Internship: Natural Resource Management- West Management Unit
*We are currently recruiting for Summer and Fall 2020.
Further your studies and learning path at the same time that you assist the West Management Unit Superintendent with the varied job of managing eleven properties in the unit. A wide variety of special projects, research, and hands-on experience is possible, including property maintenance, volunteer management event outreach, photo documenting, social networking, photo and video management. Help people discover these special places and foster local land conservation efforts while you “learn by doing” to gain a deeper understanding of field operations at the cutting edge of land trust work. You will acquire marketable job skills for the natural resources field and complete measurably valuable projects.
Responsibilities (may include but are not limited to the following):
Typical responsibilities of the Intern will vary depending on current needs and the intern’s interests, skills, experience and abilities, but will be similar to tasks listed below.
Visit properties with the Superintendent and assist with maintenance duties such as:
Maintenance of property grounds, and onsite cultural, and natural resources
Cleaning, painting, minor carpentry
Trail maintenance, litter pickup, mowing paths, raking leaves, graffiti removal
Literature re-stocking and educational materials development.
Brush and invasive plant trimming, and control; Hazard tree felling and removal
Weeding, planting, and watering
Projects: sign installation, trail building, painting, carpentry, rockwork, etc.
Organize and maintain tools and equipment in the storage area, shop, and in vehicles.
Serve as a Property Ambassador: welcoming visitors, soliciting memberships, responding to visitor questions, promoting awareness of regulations.
Physical Demands of the Position and Requirements:
Must be able to handle the physical demands of the job, which includes a level of physical fitness adequate to enable them to, for example:
Lift 80 lbs. to waist height and maintain 5 lbs. over shoulder height for 5 minutes;
Work outdoors for 4-6 hours on their feet in a variety of weather conditions
To safely handle shovels, rakes, pruners, handsaws, hammers and other tools
Transportation to begin work at the office, shop and/or field location each day.
Commitment to remain in regular communication with internship supervisor regarding scheduling, work planning and the like. A smartphone is not required, but is helpful.
Learning Opportunities and Other Benefits:
Training in natural resource management routine and project-based work.
Specific training and experience in tools and equipment used in field operations.
Increased skill at managing and coordinating other volunteers.
Augment familiarity with local natural areas.
Exposure to a leading conservation organization: an on-the-inside look at operations.
Improved time management, work planning and event management.
Develop community contacts, supplementing your local contacts.
You will like perform tasks pertaining to the following careers (partial list):
Communications and Social Media Relations
*This internship is unpaid but college credit is likely available. Check with your school sponsor.
Contact: Josh Knox, Superintendent: West Management Unit | 413.522.5770 | firstname.lastname@example.org
More about The Trustees
Founded by landscape architect Charles Eliot in 1891, The Trustees has, for more than 125 years, been a catalyst for important ideas, endeavors, and progress in Massachusetts. As a steward of distinctive and dynamic places of both historic and cultural value, The Trustees is the nation’s first preservation and conservation organization, and its landscapes and landmarks continue to inspire discussion, innovation, and action today as they did in the past. We are a nonprofit, supported by members, friends and donors and our 116 sites are destinations for residents, members, and visitors alike, welcoming millions of guests annually. www.thetrustees.org.
The Trustees is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and equal employment opportunity for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, age, military service, application for military service, veteran status, physical or mental disability, genetic information, or any other status protected by applicable law. The Trustees makes reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, in accordance with applicable law.
Together with our neighbors we preserve the distinct character of our community and inspire a commitment to special places across the commonwealth. We envision a Commonwealth that is thriving as a result of people’s commitment to creating healthy, active, and green communities. Our passion is to share with everyone the irreplaceable landscapes and landmarks that we care for – as we know how valuable they are to our everyday life.
Currently, we own and manage 4 spectacular properties in the Pioneer Valley (Dinosaur Footprints, Little Tom Mountain, Land of Providence and Mount Warner) and 4 in the Hilltowns (Petticoat Hill, Bullitt, Chapel Brook, and Bear Swamp). More info at: www.thetrustees.org.