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Water-By-Bike Tree Ambassador Supervisor (summer position), City of Cambridge Department of Public Works (A551)

Location: Cambridge, MA
Salary: $20 per hour

Cambridge DPW seeks a qualified individual to supervise the Water-By-Bike Tree Ambassador program. The supervisor will work with a group of approximately 8 summer interns to lead and coordinate daily activities to support work objectives related to the Water-By-Bike summer program. Specific duties include but are not limited to the following:

  • Coordinate watering routes with DPW staff for each team of interns and monitor progress throughout the day.
  • Supervise Water-By-Bike interns and ensure professional presentation and behavior.
  • Coordinate maintenance and repairs to bicycles and other equipment.
  • Inspect, water, and maintain selected young trees throughout the City.
  • Ride a bike with a trailer attached loaded with equipment and connect equipment to fire hydrants to water trees and fill ‘Gator Bags’ with water.  Weed existing tree wells.
  • Record watering progress with mapping program on tablet.
  • Interact with residents and businesses and promote urban tree care and benefits.
  • Responsibly represent the Cambridge Department of Public Works – Parks and Forestry Division
  • Perform related tasks as needed.

Minimum Requirements:

  • College coursework in urban forestry, environmental science, urban planning, or education preferred. Bachelor’s degree preferred. Equivalent experience may substitute for education.
  • Demonstrated experience in supervisory role and teambuilding.
  • Enthusiasm and flexibility; ability to “think on one’s feet” to revise and/or adapt to schedule changes.
  • A demonstrated interest in environmental stewardship and ability to engage with the public on these issues.
  • Familiarity with Cambridge preferred.
  • Must be comfortable riding a bicycle in urban environment.

Moderate physical activity including lifting, bending, squatting, stretching, pushing, dragging, reaching, and pulling.  Exposure to all weather conditions. Work outside for extended periods of time.  Ride a bike for several miles a day.  Pre-employment Physical Examination may be required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

$20.00/hour30 hours/week, 10-12 weeks, typically May through August

Submit both your resume and letter of interest via email to: or to the Personnel Dept, Room 309, City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA  02139. Fax 617-349-4312.  Resume and letter of interest requested by 03/31/20. Position will remain open until filled.  We are an AA/EEO Employer.



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147 Hampshire Street
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139
(617) 349-4332


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