The (Seasonal) Property Manager (PM) is the lead on-property Trustees staff member at the 26- acres Land of Providence (LOP) and is responsible for duties involving management, preservation and protection. The Property Manager’s goal is to maintain LOP at an exemplary level of stewardship, providing an exceptional opportunity for all members of the Holyoke community to enjoyably connect to the natural world and to experience firsthand the value of land conservation when they visit the property.
The PM reports to the CT River Valley Management Unit (CTRVMU) Superintendent, works closely with other Trustees staff such as the Holyoke Education Coordinator and the Youth Conservation Corps Supervisor, and collaborates with the Nuestras Raices staff and farmers.
Specific Responsibilities Include:
- Maintain LOP grounds at an “exemplary” level of stewardship. For example:
- Brush and invasive plant cutting and removal, mowing, grubbing, weeding, planting, brush sawing, chipping, and trail clearing and watering
- Constructing, maintaining, and inspecting parking areas, trails, and fences
- Removing trash and litter
- Create, plant, and maintain trees and shrubs, grasslands and woodlands
- Steward the floodplain restoration project through watering, weeding and re-planting
- Care for the newly installed Contemplative Garden: Weeding, mulching, trimming, mowing.
- Clean and perform routine maintenance and repair to equipment and tools
- Maintain the onsite, management unit and vehicle storage areas to keep organized and clean
- Install, maintain and improve farm infrastructure and interpretive materials such as signage
Property Supervision and Public Interface
- The PM is responsible for actively communicating with all of the many different people and groups that use the property to avoid conflicts of use. This includes the maintenance of an online calendar and regular planning meetings with Trustees and Nuestras Raices staff.
- The PM will be required to attend the Nuestras Raices farmer meetings, which take place during evening hours, once per month.
- The PM is the first-tier emergency contact at LOP.
- Ensure the rules and regulations of the property are observed and followed by visitors and onsite farmers.
- For assistance with onsite stewardship projects:
- Help CRVMU Superintendent recruit, supervise, and cultivate a small, core group of regular volunteers
- Coordinate, help publicize and lead volunteer events as needed
- Represent and promote The Trustees in alignment with organizational messaging guidelines
- Properly wearing a Trustees’ provided uniform is required at all times.
- Support the Holyoke Education Coordinator (HEC) in planning and staffing the Sisters of Providence Contemplative Space Dedication, and support the HEC in the Trustees’ role at other onsite events.
- Conduct themselves safely at all times and in accordance with The Trustees safety manual
- The PM will be responsible for working with the Superintendent and Holyoke Youth Conservation Corps (HYCC) Supervisor to plan and supervise on-site stewardship-related activities for the HYCC.
- Though the PM will work 90-95% of their hours at Land of Providence, there will be occasional project and program work at other CTRVMU and perhaps Western Region Properties.
- There will be other duties, assigned by the Superintendent as opportunities present themselves.
Skills, Qualifications, & Experience
- Minimally a High School diploma or equivalent and at least 2 years experience in landscaping, natural resource, vegetation, and/or park maintenance, carpentry, and/or light construction
- Transport to Holyoke to begin work each day
- Able to handle the unexpected: to be flexible and able to think on their feet
- Experience with and proficiency using landscaping tools and equipment (e.g., loppers, shovel, rake, brush saw, chain saw, etc) and carpentry tools and equipment (e.g. hammer, drill, table saw, etc.)
- 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:
- Safely Lift 60 lbs. to waist height
- Work outdoors for up to 8 hours on their feet in a variety of weather conditions (e.g. hot and humid, cold and rainy)
- Perform all the duties and use the types of equipment listed above
- Have, or be willing and able to achieve, basic first aid and CPR certification before start of work
- Basic computer literacy including: Proficiency with Microsoft Office, ability to type at reasonable speeds, ability to easily navigate the Windows operating system
- A satisfactory driving record and a valid Massachusetts’ driver’s license; Ability to drive a large pick up truck (extended cab and bed); no special class driver’s license is required.
- Basic cultural comfort and competency in communicating with Holyoke’s ethnic groups.
- Highly motivated, capable of working independently and cooperatively with other staff.
- Experience working with a diversity of different types of people, in an outdoor environment.
- Excellent “people skills” to lead, inspire, motivate and work cooperatively and harmoniously with fellow employees, volunteers, committees, members and the public.
- Proven ability to manage and complete multiple projects on-time, in the field and office.
- Advanced carpentry, construction and/or landscape maintenance skills
- Conversational Spanish.
- A valid pesticide applicator license; Chainsaw training and/or certification; and hoisting license
Of Special Note
- This position will be exposed to poison ivy (Protective clothing and equipment will be supplied). Anyone with severe allergic reaction to poison ivy should consider this when applying.
- An offer for employment for this position is contingent on a satisfactory CORI record check (criminal background check).
- Although this position is located at an active agricultural site, it is not a traditional Farm Manager position with responsibilities to manage day-to-day “running a farm” activities.
Dates, Hours, Salary & Benefits
This is a hourly, seasonal position, based at the Land of Providence in Holyoke, Massachusetts. The PM will mostly report to LOP to begin their day and sometimes to the downtown facilities. The PM will have use of a Trustees vehicle when needed for their duties. Official Trustees attire will be provided. The position will be 24 hours per week from May 1st to August 30th. The PM will earn $13-15 per hour depending on experience. The work schedule requires regular flexibility for evening and weekend work which includes but is not limited to: attending meetings; participating in/or leading workdays, programs, and/or tours; or to ensure the protection of the property and/or the safety of the visiting public.
Please submit resume, cover letter and three references (preferably electronically) to:
Joshua Berk Knox
CT River Valley Management Unit Superintendent
193 High Street, Holyoke, MA 01040
About the Land of Providence
The Trustees own and manage the Land of Providence at the southern end of Holyoke, on the Connecticut River for natural and scenic resources as well as for access and enjoyment by the community. A local non-profit, Nuestras Raices (NR), leases the property from The Trustees and manages an active urban agriculture program on-site, which includes vegetable farming, and small livestock. The approximately two dozen local farmers who operate on-site rent plots from NR.
About The Trustees
Founded in 1891, The Trustees of Reservations preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts and works to protect special places across the state. We have helped protect more than 50,000 acres, including 25,000+ acres on more than 100 reservations that are all open to the public. We are a nonprofit conservation organization funded and supported entirely by our visitors, supporters, volunteers and more than 40,000 members.
In addition to being an Equal Opportunity Employer, the Trustees of Reservations aim to create a thriving, inclusive workplace that values each member of our team. We aspire to reflect and effectively serve the residents and communities of Massachusetts, who are at the core of our mission.
Joshua Berk Knox