Willow Tree Youth Leader

Location: Mattapan, MA
Sanctuary: Boston Nature Center

About Mass Audubon

Mass Audubon is the largest nature-based conservation organization in New England. Founded in 1896 by two women who fought for the protection of birds, Mass Audubon carries on their legacy by focusing on the greatest challenges facing the environment today: the loss of biodiversity, inequitable access to nature, and climate change. With the help of our 140,000 members and supporters, we protect wildlife, conserve and restore resilient land, advocate for impactful environmental policies, offer nationally recognized education programs for adults and children, and provide endless opportunities to experience the outdoors at our wildlife sanctuaries. Explore, find inspiration, and take action at www.massaudubon.org.

About This Position

The Boston Nature Center is hiring enthusiastic high school students to work in the Willow Tree Youth Leader Program. In this position, you will work at the Boston Nature Center 10 to 12 hours a week during the school year, this includes one weekend day, and 40 hours a week during the summer. During the school year, you will assist with public programs about nature, lead informational tables and activities at community events across Boston, help maintain the nature center trails and program areas and support the nature preschool. During the summertime, you will work as a Junior Counselor at the BNC Summer Camp staff teaching and supervising campers ages five to 11 in summer camp activities and nature lessons

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Work 10-12 hours a week from September-June.
  • Work 40 hours a week during BNC summer camps Teaching children about nature and the environment.
  • Meet and work with people from the surrounding area.
  • Participate in and lead workshops, community festivals, climate change conferences.
  • Create and lead nature programs.
  • Help maintain a professional work environment, which includes equipment cleanup and storage of program gear and materials.
  • Convey Mass Audubon’s commitment to climate change education, equity, and justice.


At Mass Audubon, our highest priority is finding the best candidate for the job. Research has shown that people of color and women are less likely to apply for jobs if they don't believe they meet every one of the qualifications described in a job description. We encourage you to apply, even if you don't believe you meet every one of our described qualifications or you have a less traditional background. We are looking for applicants with the following qualifications:

Must Haves:

  • Must be a resident of Boston.
  • In Grade 10+ for the 2022-2023 school year (must be over 15 years of age).
  • Ability to work 10-12 hours a week, which includes two days after school and Saturdays A personal interest in working outdoors, and with children and the public.
  • The ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively, and a commitment to helping others grow in understanding and caring for the environment.
  • The ability to promote, embrace, and respect ethnic, cultural, and linguistic diversity; and physical and intellectual disabilities.

Compensation & Benefits

This position’s base salary range is $15.05 to $16.85; actual salary will reflect level of experience and qualifications relative to position requirements.

This is a year-round position and earns vacation time as well as receives paid holidays.

Additional Information

Work Schedule:

10-12 hours a week, which includes two days after school and Saturdays

Other Requirements:

Employees must successfully complete a CORI and SORI Background Check and a Motor Vehicle Record (if applicable) is required.

COVID-19 Considerations

Mass Audubon requires that all staff, regardless of their work location, disclose their vaccination status. Proof of vaccination status will be required immediately upon hire. This should also include a booster shot if it has been 5 months since you were initially vaccinated.

Mass Audubon's Commitment To Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Justice

Mass Audubon's mission is to "protect the nature of Massachusetts for people and for wildlife" by building a strong coalition of employees, volunteers, and community members. We recognize that the environmental movement and field of conservation have been affected by societal systems that have limited opportunity and access for many people. As a result, Mass Audubon is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and applicants. We are engaged in an ongoing process of organizational assessment and change, designed to remove barriers and create a workplace where all forms of diversity are recognized and valued.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Mass Audubon is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and applicants. Mass Audubon prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

How To Apply

Please call Heather at 617-983-8500 ext. 6904 or send an email to: 

Heather Deschenes, Regional Operations Manager
Job# 3832