Property Worker

Location: Worcester, MA
Sanctuary: Broad Meadow Brook

The Property Worker 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 across the organization.  This individual consistently represents Mass Audubon in a positive and constructive manner with visitors, members, abutters, vendors, and community officials.


  1. Maintain grounds and property by:
    1. mowing, raking, trimming, and pruning;
    2. constructing and maintaining trails, roadways, and parking areas;
    3. shoveling, sanding, and plowing snow;
    4. constructing and/or repairing fences, signs, boardwalks, and platforms;
    5. implementing the sanctuary’s ecological management objectives in coordination with the Regional Scientist and Conservation Coordinator;
    6. working on special projects as needed, including responding to storm-related damage and/or the property management needs of other Mass Audubon sanctuaries.
    7. Keeping culverts free of leaves, sticks and other debris;
    8. Removing roadside trash along boundaries.
  2. Maintain buildings and other structures by:
    1. painting;
    2. performing carpentry duties;
    3. cleaning gutters;
    4. winterizing buildings and systems;
    5. performing emergency repairs;
    6. assisting with minor plumbing, electrical, or mechanical repairs.
  3. Provide custodial and other facility related services such as:
    1. removing trash and debris and recycling materials;
    2. cleaning restrooms;
    3. general cleaning including washing and waxing floors, cleaning windows, vacuuming carpets, and maintaining nature center exhibits.
    4. setting up, moving, and dismantling equipment necessary for Mass Audubon educational programs in coordination with the sanctuary’s education staff;
    5. assisting with the property management needs of other sanctuaries as directed by the supervisor.
  4. Ensure the safe operation of all equipment and vehicles.  Keep equipment in working order by tuning, cleaning, sharpening, changing fluids, and scheduling needed service and inspections to equipment and vehicles.
  5. Provide guidance for the work of temporary and seasonal staff, volunteers and volunteer groups as requested by supervisor, and be available for weekly Wednesday volunteer days.
  6. Provide efficient and courteous service to the public by offering information about the site to visitors and responding to other visitor service requests.
  7. Use of a computer and Microsoft software (including Excel, Word, Outlook, Teams) for communication on projects, and task management/reporting. Training for specific programs will be provided.
  8. Willing to obtain Pesticide License in State of Massachusetts if needed to accomplish the sanctuary’s ecological management goals.
  9. Keep all required licenses & permits up to date to ensure compliance & safety (including chain saw training and any future safety trainings that become standard practice at Mass Audubon).
  10. Perform additional related duties as requested.


Minimum 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.
  • A valid Massachusetts 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.
  • Requires successful completion of a CORI and SORI. 

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 computer and general office equipment (e.g., telephone, calculator, copier, facsimile).  May require the use of two-way radios for communication with field staff. 

Working 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.

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.

Compensation and Benefits

Salary paid biweekly, $14.50 - 18.50 an hour based on experience.

This is a full time position and includes benefits package.

Additional Comments

The schedule for this position may require working an occasional weekend day. While the position will be based out of Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, Worcester, MA – the staff member in this position will be required to visit numerous sanctuaries within Central Massachusetts (mileage/time beyond commuting will be reimbursed).

How to Apply

Please email your resume, cover letter, and list of 3 references to:

Lisa Mattson, Central Operations Manager
Job# 3421

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.