Website Chesterwood Historic Site

Looking for opportunities to expand your career in Buildings & Grounds Management and/or historic preservation?  Chesterwood, an historic artist’s retreat in the heart of the Berkshires with extensive lawns, gardens and forested trails, is looking for someone to take on management of its landscapes while utilizing trade skills to assist with management of all other buildings and grounds maintenance.  This is an excellent opportunity for someone to learn and grow under the mentorship of a senior B&G manager with 40+ years of experience in the care and preservation of this National Historic Landmark property.  Chesterwood is the former summer home and studio of Daniel Chester French (1850-1931), sculptor of the Minute Man and Lincoln Memorial Abraham Lincoln statues, and today is exemplary in its preserving of the past while inspiring future generations with its contemporary art and sculpture programs.  

Job Summary:

At the direction of the Senior Buildings & Grounds Superintendent, the Assistant Buildings & Grounds Manager performs and helps manage all aspects of maintenance and security of the 10 buildings and 122 acres of grounds to ensure the proper care and appearance of Chesterwood’s built and natural resources. He/she carries out regular maintenance of all buildings and grounds; assists in implementation of curatorial, interpretive, and other program areas; and assists in the implementation of special events for fundraising and special property use, as needed. The position will have a particular focus on grounds management, taking a lead role in the management, supervision, and implementation of all grounds maintenance and land management programs for the property.   With guidance from the property Executive Director, he/she will carry out duties of the Senior Building and Grounds Superintendent in his absence as needed. 


  • Working at the direction of and in concert with the Senior Buildings & Grounds Superintendent, develop and execute regular and periodic programs required for the proper maintenance of the buildings, landscape, and related equipment to include such duties as: assembling data and gathering information for the preparation of project specifications and bids; monitoring and helping supervise contracted maintenance and construction services; implementing the National Trust Buildings and Landscape Manuals and helping supervise and organize seasonal maintenance assistants, college interns, and volunteer buildings and grounds staff.
  • Take a leading role to manage and execute regular and periodic programs required for the proper appearance and good condition of the grounds, gardens, nature walks and forested areas, by mowing, trimming, raking, edging, mulching, spraying, fertilizing, planting, and safely applying prescribed insecticides as part of the integrated pest control management program. Help manage and supervise the day to day activities of the horticulturists, maintenance assistants, and all seasonal grounds maintenance staff.
  • Help manage, schedule and perform tasks assigned by the Senior Buildings & Grounds Superintendent in maintaining the appearance and proper physical condition of historic and other buildings at Chesterwood through painting, carpentry, roofing, repairing mechanical systems, wiring, plumbing, and completing other related, specialized functions with the Senior Buildings & Grounds Superintendent.
  • Be proficient in the operation and maintenance of mechanical equipment needed to efficiently take care of the building and grounds; keeping tools sharp, clean, and in good working order. Perform routine and scheduled maintenance on vehicles, equipment, and tools.
  • Assist in the planning and implementation of curatorial and interpretive programs and special events, including: use of trades skills in exhibit construction; handling and packing, rigging and shipping valuable and fragile artifacts; fabricating and installing exhibit devices such as vitrines and exhibit labels; installing fine and decorative arts objects according to curatorial guidelines; and designing and constructing museum storage areas.
  • Assist in the planning and implementation of earned-income programs, including working at special property rentals, regular and special events, fundraising receptions and galas and other events as assigned; helping with set up and break down and crowd control measures.
  • Assist with after hours and holiday security of the property to include assigned pager duty, placement on call list for alarms, and appointment to Chesterwood Disaster Response Team.
    Assist in maintaining health & safety standards at the site, including meeting OSHA standards and implementing protocols in response to public health issues.
  • In coordination with the Senior Buildings & Grounds Superintendent, assist in carrying out necessary service to all tenants living or renting on-property housing, including renters of the Canary, Redhouse, and Meadowlark B&B.
    Other duties as assigned, include performing duties of the Superintendent as needed in his absence, and with the guidance of the Executive Director. 


  • At least 3-5 years of practical maintenance experience; particular experience or training in grounds maintenance, landscape management and/or horticultural sciences a plus.
  • Demonstrated ability to undertake the varied and technical tasks of maintaining an expansive historic site, as described. 
    Intermediate analytical and problem solving skills, including issue identification and prioritization.
  • Basic project-management skills and experience. Ability to achieve results with moderate supervision.
  • Proven ability to collaborate across departments to implement processes and achieve results. Track record of building and maintaining productive relationships with multiple stakeholders. Public contact and ability to work successfully in close proximity to others required.
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of staff and volunteers ensuring cooperation as a site team member.
  • Ability to adapt and be flexible in a dynamic work environment. Ability to work effectively with frequent interruptions required. Able to handle frequently changing and/or unscheduled tasks with accuracy.
  • Excellent customer service skills, with ability to respond to staff and visitor written and/or verbal requests in a timely, clear and professional manner.
  • Minimum physical requirements include: ability to lift and carry up to 50 lbs on a frequent basis and occasionally more; ability to push or pull up to 50 lbs on a frequent basis and occasionally more; ability to bend, squat, kneel, twist/turn, climb, and reach above the shoulder frequently.
  • Driver’s License with clean record required for driving of Trust-owned vehicles. DMV background check and periodic updates will be required.
  • Regular and reliable attendance required.
    Ability to work some overtime, and some weekends and holidays.
  • Associate’s degree or equivalent combination of work experience and academic studies or vocational training/certification in related fields and skills preferred.

Pay & Benefits:
This is a full-time, non-exempt level position, eligible for full benefits, including health, dental and life insurance, retirement benefits, and 3+ weeks of vacation, plus sick time and holidays.
Hiring Range:  About $25.00/hour ($45,500 annualized based on 35 hours/week)

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