Who We Are

Career Opportunities

Sanctuary Steward (Full Time, Residential Position)

Position Summary:

This position is a key member of the HMS Stewardship Department and will report to the Director of Sanctuary Stewardship. The Sanctuary Steward is required to live on site (after a 90-day probation period) and is responsible for ALL operational needs of the organization throughout the calendar year.  Available residence is a modern three room cottage located on 35 wooded acres adjoining sanctuary grounds near the base of Hawk Mountain.  Successful candidate incurs no housing or utility costs associated with the residence as it is a requirement of the position after the 90 day probation period. 

Essential Functions:

This position is a key member of the Land & Facilities Department and will report to the Director of Land & Facilities.  This position holds responsibility for the following:

  • Maintains sanctuary infrastructure and grounds including but not limited to hiking trails and signage, educational and research facilities, roads, and outdoor privies in line with the HMS mission
  • Performs and documents diverse land and resource management initiatives including but not limited to non-native invasive species control, trail construction, and ecological restorations in a forested landscape
  • Supervises, conducts, and/or assists full and part-time staff, volunteers, interns, outside contractors and service learning students on various sanctuary projects and initiatives
  • Responds to medical, security, and environmental or weather emergencies on sanctuary grounds (24 hours a day when scheduled) in a timely and professional manner in line with sanctuary policy
  • Performs duties on ALL matters and priorities of the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Stewardship Department in support of the HMS mission


  • Preferred degree in Resource Management, Parks and Recreation, or related field with 2 years/seasons of experience and/or a minimum of 5 years of experience in park/refuge management
  • Wilderness First Responder or higher level of emergency medical training preferred and/or the willingness to receive training and provide emergency care
  • Pesticide Applicators License preferredand/or a willingness to perform Best Management Practices (BMP) related to invasive species control and the willingness/ability to attain license. 
  • Must posses a valid driver’s license
  • Must be able to perform the physical labor required for all aspects of the position including the ability to carry a50 lb. backpack in adverse conditions for 5 milesand be able to perform various job responsibilities in inclement weather.
  • Two years of general maintenance experience including a working knowledge of general carpentry, electrical, plumbing, and masonry principles and proficiency in the operation of hand and power tools, chainsaws, mowers / string trimmers, and manual transmission vehicles
  • Experienced in supervising and conducting trail construction and maintenance projects in forested landscapes and a basic knowledge of Northeast flora and fauna
  • Must be able to work both independently and collaboratively in a dynamic team environment of changing workloads and priorities
  • Must be able to communicate effectively; both verbally and in writing
  • Must be available on scheduled weekends, evenings and holidays

This is considered a conservation professional position.  All serious applicants will be considered but please do not apply if you do not possess any of the minimum qualifications.  The residence that would be made available after 90 day review is a modern three room cottage that is located on the property.  There is no cost to individual for housing since at that time it would be a requirement of the position.

How to Apply:

If interested, please email cover letter and resume/CV to Stephen H. Wade, Sanctuary Steward via [email protected].

Deadline: Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate has been found. Prefer to fill the position as soon as possible but willing to extend flexibility to the right candidate. 

MT Bank