Employment Opportunities at Berkshire Natural Resources Council

1. 2017 Rice Fellowship Position: For those seeking careers in the environmental field
2. Seasonal Trail Crew Position


2017 Rice Fellowship Berkshire Land Conservation Summer Internship

Berkshire Natural Resources Council (www.bnrc.org), a private, non-profit land trust based in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, is offering its 2017 Rice Fellowship to those interested in exploring a career in the environmental field.

A Rice Fellow works under BNRC’s Stewardship Manager and assist with daily tasks.  With over 20,000 protected acres, this position will be working on a wide variety of stewardship tasks.  The internship dates are May 16 to September 2, with flexibility on both ends.

The 40-hour/week fellowship provides a stipend and lodging in a rustic cabin on Onota Lake in Pittsfield (see images below). There is a mix of approximately 80/20 field/office work.  BNRC is a small organization (staff of seven) unburdened by administrative formality. A Rice Fellow enjoys an unusual level of independence compared with many internships; a large amount of self-motivation is required.

Responsibilities:

  1. Public Outreach (e.g., leading hikes, tabling, public events, etc.)
  2. Conservation Restriction Monitoring
  3. Boundary Work
  4. Trail Maintenance
  5. Invasive plant control
  6. Other stewardship related tasks as required

Requirements:

  1. Ability to work unsupervised
  2. Comfort with being alone in the woods
  3. Ability to carry a 30 pound pack and tools for 10 miles over rough terrain
  4. Willingness to work outside in all weather conditions
  5. Solid communication skills
  6. Personal transportation required

Fellow will gain:

  1. Understanding of conservation stewardship
  2. Experience with Conservation Restrictions
  3. Orienteering and boundary maintenance skills
  4. Basic understanding of land management techniques and challenges
  5. Leadership skills
  6. Basic understanding of trail maintenance and construction

Interviews will begin on February 16, 2017; applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  Please feel free to contact with questions or for more information. Applicants should email cover letter, résumé, and contact information for three references to:

Michael Leavitt
Berkshire Natural Resources Council
20 Bank Row
Pittsfield, MA 01201

mleavitt@bnrc.org / (413) 499-0596

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2017 Berkshire Natural Resources Council Trail Crew Seasonal Position

 

Berkshire Natural Resources Council (www.bnrc.org), a private, non-profit land trust based in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, is hiring trail crew for the 2017 season.

The season runs from May 30 to September 1 with some flexibility on both ends.

BNRC has over 50 miles of trail, with more to be built in 2017. A trail crew member will work with the Trails and Outreach Coordinator to construct new trail and maintain existing ones. Members work alongside contracted youth and professional trail crews. Some backcountry camping may be required.  Applicants must have a high level of self-motivation, as the crew will often be unsupervised. An hourly wage and free housing in a rustic cabin on Onota Lake in Pittsfield is provided.

Responsibilities:

  1. Trail maintenance and construction
  2. Tool/Equipment Maintenance
  3. Work/communication with youth and professional trail crews
  4. Public outreach (e.g., leading hikes, communicating with hikers, etc.)

Requirements:

  1. Experience with hand tools required
  2. Trail crew experience preferred
    1. Tread work
    2. Rock/timber Structures
  3. Ability to work unsupervised
  4. Comfort with being alone in the woods
  5. Ability to carry a 50-pound pack for 8 miles over rough terrain
  6. Willingness to work outside in all weather conditions
  7. Experience working with youth preferred
  8. Personal transportation required

Benefits:

  1. Free housing on Lake Onota in Pittsfield (see images below) in addition to hourly stipend
  2. Trail work experience and training
  3. Opportunity to work with a professional trail crew (Off the Beaten Path Trail Crew, OBPtrailworks.com) and with youth crews from the Appalachian Mountain Club and Greenagers

Interviews will begin on February 16, 2017; applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  Please feel free to contact with questions or for more information. Applicants should email cover letter, résumé, and contact information for three references to:

Michael Leavitt
Berkshire Natural Resources Council
20 Bank Row
Pittsfield, MA 01201

mleavitt@bnrc.org / (413) 499-0596

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