Monday, June 23, 2014

Spotlight: Mass Audubon e-news

The Massachusetts Audubon Society is an excellent conservation advocate and source of information. We at Berkshire Conservation District love their e-newsletter, full of fun facts and ways to get personally involved in conservation in your area, like this article on reporting Chimney Swift sightings.

They also have great information on the "lost baby bird" crisis that many people face during the season. Read about what to do if you find an "abandonned" baby bird.

Subscribe and you can get these and other great and fun articles in your inbox!

Job Posting: Bulb Sale Coordinator

Employer:      Berkshire Conservation District
78 Center Street, Suite 206
Pittsfield, MA 01201
(413) 443-1776 x 102

Position:        Bulb Sale Coordinator 

Salary:            $12.50/hr
Hours:            10-20 hours per week, except 40 hours during the last week.
This is a temporary, part-time position with the potential for growth.

Berkshire Conservation District is seeking a part-time Bulb Sale Coordinator to start immediately to coordinate and oversee the 2014 Fall Bulb Sale fundraiser. The position will run July through October with the possibility of extending into next year for the 2015 spring seedling sale. There is also the possibility, should the right candidate be found, to hire the incumbent at more hours and responsibilities to also serve as part-time office administrator.

The incumbent must be trustworthy, responsible, and organized. The Coordinator is responsible for processing customer orders, confirming orders and shipments with wholesale suppliers, media outreach and publicity, updating the customer database, coordinating volunteers, overseeing sale work week and sale pickup day, and handling overstock sales and donations. Experience with coordinating events and volunteers is preferred.

Required Skills:

  • Computer skills: spreadsheets and word processing, MS Office Programs (including Access and Excel)
  • Multi-tasking, staying organized, meeting deadlines
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills 

Preferred Experience:

  • Coordinating and leading volunteers
  • Event planning, fundraising, and/or ordering
  • Social media and publicity
  • Database design with Microsoft Access a plus
  • Customer Service 

To apply please email a resume and cover letter to For questions concerning this position, the interim administrator can be reached on Thursdays from 8:30 am to 4 pm at (413) 443-1776 x 102.

July District Meeting Cancelled in lieu of State Commission Meeting

The Berkshire Conservation District board of supervisors will not meet again until Thursday, August 14th at 4:30pm at our office location: 78 Center Street, Pittsfield, MA.

The July meeting has been cancelled in lieu of the meeting of the State Commission for Soil, Water, and Related Resources scheduled to take place within the district on Thursday, July 17th at the Sheffield Town Library at 10am. The district will provide a light lunch and refreshments (RSVP needed). The meeting will be followed by a tour of Pine Island dairy farm in Sheffield and a discussion of the methane digester located on the farm.

Those interested in attending should contact the district at or leave a message at (413) 443-1776 ext. 102.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

June Agenda


District Supervisors’ Meeting
Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 6pm
78 Center St. Suite 206 Conference Room

1.    Call to Order

2.    Secretary’s Report

3.    Treasurer’s Report

4.    Bills to Pay

5.    Old Business

a)    Supervisor Meeting Attendance/Removal From Office

b)    Website/PayPal Account

c)    Sustainable Gardens Cost-Share Program

d)    July State Commission Meeting in the Berkshires

                                          i.        District to meet on 7/17 also?

6.    New Business

a)    FY2014 Financial Review

b)    FY2015 Draft Budget

c)    2014 Bulb Sale Planning

7.    Partner Organizations

a)    State Commission and Community Forestry Meetings

b)    RC&D Council

c)    NRCS Report

8.    District Development

a)    Administrator Search

9.    Administrator’s Report

a)    Viridian RFP – June rates


Announcements: Aimee has been assigned to the NRCS Pittsfield office on Thursdays.


Next District Meeting: TBD