OPEN POSITIONS: Summer Youth Team Members

Friends of the Public Garden is one of the oldest parks advocacy groups in the nation, established in 1970 to support the ongoing care of the Boston Common, the Public Garden, and the Commonwealth Avenue Mall. We work in partnership with the City of Boston and its Parks and Recreation Department, investing more than $2 million annually to ensure the parks remain healthy and vibrant spaces for our community. Our work focuses on the expert care of trees, turf, and plantings, the maintenance and restoration of sculptures and fountains, and advocacy to protect the parks for generations to come.


The Friends of the Public Garden Summer Youth Team was created to nurture the next generation of park lovers. In addition to gaining hands-on experience in horticulture and parks care, participants will be exposed to a range of parks-related and green careers, gain a greater understanding of urban greenspace issues, and provide invaluable insights in support of the Friends’ vision of welcoming and accessible parks for all.


The Friends Summer Youth Team is open to Boston residents ages 15-18. Preference will be given to those who are currently enrolled in the Boston Public Schools. Participants will be chosen on the basis of an application and virtual interview. Applications will be reviewed in the order in which they are received, until the Team is full.


The 2022 Youth Team program will run for 6 weeks, beginning Tuesday, July 5 and concluding on Friday, August 12. Team members work under the supervision of a Team Supervisor for a 25-hour work week. The work day runs from 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, with a half-hour lunch break each day. While lunch is provided for each “Lunch & Learn” session and on Field Trip Fridays, participants should plan to bring their own lunch the other days. Water will be provided.

The 2022 Youth Team program is planned to be an in-person outdoor program, based out of the Friends of the Public Garden office at 69 Beacon Street in Boston. Most activities will take place rain or shine, but will move indoors in case of heavy rain or thunder and lightning. Of course, plans could be altered in accordance with any public health advisories in place during the term of the program.


2022 Youth Team Members will be paid $15 per hour. Participants will be provided with a T pass for the duration of their employment. Lunch is provided at least once per week

Each team member will receive 3 Youth Team shirts that will be worn as part of their daily uniform. Participants should wear long work pants each day. Work boots, gloves, a hat, and windbreaker will also be provided.

To apply: Applicants should complete this form.


The Friends of the Public Garden is an equal employment opportunity employer. In accordance with applicable law, we prohibit harassment and discrimination based on race, color, religion, creed, gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy or related medical conditions, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, genetic information, military or veteran status, gender identity or expression, transgendered status, or any other category protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.