Preserve Steward, Whitehall Woods, Hopkinton

Volunteer Position Description

The Preserve Steward will perform general monitoring and basic trail maintenance at SVT's Whitehall Woods property in Hopkinton.

  • Walk trails and look for and note problems with trail passage, vandalism, illegal uses, etc. (For properties without trails, walk roadside and property perimeter.)
  • Remove trash and debris from parking area, trails, and roadside. 
  • Notify SVT of urgent problems and situations.
  • Maintain trail signage. (Staff assistance provided as needed.)
  • Perform basic trail maintenance such as cutting back brush and tree limbs.
  • Monitor the condition of the postings in the kiosk and refresh when needed. (Staff assistance provided as needed.) 
  • Keep map brochures stocked in the kiosk map box.
  • Monitor property boundaries near residences two times per year, during spring and fall. Check for encroachments. 
  • Submit visitation reports on the SVT website’s stewardship volunteer log. 
Optional Responsibilities:
  • Assist staff with field work, which may include property surveys, boundary signage, trail maintenance, inventories, etc. 
  • Observe wildlife and changes in plant communities. 
  • Document plant and animal sightings. 
Volunteer Qualifications: 
  • Willing to “adopt” the property and gain a thorough knowledge and appreciation of it. 
  • Able to visit property at least monthly throughout the year. 
  • Physically able to walk extensively and perform some manual labor.
  • Enjoyment of the outdoors and commitment to conservation.
Training/Orientation Provided: 

An individual orientation and training session will be provided to introduce the volunteer to the property and its associated responsibilities. 

Time commitment (hours, dates, duration): 

Variable (2 – 8 hours/month). Can be flexible to your schedule. 

Posted April 2024