Company Description: The Trustees is an organization with a fascinating past and an exciting future. Our places are open to all and we thrive by involving as many people as possible in what we do. Founded in 1891, by a group of visionary volunteers, we preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts and work to protect special places across the state. We have helped protect more than 50,000 acres, including 25,000+ acres on 116 reservations that are all open to the public. We are a nonprofit conservation organization funded and supported entirely by our visitors, supporters, volunteers, and more than 50,000 members.
The Steward reports to the Stewardship Manager of the Northwest Management Unit and works as part of the Northwest Management Unit team. This is a full-time, non-exempt position located primarily at Field Farm (a historic guest house ) in Williamstown, Massachusetts and Notchview in Windsor, Massachusetts. The Steward will also work at other Trustees of Reservations properties on occasion.
Responsible for maintaining the grounds and structures (including the Guesthouse, Folly and work shop) at Field Farm in addition to working on The Trustees’ other properties in and around Williamstown. Assists others in the Northwest Management Unit with stewardship activities at Notchview, the Bryant Homestead, Chesterfield Gorge and other properties in the region.
Perform the following landscape related tasks - turf maintenance including mowing and lawn care, tree and shrub pruning and removal, flower bed care. Field mowing, trash removal, and trail creation and maintenance. Ecological management activities including invasive plant control. Must be able to obtain a pesticide applicator’s license.
Under the guidance of the Stewardship Manager and working closely with the Field Farm Innkeeper, perform routine maintenance of all buildings, structures and signs. This may involve, but is not limited to, carpentry, plumbing, electrical, painting and masonry work. Assist with the oversight of capital projects performed by contractors.
Work closely with the staff of the Field Farm Guest House to ensure smooth operation of the facility and an enjoyable guest experience.
Responsible for maintaining an in-ground pool during the summer. Must be able to obtain a pool operators certification.
Responsible for snow removal at the Guesthouse and Mountain Meadow Reservation parking areas. This may require working flexible hours and/or overtime.
Assists with the management of the Notchview Ski program including regularly scheduled trail grooming on winter weekends.
Ensure that all equipment is in good working order, and perform regular and preventative maintenance.
Assist with the preservation and care of unique and important cultural resources both in the landscape and at the Guesthouse and Folly.
Maintain good and productive relationships with our neighbors, visitors, town officials, businesses, and The Trustees' staff from other divisions and regions.
Ensure some flexibility to work on weekends and/or evenings to prepare for special events or to ensure the comfort and safety of our visitors and guests.
Be able to work independently and as part of a team and be willing to learn new skills in order to meet the broad range of tasks that will be assigned to the position.
Be willing to assist with projects on other Trustees properties as required and perform additional duties as assigned by the Superintendent.
Assist with the protection and management of all properties within the Windsor MU following The Trustees’ Management Guidelines, and other effective land management techniques.
Work with the Stewardship Manager and Volunteer Coordinator to identify meaningful volunteer opportunities.
Maintain a close relationship with the Williamstown Volunteer Committee.
Provide oversight and recognition of volunteer efforts in the field.
Provide support for Trustees engagement, fundraising, and enterprise-related events.
Interact with visitors, community members, and organizations to explain the mission and purpose of The Trustees of Reservations.
5 years of experience in these areas or related fields. An Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree in a related field is preferred, but not required.
Enjoy working with a diversity of people, have good people skills, and be comfortable and competent working with committees and speaking to the public.
Awareness of and concern for aesthetic quality in all aspects of landscape management.
Comfortable working independently and unsupervised as well as working cooperatively and demonstrating leadership in groups.
Experience and strong interest in ornamental horticulture, grounds keeping, arboriculture, horticulture, turf management.
Ability to handle the physical demands of the job including lifting, pushing, pulling and climbing ladders. Must be able to work in confined spaces.
Significant experience using a chainsaw, snowplow, mowers, tractor, and other agricultural equipment.
Ability to repair and maintain equipment.
Experience in one or more of the following maintenance areas: carpentry and painting, plumbing, or electrical work.
A good attitude, willingness to be flexible, and a commitment to achieving the goals of The Trustees of Reservations and the Windsor Management Unit.
Hours, Salary, and Benefits:
The starting salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. The position provides a fringe benefits package, including generous vacation and sick leave, group health insurance and, after one year, a defined contribution pension plan and Group Life and Total Disability.
The Trustees offers competitive compensation and the opportunity to be part of a dedicated team across the Commonwealth who love the outdoors, who love the distinctive charms of New England, and who believe in celebrating and protecting our special places, for everyone, forever.
About The Organization:
The Trustees is an organization with a fascinating past and an exciting future. Our places are open to all and we thrive by involving as many people as possible in what we do. Founded in 1891, by a group of visionary volunteers, we preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts and work to protect special places across the state. We have helped protect more than 50,000 acres, including 25,000+ acres on 116 reservations that are all open to the public. We are a nonprofit conservation organization funded and supported entirely by our visitors, supporters, volunteers, and more than 50,000 members.
We kindly request that you do not call to inquire about the status of your application. Those candidates chosen for interviews will be contacted.
In addition to being an Equal Opportunity Employer, the Trustees of Reservations aims to create a thriving, inclusive workplace that values each member of our team. We aspire to reflect and effectively serve the residents and communities of Massachusetts, who are at the core of our mission.