Resident Caretaker

Location: Marshfield, MA
Sanctuary: North River

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

About This Position

The Resident Caretaker serves as a friendly and professional representative of Mass Audubon to wildlife sanctuary visitors and neighbors, as well as within nearby communities of the property. The caretaker provides ongoing security and monitoring of the property and responds quickly to emergency issues as they arise.  The Resident Caretaker performs facility and/or property management duties on the property for a specified number of hours each week, often in conjunction with Mass Audubon staff and/or volunteers. Residing in a Mass Audubon residence on the premises is a requirement, which includes signing and abiding by all the provisions of a housing license.

Duties & Responsibilities

Property Management 

  • Ensure the maintenance and security of the properties by regularly monitoring the premises and identifying, reporting, and responding to encroachments or other issues that are inconsistent with Mass Audubon policies, standards, or practices. Provide rapid response to emergencies as they arise. Notify Sanctuary Director or their designee if absent from the property for more than 48 hours.
  • Maintain grounds, buildings, and property as needed by: assisting in developing and maintaining a schedule of tasks to be completed, keeping records and reporting as requested to supervisor on tasks planned and completed; supervising contracted services, as well as volunteers; assisting with event parking; assisting with purchasing supplies and equipment; assisting with equipment and building repair and maintenance; mowing trails and other portions of the site as requested by the Regional Director; and providing support for ecological management activities.  Work independently at times as well as identify and resolve facility and property maintenance issues
  • Assist Mass Audubon staff and volunteers with tasks related to the sanctuary or other Mass Audubon properties as directed.
  • Be an active and positive member of the regional team by:
    • Taking an active role in special events as requested by the Regional Director.
    • Communicating natural history sightings, issues that impact sanctuary visitors, and property needs with other staff.
    • Maintain open and timely communications with Regional Director.
    • Attend at least one all-day Property Staff meeting each year.
    • Follow all conditions stated in the Housing License Agreement

 Visitor and Community Relations

  • Ensure positive visitor experiences; promote membership in Mass Audubon; assist visitors with orientation and admission; install and maintain interpretative signage and exhibits; and establish and maintain positive community relations.

Other Site-Specific Responsibilities:

  • Provide security, routine facility maintenance and trail and other property work at Mass Audubon’s North River Wildlife Sanctuary.
  • Responsible for informing visitors of sanctuary regulations, responding to emergencies, and providing a consistent and positive presence on-site as well as with neighbors and community officials.
  • Strong customer service experience and skills a must.
  • Carpentry, landscaping or other property skills a plus.
  • Candidate must have valid driver’s license, pass CORI/SORI check, be able to lift at least 50 pounds, and walk on uneven ground. 
  • Housing provided in exchange for 10 hours/week work April 1 – Oct 31; 5 hours/week Nov 1 – March 31. Caretaker responsible for utilities. 


  • Demonstrated interest and support for the mission and goals Mass Audubon.
  • Mature, responsible, and organized; experience in buildings and grounds maintenance, including proficiency in using hand tools, operating power tools, vehicles, and landscaping equipment.
  • Must be at least 21 years old with a valid driver's license.
  • Must have at least two years related experience.
  • Strong ability and willingness to communicate well with staff, volunteers. and the public.

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.

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:

Ruth Potter, Operations Manager
Job# 3520