Property Steward

Location: Dartmouth, MA

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 160,000 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

About This Position

The Property Steward performs a variety of custodial and maintenance duties for assigned buildings, exhibits, and grounds consistent with Mass Audubon policies and in cooperation with other sanctuary staff throughout the South East region. They consistently represent Mass Audubon in a positive and constructive manner with visitors, members, abutters, vendors, and community officials.

Duties & Responsibilities

1. Maintain grounds and property by (70%):

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

2. Maintain buildings and other structures by (10%):

  • painting
  • performing carpentry duties
  • cleaning gutters
  • performing emergency repairs
  • assisting with minor plumbing, electrical, or mechanical repairs

3. Provide custodial and other facility related services such as (10%):

  • removing trash and debris and recycling materials
  • cleaning restrooms
  • 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
  • assisting with the property management needs of other sanctuaries as directed by the supervisor

4. Other (10%):

  • Ensure the safe operation all equipment. Keep equipment in working order by tuning, cleaning, sharpening, changing fluids, and scheduling needed service to equipment
  • Provide guidance for the work of volunteers as requested by supervisor
  • Provide efficient and courteous service to the public by offering information about the site to visitors and responding to other visitor service requests
  • Perform additional related duties as requested


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:

  • High school diploma and at least three 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, and vehicles
  • Valid Massachusetts driver’s license and the ability to carry out routine building maintenance and site security
  • Demonstrated ability to work well with other staff, volunteers, and community representatives and to relate to a diverse range of people and exercise cultural competence and inclusion

Physical Demands 
The physical demands listed are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the position. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position. While performing the duties of this position, the employee is required to talk, hear, sit, stand, walk, and run. 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. Employee is required to apply significant manual dexterity in combination with eye-hand coordination, such as in the operation of manually controlled equipment, power tools, etc. Employee must have good vision to read documents for general understanding and for analytical purposes. Occasionally the employee is required to review non-written materials for general observation purposes and for analytical, detailed purposes. Occasionally it is necessary for the employee to differentiate between colors.  

Work Environment 
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that the employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job. Occasionally work is performed within a typical office setting. Routinely work is performed outdoors with exposure to weather/temperature extremes and extended periods of traversing uneven terrain. Work may require performing responsibilities on evenings, weekends, and holidays. 

Tools and Equipment Used 
The employee is required to operate manually controlled tools (e.g., hammer, screwdriver, wrench), power tools (e.g., power saw, chain saw, drill), vehicles (e.g., lawn mower, tractor, snow plow), a personal computer and general office equipment (e.g., telephone, calculator, copier, facsimile). May require the use of two-way radios for communication with field staff.

Compensation & Benefits

This position’s base salary range is $16.60-$18.61/hour; actual salary will reflect level of experience and qualifications relative to position requirements. This is not a benefits eligible position.

Additional Information

Work Schedule:

This is a seasonal position, starting on May 1, 2023 and ending on August 27, 2023. Full time schedule of 40 hours, Monday through Friday. Weekend work will be required as needed.

Other Requirements:

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

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 apply on ADP Workforce Now and include a resume, cover letter, and three references with your ADP application:

Alissa Young
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