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ORGANIZATION: The Trustees of Reservations

Rolling grasslands, grazing livestock, stone walls, vegetable crops, and historic farm buildings comprise this 1,000-acre pastoral landscape, offering a rare glimpse into New England’s agricultural past. Appleton Farms is currently seeking volunteers to assist in the care of this unique and beautiful property! As a Property Steward, you’ll have the opportunity to support and work alongside staff and other volunteers, learning valuable and transferable skills while being part of an amazing community.

Reports to: Stewardship Staff

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

  • Small maintenance and building projects
  • Property clean up including brush clearing, raking, weeding, debris removal, wood stacking
  • Prune back brush from the fence line with pruners
  • Fence maintenance and repair
  • Painting
  • Weed whip fence lines
  • Report major problems to Staff
  • Physical stamina to walk the fence line of a 133 acre pasture (approximately 5 miles of fencing but not all in one day)
  • Willingness to learn
  • Comfortable working independently
  • Good communication skills by email or text
  • Log volunteer hours


  • Have excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work in all weather conditions
  • Have reliable transpiration to the property
  • Must be able to perform vigorous work outside, ability to use hand tools and have basic knowledge of carpentry
  • Must be comfortable taking on a project and working on it independently as well as working with staff and groups
  • Must enjoy walking on the property; be conservation-minded, and willing to help maintain the property
  • Must be able to perform physical work; lifting, carrying up 25lbs.
  • Strict observance to Trustees safety protocols.
  • Must report service hours via the Trustees volunteer website in a timely manner.

Please note: This role may require a background check

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About The Trustees of Reservations


200 High Street, Boston, MA 02110, US

Mission Statement

The Trustees of Reservations is here to protect and share the Massachusetts places people love for their exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value. For their trails, their history, their gardens, their beaches. For the simple reason that nature and culture can soothe the soul and improve our lives.


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.


Appleton Farms219 County RoadIpswich, MA 01938



  • Farming
  • Facilities Management
  • Landscaping
  • Carpentry


  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 10 - 12 hours/month
  • Minimum of 10 to 12 hours per month with a 6 month commitment. Volunteer will spend time working with staff and independently allowing for a flexible schedule

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