Property Ambassador - Haskell Public Gardens

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The Trustees of Reservations, Southeast Region

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Opportunity Overview
In the heart of New Bedford lies the former nursery of Allen C. Haskell: six acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, historic buildings, and more than half an acre of greenhouse space. Come join our team comprised of stewards and a skilled horticulturist by performing caretaking activities at this unique and beautiful property. As a Property Ambassador, you will have the opportunity to assist with a variety of tasks including maintaining the property, interacting with visitors and promoting the mission of The Trustees. This is a flexible position, with the ideal candidate able to dedicate 3 hours on a weekly basis, Friday - Sunday with occasional weekday availability.

* Walk the property regularly, talk to visitors and keep a record of anything notable (visitor encounters, property features, etc.)
* Remove trash, small branches, and other debris
* Report to the staff, including sending in the record of their notable observations, on a regular basis (at least monthly)
* Assist with special programs on an occasional basis
* Attend volunteer training and orientation
* Log volunteer time

* Have reliable transportation to property
* An interest in conservation
* Ability and willingness to work on the property
* Ability to work as part of a team, and also independently
* Dress in appropriate field clothes and footwear for varying weather conditions: hot and dry, cold or wet, etc.
* Observance of Trustees safety protocol
* Knowledge of any or all of the following: history, landscape architecture, gardening/farming, and/or ecology of the area
* Good communication skills
* Open to engaging visitors when appropriate

Time Commitment Needed
Flexible hours, Friday - Sunday, 3 hours per week with occasional weekdays; prefer 3 month commitment

787 Shawmut Avenue, New Bedford, MA 02746

For more information
Contact Eileen Small, Volunteer Resources Coordinator, 781-784-0567 x5501,

To explore other volunteer opportunities or sign up as a team, visit our volunteer page at

More about The Trustees
Founded by landscape architect Charles Eliot in 1891, The Trustees has, for more than 125 years, been a catalyst for important ideas, endeavors, and progress in Massachusetts. As a steward of distinctive and dynamic places of both historic and cultural value, The Trustees is the nation’s first preservation and conservation organization, and its landscapes and landmarks continue to inspire discussion, innovation, and action today as they did in the past. We are a nonprofit, supported by members, friends and donors and our 116 sites are destinations for residents, members, and visitors alike, welcoming millions of guests annually.

The Trustees is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and equal employment opportunity for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, age, military service, application for military service, veteran status, physical or mental disability, genetic information, or any other status protected by applicable law. The Trustees makes reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, in accordance with applicable law.

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About The Trustees of Reservations, Southeast Region


396 Moose Hill Street, Sharon, MA 02067, US

Mission Statement

The Trustees of Reservations preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts.


Who We Are

We are more than 100,000 people like you who love the outdoors, who love the distinctive charms of New England, and who believe in celebrating and protecting them, for everyone, forever.

Together with our neighbors, we protect the distinct character of our communities and inspire a commitment to our special places. Our passion is to share with everyone the irreplaceable natural and cultural treasures we care for.

What We Do

We enjoy and care for more than 100 special places - nearly 25,000 acres - all around Massachusetts. And we are actively building an extended family of friends and neighbors across the state that can help in their different ways.

What We Are Up Against

Through more than 100 years of hard work and high standards, The Trustees have built a sterling reputation and a stunning physical legacy.

Today, the places we care about are going fast, and the forces undermining them, including climate change, are moving faster. We need to tap the wellspring of people’s joy - in their communities, their heritage, and the natural world - and mobilize a whole new generation to care.


We'll work with your schedule.


Allen C. Haskell Public Gardens787 Shawmut AvenueNew Bedford, MA 02746



  • Customer Service
  • Environmental Education
  • Environmental Science
  • Gardening
  • Botany
  • Horticulture


  • People 55+


  • Must be at least 18
  • 3 hours weekly, Fri-Sun; occ weekdays

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