Business / Organization Name: 
The Trustees of Reservations
Contact Person: 
Mike Francis
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Street Address: 
37 Powisset Street
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Job Title: 
Park and Conservation Technician
Job Description: 
The Trustees is seeking a Park and Conservation Technician (PCT) within the Charles River Valley Management Unit to assist with the care of its properties. The Charles River Valley MU contains a broad diversity of 17 properties on over 2900 acres, all open to the public, including farms, woodlands, and historic structures in the towns of Dover, Medfield, Millis, Needham, Sherborn, Natick, Uxbridge, and Southborough. PCTs care for the fields, trails, gardens, structures, and other natural and cultural features. The PCT reports to the Superintendent of the Charles River Valley Management Unit. This is a full-time, non-exempt position with office and shop located in Dover, MA. Responsibilities: The PCT’s responsibilities can be categorized into the following areas: • Property stewardship • Organizational capacity building • Personnel supervision and development Specifically, the PCT’s duties are: Property stewardship: • Assist with the protection and management of all properties within the CRVMU, following The Trustees’ Management Guidelines, specific property management plans, and other effective land management techniques. • Perform and/or supervise volunteers in the following landscape or resource related tasks - turf maintenance including mowing, fertilizing, liming, and herbicide applications; tree and shrub pruning and removal; trail creation and maintenance; and invasive plant removal. • Assist with snow removal, which may require working overtime and non-scheduled hours. • Perform building maintenance projects, both interior and exterior. Projects may involve, but are not limited to, carpentry, plumbing, electrical, painting and masonry work. • Ensure that all equipment is in good working order through preventative maintenance and repair equipment and small engines as needed. • In cooperation with other staff, assist with routine maintenance of all structures and assist in overseeing projects undertaken by seasonal staff, volunteers, and contractors. • Maintain good and productive relationships with our neighbors, visitors, volunteers, town officials, businesses, and The Trustees' staff from other divisions and regions. • Ensure all work is performed safely following safety standards and techniques and using appropriate safety equipment. • Properly secure and safeguard all equipment and property. • Ensure flexibility to often work on weekends and/or evenings for special events and volunteer projects or to ensure the safety of the visiting public, as well as, on occasion, be willing to work overtime in order to complete daily tasks. • 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, including applying for applicable licenses. • Be willing to assist with projects on other Trustees properties as required and perform additional duties as assigned by the Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent. Organizational capacity building: • Work with the Superintendent and other staff to identify and plan meaningful volunteer opportunities. • Lead and provide recognition of volunteer efforts in the field. • Work with the Superintendent to identify funding opportunities to support organizational priorities. • Work with the Superintendent and other staff to increase local membership Personnel supervision and development: • Carry out day-to-day work schedules set forth by the Superintendent and oversee and provide leadership for several seasonal staff in addition to volunteers. • Lead seasonal staff to ensure professional behavior, familiarity with all facets of The Trustees, and comfort and competence in communicating our mission and aspirations to the public. • Protect employees and visitors by promoting and maintaining a safe work environment.
Stockbridge Majors: 
Landscape Contracting
Sustainable Horticulture
Turfgrass Management
Application Deadline: 
Saturday, August 30, 2014
Application Requirements (resume, cover letter, etc.): 
To apply, send cover letter, resume, and references to: -or- Powisset Farm Attn: PCT position 37 Powisset Street Dover, MA 02030 Applications received before July 7 will receive first consideration
Minimum Qualifications: 
Qualifications, Work Experience, Abilities, and Skills • Have at least an Associate's degree in Forestry, Arboriculture, Horticulture, Wildlife or Park Management or another natural resources field and 1-3 years experience in these areas or related fields. • Have at least 1 year of experience in a supervisory role leading seasonal staff and volunteers. • Have leadership skills which contribute to the personal and professional development of staff members • Enjoy working with a diversity of people including volunteers, have excellent people skills, and be comfortable and competent working with committees and speaking to the public. • Have awareness of and concern for aesthetic quality in all aspects of landscape management. • Be able to work independently and unsupervised as well as work cooperatively and demonstrate leadership in groups. • Have experience in park maintenance, grounds keeping, trail maintenance, arboriculture, horticulture, turf management, and ability to maintain an historic landscape. Trail maintenance and construction experience a plus. • Have experience maintaining structures and their systems including light carpentry, plumbing, electrical, painting and masonry work. • Be able to handle the physical demands of the job e.g. lifting at least 75 lbs. and working outdoors in all weather conditions in environments that may include poison ivy and biting insects. • Have or be able to obtain Massachusetts Hoisting License and Massachusetts Applicator License for herbicide. • Have sound writing skills and computer skills in MS Word, Excel, and Outlook. • Have significant experience using a chainsaw, snowplow, tractor, and other equipment. • Be able to repair and maintain hand tools, power equipment, and small engines. • Be able to meet visitors at properties with confidence, charm, and tact. • Have an eye for detail and ability to communicate effectively. • Have a good attitude, willingness to be flexible, and a commitment to achieving the goals of The Trustees in the CRVMU.
Wage, Salary & Benefits Description: 
Hours, Salary, and Benefits The starting salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. The position provides an excellent 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 Insurance. Housing is not provided. Must pass a driver’s background check and CORI check.