Holyoke Youth Conservation Corps Assistant

Duration: Summer, 2 month min.

Location: Holyoke, MA

Position Title:  Holyoke Youth Conservation Corps Assistant (2 Available)

Housing: Housing will not be provided.

For more information: The Trustees of Reservations

The Holyoke Youth Conservation Corps (HYCC) is a work and educational experience for Holyoke youth during the summer, focusing on the care and management of natural areas, the development of cooperation and leadership skills, and education about the natural and cultural resources of Holyoke and the surrounding area. 

The HYCC Assistants would support the program supervisors in providing participant oversight, educational programming, planning work projects, and acting as a mentor/role model.  Past projects have included trail maintenance, invasive species removal, city beautification, and leading programs for younger students.  Educational components may include themes relating to green industries, pollution, ecology, conservation, and environmental justice.

Specific duties may include working with YCC supervisors to plan and implement a summer work schedule and accompanying educational program for the HYCC, motivating the team, leading some of the educational programs, facilitating teambuilding exercises, modeling HYCC code of conduct, providing safety oversight, and effectively present The Trustees and the HYCC to the public as a Trustees ambassador.

Prior teaching or youth leadership experience
Creativity, enthusiasm and energy
A working knowledge of basic environmental or local ecological topics
Ability to work independently
Experience leading groups of students outdoors preferred, not required
Spanish proficiency preferred, not required
Must be able to handle the physical demands of the job, which is carried out outside in a variety of weather conditions.
Must be flexible and able to undertake a variety of tasks.

Students must submit a resume as well as complete the MHC Universal Application
Upon acceptance to the position, must submit to a CORI/SORI background check

About the Organization:
The mission of the Trustees of Reservations is to preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts.