The Trustees is the oldest land trust in the world, founded in 1891. Dedicated to preserving for public use exceptional natural and historical properties throughout Massachusetts, we have over 118 “reservations,” on more than 26,000 acres, visited by more than two million people annually. With more than 100,000 members, our remarkable properties range from meadows to mountains, farms to forests, to world-class beaches, and including five National Historic Landmarks, five community-supported agriculture programs, 72 archaeology sites, a model archives center, and 54 historic buildings. 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); 4 in the Hilltowns (Petticoat Hill, Bullitt, Chapel Brook, and Bear Swamp); and 3 in the Southern Berkshires (Goose Pond, Questing and Dry Hill). More info can be found at: www.thetrustees.org.
Further your studies and learning path while assisting the West Management Unit 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, trail construction, volunteer management event outreach, photo documenting, social networking, light construction and building maintenance, and media 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 through this service-learning opportunity. This is an experiential learning placement where you are working alongside and helping the non-profit staff and other volunteers/interns.
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. * The duration of this internship is a minimum of 140 hours of service.
Josh Knox, Stewardship Manager, West Management Unit 413.522.5770 , email@example.com
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