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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 massaudubon.org.

About This Position
The Regional Property Manager is responsible for a wide range of property management duties that support both day-to-day and long-term management of Mass Audubon’s wildlife sanctuaries in the Metro West Region. The Metro West Region attracts over 100,000 visitors annually to a collection of sanctuaries around the perimeter of Boston. Opportunities for engagement are extremely varied—from nationally recognized camps and preschools, to work in urban environments such as Cambridge and Lowell, through our sustainable farm in Lincoln, and at new sanctuaries we are preparing to open to the public. A list of Metro West sanctuaries is available at https://www.massaudubon.org/places-to-explore/explore-by-region/metro-west.

Duties for the Regional Property Manger include training and supervision of property staff and caretakers, direct and indirect maintenance and ecological management, supervision and care of buildings, regular communication with abutters, visitors, and contractors, and project management.

As a member of the Regional Leadership Team, the Regional Property Manager is involved in both annual and strategic planning for the region as well as long-term project management. The Regional Property Manager may also serve on various Mass Audubon committees to provide support and/or input on statewide initiatives.

Application Instructions
Please submit a resume and cover letter with your ADP application.

Responsibilities

Property Management

  • Ensure the maintenance and security of properties by:
    • developing, maintaining, and evaluating a schedule of priority tasks that must be completed at all sites;
    • assisting the Regional Director and land protection staff in addressing sanctuary defense issues;
    • procuring, directing, monitoring and evaluating the work of contractors and consultants;
    • ensuring that all property boundaries are identified, posted, and monitored;
    • establishing and supervising tasks that are addressed by other property staff and volunteers to ensure their timely and cost effective completion throughout the region.
  • Maintain grounds and property by:
    • mowing, raking, trimming, pruning, cutting and removing trees;
    • constructing and maintaining trails, roadways, and parking areas;
    • shoveling, sanding, and plowing snow;
    • constructing and/or repairing fences, cages, and signs;
    • working on special projects, as needed, including responding to storm-related damage and/or the property management needs of other Mass Audubon sanctuaries.
  • Maintain buildings and other structures by:
    • painting and other tasks required to maintain buildings;
    • performing carpentry duties;
    • cleaning gutters;
    • winterizing buildings and systems;
    • performing emergency repairs;
    • assisting with minor plumbing, electrical, or mechanical repairs;
    • overseeing regional UpKeep database entries and ensuring they are up to date for all facilities and systems.
  • Oversee and/or implement custodial and related services such as:
    • removal of trash and debris and recycling materials;
    • restroom cleaning;
    • general cleaning, including washing and waxing floors, cleaning windows, vacuuming carpets, and maintaining nature center exhibits;
    • setting up, moving, and dismantling equipment necessary for Mass Audubon educational programs in coordination with the region’s education and operations staff.
  • Ensure that all regional equipment and vehicles are maintained in working order in accordance with established safety standards and guidelines by completing general and seasonal maintenance as needed and contracting with local mechanics for repairs and general maintenance requirements as needed. Develop and evaluate plans relating to the maintenance, repair and replacement of the regional equipment, supplies, buildings, and vehicles. Work with Senior Conservation Ecologist, Senior Regional Director, and Regional Director to integrate ecological management priorities with property management tasks and schedules. Prepare written reports, proposals, and plans for property management projects as required.
  • Monitor and evaluate safety needs of wildlife sanctuaries within the region and assist and participate in safety related training for sanctuary staff.

Supervision and Budget Development

  • Supervise property staff by:
    • making recommendations on routine employment decisions to including hiring, and performance;
    • assigning work, providing training, and advising staff and interns as necessary;
    • resolving routine human resources and property issues.
  • Encourage staff growth and professional development through ongoing workshops and trainings in the region. Work with Operations staff, Regional Director, Senior Regional Director, and Senior Conservation Ecologist to prepare a property management annual plan and operating budget for sanctuaries and other managed properties in region.
  • Attend required meetings, including monthly Regional Property Leadership meetings and serve as part of the regional management team.

Community Relations

Represent Mass Audubon in the local community in a positive and constructive manner, expanding its presence to increase local support, and maintain routine contact with neighbors, town officials, and representatives.
    Work with Volunteer Coordinator to plan for and implement group Volunteer Workdays.
  • Provide efficient and courteous service to the public by offering information about the site to visitors and responding to other visitor service requests.

Other

  • Assume other duties as requested by Regional Director.

Qualifications
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

  • High school diploma and at least seven years of equivalent related experience, including 3 years of supervisory and budget management experience
  • Basic maintenance skills, including a knowledge of the safe operation, maintenance, and storage of power tools, equipment, tractors, mowers, implements, heating systems, 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

Nice to Haves

  • Bachelors or more advanced degree
  • Experience with invasive species identification and management
  • Experience with maintenance of historic buildings
  • Demonstrated community outreach experience

Compensation, Benefits and Perks
This position’s pay range is $65,000-$72,500/year; actual salary will reflect level of experience and qualifications relative to position requirements.

Benefits eligible staff at Mass Audubon may elect to enroll in medical, dental, and vision plans. Mass Audubon also offers disability and life insurance plans, a retirement plan through MetLife, and Flexible Spending Account options. Mass Audubon employment also includes access to an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and the Reciprocity Agreement through the Consortium of Non-Profit Arts/Cultural/Environmental Organizations of New England. Mass Audubon employees also enjoy 13 paid holidays (holidays may shift annually due to where days fall within calendar).

Work Schedule
This is an exempt position with a Monday-Friday, 40 hours per week schedule and as needed may require occasional weekend and evening work to fulfill job responsibilities.

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 embraces diversity and equal opportunity in a serious way. We are dedicated to forming a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

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.