Short-Term Job Adventures Massachusetts
Fun Fact: Massachusetts comes from the Algonquian word meaning the great mountain: a reference to the tallest in Blue Hills, a recreational area south of Boston.
Social Work Opportunities: Residential Support, Forestry & Grounds, Gardening, Farming, Kitchen & Food Services, Harvest Barn Bakery, Roadside Café
Berkshires (Monterey) and Boston (Medford)
Helping those with mental illness build more meaningful lives, Gould Farm staff & volunteers can serve as informal counselors, work team leaders and role models at this 600-acre farm and therapeutic community in the Berkshires of Massachusetts or as support staff for clients who are well on their way to leading more independent lives with the Boston Support Program. On-the-job and in-service training and supervision are part of Gould Farm's pledge to provide a meaningful work experience for its employees. The Farm provides housing on the campus as well as food and other benefits including health insurance and paid vacation. All positions require residency at the Farm as a condition of employment. Applications for volunteer positions are accepted year-round.
Gould Farm Staff Alert—Now Hiring
• A Kitchen Work Team Leader who will assist in the successful operation of the Gould Farm kitchen facility, which feeds approximately 60 to 100 people per day, three meals per day.
• A Harvest Barn Baker/Work Team Leader who is responsible for assisting in the daily operation of the Harvest Barn work program, providing training in a supportive employment setting.
P.O. Box 157
100 Gould Road
Monterey, MA 01245
(413) 528-1804, ext. 37
(413) 528-5051 fax
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Lodge & Hut Crews, Trail Crews, Outdoor Education Team and Support Staff
The Appalachian Mountain Club operates from Maine to Pennsylvania with offices or facilities in the following locations: Maine (Acadia National Park and 70,000 acres in central Maine just east of Greenville), Massachusetts (Boston, Northampton and South Egremont), New Hampshire (Alexandria, Chatham, Lake Winnipesaukee and the White Mountain National Forest), New Jersey (Delaware Water Gap), New York (Harriman State Park and NYC), and Pennsylvania (Bethlehem).
If you are passionate about the outdoors and looking for a supportive and fun culture, AMC offers a range of rewarding employment opportunities in terrific locations throughout the Northeast! Seasonal employment, summer jobs and internships are broken into four categories: Lodge & Hut Crews (Help serve food, prepare facilities, and offer trail information to outdoor enthusiasts who visit AMC outdoor lodges throughout the year), Trail Crews (AMC is responsible for over 1,800 miles of trails throughout the Northeast and they need your help to maintain them), Outdoor Education Team (Serve as an Educator, Guide or Naturalist for various environmental educational programming), and Support Staff (During the high season, thousands of guests pass through AMC facilities, hundreds of staff who need supplies, and dozens of buildings that need maintenance). Positions are available year-round and seasonally.
Appalachian Mountain Club
5 Joy St.
Boston, MA 02108
BOC is located in a gorgeous western Massachusetts setting in the Berkshire Hills, with hundreds of acres of conservation lands; all criss-crossed with a network of hiking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails.
Combining incredible adventure leadership programs with environmental education and fantastic recreational activities, Berkshire Outdoor Center is home to the largest and most comprehensive challenge course in the northeastern United States, with over 50 low and high ropes elements across all of their courses. Program Instructors are responsible for leading group activities in the fields of outdoor education, leadership development, team building, and adventure recreation. This includes facilitation of the low/high ropes course, climbing & alpine tower, science & nature ecology, environmental education & hiking, waterfront & boating, and snow shoeing & cross-country skiing during the winter months. Now accepting applications for the winter season. Positions start in early January with variable end dates any time between March 15th-30, and opportunities for spring employment. Berkshire Outdoor Center also operates programs every season. Review all positions available or fill out the Expression of Interest in Employment form to begin the application process.
Berkshire Outdoor Center
Becket-Chimney Corners YMCA
748 Hamilton Rd.
Becket, MA 01223
(413) 623-8991 ext. 221
(413) 623-5890 fax
MassLIFT AmeriCorps Members
MassLIFT brings AmeriCorps volunteers out to serve 200 north central and western Massachusetts communities. Service activities build regional capacity to protect and steward open space for farms, working forests, trails, wetlands, rivers, parks, community gardens, and other lands of conservation and local importance.
MassLIFT AmeriCorps Members will carry out capacity building projects; educate or train individuals in environmental stewardship; recruit, train, manage and support community volunteers engaged in land conservation activities; and identify new individuals and groups to participate in education, recreation or service opportunities that address land conservation needs. 2016-17 positions include Land Stewardship Coordinators, Community Engagement Coordinators, Regional Conservation Coordinators and Youth Education Coordinators. Please submit an application only if you are willing to commit to the full 1,700 hours and 11-month term of service (August 29, 2016 to July 28, 2017). Applications will be accepted until all 36 position openings are filled.
MassLIFT Program Director
Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust
1461 Old Keene Rd.
Athol, MA 01331
(978) 248-2055 x16
Environmental & Outdoor Educators, Medical Team, Kitchen Staff
Becket, Charlton, Groton and Yarmouth Port
Through unique, hands-on experiential education programs, Nature's Classroom immerses student groups ranging between the 4th and 8th grades in community awareness, motivational learning and conservation of our natural resources at one of 13 centers in the Northeast, including Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island. In addition to Outdoor Educators, Medical staff (Nurse, LPN, EMT) and a Kitchen team (Head Cook, Assistant Cook, Co-Cook) are hired during the spring (as early as February through mid-June) and the fall (Labor Day through about Thanksgiving). The fabric of the Nature's Classroom community is woven by the individual uniqueness of staff who work, grow, live, and play closely together. A Bachelor’s degree is preferred (paid Intern positions available for those without degrees). A science/math background is helpful; as are special interests and talents (music, singing, storytelling and group dynamics). If you have a strong commitment to children and learning, connect with Ashley Bame or download an application.
19 Harrington Rd.
Charlton, MA 01507
(800) 433-8375 toll free
(508) 248-2745 fax
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Work Study Program, Cooking Internship, Summer Kitchen Staff
Located in the beautiful Berkshires just 3 miles from the Vermont border
Are you at a transition point in your life? Do you want to explore who you really are and where you're going? Whether you are recently retired, just finishing college, or taking a break from your current work, the Rowe Center Volunteer Residency Program or Cooking Internship is a chance for people who want to slow down, take stock, explore new directions, engage in creative and meaningful work, and be a part of a value-based, supportive community. In addition to the year-round volunteer program, summer positions include a Head Cook, Cooks (3), Kitchen Housekeeper/Prep Cooks (3), and Maintenance. To apply, fill out the appropriate application and email it to Paulette Roccio.
Director of Operations
The Rowe Center
22 Kings Highway
Rowe, MA 01367
Environmental Education and Conservation Stewards
SCA Massachusetts AmeriCorps is based in the Kenneth Dubuque State Forest in Hawley, MA, an 8,000 acre forest located in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts offering 35 miles of mixed-use trails, six miles of hiking trails and a one mile interpretive trail around Hallockville Pond.
Environmental Education and Conservation Stewards for SCA Massachusetts AmeriCorps will work, camp and travel to public lands throughout the state, with responsibilities that include hands-on, outdoor conservation projects ranging from trail construction and maintenance to habitat restoration and invasive plant species removal. Leadership development is also an important component of the program. Each member will serve as a crew leader for at least one 10-day field project. In addition, a portion of the position is spent earning certifications and attending trainings such as Wilderness First Responder, leadership, chainsaw, rigging, carpentry and general trail maintenance and construction. Members will also spend time developing teaching skills through presenting environmental education based lessons and engaging volunteers in service activities. The Corps is made up of 18–25 year olds with diverse backgrounds from around the country. Eighteen members begin their 10-month term beginning in October. Eight more members are brought on in early March 2017, for a 5-month term through mid-August. Service hours are typically performed Monday through Friday (45 hours/week); however, some weekend service will be necessary). To learn more, connect with Tim Craig or fill out the online application.
SCA Massachusetts AmeriCorps
466 W. Hawley Rd.
Plainfield, MA 01070