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Seasonal Stewardship: Aquatic Plant Removal – TEMP, PT

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FirstLight is a leading clean power producer, developer and energy storage company with operating and development assets in New England (ISO NE), Pennsylvania and New Jersey (PJM), New York (NYISO), and Ontario (IESO), with expansion to other regions actively underway. Our mission and vision is to accelerate the de-carbonization of the electric grid by developing, owning, operating, and integrating large-scale renewable energy and storage assets to meet the world’s growing clean energy needs and deliver an electric system that is clean, reliable, affordable, and equitable.

We operate dozens of facilities across North America and proudly serve our host communities and beyond through our clean energy assets, the recreation spaces we steward, the jobs we produce, and the economic benefit we deliver through our operations and charitable actions.

Our operating assets comprise a diverse portfolio of over 1.6 GW of pumped-hydro storage (including Northfield Mountain, the largest energy storage facility in New England), battery storage, conventional hydroelectric generation, and solar generation.

Our development pipeline includes over 2,000 MW of solar, battery and offshore wind projects in various stages of development, and we are developing a portfolio of hybrid hydro, solar and battery projects that combine operational and development assets. We have approximately 180 employees based in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Ontario and Pennsylvania, and our corporate headquarters are located in Burlington, MA.

We are a team of caring, passionate professionals who are driven to deliver positive climate impact and to have fun while doing it! We value diversity, equity and inclusion and encourage people with diverse perspectives, skills and experiences to apply.

Position Detail:

FirstLight Power has Seasonal Stewardship Positions– Aquatic Invasive Plant Removal staff openings for workers to join our Land Management team at Turners Falls in Montague, MA.


This is a TEMPORARY position from June 01-September 01, 2023 and is Part-time.

Work shifts are available Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:00 am- 2:30 pm and staff will choose shifts that fit their schedule. If a date is canceled with fewer than 72 hours’ prior notice, staff who have committed to work that day will be paid for 2 hours.

This part-time position is a great opportunity for those who enjoy working outdoors and contributing to a healthier watershed.

The Seasonal Stewardship staff will hand-pull invasive water chestnut plants in Turners Falls, MA. Target areas are the Turners Falls power canal and between the boat barrier and the dam in Turners Falls, MA. Work involves launching and paddling a canoe, pulling floating plants, and unloading bags of pulled plants from the canoe. FirstLight will provide safety training, boats, paddles, PFDs, and all equipment necessary for the project.

Key Responsibilities Include, But Are Not Limited To:

Launch and paddle a canoe
Pull floating plants
Load and unload bags of pulled plants
Work as a team to clear plants
Job Qualifications / Skills

Must have high School diploma or equivalent; Bachelor’s degree in biological or environmental science or education is a plus
Experience in fisheries biology, natural sciences or education is a plus
Must be able to commit to at least 5 dates
Must be able to work entire shift of 8:00 am – 2:30 pm on days worked
Desire to work outdoors for 6.5 hours in a variety of weather conditions
Must follow all safety procedures
Desire to work as part of a team and improve watershed habitat
Must hold a current, valid driver’s license and have reliable transportation
Must be able to pass background and drug test
Physical Requirements

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to a variety of weather conditions such as rain and heat
Ability to navigate uneven terrain which may result in exposure to poison ivy, ticks and biting insects
Ability to be physically mobile, board and un-board canoe independently, and frequently stand, walk, sit, reach, climb, bend, stoop, kneel or crouch
Ability to swim and paddle a canoe on flat water for approximately ¼ mile
Must be able to carry up to 40 lbs. and carry a canoe with a partner
Why Work for FirstLight?

We consider our employees to be our most valuable resource and we strive to provide a challenging, collegial, and rewarding workplace. FirstLight embraces a company-wide commitment to recruit, develop, and retain a dedicated, diverse, and engaged workforce that is motivated to be ever better both professionally and personally.

Joining the FirstLight Team is an opportunity to experience a unique and exciting culture. Some of our benefits for eligible employees include:

• Comprehensive Medical, Dental, Vision, Life and Disability Insurance

• Paid Parental Leave

• Health and Wellness Programs

• Mental Health Care

• 401(k) with Employer Matching

• Flexible Spending Account

• Health Savings Account

• Annual Performance Incentive Plan

• Employee Assistance Program

• Generous Paid Time Off Plan

• Paid Holidays

• Professional Development

• Employee Referral Program

• Tuition Reimbursement

• Charitable Matching Program & Employer Sponsored Volunteer Program

FirstLight provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, genetics, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by state, federal and local laws. In addition to federal law requirements, FirstLight complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

FirstLight’s values are:

Respect – Integrity – Safety – Excellence – Innovation – Team

COVID-19 Vaccine Policy:

In an effort to protect the health and safety of our employees and the communities we serve, FirstLight will require all new employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 according to CDC guidance. This is a necessary goal, as part of our efforts to provide a safe and healthy workplace for our employees.

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