Jobs at Pleasant Valley

Mass Audubon offers a work environment that is challenging, yet flexible. Our compensation and benefits program is competitive, including a 403(b) plan and generous paid time off. Every inquiry will be treated confidentially. Mass Audubon is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

Property Worker

Location: Lenox, MA
Sanctuary: Pleasant Valley

About Mass Audubon

Mass Audubon is the largest nature-based conservation organization in New England. Founded in 1896 by two women who fought for the protection of birds, Mass Audubon carries on their legacy by focusing on the greatest challenges facing the environment today: the loss of biodiversity, inequitable access to nature, and climate change. With the help of our 140,000 members and supporters, we protect wildlife, conserve and restore resilient land, advocate for impactful environmental policies, offer nationally recognized education programs for adults and children, and provide endless opportunities to experience the outdoors at our wildlife sanctuaries. Explore, find inspiration, and take action at www.massaudubon.org.

About This Position

Mass Audubon is looking for a dedicated Property Worker with a passion for the environment. The seasonal Property Worker works closely with the Property Manager on a variety of projects that are essential to the mission of Mass Audubon, including trail, boundary, and building maintenance, monitoring land, maintaining equipment, assisting volunteers, implementing Mass Audubon policies, monitoring visitor use, controlling invasive species, and maintaining cooperative relationships with neighbors, community partners, and the general public. The Property Worker ensures that Mass Audubon and its sanctuaries are inclusive and welcoming so more people have access and can connect with the joys of nature.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Work with Mass Audubon staff and volunteers to perform property maintenance tasks including: clearing and maintaining trails, repairing boardwalks and picnic tables, controlling invasive species, maintaining signage, marking boundaries, mowing, building maintenance and cleaning, and program set up.
  • Work with Property Manager to develop weekly and monthly property maintenance work plans to be completed independently.
  • Interact with and provide information for members, visitors, and guests.
  • Address issues as they arise on wildlife sanctuaries (trespass, unauthorized ATV and bike use, etc.).
  • Assist with maintenance of basic equipment such as hand and power tools, and chainsaws, etc.
  • Assist with special projects as needed.

Qualifications

  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to perform physical work, sometimes under adverse conditions.
  • Ability to hike over rough terrain for extended periods of time, lift and carry up to 40 pounds, and be willing to work outdoors sometimes in foul weather.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in person and in writing with a wide variety of people, including wildlife sanctuary neighbors, private landowners, partners, and volunteers.
  • Ability to relate to a diverse range of people and exercise cultural competence and inclusion.
  • Experience with Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Excellent time management skills.
  • Desirable qualifications include: carpentry skills, tractor experience, chainsaw training, First Aid, valid Massachusetts pesticide applicator license.
  • Valid driver’s license and completion of a driver record check.
  • Successful candidates must pass a background records check (CORI and SORI).

Additional Information

This position is for 40 hours per week, with weekend work required through early November.  Work schedule flexibility is possible.

COVID-19 Considerations

Mass Audubon requires that all staff, regardless of their work location, disclose their vaccination status. Proof of vaccination status will be required immediately upon hire.

Mass Audubon's Commitment To Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Justice

Mass Audubon's mission is to "protect the nature of Massachusetts for people and for wildlife" by building a strong coalition of employees, volunteers, and community members. We recognize that the environmental movement and field of conservation have been affected by societal systems that have limited opportunity and access for many people. As a result, Mass Audubon is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and applicants. We are engaged in an ongoing process of organizational assessment and change, designed to remove barriers and create a workplace where all forms of diversity are recognized and valued.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Mass Audubon is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and applicants. Mass Audubon prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

How To Apply

Please submit resume and cover letter by email with the subject line Berkshire Property Worker to:

Jonah Keane, Sanctuary Director
Job# 3418