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Property Steward - Fruitlands

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ORGANIZATION: The Trustees of Reservations

Norris Reservation

In 1843, Amos Bronson Alcott and Charles Lane turned a swath of Harvard farmland into a Transcendentalist experiment in subsistence farming and Emersonian self-reliance, named Fruitlands, which ultimately disbanded after only seven months. In 1914, Clara Endicott Sears opened the grounds to the public, establishing a museum in the property’s 1820s farmhouse. Now, the 210-acre landscape encompasses five collections first established by Sears: the original Fruitlands Farmhouse; the Shaker Museum, the first such museum in the country; the Native American Museum, celebrating the history of indigenous peoples; the Art Museum, with a variety of rotating exhibits, contemporary art, and showcasing a combined collection of more than 300 Hudson River School landscape paintings and 19th-century vernacular portraits; and the Wayside Visitor Center, a classroom, education, and exhibition space.

As a Property Steward, you’ll have the opportunity to support and work alongside staff to help keep Fruitlands beautiful for all to enjoy!

Learn more and sign up online here:

Responsibilities (may include but are not limited to the following):

  • Walk the trails regularly, talk to visitors about trails and features of the property, and keep a record of anything notable (fallen trees, trail erosion, visitor encounters, wildlife, etc.).
  • Remove litter, small branches, and other debris from the trails
  • Trim overgrowth of vegetation from encroaching onto trails, as needed
  • Report to the Stewardship team, including emailing completed trail reports on a regular basis (at least twice per month)
  • Record location of any invasive plants observed
  • Be comfortable interacting with visitors and answering questions whenever possible
  • Promote upcoming events and programs
  • Post program info and stock trailhead kiosks with maps, flyers, etc.
  • Property Stewards may assist with trail projects or special events

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About The Trustees of Reservations


200 High Street, Boston, MA 02110, 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.


Community, Environment


We'll work with your schedule.


102 Prospect Hill RoadHarvard, MA 01451



  • Environmental Policy
  • Environmental Education
  • Habitat Restoration
  • Gardening




  • Must be at least 18
  • Minimum of 1-2 hours, every other week. Six-month commitment requested. This is a year-round position.
  • Outdoor experience: hiking, biking, horseback riding, snowshoeing a plus Trail maintenance experience a plus

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