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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
Mass Audubon’s Boston Nature Center is a beautiful urban 67-acre wildlife sanctuary with a nature center, community gardens and two miles of trails. More than 15,000 adults, families, children, volunteers and partners visit the nature center annually, walking the trails, utilizing the community event space, and taking part in educational programs such as nature preschool, camp, and public programs.

Mass Audubon is looking for an aspiring Property Manager who is interested in learning and growing at this vibrant urban green space in the city. The Property Manager works closely with the Regional Property Manager daily on projects that are essential to the mission of Mass Audubon and the success of this community nature center. Routine projects include trail maintenance, landscaping, gardening, invasive plant removal and habitat restoration, on-site waste management, building maintenance and upkeep, equipment maintenance, and leading volunteer groups. Visitors, program participants, neighbors, community partners, and volunteers utilize the site every day and throughout the year, so maintaining cooperative relationships is an essential part of this role. The Property Manager ensures that Mass Audubon and its sanctuaries are inclusive and welcoming so more people have access and can connect with the joys of nature.

Application Instructions
Please submit a resume with your ADP application. Providing a cover letter is always helpful.

Responsibilities

  • Ensure the maintenance and security of the property by:
    • working with Regional Property Manager to understand the schedule of work to be done
    • monitoring trails and boundaries and identifying issues or activities that are inconsistent with Mass Audubon policies, standards, or practices
  • 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, gates and signs
    • implementing the sanctuary’s ecological management objectives in coordination with the Regional Property Manager
    • 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
    • winterizing buildings and systems
    • performing emergency repairs
    • assisting with minor plumbing, electrical or mechanical repairs
  • Provide custodial and other related services such as:
    • removing trash and debris and recycling materials
    • cleaning rest rooms
    • 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 sanctuary’s education staff
    • ensure that all equipment is maintained in working order by tuning, cleaning, sharpening, changing fluids, and scheduling needed service

Community Relations

  • Represent Mass Audubon in the local community, expanding its presence to increase local support, and maintain routine contact with neighbors, town officials, and representatives
  • Provide efficient and courteous service to the public by offering information about the site to visitors and responding to other visitor service requests

Other

  • Attend sanctuary, regional, and/or statewide property meetings, as required
  • Represent the sanctuary at regional or other meetings as assigned
  • Assume other duties as requested by Regional Property Manager

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

  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Willingness to learn and apply new skills
  • Ability to follow instruction and maintain flexibility as tasks and priorities change
  • Ability to perform physical work, sometimes under adverse conditions and in inclement weather
  • 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 extreme weather
  • Familiarity with basic hand, lawn, and power tools
  • Ability to relate to a diverse range of people and exercise cultural competence and inclusion
  • Valid driver’s license and completion of a driver record check

Nice to Haves

  • Experience with Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Ability to use creative problem solving as issues arise
  • Valid Massachusetts pesticide applicator license
  • Carpentry skills, tractor experience, chainsaw safety certification, First Aid
  • Experience with snow removal
  • Fluency in other languages (Spanish, Haitian Creole, or other)
  • Preference given to candidates from the Boston community

Compensation, Benefits and Perks
This position’s pay range is $19.50-$21.60/hour; 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
Tuesday through Saturday, 9:00am-5:00pm. This position will be 40 hours a week and requires flexibility to work alternate hours and holidays.

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.