Property Manager II

Location: Worcester. MA
Sanctuary: Broad Meadow Brook

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’s Central Region includes 15 sanctuaries and approximately 6,500 acres across Worcester and Middlesex counties. The Property Manager II manages the property and facility stewardship responsibilities for a moderate to large environmental education center and/or multiple site sanctuary operations and performs a variety of related duties for assigned buildings, exhibits, and grounds consistent with Mass Audubon policies and in cooperation with other sanctuary staff.  They consistently represent Mass Audubon in a positive and constructive manner with visitors, members, abutters, vendors, and community officials.

Duties & Responsibilities

Property Management

1. Ensure the maintenance and security of the property by:

  • developing and maintaining a schedule of work to be done
  • monitoring trails and boundaries and identifying issues or activities that are inconsistent with Mass Audubon policies, standards, or practices
  • procuring, directing, and monitoring the work of contractors while making sure contractors follow all Mass Audubon safety procedures
  • identifying and posting all boundaries
  • establishing and supervising tasks to be handled by property staff and volunteers

2. Maintain grounds and property by:

  • mowing, raking, trimming, pruning, cutting and removing trees
  • constructing and maintaining trails, roadways and parking areas
  • shoveling, sanding, and plowing snow
  • constructing and/or repairing fences and signs
  • implementing the sanctuary’s ecological management objectives in coordination with the Regional Scientist
  • working on special projects, as needed, including responding to storm-related damage and/or the property management needs of other Mass Audubon sanctuaries

3. Maintain buildings and other structures by:

  • painting and other tasks required to maintain buildings
  • performing carpentry duties
  • cleaning gutters
  • winterizing buildings and systems
  • performing emergency repairs
  • assisting with minor plumbing, electrical or mechanical repairs

4. Provide custodial and other related services such as:

  • removing trash and debris and recycling materials
  • cleaning rest rooms
  • general cleaning, including washing and waxing floors, cleaning windows, vacuuming carpets, and maintaining nature center exhibits
  • setting up, moving, and dismantling equipment necessary for Mass Audubon educational programs in coordination with the sanctuary’s education staff

5. Ensure that all equipment is maintained in working order by tuning, cleaning, sharpening, changing fluids, and scheduling needed service

6. Develop and evaluate plans relating to the maintenance, repair, and replacement of the sanctuary’s equipment, supplies, buildings, and vehicles

7. Prepare written reports, proposals, and plans for sanctuary as required

8. Ensure structures and equipment are maintained and operated in accordance with established standards and guidelines. Monitor and evaluate safety needs of the sanctuary and assist and participate in safety related training for sanctuary staff

Supervision and Budget Development

9. Supervise property staff by:

  • making recommendations on routine employment decisions to including hiring, performance, and salary
  • assigning work, providing training, and advising staff as necessary
  • resolving routine human resources and property issues

10. Support the development of a preliminary property management annual plan and operating budget for sanctuary in coordination with supervisor and operate within their authorized limitations

11. Attend sanctuary, regional, and/or statewide meetings, as required, and serve, at the Regional Property Manager’s request, as part of the sanctuary’s management team

Community Relations

12. Represent Mass Audubon in the local community, expanding its presence to increase local support, and maintain routine contact with neighbors, town officials, and representatives

13. Where appropriate, participate in sanctuary committee meetings

14. Provide efficient and courteous service to the public by offering information about the site to visitors and responding to other visitor service requests

Other

15. Represent the sanctuary at regional or other meetings as assigned

16. Assume other duties as requested by Regional Property Manager

Qualifications

At Mass Audubon, our highest priority is finding the best candidate for the job. Research has shown that people of color and women are less likely to apply for jobs if they don't believe they meet every one of the qualifications described in a job description. We encourage you to apply, even if you don't believe you meet every one of our described qualifications or you have a less traditional background. We are looking for applicants with the following qualifications:

Must Have’s:

  • High school diploma and at least 3-5 years of equivalent related experience.
  • Basic maintenance skills, including a knowledge of the safe operation, maintenance, and storage of power tools, equipment, tractors, mowers, implements, heating systems, and vehicles.
  • A valid Massachusetts driver’s license and the ability to carry out routine building maintenance and site security.
  • Routinely the employee is required to bend/stoop, crawl/kneel, carry, reach, push/pull, walk over uneven terrain, climb ladders, and lift up to 50 lbs. 
  • A demonstrated ability to work well with other staff and volunteers, relate to a diverse range of people, and exercise cultural competence and inclusion.

Nice to Have’s:

  • Experience maintaining buildings and facilities for public use including experience with routine maintenance for such facilities.
  • Experience with databases to track facility maintenance records.

Compensation & Benefits

This position’s base salary range is $21 - $23/hour; actual salary will reflect level of experience and qualifications relative to position requirements.

Benefits eligible staff at Mass Audubon may elect to enroll in medical, dental, and vision plans. Mass Audubon also offers disability and life insurance plans, a retirement plan through MetLife, and Flexible Spending Account options. Mass Audubon employment also includes access to an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and the Reciprocity Agreement through the Consortium of Non-Profit Arts/Cultural/Environmental Organizations of New England. Mass Audubon employees also enjoy 12 paid holidays (holidays may shift annually due to where days fall within calendar).

Additional Information

Work Schedule:

40 hours/week. Schedule flexible. Work may require regular weekend hours to support facility/sanctuary needs.

Other Requirements:

Employees must successfully complete a CORI and SORI Background Check and a Motor Vehicle Record (if applicable) is required.

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. This should also include a booster shot if it has been 5 months since you were initially vaccinated.

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 send resume, cover letter, and list of references to:

Chuck Delaney, Regional Property Manager
Job# 3794