The Trustees

200 High St.
Boston, MA 02110


Date Posted:
February 06, 2020

Eastern Massachusetts



Stewardship Manager, Boston Community Gardens - Boston

The Opportunity.

The Stewardship Manager (SM) coordinates, oversees and performs property management and stewardship operations for 56 Community Gardens, City Natives and Leatherbee Woods in Boston, and the Governor Hutchinson’s Field and the Pierce Reservation in Milton. This is a leadership position on the team, engaging with our gardeners, volunteers, and neighborhood partners. The SM will supervise one employee, support signature events, coordinate a significant group of volunteer community garden leaders, and manage individual and group volunteers. The SM is also responsible for following The Trustees’ community engagement and stewardship policies, guidelines, and specific property management plans. They will lead the development, execution and oversight of an annual scope and schedule of work in coordination with the Greater Boston Director and statewide specialist teams. The SM works to support each property’s visitor services infrastructure and revenue generating activities, if applicable, to ensure that visitors have an enjoyable, exceptional, and safe experience at Trustees’ properties.

In This Role You Will:

Stewardship and Conservation

  • Ensure that the landscapes, buildings, visitor amenities, wayfinding, gardens and outdoor areas are developed and maintained to The Trustees' conservation standards and that the distinctive specialness of each property is preserved.

  • Work within our organizational tools and systems to ensure that stewardship work on properties supports property plans, Trustees’ standards, best practices, and policies

  • Oversee and execute routine grounds, buildings and landscape maintenance and larger landscaping and grounds projects involving staff or contractors

  • Conduct annual baseline standards assessments

  • Track routine maintenance and performance towards conservation targets

Visitor Experience

  • Deliver enjoyable visitor experiences on the properties and ensures visitor safety and wayfinding

  • Provide support for events, programming, and enterprise

  • Act as ambassador for the Trustees with communities, recruiting and training volunteers and partners to promote the stewardship work that we do through presentations and responding to public inquiries and face-to-face interaction on site

  • Support Boston Director in projects, permits and contracts with partner organizations, and community gardeners

  • Maintain communications with our garden coordinators for infrastructure upgrades, routine maintenance, garden clean ups, dispute resolution and collection of garden dues

Supervision and Administration

  • Supervise the use and maintenance of work areas, vehicles, tools and equipment to the highest safety standards and ensure that scheduled preventative maintenance is completed on time

  • Develop annual work plans for employee and conduct annual performance reviews

  • Other duties as assigned with or without accommodation

Education and Experience
  • Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture, Park Management, Forestry, Ecology, or another natural resource field and/or at least 3 years’ experience in these areas or related fields

  • Minimum 3 years of experience managing staff/volunteers and operations


  • A strong commitment to the mission of The Trustees

  • Proven leadership skills and a demonstrated ability to effectively manage people.

  • Proven ability to work independently and unsupervised

  • Familiarity and/or experience managing invasive plants

  • Experience managing volunteer programs

  • Must have proven property management skills including basic tool and equipment maintenance; snowblower, rototiller and chainsaw experience preferred.

  • Excellent written, verbal, and in-person communication skills to work across internal reporting structures, stakeholder groups and in multiple mediums

  • Computer skills (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.). Candidate must be more than proficient in Excel and in using social media channels

  • Enjoy working with a diverse group of people, have excellent people skills and competency working with committees, volunteers, and speaking to the public

  • Familiar with Boston neighborhoods.


  • Valid driver’s license required for driving Trustees vehicles; must pass satisfactory driver record check

  • DOT Medical Card, and other licenses may be required to perform certain functions of the position

  • A satisfactory criminal background check (CORI)

  • Flexibility to work nights and weekends

  • Candidates fluent in two or more languages highly encouraged

Organizational Relationships/Scope

Reports to Greater Boston Director; supervises one full time staff, seasonal staff, and volunteers

Working Conditions

  • Physically hard work; must be able to lift at least 50 lbs., pull and push heavy items, and climb ladders

  • Outside work with exposure to all weather conditions

  • This position is based out of 200 High Street in Boston as the primary office space

Please Note: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of employees assigned to this position.

Compensation and Benefits

In addition to competitive pay, The Trustees offers the opportunity to be part of a dedicated team across New England who believe in celebrating and protecting our special places, for everyone, forever.

In support of our staff and their families, we provide comprehensive top-notch benefits and an array of special perks. Full-time, year-round staff can enjoy:

  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance with employer premium contributions ranging from 75%-85%

  • Traditional and Roth 401(k) plan with 5% employer match after one year of employment

  • Employer-paid life and disability plans

  • Paid vacation, sick and personal time; thirteen paid holidays; eight early release Fridays

  • Day of Service to travel to another site to work in a division and location other than your own in a fun group project such as reinforcing beach shorebird fences, planting seedlings or bulbs, organizing archival documents, or making phone calls to thank donors

  • Day of Wonder to explore the wonders of any of our Trustees properties

  • Complimentary Member-level access and discounts and 50% discount for Trustees summer camps

  • Reciprocity program offering free and discounted admissions and memberships to more than 50 Massachusetts museums and cultural institutions

  • And much more!

About The Trustees

The Trustees is one of Massachusetts’ largest non-profits and the nation’s first conservation and preservation organization. Today, the places we care about are going fast, and the forces undermining them, including climate change, are moving faster. Our passion is to protect and share with everyone the irreplaceable natural and cultural treasures under our care. We are funded and supported entirely by our visitors, supporters, volunteers, and more than 60,000 member households.

The Trustees has been featured in the Top 100 Women-Led Organizations in Massachusetts for six consecutive years.

In addition to being an Equal Opportunity Employer, The Trustees aims to create a thriving, inclusive workplace that values each member of its team. We aspire to reflect and effectively serve the residents and communities of Massachusetts who are at the core of our mission.

The Trustees is a signer of the Boston Women’s Workforce Council and a Member of the Boston College Center for Work and Family.

We kindly request that you do not call to inquire about the status of your application. Those candidates chosen for interviews will be contacted.

How To Apply:
Please apply online via The Trustees' website linked here
Apply by:
March 20, 2020
About this Organization:

About The Trustees:

The Trustees 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. We aim to protect special places for future generations to enjoy in perpetuity. We have helped protect more than 50,000 acres, including 27,000+ acres on more than 120 reservations that are open to the public. We are a non-profit conservation organization funded and supported entirely by our visitors, supporters, volunteers, and our 100,000 Member households.

Our seasonal staff plays an integral role in ensuring that our visitors enjoy our extraordinary places. Every season brings 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.

The Trustees offers competitive compensation, as well as the opportunity to be part of a dedicated team across the Commonwealth who love the outdoors and the distinctive charms of New England, and who believe in celebrating and protecting our special places, for everyone, forever.

The Trustees is a proud equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any protected status including, but not limited to, age, race, sex, gender, sexual orientation, nation of origin, religion, or disability status and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ applicants. We aspire to reflect and effectively serve the residents and communities of Massachusetts, who are at the core of our mission.

Our commitment to advancing the organization’s vision for this work may be found here: Diversity, Belonging, Inclusion and Equity