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Stewardship Opportunities

Stewards ‘adopt’ a conservation property, get together with friends and family to keep it free of trash, report plant or animal sightings, and take photos and videos.  Be a Steward and report on your adopted property to The Trustees.

Please see our current available opportunities below. If nothing is available now, check back frequently, or take a look at all the other opportunities to spend an hour, a day, or make a longer commitment to volunteer with The Trustees.  We can’t do it without you.

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Firewood Processor - WRF

Opportunity Overview: Come join a vibrant group of staff and volunteers at Weir River Farm! This volunteer position would assist the staff in processing and splitting wood to be used in the outdoor furnace which is used through the winter to heat the facilities. Staff are dedicated to volunteers, sharing knowledge and experience. The ideal candidate should be at least 18 years old. Responsibilities (may include but are not limited to the following); Running a wood splitter and sorting wood into hardwood and softwood piles Communicating regularly with stewardship staff Abide by all safety standards Adhering to The Trustees' safety and Covid-19 protocols Log volunteer hours Qualifications: Knowledge or desire to learn hardwood/softwood sorting Desire to be outside in the winter months running a hydraulic woodsplitter Ability to lift upwards of 30 pounds Comfortable working outdoors Able to work on a team and/or independently Time Commitment: Flexible schedule, working with staff to accommodate your availability; 4 hours per week with a minimum 3 month commitment preferred but not required. 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.

Hingham, MA

Through 1/1/23

Park Steward - deCordova

Opportunity Overview: Established in 1950, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum is the largest park of its kind in New England encompassing 30 acres, 20 miles west of Boston. Providing a constantly changing landscape of large-scale, outdoor, modern and contemporary sculpture and site-specific installations, the Sculpture Park hosts more than 60 works, the majority of which are on loan to the Museum. Inside, the Museum features a robust slate of rotating exhibitions and innovative interpretive programming. Stewardship is 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 construction, to development and maintenance of our buildings, gardens, entrances and so much more. Do you like to garden, do light carpentry, paint, and see the result of your work being enjoyed by others? If so, the role of a volunteer park 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 greatly from the talent and skillsets 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! Schedules are flexible, based on your availability. Please note: A background check may be required Responsibilities (may include but are not limited to the following): Comfortable interacting with visitors and answering questions whenever possible Communicate effectively with staff and other volunteers Promote upcoming events and programs Assist with occasional trail special events Observance of Trustees safety and COVID protocols Sign up for your available dates Qualifications: Have reliable transportation to the park An interest in conservation Ability to complete physically vigorous work and enjoy interacting with people Ability to work independently or with a small team and communicate effectively Dress in appropriate clothes and footwear for varying weather conditions Ability to walk on uneven surfaces and lift up to 15 lbs Minimum age: 18 years old Note: a background check may be required Time Commitment: Tuesday, Wednesday and/or Thursday mornings, 9:00 am - noon. Six-month commitment desired. This is a year-round position. 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.

Lincoln, MA

9/24/20 9:00 AM + more

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