Seasonal Property Steward

Location: Easthampton, MA
Sanctuary: Arcadia

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

Mass Audubon is looking for a dedicated Seasonal Property Worker with a passion for the environment. The Seasonal Property Steward works closely with the Property Manager on a variety of projects that are essential to the mission of Mass Audubon, including trail, boundary, 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 to all.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Work with Mass Audubon staff and volunteers to perform property maintenance tasks including: clearing and maintaining trails, repairing boardwalks and picnic tables, controlling invasive species, maintaining signage, marking boundaries, mowing, building maintenance, and program set up
  • Work with Property Manager to develop weekly and monthly property maintenance work plans to be completed independently
  • Interact with and provide information for members, visitors, and guests
  • Address issues as they arise on wildlife sanctuaries (including but not limited to trash pickup, replenishing maps, trespass, ATV and bike use, etc.)
  • Assist with maintenance of basic equipment such as hand and power tools, chainsaws, and vehicles etc
  • Assist with tasks at Mass Audubon west region sanctuaries as needed
  • Assist with scheduled cleaning of facilities
  • Assist with special projects as needed


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 inclement weather
  • 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: 

  • Familiarity with basic hand, lawn, and power tools
  • Experience with Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Carpentry skills, tractor experience, chainsaw training, First Aid, and valid Massachusetts pesticide applicator license 

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. 

Health insurance benefits are offered.

Additional Information

Work Schedule: 

Sunday-Wednesday with flexibility, 24-32 hours per week. This position is scheduled to start April 3, 2023 and end on October 28, 2023.

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.

Melissa Patterson-Serrill, Regional Operations Manager
Job# 4014