Open Streets Intern – Circle the City Boston (Boston, MA)

Position Opening: Open Streets Intern, Volunteer Coordination
For more information on Circle The City, please visit www.circlethecityboston.org.

Join the Circle The City Team!

Circle The City (CTC) is Boston’s Open Streets, Open Parks initiative that
connects people to parks on safe, active car-free streets. CTC temporarily transforms our streets into places for people, promoting diversity, family fun, healthy living and fostering community—creating temporary ‘paved parks’ where neighbors and children of all ages gather and enjoy safe physical activity for a vibrant, active Boston. This year, we will host Open Streets events along two, 1.5 mile signature
corridors of Boston: Huntington Avenue in the Fenway area and Blue Hill Avenue in Roxbury.

CTC is a collaborative project led by 5 non-profit organizations in partnership with the City of Boston. The CTC leadership team represents the Boston Collaborative for Food and Fitness, Boston Cyclists Union, Emerald Necklace Conservancy, LivableStreets Alliance, and Sustainability Guild International.

Position Overview: Circle The City Intern, Volunteer Coordination

On July 14th and September 29th, 2013, CTC will feature two new Open Streets events: A collaborative project with the Fenway Alliance along the Avenue of the Arts, aka Huntington Avenue, and a Roxbury neighborhood event connecting Franklin Park to Dudley Common along Blue Hill Avenue. Both events will feature car-free streets and free, active programming.

We are seeking a dynamic, dedicated and experienced individual who is able to take initiative and work independently. The successful candidate will be charged with a significant portion of the Volunteer Organizing and Community Outreach for both the 7/14 and the 9/29 events. This internship is an excellent way to learn more about sustainable transportation, public health, volunteer coordination, community
organizing and event management. The internship requires 15-20 hours/week on average with more hours possible on event weeks.

This internship is currently unpaid, but will include a transit stipend. The intern will be based at the Emerald Necklace office in the Back Bay Fens, with flexibility of working
from home.

Responsibilities Include:

Volunteer and Event Management:

  • Assist in recruiting, scheduling, and managing volunteers
  • Assist Program Manager in planning and leading volunteer trainings
  • Organize and facilitate volunteer check-in booth and distribute volunteer supplies
  • Manage volunteer and activity provider communications the day of the events
  • Support traffic management and emergency efforts with the traffic safety personnel from Boston Police and EMS.

Community Outreach:

  • Conduct neighborhood outreach and noticing for each event – including neighborhood canvassing, posting no parking signs along CTC routes
  • Attend occasional community meetings

Other Support for CTC events (depending on intern skills and interests):

  • Assist with recruitment and management of activity providers
  • Manage social media
  • Assist Program Manager as necessary with programming, marketing, fundraising, and evaluation.

Required Qualifications

  • Past volunteer experience
  • Excellent communications skills, both in person and in writing
  • Demonstrated interest in Open Streets, Complete Streets, Active Transportation, Public Health, Environmental Education and/or City Planning.
  • Natural leadership qualities, comfortable speaking in front of a large group
  • Ability to excel independently in a high-paced environment
  • Able to ride a bicycle as transportation and lift up to 30-40lbs
  • Available to work some business hours Monday through Friday, from May through August, and both event Sundays. If available, internship can last through September.
  • Experience with and interest in working with individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds, ethnicities, experiences, ages and abilities

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with volunteer organizing or management
  • Familiarity with Open Streets projects
  • Collaborative team leader
  • Bilingual skills
  • Knowledge of Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, and/or other Microsoft programming or graphic design skills
  • Drivers’ License
  • Current First Aid/CPR training

The successful candidate will work out a weekday schedule with the program manager. Some nights and weekend hours may also be required for events and outreach.

To apply, send a resume and a cover letter that includes your specific interest andexperience in volunteer organizing to Jessica Parsons, CTC Project Manager atJessica@emeraldnecklace.org. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis as we hope to fill the position as soon as possible. No calls, please.

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