Multiple Open Steward Positions across Massachusetts

The Trustees of Reservations Needs a Few Good Property Stewards!

The Trustees is one of Massachusetts’ largest non-profits and the nation’s first conservation and preservation organization. We manage, protect and share 124 irreplaceable, natural and historic properties across New England, including Castle Hill and the Crane Estate, World’s End and the deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum, to name but a few.

The Steward is a member of the team responsible for the year-round upkeep and maintenance of their assigned property. The Steward provides leadership to seasonal staff and volunteers as needed. This position is primarily field based with some administrative tasks.

In this role, you will:

Perform routine landscape maintenance including but not limited to lawn mowing, string trimming, bed edging, mulching, trash pickup, raking, tree care, hedge trimming, field mowing etc.

Perform routine maintenance of all structures including custodial, painting, light carpentry, and plumbing

Assist the Stewardship Manager and other team members in larger landscape and building projects

Safely and efficiently operate equipment including mowers, small tractors, UTVs, and trucks

Operate, repair and maintain vehicles, machinery, tools and equipment to the highest standards

Maintain positive and productive relationships with our neighbors, visitors, town officials, businesses, and Trustees staff from other divisions and regions

Ensure positive visitor experience and safety, as the primary public-facing presence on these properties

Perform daily cleaning and restocking of restrooms

Perform weekly cleaning of public buildings

Provide cheerful and positive oversight and recognition of volunteer, intern, and seasonal employee efforts in the field

Assist in the set-up and dismantling of events and related materials

Participate in weekly meetings to cooperatively plan work with other members of the property team

Other duties/projects as assigned

The ideal candidate will have:

1-3 years of professional experience in property maintenance, landscaping, trail work, facilities management, or other experience that is relevant to this position

Experience in landscape maintenance with an eye for quality outcomes and attention to detail

Experience using, maintaining and repairing hand and power tools including string trimmers, brush saws, chainsaws, blowers and more.

Basic carpentry and painting skills, formal landscape management, trails maintenance, and related experience preferred

Experience managing cultural/historic landscapes and maintaining structures and building systems a plus

The ability to work independently and unsupervised as well as work cooperatively and demonstrate leadership in groups as well as the ability to work with a diverse group of people

Excellent interpersonal skills; comfortable and competent speaking to the public

Ability to complete assigned tasks and projects, meet deadlines and manage multiple tasks

Basic computer skills and ability to keep good records, familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite

A positive attitude, willingness to be flexible, and a strong commitment to the mission and achieving the goals of The Trustees

Willingness to learn new skills and flexibility to meet the day to day demands of the job is a must

Associate’s degree in Horticulture, Park Management, Forestry, ecology, or another natural resource field a plus

Valid driver's license and a satisfactory driving record as outlined in The Trustees' driving policy

Satisfactory criminal background check (CORI)

Massachusetts Hoisting License - 2A (preferred) or willingness to obtain

Massachusetts Commercial Pesticide Applicator License (preferred) or willingness to obtain

OSHA 10 Hour General Industry (preferred) or willingness to obtain

Wilderness First Aid (preferred) or willingness to obtain

Able to routinely lift 50 pounds

Be willing to work outdoors, sometimes during inclement weather

Willing to work nights and weekends as needed


Benefits and work hours vary according to part time/full time/seasonal aspect of role

As part of our dedication to an inclusive and diverse workforce, The Trustees are committed to Equal Employment Opportunity without regard for race, color, national origin, ethnicity, gender, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or religion. We are also committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures.

Current Steward Openings:

Beverly; Moraine Farm

Boston; Community Gardens

Harvard; Fruitlands Museum

Hingham; Weir River

Ipswich; Appleton Farms

Leominster; Doyle Center

Martha’s Vineyard; Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge

Naumkeag; Stockbridge

North Andover; Stevens Coolidge Place

Westport; South Coast Region

Williamstown, Field Farm

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