Green Ambassadors

Dream Green

Through a partnership with the National Park Service, Thompson Island Outward Bound provides Boston’s public high school students with paid summer employment in the green job sector. Green Ambassadors develop professional skills that include environmental science and stewardship, natural resource and facilities management, outdoor education, and team problem-solving and communication. This seven-week paid summer youth employment program is part of a three-year cumulative curriculum.

The Green Ambassadors program provides local jobs for teens that allow students to apply STEM skills through hands-on projects led by industry professionals and leaders in the community. These projects help increase their environmental consciousness with the aim of promoting academic interest and life skills. For some of the participants, Green Ambassadors also provides an entrance into the green career sector.

What's the Green Careers Sector?

The green sector includes businesses that produce goods or provide services to benefit the environment or conserve natural resources, including renewable sources, energy efficiencies, pollution reduction and removal, natural resources conservation, mitigating the impacts of climate change and environmental compliance.


Green Ambassadors are required to complete the following activities during their employment:

  • Work outdoors in all weather conditions with six to nine other employees
  • Practice trail maintenance, habitat preservation and invasive species removal
  • Perform scientific monitoring and data collection
  • Participate in at least one multi-night camping expedition in the Harbor Islands
  • Interact with marine scientists, educators, National Park staff and other natural resource departments in the Boston Harbor
  • Learn about urban agriculture
  • Engage in community outreach projects
  • Explore career opportunities within the Harbor Islands and green industries


Applicants must be residents of the Greater Boston area, be 15-18 years of age, possess an interest in working outdoors, developing leadership skills and learning about environmental stewardship. They must also demonstrate a strong work ethic and a commitment to complete the entire program. Preference is given to Boston Public School students.

Program Area

Thompson Island is one of the largest, most accessible, and ecologically diverse islands in the Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park. Across 204-acres of undeveloped property, the island is home to mature forests, meadows, freshwater and marine wetlands, salt marshes, and a variety of important geological features. Beyond the natural world and campsites, amenities include a formal school campus complete with dormitories, dining hall, classrooms, lab space, auditoriums, gymnasium, outdoor challenge courses, and climbing towers.

Program Model

Professional Development

Green Ambassadors focus on developing professional skills such as timeliness, workforce expectations and behaviors, goal-setting, decision-making, communication and leadership.

Technical Job Training

Green Ambassadors work on the Boston Harbor Islands, applying STEM and other skills through hands-on projects led by scientists and leading professionals in the community. The program increases their environmental consciousness with the aim of promoting entrance into environmental studies and the green career sector.

Natural Resource Management

Green Ambassadors learn first-hand about emerging environmental trends through direct partnerships with the Department of Conservation and Recreation and the National Park Service.

J'Saun Bastien

“I always tell people, I’m not good with names, but I remember everyone I met in Green Ambassadors because it was a family. It was just that special. Even when we didn’t agree, we could always find a way to work together. The program really helped me a lot in developing as a person and becoming who I am today.”

JSaun was a GA from 2014-2016, after which he studied environmental science at Boston College. He returned to Thompson Island this year as a full-time Course Director, helping shape the experience current GAs. He encourages anyone considering the program to apply, because he believes that everyone can learn something from being a GA.

Ready to be a Green Ambassador?

Interested students can apply to the Green Ambassador program using one of the two applications. If it is your first year with the program, please use the application for new applicants, otherwise, please fill out the returning applicants' application. 

New Applicants Returning Applicants

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Thank You

All our programs are available because of our generous community of donors like you. Thank you for supporting the students at Thompson Island Outward Bound.


Thank You

All our programs are available because of our generous community of donors like you. Thank you for supporting the students at Thompson Island Outward Bound.