The Trustees is an organization with a fascinating past and an exciting future. Our places are open to all and we thrive by involving as many people as possible in what we do. Founded in 1891, by a group of visionary volunteers, we preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts and work 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.
Our seasonal staff plays an integral role in ensuring that our visitors enjoy our extraordinary places. With the change to warmer temperatures, we experience an influx of visitors of all ages and backgrounds who want to explore and be inspired by our properties. Sandy beaches, wooded trails, cultural gardens, historic homes, community supported agriculture—there are many ways for visitors to discover and explore The Trustees, and just as many opportunities for seasonal employees to make each visitor’s experience special.
About Bartholomew’s Cobble
Created by geologic upheavals when the Taconic and Berkshire ranges were formed, the hundred-foot-high bedrock outcropping at Bartholomew’s Cobble introduces visitors to a rugged and exotic landscape along the Housatonic River that also supports 800 species of plant and a recently restored floodplain forest, while offering terrific mountain vistas and has been designated a National Natural Landmark.
Summary of Position
The Seasonal Ranger is responsible to welcome visitors, promote membership, help plan, set up and staff public programs, and administrative tasks associated with programming and visitor services. The ranger will also assist stewardship staff with basic upkeep of the Visitor’s Center. The seasonal Ranger reports to the regional Engagement Manager and works along side stewardship staff who manage the reservation. This is part-time position requiring a commitment of 15 to 30 hours per week beginning in mid-May until early October.
- Staff an entrance station and greet visitors in a welcoming manner
- Answer questions about The Trustees and the history, geology and ecology of the properties
- Educate visitors about The Trustees mission and encourage them to become active members
- Direct visitors to membership brochures, distribute flyers to the public and on bulletin boards
- Enforce rules and regulations of assigned properties
- Perform tasks safely and in accordance with The Trustees’ safety manual
- Behave in a professional manner with their colleagues, property visitors and volunteers
- Collect admission and/or program fees and sell memberships and permits
- Keep both financial and visitation records and submit weekly reports by email
- Maintain clean facilities and parking lot and picnic areas
- Report safety concerns, incidents, and maintenance needs to the Management Unit Superintendent
- Other duties as assigned with or without accommodation
- A genuine commitment to the values and mission represented by The Trustees
- Excellent public speaking skills
- Ability to work without supervision and as well as with other staff
- Ability to communicate with supervisors effectively, both verbally and through written report
- Keen eye for detail
- Ability to work in all weather conditions including heat and rain
- Confidence and calm and be articulate when confronted by uncooperative visitors and when handling emergencies
- CPR & First Aid certification (highly desirable)
- A current driver’s license and good driving record
- Sound computer skills (MS Office programs)
- Willingness to wear Trustees’ provided uniform at all times
How To Apply:
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The Trustees offers competitive compensation and the opportunity to be part of a dedicated team across the Commonwealth who love the outdoors, who love the distinctive charms of New England, and who believe in celebrating and protecting our special places, for everyone, forever.
In addition to being an Equal Opportunity Employer, The Trustees 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.
May 27, 2016