City of New Haven: Department of Parks, Recreation, and Trees–Outdoor Adventure Coordinator

The City of New Haven’s Outdoor Adventure Program offers unique, challenging, safe and fun learning experiences for children, youth and adults. The goal is to foster an appreciation of local resources by providing exposure to bio-diversity and outdoor adventure activities. These activities, specially tailored to the needs and abilities of the participants, will help raise the eco-consciousness as well as the self-confidence levels of the participants. The Fellow will be working with the Outdoor Adventure Coordinator, the Park Rangers, camp counselors, naturalists, as well as some of the best scuba and white-water kayaking/rafting guides in the country. 

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Agency website: www.cityofnewhaven/parks


CitySeed is a nonprofit organization that seeks to provide access to fresh, local food for all New Haven residents.  Its mission is to engage the community in growing an equitable, local food system that promotes economic development, community development and sustainable agriculture.  The Fellow will assist with outreach and administration with CitySeed’s Double Value Coupon Program, which doubles the value of Food Stamp dollars up to $10 across all of its markets.

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Agency website: www.cityseed.org

Common Ground

Common Ground is a center for environmental learning and leadership located at the base of West Rock Ridge State Park. Its mission is to cultivate habits of healthy living and sustainable environmental practice among a diverse community of children, young people, and adults. 

Position 1: The Fellow will work as an educator in Common Ground’s farm and nature based camp for children ages 4 – 13. Some camps have a special theme (animals, outdoor skills, cooking from the farm). The weeks before June 26 are primarily farm work (planting, weeding, greenhouse care, helping with animal care, etc).   

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Position 2: The Fellow will  co-lead a crew of Green Jobs Corps members in work related to Common Ground’s site and urban farm. The Fellow, based on his/her interests and strengths, can also either provide hands-on support to Common Ground’s urban farm, or  help ensure the long-term sustainability of Common Ground’s Green Jobs Corps by documenting impact and seeking new resource streams.

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Agency website: www.commongroundct.org

New Haven Farms

New Haven Farms promotes health and community development through urban agriculture.  Its Farm-Based Wellness Program enrolls medically-referred New Haven residents at risk for diet-related chronic diseases and living within 200% of the federal poverty level in a lifestyle intervention program that includes cooking, nutrition, and gardening education for participants and their families. Participants take home fruit and vegetables each week through the growing season.  New Haven Farms also offers an Incubator Garden Program with the New Haven Land Trust which allows Farm-Based Wellness Program graduates to grow their own food in a community garden.  The Fellow will work closely with the Farm Manager and Wellness Program Manager to implement the first year of the Hill-based Farm-Based Wellness Program and to design new programming partnerships with Career High School students, health care centers, and other community partners. 

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Agency website: www.newhavenfarms.org

New Haven Land Trust

The New Haven Land Trust engages people in stewardship and cultivation of the land for a healthier community and environment. New Haven Land Trust maintains six nature preserves and also provides land, technical assistance and supplies for about 50 community vegetable gardens. The summer fellow will work closely with the Community Garden Manager and/or Preserves Outreach and Education Coordinator to help organize the job program for high school students as well as events and workshops in the community gardens and nature preserves. 

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Agency website: www.newhavenlandtrust.org

Solar Youth

Solar Youth, Inc. is a New Haven-based non-profit youth development and environmental education organization founded by youth and adults.  Its mission is to empower young people from New Haven’s low-income neighborhoods to achieve lifelong success through connection with their environment, their communities and each other.  Youth ages 5-19 build the skills and motivations necessary to be positive contributors to their community, have healthy relationships, be physically and mentally healthy, and become economically self-sufficient. The Fellow will work directly with the Program Director in the planning phase of camp in addition to supporting program staff in activity and curriculum planning and preparation for Solar Youth Summer Camp program before camp begins.  Once the camp beings the Fellow will then transition into the role of a camp educator working directly with the campers daily.

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Agency website: www.solaryouth.org

Urban Resources Initiative (URI)

URI is a not-for-profit university partnership that transforms people and places through greening.  Through its Community Greenspace program, URI works with 50 New Haven community groups to replant, restore, and reclaim the urban environment each summer. URI works in middle and low-income neighborhoods throughout the city in partnership with neighborhood residents, city officials, and non-profit agencies to revitalize New Haven communities by restoring neighborhood open spaces and streetscapes. URI foresters receive training in urban forestry, project planning, site assessment, social forestry, and research techniques. The Fellow will receive training in urban forestry, project planning, site assessment, social forestry, and research techniques and will 6 community groups to achieve their respective goals in environmental rehabilitation.

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Agency website: www.yale.edu/uri