The Trustees of Reservations

200 High St.
Boston, MA 02110

Date Posted:
November 09, 2018

Eastern Massachusetts



Landscape Construction Specialist - Boston (year-round, full-time)


Summary of Position:

The Trustees maintains over 300 mission-related buildings and structures, 550 acres of designed landscapes, and hundreds of other types of non-building structures throughout 116 reservations and encompassing over 25,000 acres statewide. With a focus on stewardship excellence, the Landscapes and Structures Project Team develops best practices and standards, oversees condition assessments and evaluations, supports property and capital planning efforts, and ensures excellence in implementation and delivery of project management related to structures and landscapes. The Landscape Construction Specialist position is a full-time position funded for three years.

Landscape Construction Specialist, in collaboration with the Structures and Landscapes Project Team, regional stewardship staff, and program specialists, will be responsible for:

  • Managing property-based capital projects,

  • Developing and implementing standards and BMPs for designed landscapes and structural resources,

  • Serve as internal source for technical expertise on landscape construction issues

Essential Functions:

Project Management

  • Oversee and direct capital construction projects for structures, and designed landscapes. Lead a multi-discipline project team of Trustees staff and professionals to guide projects through all phases of development from conceptual design/planning through construction administration. Equally important is ensuring that upon completion all projects have completed occupancy requirements, have been documented completely, and can be handed off to stewardship staff with appropriate knowledge of ongoing routine care.
  • Understand and analyze project schedule deliverables
  • Track project expenses and provide routine updates on project status
  • During and post-project, inspect structural and landscape work to ensure that it adheres to original plans, is compliant with contract, and meets code requirements.
  • Be aware of and concerned with safety in the workplace, business continuity, and limit impacts to property stewardship, public programing, and general operations.

Standards, Best Practices, and Planning

  • Work collaboratively with cultural resource, stewardship teams, and property managers to develop and refine best management practices and standards for designed landscapes and structural resources.

  • Conduct structures and designed landscapes condition assessments based on Trustees standards and accepted best practices.

  • Create work orders for structures and designed landscape condition indicators that do not meet baseline standards, develop a scope of work, specifications, and cost estimates to address deficiencies.

  • Create and update unit cost tables and estimation tools for specialist teams and property managers.

  • Evaluate and provide guidance on the spatial arrangement of existing and proposed land features and structures and appropriate materials for use in landscapes.

  • Analyze environmental reports on land conditions, such as drainage and energy usage.


Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in landscape management, or related field.

  • Five years of proven success and experience with project management focused on the preservation, restoration, and adaptive re-use of historically significant buildings and cultural landscapes.

  • Five years of landscape construction, property stewardship, and project management experience including but not limited to contract negotiations, construction means and methods, and regulations and codes (local, state, and federal).

  • Knowledge and experience of routine maintenance best practices for structures and landscapes.


  • Familiarity with project management software applications, GIS software, PeopleGIS, and CAD software a plus.

  • Ability to manage and motivate people, as well as be able to work harmoniously and collaboratively with other Trustees staff as well as volunteers.

  • Ability to listen well and respond appropriately , as well as working independently on a variety of projects.

  • Ability to plan and see the “big picture”, recognizing the impact of choices on the local and organizational level.

  • Ability to manage projects effectively delivering quality in a timely manner and within budgetary parameters.


  • Must hold a valid Massachusetts driver’s license.

  • Position requires travel across the state; access to a personal vehicle required.

  • Construction Supervisors License is a plus.

Organizational Relationships/Scope:

Reports to Landscapes and Structures Project Director

Working Conditions:

Variable outdoor weather conditions.

Please Note: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of employees assigned to this position.

About the Organization:

The Trustees is an organization with a fascinating past and an exciting future. Our 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 and work to protect special places across the state. We have helped protect more than 50,000 acres, including 26,000+ acres on 117 reservations that are all open to the public. We are a nonprofit conservation organization funded and supported entirely by our visitors, supporters, volunteers, and more than 60,000 member households.

In addition to being an Equal Opportunity Employer, the Trustees of Reservations aims to create a thriving, inclusive workplace that values each member of our team. We aspire to reflect and effectively serve the residents and communities of Massachusetts, who are at the core of our mission.

We kindly request that you do not call to inquire about the status of your application. Those candidates chosen for interviews will be contacted.

How To Apply:
Please apply online via The Trustees' website linked here
Apply by:
December 15, 2018
About this Organization:
The Trustees of Reservations is one of Massachusetts’ largest non-profits and the nation’s first conservation and preservation organization. We preserve and protect places of natural, scenic and historic beauty and hold these “reservations” in “trust” for public use and enjoyment. Our passion is to improve the quality of life in the Commonwealth, using our properties and their many programs as a powerful and compelling platform to engage more residents and visitors in our mission-driven work. We believe in protecting the irreplaceable forever, for everyone.  Today, we care for 117 special reservations -- from beaches to farms, gardens and historic sites – within minutes of every resident. Funded and supported entirely by our nearly 2 million visitors and supporters, and more than 60,000 member households, we invite you to find your place.