Hiring: Events Manager – Charles River Valley (The Trustees of Reservations)

The Opportunity.

If you love planning, managing, and executing events, enjoy all things hospitality and culinary and have terrific marketing skills, this is a perfect position for you! A love of the outdoors and understanding of great hospitality, culinary programs and trends, farm and nature-based education, and the ability to connect with visitors of all ages and interests is key to success.

The Events Manager – Charles River Valley (CRV) is responsible for the visitor experience at Powisset Farm in Dover, MA and Chestnut Hill Farm in Southborough, MA, including public programming and events, culinary programing, private events, community relationships and visitor amenities.  In this position, you will create, plan, market, and manage events, programs, and visitor experiences. The events manager should possess an outgoing, vibrant, engaging personality, be recognized for exceptional organizational, planning, verbal, and written communication skills, be cool under pressure and have a polished, sophisticated demeanor and creative flair.

In this role you will:

Develop, plan, market and manage implementation of year-round public programming.

  • In partnership with the Powisset Chef-Instructor, develop and market a wide array of culinary experiences including cooking classes, farm-to-table dining experiences, al fresco food programming and more.

  • In partnership with the children’s and family program lead and the education manager, develop exciting annual programming for individuals, children, and families, including, but not limited to, children’s and adult farm and nature based experiential educational opportunities and classes, vacation programs, family festivals, special events and holiday-themed programs.

  • Market programs to generate attendance using creative social media campaigns, local publicity, signage, and other traditional and digital communications vehicles.

  • Provide on-site support of events through staff and volunteer management as well as post-event evaluation, including metrics analysis and reporting.

  • Recruit and develop partnerships with outside service providers including instructors, chefs, caterers, musicians, educators, naturalists, etc.

  • Develop relationships with community and statewide organizations, to increase visitation and program participation. Examples: COA, PTO, Garden Clubs, Schools, Parks and Recreation, MA Department of Travel & Tourism, etc.

  • Recruit and manage a team of seasonal event assistants to staff programming.

  • Develop and drive private rental revenue streams; manage budget expenses and revenue to ensure profitable programming to achieve established financial goals.

Other Information:

Skills and Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have energy, enthusiasm, and dedication to provide every visitor an authentic, remarkable experience at Powisset Farm and Chestnut Hill Farm.

  • 5+ years of progressively responsible experience in visitor engagement, public programming, hospitality and/or related sales/customer service.

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field.

  • Proven experience in program development, marketing, staffing, and budget management.

  • Experience planning, facilitating, and executing large special events including managing vendor relationships, partnerships, and volunteer support.

  • Successful track record engaging community organizations and developing community partnerships.

  • Proven experience using social media and digital platforms to drive interest, participation, and event attendance.

  • Minimum of three years as a manager or supervisor of staff.

  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, organizational and presentation skills.

  • Strong analytic skills and the ability to negotiate multiple technology platforms.


Background check required.

Working Conditions 

Variable outdoor weather conditions.  

Ability to lift 40 pounds required. 

Compensation and Benefits 

This is a full-time position with benefits based at Powisset Farm in Dover, MA with frequent travel to Chestnut Hill Farm in Southborough, MA. 

To prevent the infection and spread of COVID-19, and as an integral part of its public health and safety measures, The Trustees of Reservations requires that all successful applicants show proof of full vaccination by an FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine before beginning employment, unless an exemption from this policy has been granted. Applicants who believe they need an accommodation of this policy because of a disability, sincerely-held religious belief, or otherwise should inform Human Resources after an offer of employment is extended; please do not include any medical, genetic, or religious information on your application materials.

About The Trustees 

The Trustees is one of Massachusetts’ largest non-profits and the nation’s first conservation and preservation organization. Today, the places we care about are going fast, and the forces undermining them, including climate change, are moving faster. Our passion is to protect and share with everyone the irreplaceable natural and cultural treasures under our care. We are funded and supported entirely by our visitors, supporters, volunteers, and more than 70,000 member households. With a mission to protect and care for the coastline, The Trustees recognize that accelerating potential for coastal storms, sea level rise, flooding and erosion could impact the preservation and enjoyment of the properties and habitats we have been charged with protecting

The Trustees’ commitment to Diversity, Belonging Inclusion and Equity is to create inclusive spaces of belonging for Trustees staff, members, volunteers, and communities across our organization and 120 plus properties. Read more here

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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.

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