Job Opening: Seasonal Stewardship Field Assistant

Sudbury Valley Trustees, a nonprofit regional land trust located west of Boston, MA, seeks a Stewardship Field Assistant. This short-term position is an opportunity to receive on-the-job training in hands-on conservation land management. SVT encourages people of all personal and professional backgrounds to apply.

About SVT

Sudbury Valley Trustees (SVT) actively conserves natural areas and farmland in 36 communities between Boston and Worcester. We protect some of the region’s most important forests, wetlands, and grasslands—natural areas that support wildlife habitat, working farms, and recreational trails. 

  • SVT cares for more than 5,700 acres on 181 properties, maintains more than 65 miles of hiking trails, and provides an array of public educational programs and recreational outings. 
  • SVT is a dynamic, forward thinking land trust and we come together to achieve our mission through three strategies:
    • We protect land by assisting communities and other organizations with local efforts along with working with land owners to permanently conserve their parcels.
    • We take care of natural areas. We actively work to steward the land, ensuring that the values that originally inspired protection are cared for in perpetuity.
    • We provide people with opportunities to connect with nature and to act for conservation.  SVT recognizes that we must engage a greater number of people to care and act for natural areas, and we work to provide a diversity of opportunities for people of all ages to learn more about our region’s open spaces and wildlife.
  • SVT is accredited by the national Land Trust Accreditation Commission.
  • SVT achieves this success thanks to the efforts of our tight-knit team of professional staff, an all-volunteer Board of Directors, TerraCorp-AmeriCorps service members, the hard work of more than 200 volunteers, the support of nearly 3,000 members and numerous collaborations with partner organizations.

Job Description

The Stewardship Field Assistant (SFA) will assist with invasive plant control projects and property maintenance at SVT reservations. The position will run from April to October 2023.

The SVT stewardship team manages 90 natural areas, totaling 2,350 acres. The SFA will conduct manual pulling and control of invasive plants, working alone or with other staff and volunteers. The SFA will mow trails and conduct routine trail maintenance. The SFA may assist with other conservation land stewardship tasks as needed. The position is supervised by the Director of Stewardship.

SVT will provide on-the-job training in:

  • Land Trust operations
  • Invasive plant identification and manual removal techniques
  • Basic trail maintenance
  • Operation of DR Field & Brush Mower
  • Visitor outreach

Qualifications

  • Eagerness to learn about land conservation and stewardship practices.
  • Physical ability to spend long hours outdoors in all weather conditions.
  • Physical ability and willingness to operate a DR Field & Brush mower.
  • Experience with basic hand tools.
  • Familiarity with invasive plant identification helpful, but not required.
  • Have valid driver’s license. SVT can provide use of company pick-up truck for work travel. If a personal vehicle is used for work-related travel, mileage reimbursement will be provided.
  • Willingness to interact with visitors for educational purposes.

Work Schedule & Compensation

  • 37.5 hours/week; April 17 – October 27, 2023
  • Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 8:00 – 4:00 with some evenings (SVT has flexibility with dates and scheduling to accommodate family or school schedules.)
  • Compensation: $16.00/hour

Application Information

Application Deadline

Extended until February 17, 2023

To Apply By Email
  • Send to [email protected].
  • Use the subject line: “Stewardship Field Assistant.”
  • In the body of the email, answer the following questions:
    1) Why are you interested in this position?
    2) What related experience do you have, if any, even if not in a work setting?
  • If you have a resume, please send it as an attachment and use a filename that begins with your last name.
To Apply By Mail
  • Mail to Sudbury Valley Trustees, 18 Wolbach Road, Sudbury, MA 01776
  • Include a letter that answers the following questions:
    1) Why are you interested in this position?
    2) What related experience do you have, if any, even if not in a work setting?
  • Include a resume if you have one.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Sudbury Valley Trustees aims to create a thriving, inclusive workplace that values each member of our team and reflects and effectively serves the diverse communities of Boston’s MetroWest region. SVT is committed to fairness and equity throughout our internal operations. Equity and inclusion are priorities as we strengthen and continue to diversify our team so that we can serve and expand the region in all aspects of our work.