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Opportunity Details

Property Stewards - Chestnut Hill Farm

Opportunity Overview:
Stewardship is the key to Trustees properties — providing positive first impressions, enhanced visitor experience and reputation for outstanding conservation and care of special places for all to enjoy. Our stewardship team is responsible for everything from our trail systems to construction, development and maintenance of our buildings, gardens, entrances, campsites and so much more. Do you like to hike trails, garden, do light carpentry, paint, and see the result of your work being enjoyed by others? If so, the role of a volunteer property steward is perfect for you!
Our friendly and professional stewardship staff will work beside you to share best practices and exchange knowledge. As a not-for-profit organization, we benefit from the talent, skillsets, and creativity of our volunteers. We treat our volunteers well and love having them return again and again. Our volunteers consistently comment on how much they enjoy The Trustees team, positive atmosphere, opportunity to meet other people and genuine appreciation for a job well done! 
Reports to: Steward, CRV

Responsibilities (may include but are not limited to the following): 
  • Walk the trails regularly, talk to visitors about trails and features of the property, and keep a record of anything notable (fallen trees, trail erosion, visitor encounters, wildlife, etc.).
  • Remove litter, small branches, and other debris from the trails
  • Trim overgrowth of vegetation from encroaching onto trails, as needed
  • Report safety concerns to the Stewardship team
  • Identify and flag invasive trees for removal by the Stewardship Team
  • Remove invasive saplings, vines, and shrubs using hand tools
  • Be comfortable interacting with visitors and answering questions whenever possible
  • Assist with stewardship projects related to trails maintenance, groundskeeping, and ecological protection
  • Adherence to Trustees safety guidelines and protocol
  • Sign-up for your available dates
  • Have reliable transportation to the property
  • An interest in learning and conservation
  • Able to complete physically vigorous work and enjoy interacting with the public
  • Ability to work independently and communicate effectively
  • Outdoor experience: hiking, biking, gardening, and birding a plus
  • Please Note: a background check is required for this role
Time Commitment:
Ideally 3 hours per week or more, based on individual availability. Three-month commitment is requested. This is a year-round position, but most support is needed during the spring, summer, and fall. Volunteers can join staff weekly on Thursdays from 9:30-12:30, and can volunteer at additional flexible times after they get started with staff. 
What's in our nature? Resiliency. Community. Discovery. Creativity.
Join The Trustees as a volunteer to help protect and take care of the Commonwealth’s greatest treasures and to make nature and the outdoors accessible for all, forever.

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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.
Inclusive Spaces for All
We are committed to providing a welcoming environment for all. Together, alongside our partners and volunteers we are creating inclusive spaces of community for people of all backgrounds to enjoy and preserving these open spaces for everyone, forever. We are committed to inclusion across race, gender, age, religion, identity, ability, and experience.
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.

Age Minimum (with Adult): 18+, Minimum Age:18+

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Volunteers needed through 7/30/2026
Southborough, MA, 01772
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