FILLED- Common ground is Seeking a Green Jobs Corps Program Coordinator

Green Jobs Corps Program Coordinator

The New Haven Ecology Project/Common Ground Is Seeking a Program Coordinator (part-time).

About Common Ground: 

Common Ground is a center for environmental learning in New Haven, Connecticut. Farm meets forest meets city on Common Ground’s 20 acre campus at the base of West Rock Ridge. The site abuts the 1800 acre West Rock State Park, sharing hiking trails, wildlife, and diverse natural habitats with the surrounding forests. Common Ground’s urban farm produces sustainably grown food for programs and our community and is home to our friendly farm animals. Common Ground’s Charter High School uses the site as an organizing principle of its curriculum which is guided by an ecological framework highlighting the connection and interdependence of all living and non-living things. Each year, more than 10,000 community members participate in festivals, field trips, after-school programs, and other educational opportunities on site. For more information visit

Job Description:

Green Jobs Corps connects young people with paid environmental jobs, career and leadership development opportunities, and the personal and academic support they need to thrive. The Green Jobs Corps Program Coordinator  will provide additional capacity to Common Ground’s Green Jobs Corps during a period when the program is growing and deepening. This role reports directly to the Director, Green Jobs Corps. The Program Coordinator will be responsible for 

  • Coordinating GJC hiring process — including reviewing youth applications, interviewing candidates, coordinating placement decisions with supervisors, and collecting and helping students complete employment paperwork
  • Coordinating work placements — checking in with supervisors and students, reviewing timesheets and payroll, problem-solving issues as they arise, etc. 
  • This position may require outdoor work in various climates
  • Leading/supervising one or more crews engaged in outdoor stewardship/conservation work — including habitat restoration and watershed protection work 
  • Tracking program participation and outcome data, including participant evaluations
  • Helping to complete documentation, file management and data collection related to federal grants that support GJC 
  • When needed, planning and co-leading weekly college & career-focused workshops for an entire grade level of Common Ground students, and creating follow-up assignments 
  • When needed, providing one on one coaching/case management support to GJC members.
  • Taking on other responsibilities critical to making the Green Jobs Corps program successful
Ideal Candidates will have:
  • Conservation/green jobs youth crew leadership experience (restoration/stewardship experience is particularly relevant)
  • Commitment to and experience with social justice, anti-racism and anti-oppression work in New Haven or in another community
  • Willingness to take part in in-person, outdoor work, with COVID safety practices in place — and the ability to ensure that young people and supervisors are following these safety practices 
  • Availability for occasional weekend work, monitoring work crews. Access to transportation to visit young people engaged in work placements, on and off of Common Ground’s site
  • Enthusiasm for and commitment to the New Haven area 
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social and/or Human Services
  • 3-5 years experience preferred; candidates with a strong passion and enthusiasm to learn without relevant experience will also be considered.
  • Attention to detail, program administration/coordination experience and skills.
  • Experience working directly with racially and economically diverse high school aged young people, and with low income young people and people of color in particular.
  • Youth employment/ youth development /youth leadership development experience
  • Skills facilitating learning experiences with a focus on career exploration, job skills, and leadership development
  • Demonstrated ability in relationship building and working with young people and parents
  • Demonstrated creative, organizational, and project management abilities
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate, communicate, and work effectively within a team that includes multiple teachers and community partners
Work Schedule and Compensation:

Common Ground’s work hours typically run Monday through Friday with occasional Saturdays.  This is an in-person, part time position (generally 20-25 hours a week, and less than 32 hours per week).The rate of pay is $19 per hour. Availability for occasional weekend work. The GJC Program Coordinator position at Common Ground is represented by UAW local 2110 with a collective bargaining agreement in progress.

To Apply:

Please send resume and cover letter to

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Equal Opportunity Employer

Common Ground is particularly eager for candidates who can help us to fulfill our commitment to building a racially and culturally diverse faculty and staff. Common Ground has a commitment to examining the intersection of social, environmental, and food justice issues; how systems of oppression, including white privilege, impact the organization’s work; and how resistance to those systems can offer windows into a more sustainable society.

Common Ground is committed to the recruitment and retention of staff that is reflective of the communities we work with. We strongly encourage applicants from people of color, immigrants, women, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community, people whose native language is something other than English, and other underrepresented and historically marginalized groups.

It has been the policy and will continue to be the strong commitment of the Common Ground and all contractors and subcontractors who do business with Common Ground to provide equal opportunities in employment to all qualified persons solely on the basis of job-related skills, ability and merit. Common Ground will continue to take Affirmative Action to ensure that applicants are employed and that employees are treated during employment without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, mental disorder (present or past history thereof) age, physical disability (but not limited to blindness), marital status, intellectual disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and criminal record. Such action includes, but is not limited to, employment, promotion, demotion or transfer; recruitment or recruitment advertising; layoff or termination; rates of pay or other forms of compensation, and selection for training, professional development, attendance at conferences or other opportunities for advancement. Common Ground, its contractors and subcontractors will continue to make good faith efforts to comply with all federal and state laws and policies which speak to equal employment opportunity. The principles of Affirmative Action are addressed in the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments of the United States Constitution, Civil Rights Act of 1866, 1870, 1871, Equal Pay Act of 1963, Title VI and VII of the 1964 United States Civil Rights Act, Presidential Executive Order 11246, amended by 11375, (Non-discrimination under federal contracts)

Discrimination against Criminal Offenders (46a-80), definition of Blind (46a-51(1)), definition of Physically Disabled (46a-51(15)), definition of Intellectual Disability (46a51(13)), cooperation with the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (46a-77), Sexual Harassment (46a-60(a)-8), Connecticut Credit Discrimination Law (360436 through 439), Title I of the State and Local Fiscal Assistance Act of 1972. This Affirmative Action Policy Statement re-affirms Common Ground’s commitment to equity in the workplace and the principles of Equal Employment Opportunity


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