Duration: Summer 3 month min.
Location: Based out of our Holyoke office, but includes responsibility for volunteer activities at various Trustees' properties: Dinosaur Footprints and Little Tom (Holyoke), and Peaked Mountain (Monson).
Position Title: Property Management Apprentice
Housing: Housing will not be provided.
For more information: The Trustees of Reservations
Assist the Superintendent of our Connecticut River Valley properties (Dinosaur Footprints, Little Tom and Land of Providence in Holyoke, and Peaked Mountain in Monson) with office work and/or property maintenance. Help people discover these special places and foster local land conservation efforts while you 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.
Typical responsibilities of the Property Management Assistant are listed below. Actual tasks will vary depending on project needs and volunteer interests and abilities, but will generally be tasks on this list:
• Maintain contact information for people attending programs.
• Maintain volunteer records and submit volunteer hours.
• Assist with general office tasks: copying, filing, coding brochures, etc.
• Basic research: information for property management plans, etc.
• Help with outreach efforts: research community groups to find contacts and allies
• Review Trustees information on area web sites and keep items current.
FIELD / SHOP
• Visit properties with the Superintendent and assist with maintenance: trail clearing, installation, and maintenance, sign installation, literature re-stocking, litter pickup, trimming, etc.
• Organize and maintain tools and equipment in the storage area and The Trustees’ van.
• Assist Trustees staff at community events and programs
• Distribute and post event announcements. Follow up with phone calls.
Attention to detail
Courteous and professional manner
Basic computer skills with Microsoft Word, Excel, and e-mail
Transportation to begin work in downtown Holyoke
Physical ability to work outdoors, to handle shovels, rakes and other tools, and to walk on rugged trails
Students must submit a resume as well as complete the MHC Universal Application
Funding: $2500 (or more depending on circumstances)
Available through the Center for the Environment Summer Leadership Fellowship Program; see application instructions.