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Volunteer Conservation Restriction Field Monitor

Conservation Restriction Volunteers

Volunteer Conservation Restriction (CR) Field Monitors assist with the monitoring and stewardship of the 380+ CRs covering more than 20,000 acres held by The Trustees of Reservations.

These permanent restrictions protect natural, scenic and historic resources on privately-owned land, and must be monitored annually by walking the property and connecting with the landowner. These monitoring visits also provide an opportunity to answer questions the landowner may have about the CR provisions, find out if the property has or soon will change ownership, and generally build a stronger relationship between The Trustees and the owner.


  • Scheduling site visits to select CR properties with goal of meeting with landowner in person if possible and/or applicable
  • Accompaning Trustees staff on monitoring visits, walking the CR boundaries as well as significant interior portions of the property, noting any observed natural or man made changes to the property, and documenting them with digital photographs
  • Assisting Trustees staff with the completion of the field monitoring report (describing visit on standard CR monitoring form, drawing map of monitoring route walked, processing photos by creating contact sheets with photo descriptions and noting photo locations on route map, and emailing photos and any collected GPS track or waypoint data)
  • Promptly submitting the completed CR monitoring paperwork


  • Enjoyment of outdoors and commitment to conservation & land stewardship
  • Ability to read maps and surveys
  • Attention to detail
  • Comfortable working in the field (often hiking in the woods and off trail)
  • Maintain confidentiality of privileged CR landowner information & materials
  • Interest in /familiarity with GPS a plus

Physical Demands of the Position
Extensive walking/hiking

Training & Support
Volunteers will “learn while doing” during actual monitoring visits, along with pre-visit preparations, processing post-visit data, and completing the required CR monitoring documentation.

Learning Opportunities & Other Benefits

  • Exposure to and experience with a leading non-profit
  • Contribute to the permanent protection of conserved land in Massachusetts
  • Work closely with The Trustees' CR Stewardship staff
  • Meet & interact with CR landowners/landowner representatives
  • Learn about CR Stewardship
  • Experience using maps, aerial photos, GPS, GIS, and other technology
  • Visit conserved properties not open to the public

Required Equipment/Attire

  • Digital camera
  • Outdoor clothing and suitable footwear

Various locations throughout Massachusetts

Time Commitment Needed
Variable, depends on volunteer availability. Minimum commitment approx. 2-3 days/year (including field, travel & admin. time). Volunteer CR Monitors commit to inspecting their assigned CR properties once/year and ideally, after training, have the ability to commit to monitoring those same CRs for a minimum of 2-3 years.

To learn more about how you can help with our CR stewardship efforts to protect 20,000 acres of special places beyond our public reservations, please contact Sally Naser, CR Monitoring Specialist, at or 978.840.4446 x1917.

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