Property Steward

Location: Mattapan, MA
Sanctuary: Boston Nature Center

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 and reliable Property Steward with a passion for the environment. The Property Steward works closely with the Property Manager of the Boston Nature Center on a variety of projects that are essential to the mission of Mass Audubon, including cleaning the buildings daily, removing trash, compost and recycling, 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 Steward 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

Property Management

  • Ensure the maintenance and security of the property by:
    • Working with senior property management to 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.
  •  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, cages 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.
  • 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,
    • maintain database (upkeep) with facility features and repair details.
  • 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,
    • Ensure that all equipment is maintained in working order by tuning, cleaning, sharpening, changing fluids, and scheduling needed service,
    • Prepare written reports, proposals, and plans for sanctuary as required by Property Manager,
    • 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. 

Community Relations

  • Represent Mass Audubon in the local community, expanding its presence to increase local support, and maintain routine contact with neighbors, town officials, and representatives.
  • Provide efficient and courteous service to the public by offering information about the site to visitors and responding to other visitor service requests.

Other

  • Attend sanctuary, regional, and/or statewide property meetings, as required. 
  • Represent the sanctuary at regional or other meetings as assigned.
  • Assume other duties as requested by Senior 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 Haves: 

  • 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 extreme weather.
  • Familiarity with basic hand, lawn, and power tools.
  • Experience with snow plowing.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in person and in writing with a wide variety of people, including wildlife sanctuary visitors, wildlife sanctuary neighbors, partners, and volunteers.
  • Ability to relate to a diverse range of people and exercise cultural competence and inclusion.
  • Excellent time management skills.
  • Valid driver’s license and completion of a driver record check. 

 Nice to Haves: 

  • Experience with Microsoft Word and Excel. 
  • Valid Massachusetts pesticide applicator license.
  • Carpentry skills, tractor experience, chainsaw safety certification, First Aid.
  • Fluency in other languages (Spanish, Haitian Creole, or other).
  • Preference given to candidates from the Boston community.

Compensation & Benefits

This position’s base salary range is $16.60 to $18.65 per hour; actual salary will reflect level of experience and qualifications relative to position requirements. 

Benefits and Perks:
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: 

Sunday through Thursday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

This position will be 40 hours a week and requires flexibility to work alternate hours and holidays.

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 and cover letter to:

Heather Deschenes, Regional Operations Manager
Job# 3814