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Community Outreach and Program Intern (Temporary Summer Position)


Job Summary:

The Friends of the Bourne Rail Trail are seeking a Community Outreach and Program Intern to coordinate and spearhead the organization’s program and outreach efforts during the 2019 summer season. The person in this position will help advance the development of a 6.5-mile rail trail on Cape Cod that serves as the “missing link” between the Cape Cod Canal Bikepath and the Shining Sea Bikeway. Completing the “missing link” will create a 25+ mile bike and pedestrian path connecting Sandwich, Bourne, Falmouth, and Woods Hole.

Reporting to the Communications & Outreach Associate, this position is a tremendous opportunity for a dedicated, mature, and responsible self-starter to make a meaningful contribution to a rail-trail project that is still in its development phase, while gaining meaningful professional experience. This position has the potential to be molded to a candidate’s personal interest and overall career goals. College students (undergraduate and graduate) as well as teachers and others seeking temporary summer employment are encouraged to apply.

This is a paid position that is budgeted for 12 weeks. The employee will be compensated at a rate of $16/hour and will be expected to work 20 hours per week. No benefits. A flexible schedule is available.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Assist with the planning and coordinating the organization’s 2nd Annual TrailFest event;

  • Assist in the management of the Organization’s Trail Ambassador Program, which includes recruiting volunteers to staff information booths along the Cape Cod Canal and Shining Sea Bikeway; ensuring that the volunteer calendar is appropriately staffed on weekends throughout the summer; work with board members to train volunteers. Result will lead to increased visibility for the organization and a larger support base and subscriber base to the Organization’s subscriber list;

  • Staff the Organization’s information booth at local and regional events to educate the public about the project;

  • Assist in the development and implementation of the digital outreach strategy throughout the summer, effectively marketing the #imagineBRT as an inclusive and informative strategy to engage the public with the BRT project;

  • Special projects based upon the intern’s interest, professional aspirations, and skill set;

  • Other duties as assigned;

Qualifications and Skills

  • An undergraduate or graduate student with an interest and demonstrated commitment to building healthy, active, and fun places to live. Others will be considered, including local teachers, with the understanding that this is a limited term position that will not exceed 12 weeks.

  • College coursework may include: communications, marketing, urban planning, landscape architecture, public administration, business administration, among others;

  • Strong oral and written communication skills with the ability to communicate to a broad audience through a variety of communication platforms including email, newsletter, social media, and other platforms;

  • Demonstrated ability to organize and coordinate group meetings and activities

  • Comfortable speaking in front of small-medium sized groups;

  • Outgoing and engaging with a diverse public;

  • Self-starter and highly motivated individual with a demonstrated ability to work independently with limited supervision to complete tasks;

  • Above all, the ideal candidate is resourceful, passionate, and takes great pride in their work.

The employee must have their own transportation and be able to travel easily throughout the Upper Cape during normal business hours; the employee must have their own computer or readily available computer access during normal business hours; it is expected that the employee will work remotely, but will be located on the Upper Cape during normal business hours.

This is a part time position that is funded for a maximum of 12 weeks at an average of 20 hours per week. The intern will be compensated at an hourly rate of $16.

Interested candidates should email a cover letter, resume, and a work sample to Nathan Robinson at Please include the following in your email subject line: “Last Name –BRT Summer Associate 2019.” Applications should be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. on April 26, 2019.