Property Steward

Location: Rindge, NH
Sanctuary: Wildwood

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

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.  He/she consistently represents Mass Audubon in a positive and constructive manner with visitors, members, abutters, vendors, and community officials.

Duties & Responsibilities

Maintain grounds and property by:

  • mowing, raking, trimming, and pruning;
  • constructing and maintaining trails, roadways, and parking areas;
  • shoveling, sanding, and plowing snow;
  • constructing and/or repairing fences, signs, boardwalks, and platforms;
  • 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;
  • performing carpentry duties;
  • cleaning gutters;
  • winterizing buildings and systems;
  • performing emergency repairs;
  • assisting with minor plumbing, electrical, or mechanical repairs.

Provide custodial and other facility related services such as:

  • 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;
  • 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 temporary and seasonal staff and 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.

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; 
  • Basic maintenance skills, including a knowledge of the safe operation, maintenance, and storage of power tools, equipment, tractors, mowers, implements, and vehicles;
  • A valid driver’s license and the ability to carry out routine building maintenance and site security;
  • A 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.

Compensation & Benefits

This position’s base salary range is $16.60 - $18.61 per 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:

Flexible days and hours up to 40 hours per week.   This is a seasonal position beginning in June and ending the first week of September. 

Shorter term positions are available. 

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:

Anne Wentworth, Administrative Assistant / Office Manager I
Job# 3739