Summer Green Team

Groundwork Rhode Island’s summertime Green Team Program provides youth development and employment opportunities for high school students across Providence, Pawtucket, and Central Falls. Youth are hired for a six week period to participate in environmental education programs and community service projects that improve their city’s environment.

Our Pawtucket and Central Falls team is called Green Change Makers to reflect our collaboration with two other youth-serving organizations, Southside Community Land Trust and Harvest Kitchen (part of Farm Fresh RI).

Learn more about our 2020 Providence Summer Green Team! 

The Green Team in Providence and Green Change Makers in Pawtucket/Central Falls employs high school age youth each summer, ages 14-18, to engage in environmental education and stewardship projects that improve our communities. Green Team members develop hands-on skills related to urban environmental sustainability, as well as have the opportunity to travel to protected natural places in RI and beyond to engage in conservation efforts there as well. Green Team youth are challenged daily with the opportunity of working outdoors and engaging in physical improvement projects that make a visible difference in our community. Team members learn about various environmental sustainability efforts, and how they can be involved as leaders and activists to make our communities healthier places to live.

In 2020 we will be hiring 6 youth in Providence and 12 youth in Pawtucket and Central Falls!  All youth will be paid $10.50/hour. Due to Covid-19 public health restrictions, we are limiting the size of our teams this summer and following all other protocols to keep youth and our communities safe!

Our Providence team will be working 24 hours per week for 6 weeks, Tuesday-Friday, 9am-3pm. Please contact shashem @ groundworkri . org for more information about the Providence team.

Our Pawtucket/Central Falls team will be working 20 hours per week for 6 weeks, Monday-Friday with a rotating schedule. Please contact kcastro @ groundworkri . org for more information about the Pawtucket/Central Falls team. We are partnering with Southside Community Land Trust and Farm Fresh RI for our Pawtucket/Central Falls team!

In summer 2020 both teams will be engaging in a combination of virtual and in-person projects and learning opportunities. There will be no field trips unfortunately, nor any group transportation in order to better comply with social distancing guidelines this year.

Important Dates:

June 14, 2020: Green Team Applications due!

Mid-June: Virtual Interviews with prospective team members

June 28th: Final selection of participants

July 3rd: Virtual Orientation

July 6th- August 14th: Green Team in full swing (virtual and in-person) 

Unfortunately there will be no optional trip to Yellowstone National Park this summer due to Covid-19. 

Apply for the 2020 Providence summer green team here!

If you are interested in applying for the Pawtucket/Central Falls team, please email kcastro @ groundworkri. org to receive a separate application form. 

Past Green Teams:

The 2015 Green Team united 10 high school youth from Mt. Hope and other neighborhoods across Providence to work on a variety of projects including improving school gardens at Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School, Nathan Bishop Middle School, and Mary Fogarty Elementary.  The team also helped Groundwork launch its new urban farm and greenhouse at 433 Prairie Avenue.

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Green Teams foster the personal growth of each team member and helps them become community environmental leaders. The program provides students with:

  • Summer employment
  • Environmental education
  • Opportunities to engage in environmental advocacy and community stewardship
  • A chance to enjoy nature in and around the city
  • Fun, friends, and new experiences!

In 2014, Groundwork’s Green Team focused on environmental projects around the Mt. Hope neighborhood, thanks to funding from Miriam Hospital, partnering with Mt. Hope Learning Center and other neighborhood groups.

Green Team 2014

Learn how the 2013 Green Team made an impact on their community:


2013 Green Team     Project Summary




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Watch a video of 2012’s Green Team project!


2012 Green Team Video