Green Ambassador Program Coordinator

Job Type

Part Time


Maximum: $8,000.00
Details: he GAP Coordinator earns around $25.00/hour, depending on experience, not to exceed $8,000 for the 8 week period.



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2400 R Street Northeast
U.S. National Arboretum
District of Columbia
United States


Brief Description of Organization

Founded in 1971, Washington Youth Garden (WYG) nurtures curious minds and healthy bodies by connecting youth to food, the land, and each other. Washington Youth Garden is a program of the Friends of the National Arboretum (FONA), a non-profit organization located on the grounds of the U.S. National Arboretum. 

Washington Youth Garden manages a one-acre organic demonstration garden on the grounds of the U.S. National Arboretum (USNA), in addition to five active school gardens. Through these outdoor classrooms, WYG offers garden-based education in four program areas: SPROUT (field trip program), Green Ambassadors Program (teen job readiness program), Garden Science (school partnership program), and Family Garden Days. For more information about our programs, please see

Position Overview

The Green Ambassador Program (GAP) Coordinator is primarily responsible for providing mentorship and hands-on guidance to our 15 Green Ambassador teen interns. The GAP Coordinator will engage youth (14-18) in gardening, cooking and carpentry projects, field trips, and support daily logistical needs to ensure a successful 6 week program. This position will work a Monday-Friday schedule, 40 hours per week, with 28 of those hours being direct program facilitation. The position will begin one week before the students arrive and end one week after the end of the program, in order for the GAP Coordinator to provide necessary logistical and program evaluation support. The GAP Coordinator will report to the Education Manager and Garden Manager, but will collaborate with all program staff including the SPROUT Program Coordinator, Program Director, as well as Arboretum staff, and external partner staff (as needed).  


The seasonal GAP Coordinator position is great for someone with prior experience working with high school students, especially youth of color from underresourced neighborhoods and schools. The applicant should have a deep understanding of youth development concepts and practices. Gardening/farming, cooking, or carpentry skills are also beneficial skills in order to lead groups of teens in projects of this nature. Green Ambassadors Program Coordinator responsibilities will include:

  • collaborating with Garden and Education Manager to coordinate logistics, including organizing paperwork and payroll, driving a 15- passenger van and/ or pickup truck, and coordinating with partner organizations;
  • providing program orientation and daily supervision to program participants;
  •  tracking Green Ambassador commitment to the standards of the program;
  • providing formal and informal feedback to Green Ambassadors throughout the program;
  • demonstrating the communication skills, attitude, and work ethic we encourage in Green Ambassadors;
  • assisting with supervision of garden work and basic construction projects;
  • providing support and guidance to two youth Crew Leaders;
  • delivering formal workshops and facilitating informal learning throughout the 6-week program;
  • completing program assessment and data collection of program participants;
  • assisting with program evaluation and documentation; and
  • other tasks as needed to ensure safety, continuity and meaningful learning for high school interns.


Applicant must have completed an undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies, Biology, Education, or related field, or have comparable experience. Applicant must have formal or informal experience working with youth aged 14-18, ideally youth of color from low-income communities. Also important are effective communication and organizational skills, creativity and art skills, and comfort in public speaking. Basic gardening knowledge, carpentry, and cooking experience are preferred. Applicant must be able to work outdoors in various weather conditions.

  • Must be able to work entire season, June 18th- August 10th 
  • Must have a driver’s license and be willing to drive a 15 passenger van with passengers and have a clean driving record.
  • First Aid/CPR certification, or willingness to obtain as needed
  • Spanish as a second language is not necessary but preferred
  • Background check required

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

This is a full-time, seasonal position, Mondays-Fridays, 8 am – 4 pm, June 18th- August 10th. The GAP Coordinator earns around $25.00/hour, depending on experience, not to exceed $8,000 for the 8 week period. Pay is subject to FICA and income taxes. This is a seasonal position and does not offer health insurance or retirement benefits.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Please send a cover letter, resume and three references to and write “GAP Coordinator” in the subject line. Applications due March 18th and will be reviewed the following week.