Engagement + Programs Coordinator (Contract Position)

The Friends of the Mary Ellen Welch Greenway is seeking a part-time Engagement + Programs Coordinator contractor to support the Friends’ work. The Engagement + Programs Coordinator will plan, coordinate, and promote programs and outreach efforts along the Mary Ellen Welch Greenway. The Program Coordinator will work with the Greenway Coordinator Consultant on several projects outlined in the current grant.

Consultant’s Scope of Work


  • Plan and coordinate a yearly calendar of activities that includes a mix of in-person events, passive programs, and online programs (as needed). With 2-4 programs per month.
  • Plan and implement small pop-up and larger programs on the Greenway. Past programs have included children’s programming, bike rides, art tours, music performances, and art programming. Additional programs may include educational events related to the history of the Greenway and East Boston, plants/horticulture, and ecology.
  • Work with the summer youth programs on maintenance, project installation, etc. The FoMEWG has worked with the Trustees Summer Youth Program for the past two summers.


  • Support community clean-up and maintenance days, including weeding, planting, trash pick-up, etc.
  • Support work days with summer youth programs that include planting, mulching, weeding, and painting.
    Public Art + Passive Programs
  • Support public art projects and plan events around art installations.
    Partnership Building + Community Engagement
  • Connect with potential program partners to discuss how to collaborate on events. A few of our current
    partners include the East Boston Library, YMCA, East Boston Social Center, Zumix, and the Trustees.
  • Connect with municipal and state agencies as needed.
  • Support other groups to host events along the Greenway.
  • Identify community members who might be interested in volunteering more, or joining the Greenway
    Council or Board.


  • Assemble event outreach materials, including drafting event distinctions and creating flyers and/or social media posts.
  • Create FoMEWG communications materials (e.g. eNewsletter into MailChimp)
  • Update the FoMEWG website as needed.
  • Post / Promote Greenway events, and projects status, on social media (usually Instagram and Facebook), etc.


  • Support the Friends Board, Greenway Council, and Greenway Committees.
  • Join monthly evening Council meetings.


  • Experience with organizing outdoor programs, working with children or youth, and/or art installations
  • Strong time, timeline management, and organizational skills
  • Strong skills with Microsoft Suite and Google Docs
  • Experience with the Adobe Suite, Social Media, Mailchimp, WordPress are a plus
  • Familiarity with East Boston’s neighborhood organizations and/or schools
  • Spanish or Arabic skills are a plus for this position
  • East Boston residency is a plus for this position


  • Primarily remote work with on-site programming and meetings on-site in East Boston required
  • This contract work does require some evening work and weekends.
  • 50-65 hours per month with flexible hours.
  • $35 – 40 per hour based on experience.
  • Contract duration February 2023 to September 2023, with the possibility to extend based on additional
    grant funding.
  • Must be responsive to requests and feedback.
  • Must take the initiative and demonstrate follow-through on assignments.

To Apply
Send a cover letter, resume, and a writing sample, portfolio, or project sheets. Email the PDFs to eastiegreenway@gmail.com. We will start reviewing applications on Monday, January 23rd, 2023.

About the Mary Ellen Welch Greenway
The Mary Ellen Welch Greenway is a recreational open space in East Boston that runs from the historic Jeffries Point Waterfront through the neighborhood towards Constitution Beach and beyond. Residents of all ages use running, jogging, walking, biking, or just strolling while taking in the historic and ecological beauty of various points along its length. Though the Greenway is part-owned by the city of Boston and in part by Massport, the Friends of the Mary Ellen Welch Greenway, an organization of residents, stewards its use and serves as the stewardship body.

Friends’ Mission Statement
To care and advocate for the use, condition, enhancement, and extension of the Mary Ellen Welch Greenway in collaboration with the community, Boston Parks and Recreation Department, Massachusetts Port Authority, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, and other aligned partners.

We envision the Mary Ellen Welch Greenway to be a beautiful, inclusive, safe, and dynamic park providing:

  • enjoyment through recreation, active transportation, and appreciation of nature;
  • equal access to all, with a focus on serving the diverse community of East Boston;
  • high-quality open space and access to Boston Harbor and coastal environments;
  • resiliency to climate change and coastal flooding through green infrastructure;
  • connections within East Boston and to neighboring communities to create a regional greenway network; and
  • education of residents and visitors about the legacy of Mary Ellen Welch and her commitment, to the vision for the Greenway through her dedication to advocacy and consensus in the community