Seasonal Youth Development Operations Support
Seed Crew & Root Crew FY21


About The Food Project.

Youth. Food. Community. Three important issues that intersect in one place: The Food Project. Here, we believe that food is a unique vehicle for creating personal and social change. Nothing else ties us so intimately to each other and the planet we share, affecting our health, the climate, culture, and poverty and privilege around the globe. If we — young and old from all walks of life — can unite to change the food system, we can change the world. From our urban and suburban farms to our community education programs, we aim to do just that by bringing together youth and adults from diverse backgrounds who work together to build local and sustainable food systems.

Since 1991, The Food Project has built a national model of engaging young people in personal and social change through sustainable agriculture. Each year, we work with more than 120 teenagers and nearly 2,000 volunteers to farm on 70 acres in eastern Massachusetts in the towns and cities of Wenham, Lincoln, Boston, and Lynn. We consider our hallmark to be our focus on identifying and transforming a new generation of leaders by placing teens in unusually responsible roles with deeply meaningful work. In addition, we help others grow their own food and provide training resources based on all we have learned.


What you’ll be doing. 


PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES (list the primary responsibilities for this position)

  • Facilitate application process for youth jobs and completion of youth employment paperwork at the start of each season. 
  • Maintain youth personnel files in accordance with organizational and government protocols for youth employees.
  • Manage youth enrollment, attendance, payroll, and evaluation records throughout the Program.


  • Coordinate youth and staff transportation, including ordering and distributing transit passes, booking buses, managing use of TFP vehicles, and trouble-shooting youth transit issues.
  • Maintain inventory of program, safety, and crew worker supplies in farms and office, and coordinate ordering, restocking, and distribution as needed.
  • Develop and prepare materials and food for all workshops, meetings, events, and the operations of youth crews during the summer. 
  • Support the staff team in managing tasks, deadlines, and unanticipated situations together.  
  • Coordinate and manage Hunger Relief Organization partnerships.


SKILLS REQUIREMENTS (what skills requirements are necessary for this role)

  • Demonstrated experience and success in detailed work planning and task management and in executing work within defined timeframes. 
  • Comfort with Microsoft Office suite, Google (email, calendar, drive), and databases.
  • Interest in youth development in diverse settings; direct experience with youth preferred.
  • High School Diploma
  • 21 years of age or older (to allow use of TFP vehicles).
  • Driver’s license in good standing, and willingness to drive large passenger vehicles to transport youth and supplies between multiple sites. Access to a personal vehicle is required. Mileage will be paid when asked to travel from the initial work site. 

COMPETENCIES (what competencies are necessary to do this job well?)

  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Strong capacity to work both independently and in teams, with ability to explain processes clearly and support co-workers’ successful participation in them.
  • Dependable, responsible, independent, and open to learning.
  • Team-oriented individual with a good sense of humor
  • Comfort and familiarity in talking about Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. 
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, multi-site environment.

REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS (who is this person accountable to and are there any staff members who are accountable to them)

  • Reports to Regional Directors


  • This is a seasonal position starting on June 14, 2021, and ending on August 23rd, 2021. 
  • $16/hour


We will review all submissions, identify viable candidates and contact those individuals selected for interviews. Please send your résumé and cover letter via email to: In the subject line, write your name and the position for which you are applying, e.g. “Jordan Smith – YDS Operations Support” Additionally, please be sure to include your name in the title of both your résumé and cover letter. 

The Food Project is an Equal Opportunity Employer that is committed to creating an inclusive organization. We actively seek a diverse pool of candidates for this position.