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Trails Specialist - Eastern MA

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The Opportunity:

The Trails Specialist is responsible for executing trails specific stewardship needs and will assist other stewardship staff as scheduled. This position is also responsible for performing assessments for Trails and Entrances in their region and scoping the associated work orders. This position is primarily field based with some administrative tasks. This role reports to the Associate Field Director and works in tandem and in collaboration with other regionally based stewardship positions.

 

The Trail Specialist requires dedication to maintenance and restoration of trails and other resources, desire to learn and develop various leadership and trail skills, a willingness and ability to work hard outdoors, demonstrate a commitment to safety, a proven ability to work collaboratively on project management, experience training and leading volunteers and seasonal staff, a self-motivated ability to work independently, and an aptitude for working with technology.

In This Role You Will:

  • Performs both basic and advanced trail work to a high standard of quality.
  • Performs heavy reconstructive trail work including, but not limited to: trail relocations, tread hardening, culvert installation, rock construction (waterbars and staircases), timber structures (bog bridges and waterbars), bridge construction, and new trail construction.
  • Performs routine monitoring of trail systems and responds to work requests to clear blowdowns, clean drainages, and check trail conditions.
  • Perform Trails and Entrance assessments
  • Delivers on key trail and entrance project objectives within Trails Team Plans, and Property Business Plans.
  • Uses appropriate techniques and BMPs related to trail design, layout, building, maintenance, restoration, and preservation for sustainability and desired visitor experience.
  • Works collaboratively as part of a team and with other staff across the organization.
  • Uses and maintains vehicles, machinery, tools and equipment to the highest safety standards.
  • Support local stewardship teams and field staff on non-trail related projects as needed (up to 30% of time). This work may include property activation projects, large capital projects, storm response, and other maintenance or project-based work.
  • Other duties as assigned  


Minimum Requirements:

Education and Experience:

  • Associate degree in Horticulture, Park Management, Forestry, ecology, or another natural resource field or equivalent experience
  • 2 years of related experience

 

Skills/Qualifications:

  • Technical expertise in trails and best practices associated with this resource.
  • Experience using a chainsaw and other small power tools including those specific to trail work.
  • UTV operation, transport of trailers, light machinery (small tractor, mini-excavator, chipper) operation and other power tool use or training, preferred.
  • Basic computer skills in Outlook Calendar/E-Mail, MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and an ability to learn and use Trustees software systems.
  • Experience with MA permitting for wetland protection and rare species, preferred.
  • Wilderness First Aid certification, preferred.
  • OSHA 10 or 30 certification, preferred.
  • MA Hoisting License 2A, preferred.
  • MA Commercial Pesticide Applicator’s license, preferred.
  • Familiarity with Trustees based Trails guidelines, policies, and BMPs
  • Strong communications skills and the ability to effectively share ideas and priorities

 

Other:

  • Valid driver’s license required for driving Trustees’ vehicles; satisfactory driving record check
  • A satisfactory criminal background check (CORI)
  • Flexibility to work nights and weekends may be required
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs and to complete strenuous physical labor outside in inclement weather 
  • This position is ideally located in either Dover or Sharon, MA

About The Trustees

The Trustees is one of Massachusetts’ largest non-profits and the nation’s first conservation and preservation organization. Today, the places we care about are going fast, and the forces undermining them, including climate change, are moving faster. Our passion is to protect and share with everyone the irreplaceable natural and cultural treasures under our care. We are funded and supported entirely by our visitors, supporters, volunteers, and more than 60,000 member households.

 

In addition to being an Equal Opportunity Employer, The Trustees aims to create a thriving, inclusive workplace that values each member of its team. We aspire to reflect and effectively serve the residents and communities of Massachusetts who are at the core of our mission. B​​​​uilding The Trustees of the future is about creating a sense of welcome for all and that starts with our staff. We believe having an inclusive workplace with diverse perspectives are critical to our work. We are ever curating and creating information and programs to help us be the most inclusive organization that we can be. 

 

The Trustees is a signer of the Boston Women’s Workforce Council and a Member of the Boston College Center for Work and Family.

 

We kindly request that you do not call to inquire about the status of your application. Those candidates chosen for interviews will be contacted.

The Opportunity:

The Trails Specialist is responsible for executing trails specific stewardship needs and will assist other stewardship staff as scheduled. This position is also responsible for performing assessments for Trails and…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule

Benefits

In addition to competitive pay, The Trustees offers the opportunity to be part of a dedicated team across Massachusetts who believe in celebrating and protecting our special places, for everyone, forever.

 

In support of our staff and their families, we provide comprehensive top-notch benefits and an array of special perks. Full-time, year-round staff can enjoy:

  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance with employer premium contributions ranging from 75%-85%
  • Traditional and Roth 401(k) plans with 5% employer match after one year of employment
  • Employer-paid life and disability plans
  • Paid vacation and sick time and a bank of “Early Release” hours
  • A bank of 15 paid flexible Holiday/Personal days
  • Day of Service to travel to another site to work in a division and location other than your own in a group project such as reinforcing beach shorebird fences, planting seedlings or bulbs, organizing archival documents, or making phone calls to thank donors
  • Day of Wonder to explore the wonders of any of our Trustees properties
  • Complimentary Trustees member-level access and discounts and 50% discount for Trustees summer camps
  • Reciprocity program offering free and discounted admissions and memberships to more than 50 Massachusetts museums and cultural institutions
  • And much more!


In addition to competitive pay, The Trustees offers the opportunity to be part of a dedicated team across Massachusetts who believe in celebrating and protecting our special…

Location

On-site
Dover, MA 02030, USA

How to Apply

Please online on The Trustees' job board linked here

Please online on The Trustees' job board linked here

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