surveys, water quality testing, and natural resource inventories. 
  • Maintain a journal with personal reflections and observations from fieldwork.
  • Participate in group discussions, teambuilding, and leadership development activities.
  • Participate in field trips such as kayak and biking trips and the annual youth summit.
  • Work with partner organizations such as the Boston Department of Parks and Recreations and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR).

Applications are available online starting in early February.
For more information email or call 508.636.4693 x5004.