2023 Ecology Technician The Trustees

Ecology Technician

Seasonal, Full-time

Position Summary:

The Trustees is seeking a qualified individual to assist with monitoring, research, and management activities for our Coast and Natural Resources program in Massachusetts.  The Ecology Technician is part of the Inland Natural Resources team, responsible for the stewardship of grassland and other habitats on Trustees properties. The focus of this position is on monitoring rare plant populations, documenting key vegetation characteristics including invasive plants within our grassland habitats, and supporting habitat management including conducting invasive plant control. This is a seasonal, full-time, 14-week position, expected to begin in May and continue through August.

Essential Functions:

  • Survey for and inventory known rare plant populations
  • Map and assess invasive species populations
  • Conduct vegetation surveys
  • Map, enter into database, and analyze all data collected
  • Assist the Habitat Specialist to control invasive plant species


  • Coursework in botany, ecology, environmental science, or related field
  • Strong botanical skills and the ability to identify Massachusetts plant species
  • Strong verbal communication skills
  • Applicants must provide their own transportation to job sites (mileage reimbursement will be available).

Preferred Applicants will have Experience with:

  • At least 3 months of previous field experience
  • Experience performing vegetation surveys
  • Ability to identify Northeast invasive plants
  • GIS mapping

Other Requirements:

  • The ability to work outdoors daily, and at times, under rigorous conditions
  • The ability to perform physically strenuous duties, such as hiking long distances.
  • A valid driver’s license, as well as a satisfactory driving record as outlined in The Trustees’ driving policy

 To apply please submit a cover letter and resume to via email:

Dr. Julie Richburg, Lead Ecologist, Inland Natural Resources

[email protected]

 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.  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.

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