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Employment Opportunities

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Collector Assistant

The Town of Pepperell is looking for a competent Collection Assistant who will provide skilled accounting and clerical work assisting the Treasurer/Collector discharge the duties of the Treasurer’s Office.  This is a full-time position and will perform a variety of duties in the receiving, collecting and accounting for Town revenues and payments of funds to include monitoring accounts, contacting customers, acting to assure timely payments, resolving billing and customer queries, updating account status records and reporting collection activity and accounts receivable status.  

The ideal candidate should have excellent communication skills, knowledge of billing procedures and collection techniques as well as an ability to work independently; high school diploma/GED and three years of experience in the specialized field of municipal accounting; or an Associate degree with courses in accounting; or any equivalent combination of education and experience.

Anticipated range based on education and experience $22.07 – $29.74 / hour

Applications will be accepted until position is filled.   Provide letter of interest, resume and two professional references.  Submittals preferred electronically as a pdf file to  hr@town.pepperell.ma.us

Download the job description here: https://town.pepperell.ma.us/DocumentCenter/View/6572/2021-Treasurer-Collector-Assistant-JD

DPW Program Administrator

The town of Pepperell seeks qualified candidates for the position of DPW Program Administrator. Reporting to the DPW Business Manager and supporting the Highway Supt and DPW Director, this position is primarily responsible for administrative support to the Highway, Transfer Station, and Park/Cemetery divisions, as well as providing coverage to other DPW divisions.

The position requires a basic knowledge of accounting (AP/AR). Excellent verbal & written communication skills, organizational skills, as well as proven ability to provide exemplary customer service are required.

High School Graduation or GED is required. Associates Degree in business related or accounting field is preferred. Five years’ experience in clerical, secretarial and accounting field with municipal experience preferred.  Pepperell will consider equivalent combinations of education and experience.

Anticipated starting range based on education and experience is $23.39 - $26.07 / hour. Full job description.

Resumes and letters of interest may be submitted to kkalinowski@town.pepperell.ma.us 

Open until filled. AA/EOE.

Public Safety Dispatcher

  • Type: Full Time
  • Posted Date: 25 October, 2021
  • Deadline to Apply: Open Until Filled

The Town of Pepperell is seeking qualified candidates for the position of 911 public safety dispatcher for the regional emergency communications center between the towns of Ashby and Pepperell. Duties include but not limited to, answering 911 calls and performing EMD as required, general call taking duties, dispatch via radio for Police, Fire, EMS, and local DPW agencies, detailed and accurate logging in CAD. Candidates must have good interpersonal and communications skills.

Pay scale: $23.39-$31.52 per hour plus shift differential, depending on qualifications and experience, with pension and benefits under Middlesex County retirement. To apply fill out an online employment form, also send a resume to: David Stairs, Communications Director, Town of Pepperell, P.O. Box 259 Pepperell, MA 01463 or email at dstairs@town.pepperell.ma.us the Town of Pepperell is an EOE.

Police - Part-Time Senior Clerk

The Pepperell Police Department is seeking applications for a part-time Senior Clerk.  General duties include but are not limited to payroll, bills payable, licensing, data entry, preparing correspondence, assisting w/budgeting, assisting the public, etc.  Send resume to: Chief David Scott, PO Box 295, Pepperell, MA 01463 or email to dscott@town.pepperell.ma.us Resume review to begin September 20, 2021. EOE.

Police - Full Time Police Officer

The Town of Pepperell is seeking candidates for an open position of full time police officer. Prior academy training & experience preferred. Send resume to Chief David Scott, PO Box 295, Pepperell, MA 01463 or email to dscott@town.pepperell.ma.us. Resume review to begin September 20, 2021. EOE.

Social Worker 

Position Purpose

The purpose of this position is to provide psychotherapeutic counseling, crisis intervention, case management, advocacy, assessment and resource and referral services to individuals, children, families and groups of all ages.  Facilitate prevention and education programming to promote behavioral health and wellness.   Conduct community engagements through clinical consultation, networking, community outreach and participation in local committees.

Education:  Bachelor’s degree required, Social Worker License (LSW/LCSW) 2-5 years related experience preferred 

Knowledge: Of clinical theories and practices, professional ethical principles from the NASW Code of Ethics and understanding of child welfare laws and policies. Ability to communicate effectively to individuals and groups to advocate on behalf of clients and collaborate with other professionals. Knowledge of area resources, local and state mental health and social service agencies and their services. Ability to engage with people of diverse cultures and backgrounds in a sensitive, respectful and affirming manner. Ability to utilize language interpretation services in-person and via telephone.

Ability:  The ideal candidate will be an energetic individual with the demonstrated ability to engage with people of diverse cultures and backgrounds in a sensitive, respectful and affirming manner.  Position requires valid driver’s license and candidate must be available to work some evenings and occasional weekend hours.  

Skills:  Handles pressure, Objectivity, Confidentiality, Organization, Planning, Reporting Skills, Persistence, Listening, Verbal Communication, Client Relationships

If interested please send resume to smccarthy@town.pepperell.ma.us  or call 978-433-0326 and ask for Susan McCarthy, Director. 

  • Job Title:  Social Worker        Salary:  $23.39-$31.52 per hour 
  • Department:  Social Services        Supervisor: Susan McCarthy, Director
  • FLSA Status: Exempt    Hours Worked:  19 hours per week     

Pepperell Fire Department 

The Pepperell Fire Department is currently seeking candidates for Part time / Per Diem EMS positions. 

Shifts are available 7 days a week as 24-hour, 10-hour day or 14-hour night shifts. 

Minimum Qualifications

  • High School Diploma or Equivalent
  • Valid State issued Driver's License
  • MA Certified EMT

Preferred Qualifications

  • Paramedic
  • Experience in a P/B 911 EMS System
  • Certified Firefighter I/II

Rate $18.39 to $24.26 depending on qualifications.  All successful candidates will have to pass a pre-employment physical and be subject to a criminal back ground check.

To apply, a resume and cover letter can be emailed to fire@town.pepperell.ma.us  with Per Diem EMS in the subject line or mailed to Pepperell Fire Department, One Main Street, Pepperell, MA 01463. Priority selection will begin July 16, 2021.  Posting to remain active until positions filled.  EEO employer. 


Invasive Plant Management Plan 

Pepperell’s new Invasive Plant Advisory Committee (IPAC) is looking for help this summer. This is a great opportunity for a college student looking to apply their knowledge and work with the land.  

Position Purpose:

The purpose of this position is to develop a strategic invasive plant management plan focused on a conservation property in Pepperell, Massachusetts.       


The contractor primarily works independently conducting field work. However, one or more committee members can be available to provide onsite guidance. A committee member will provide general oversight and direction in preparing the report, the inventory and in mapping. 

Job Environment:

Field work is performed outdoors where the contractor may be exposed to inclement weather, insects, ticks, poison ivy, uneven terrain, and other difficult conditions. Administrative work will be performed in the contractor's home. Contractor may be required to attend a few evening on-line meetings. Contractor must provide their own transportation, a computer and software to prepare the report. No tools or equipment will be provided. 

 Essential Functions:

The contractor will perform the below required tasks, and document all in a final complete report 

  • Develop a baseline inventory of invasive plants with a list to be developed with the committee, and map their locations 
  • Identify existing site conditions and associated risks for listed invasive species 
  • Develop invasive plant management strategies and control options for listed invasive species, as developed with the committee 
  • Prepare a written management, monitoring and evaluation plan (template to be provided)


The ideal candidate would be a graduate student with a degree in either environmental science, botany or horticulture, or focused coursework in these areas. They should possess a general knowledge of native and invasive plant identification skills. Familiarity with GIS and GPS mapping and data analysis is preferred. Undergraduate students with some completed studies, skills and knowledge in these areas will also be considered.


The project could be completed in approximately 60 hours of field work and 40 hours to prepare the management plan. There is flexibility in the work schedule and the contractor will work with the committee to schedule their time. All work must be completed before September 30, 2021. Ideally, the position will begin upon finding the right candidate.


Funding for this project is provided by the Nashua, Squannacook, and Nissitissit Rivers Wild & Scenic Stewardship Council through the National Park Service under CFDA: 15.962 - National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. Two payments will be issued: the first within 3 weeks of the project start date and demonstration of some completed work, and the second upon acceptance of the final Grantee report by the Stewardship Council. Total payment for the project will not exceed $3,000.00 and the final amount will be negotiated during the hiring process.

How to apply:   Please submit resume along with a cover letter containing a reference or advisor who can speak to your knowledge on the subject and a brief statement as to why you are interested in this project and how you feel you are qualified. Resume and cover letter should be submitted electronically to deborahffountain@gmail.com. Position remains open until September 30, 2022, or until job is filled.

Volunteer Opportunities


The Pepperell Select Board created a PFAS Task Force on June 14, 2021. This independent task force will research options and make recommendations on things Pepperell can do about the PFAS levels in Town water. The PFAS Task Force should consist of 6 members made up of appointments from the following:

  • Select Board - 2-4 appointees
  • Board of Public Works - 1 appointee
  • Board of Health - 1 appointee
  • Enterprise Fund Business Manager

Appointees should have a variety of backgrounds such as science and technology related to water and filtration, but backgrounds in public health, medical fields, fiance, organizational behavior, and public relations could also provide insightful assistance.

The Task Force should consider short term and long term needs for mitigation, filtration, new sources of water, and other ways to provide an adequate supply of clean water to Pepperell.  A report of findings and recommendations from the task force should be presented to the Select Board monthly and a final report to the Select Board, Board of Public Works, and Board of Health during Calendar 2021.  The Task Force may continue indefinitely to provide advice to the Town on this topic.

The Pepperell Historical Commission seeks to fill the following vacancy

The Commission meets approximately every month and has responsibility for the preservation, protection, and development of the town's historical assets and seeks to identify and promote the town's historical resources.  

The Commission is working on several important projects and initiatives including:

  • Preserving historic records, and recording historic elements in Pepperell
  • Identifying grants and programs such as the Community Preservation Act and advocating for community-wide support
  • Leveraging our historic assets for economic development
  • Contributing to Pepperell’s Wayfinding and Branding strategies
  • Preserving our rural heritage
  • Researching and sharing Pepperell’s early history and the town’s Revolutionary War past
  • Contributing to local by-laws to protect historic resources

Interested candidates should be:

  • Well organized and resourceful with the ability to work independently
  • Passionate about history and forwarding a vision for a preservation plan
  • An active participant on projects, working independently with town departments and boards and the historical community

Any resident interested in applying their skills to help advance Pepperell’s historical endeavors is strongly encouraged to fill out a Citizen Activity Form or  contact the Select Board at selectboard@town.pepperell.ma.us with a letter of interest.

Invasive Plant Advisory Committee seeks to fill the following vacancy

The Invasive Plant Advisory Committee was established on February 22, 2021 by the Select Board in accordance with Massachusetts General Law Part 1, Chapter 132, and guidance issued by the Massachusetts Invasive Plant Advisory Group. The Committee consists of seven appointed by the Select Board, with at least one member also holding the title of Conservation Commissioner. Initial Committee appointments shall be for one year at which time the Select Board may disband the committee, continue the committee for an additional year, or appoint for three-year staggered terms.

The Committee will inform Pepperell residents on invasive plant detection and reporting and advise appropriate remediation. The Committee will also educate the public on the importance of using native plantings.    


The Committee may work with town staff, other boards, commissions, and committees; public and private land owners, and non-profit or state conservation groups.  

Goals and Strategies: 

By the end of the first year of existence, the Committee shall:

1.   Provide the Select Board with a strategic plan to 

  • assess and document invasive plant issues on public land,
  • develop detection and reporting process for private land owners, 
  • create a list of invasive plants in town to compare with the state list, 
  • recommend appropriate remediation approaches, 
  • identify associated resource issues and sources for remediation actions,

2.    Educate homeowners, businesses, and the agricultural community on the importance of using native plantings.

  • establish a web presence with educational material concerning invasive plants and native plantings for residents
  • work with local landscapers / garden centers to promote native plantings


The Committee will provide status updates upon request to the Select Board and the Master Plan Implementation Team on the status of MP recommendation number 7.11, "Establish a “Detection and Response” plan to address invasive plant species. Educate homeowners and the agricultural community on the importance of using native plantings and on how to detect and report the presence of invasive species.”

PACH is Looking for Volunteers… Can you Help?

Pepperell Aid from Community to Home provides Pepperell and Dunstable residents in need with a caring compassionate resource to meet their basic needs including food, personal care items, and referrals to resources which provide additional assistance. Fuel Assistance is a resource available through PACH Outreach. PACH office, located at 66 Hollis Street is staffed by volunteers who will return calls. The office is open Tuesday 5-7 PM and Thursday 2-4 and 5-7 PM. If you have a few hours to spare and would like to give back to your community and help your neighbor, please consider the following opportunities:

Coordinator… Client In Home Delivery Program.  Duties include oversight and maintenance of the home delivery program.  Schedule and supervise drivers. Approve clients for home delivery and maintain records. Home deliveries take place on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month from 11:00A.M. – 1:00 P.M. Total time for the month is approximately 7-8 hours. Training will be provided. For more information please contact: PACH at 978-925-9770

Drivers ...  Client In Home Delivery Program.  Drivers needed for in home delivery program two Thursdays per month. (2nd and 4th) Deliver and empty food bags to 3-4 client homes. Pickup and deliver from the PACH office.  Total time for month is approximately 4-5 hours. We are looking for one regularly scheduled driver and two substitutes. Instruction will be provided. For more information please contact PACH at 978-925-9770

Food Drive Oversight Coordinator… Track scheduled food drives. Research potential food drive possibilities. Serve as a contact person for community food drive leaders. Assist in scheduling pick up and drop off of donated items.  Total time for the month is dependent on schedule but should not exceed 3-4. Instruction will be provided. For more information please contact: PACH at 978-925-9970. 

 MEAT MOVER. We need a strong individual to work one Tuesday morning per week to move frozen meat from the basement walk-in freezer to the first floor freezers via lift.  Approximate time per week 1-2 hours. Instruction will be provided. For more information please contact PACH at 978-925-9970

PACH Outreach provides Pepperell and Dunstable residents in need with a caring compassionate resource to meet their basic needs including food, personal care items, and referrals to resources which provide additional assistance. Fuel Assistance is a resource available through PACH Outreach. PACH office, located at 66 Hollis Street is staffed by volunteers who will return calls. The office is open Tuesday 5-7 PM and Thursday 2-4 and 5-7 PM. 

Cable TV Advisory Committee

The Cable TV Advisory Committee has an opening for a new member. The Committee consists of five members, at large, all of whom shall be registered voters within the Town of Pepperell.  One-third of the members shall be appointed each year. The general responsibilities of the Committee are as follows:

  • inform and educate the public about cable
  • assess cable needs of the community and recommend policy changes
  • conduct meeting with cable company representatives, quarterly or as needed, to discuss matters of mutual interest
  • report to the issuing authority (BOS) on company compliance with the license
  • monitor the company's response to complaints and respond to citizen's questions regarding the cable system
  • keep abreast of community programming issues

Any resident interested in applying their skills to help advance Pepperell's Cable TV Advisory Committee is strongly encouraged to contact the Select Board at selectboard@town.pepperell.ma,us 

Citizen Activity Form / Resident Request for Appointment to Volunteer Board or Committee

Town Opportunities

Boards Members Term Vacancies
**Assessors, Board of  3 3 Years 0
**Council on Aging 7 3 Years 0
**Health, Board of 3 3 Years 0
**Housing Authority 5 5 Years 1
**Lawrence Library, Board of Trustees 6 3 Years 0
North Middlesex  Council of Governments 3   0
**Planning Board 6 5 Years 1
**Public Works 5 3 Years 0
Registrars 3 3 Years 0
Retirement Board      
**Select Board 3 3 Years 0
Trustees of the Brooks Education and Entertainment Fund 3 3 Years 0
Zoning Board of Appeals 5 2/3 Years 2
Committees Members Term Vacancies
Affordable Housing 7 1 Year 1
Building Committee 11 1 Year 1
By-Law Review 7   7
Cable TV Advisory  5 1 Year 1
Capital Program 5 1 Year 0
Climate Change Council 9 1 Year 1
Cultural Council 6 3 Years 5
Charter Review Committee 9 Temporary 2
Economic Development Advisory 7 1 Year 0
Emergency Planning 9 1 Year 0
Finance  5 2 Years 0
Information Systems Technology 7 1 Year 1
Invasive Plant Advisory Committee 7 1 Year 1
Light, Air, and Noise By-Law 13 Temporary 0
Master Plan 21 Temporary 0
**Nashoba Valley Technical High School 4 3 Years 0
**North Middlesex Regional School District 3 3 Years 0
PFAS Task Force 6 1 Year 6
Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services  6 1 Year 0
Town Forest 3 1 Year 1
Vietnam Memorial and Honor Roll 3 1 Year 0
Commissions Members Term Vacancies
Agricultural Commission 5 3 Years 2
Conservation 7 3 Years 0
Disabilities 2 3 Years 2
Historical 5 3 Years 1
3 3 Years 0

Bids / Requests for Proposals

The Town of Pepperell Requests Quotations for services to help us determine the business model required to create a viable solar array on the site of the Town's former landfill. Interested respondent's may download the RFQ and related material, here:   https://town.pepperell.ma.us/DocumentCenter/View/6585/Community-Solar-RFQ

A sample contract is here: https://town.pepperell.ma.us/DocumentCenter/View/6583/Pepperell-Short-Form-Services-2022

Complete responses are due, Thursday, February 3, 2022, by 2 pm as described in the RFQ document.