Forestry & Grounds Volunteer




United States


Reporting to the Manager of Forestry & Grounds, this position is responsible to assist in all aspects of our F&G work program. Work Program consists of a variety of projects in which guests learn tasks in landscaping and gardening, general house cleaning and management, trail clearing and land management, garden equipment and lawn vehicle maintenance, wood splitting and stacking, snow and ice removal, cider pressing, maple syrup and maple candy production.

Must be willing to promote the values and spirit of Gould Farm, to actively participate as a member of the community and to continuously seek ways to improve, both self and function.

Primary Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

- Participate as Work Leader for guests assigned to F&G work programs. - Offer coaching, support to Guests in the performance of their daily tasks as well as life planning for those who are acquiring skills to live more independently. - Provide ongoing orientation and coaching for Guests assigned to F& G in the safe operation of all lawn and garden equipment and tools. - Participate in community activities as required, drive guests to activities and scheduled appointments, offer personal gifts and talents in the arts (music, poetry, reading) to teach, encourage and entertain guests. - Participate actively in the creation of an environment which is therapeutic, constructive and designed to enhance a guest’s chances for future success and greater independence. - Assist in the planning, prioritization, management and performance of daily forestry and grounds tasks, including set-up, preparation and clean-up.

Qualifications: Bachelors degree or equivalent is desirable. Driver’s license and safe driver record are required. Any knowledge and/or experience in land management, landscaping or related disciplines is a plus. Experience in coaching and managing others is helpful. Excellent communications are a must, the ability to prioritize and influence others is essential.

Benefits/Stipend: Volunteers receive room, board, a monthly stipend of $250, and medical insurance with a one-year commitment. Volunteers are eligible for AmeriCorps Education Awards in accordance with the terms and conditions of that program. Loan deferment information available.

Living Arrangements: Each volunteer is assigned a private bedroom in shared group housing with living room and kitchen.

How To Apply

Applications accepted year round. Inquiries welcome. Email cover letter and resume to: