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Employment Opportunities

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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 June 20, 2022. EOE.


 The Town of Pepperell is seeking qualified candidates for the full-time position of Firefighter/Paramedic. Duties of the Firefighter/Paramedic: Response to calls including medical emergencies, responding to fires and hazardous material incidents, fire prevention and education, maintenance, cleaning, planning, training and office functions as required.   The Firefighter/Paramedic is expected to work a rotating twenty-four-hour schedule, average 42-hour work week.  Minimum Requirements: High School Diploma, valid driver’s license.  Candidates should have a minimum of two years of 911 experience as a Paramedic and must be able to be credentialed by the service’s Affiliate Hospital Medical Director to work in a Paramedic/Basic system.  College level course work highly desirable.  Must remain a non-smoker.  Preference will be given to candidates who are currently certified Firefighter I/II.  Candidates who are not currently certified Firefighter I/II will be required to successfully complete the Massachusetts Firefighters Academy (MFA) Recruit program within 18 months of hire.  Consideration will be given to any combination of experience and certifications that meet the requirement. Starting pay range is $26.69 to $28.68 per hour DOQ, plus benefits per collective barraging agreement.

Current Union contract has a residency clause of 15 miles. Communities within the 15-mile radius of Pepperell. Massachusetts: Acton, Ashburnham, Ashby, Ayer, Boxborough, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Devens, Dracut, Dunstable, Fitchburg. Groton, Harvard, Lancaster, Leominster, Littleton, Lowell, Lunenburg, Shirley, Templeton, Townsend, Tyngsborough, Westford, Westminster. New Hampshire: Brookline, Greenville, Hollis, Hudson, Litchfield, Lyndeborough, Mason, Merrimack, Milford, Mont Vernon, Nashua, New Ipswich, Pelham, Wilton.  New hires will be required to comply before the end of probation. 

Appointment of the final candidate will be contingent upon the results of a thorough background investigation, medical exam and physical.

Pepperell is a picturesque small New England town situated in north central Massachusetts approximately 40 miles west of Boston and less than 10 miles south of Nashua, NH.  Population is 11,607, land area is 22.99 Sq. miles.  Pepperell Fire & EMS is a combination fire department running Advance Life Support (ALS) transport ambulance.  In 2021 responded to 1401 emergency calls from two stations.   The department is staffed by a full-time Chief, six full-time firefighter/paramedics, per diem positions and a very active call force.

Download complete job description here: Firefighter Paramedic.  Please submit resume, cover letter and current Fire & EMS certifications to: Fire Chief, ATTN: FF/Paramedic Posting, One Main Street, Pepperell, MA 01463 or via email to fire@town.pepperell.ma.us  Subject line: FF/Paramedic Posting. Positions will remain open until filled, priority resume review will begin on June 17th at 4pm.  

Regional Public Safety Dispatcher

  • Type: Full Time
  • Posted Date: April 6, 2022
  • Deadline to Apply: Open Until Filled

The Town of Pepperell is seeking is seeking applicants for the full-time position of Public Safety Dispatcher for the Regional Emergency Communication Center between the towns of Ashby Pepperell and Townsend. This key position provides a valuable service to the public as the first contact for those in need of police, fire, emergency medical services and local departments of public works agencies.

The Regional Dispatcher position requires someone with solid communication skills, and the ability to multi-task in a fast-paced work environment. Excellent verbal, written, and data entry skills are crucial. Candidates must have the ability to work weekends, days, evenings, midnights, and some holiday shifts. Previous experience in dispatching is preferred. Pay scale: $23.39-$31.52 per hour plus shift differential; starting salary will be based on experience and qualifications. Compensation package includes pension benefit and health insurance options. We value diversity and welcome candidates from all backgrounds. Equal Opportunity Employer For full-job Description: Regional Dispatcher 

To apply on line: http://town.pepperell.ma.us/formcenter/job-application-14/application-for-employment-60 and send a resume to: David Stairs, Communications Director, Town of Pepperell, P.O. Box 259 Pepperell, MA 01463 or by email to dstairs@town.pepperell.ma.us.

Chief Operator - Pepperell Department of Public Works

This position is for the operation and maintenance work for the Pepperell wastewater system and all other related work as required.  

  • Primarily responsible for the supervision of all wastewater personnel, including developing work schedules and assignments for division employees;
  • Oversees and participates in the operation of the wastewater facilities and the repair and maintenance of publicly owned treatment works and all related equipment to insure all work complies with industry and town standards; 
  • Ensuring inventories of parts, materials and equipment are sufficiently maintained; reviewing and approving invoicing for supplies and services;
  • Responds to inquiries from residents or others, pertaining to division operations; Interacts frequently Fuwith members of the building community, regional groups, local/state officials, and other municipal employees; makes frequent contacts with the general public;
  • Prepares various annual, quarterly and/or monthly reports; Assists in the preparation and filing of reports to regulatory agencies regarding activities and performance of DPW programs. 
  • Works with other DPW staff to implement safety programs; maintain and update all existing safety and confine space entry programs including, but not limited to, explosion atmosphere, traffic management, construction, general safety, etc.

Minimum Qualifications:

High School graduate (or GED) is required.  Minimum ten years of municipal wastewater operation and maintenance experience, with at least two years of supervisory experience.  Extensive background in wastewater process control, regulations and equipment maintenance and repair.  Grade 6C Massachusetts Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Associates Degree in a related field
  • Class B Commercial Driver’s License   
  • Class B or better Hydraulic License
  • Class 2B Hoisting License
  • Experience with processes and equipment utilized by the Pepperell POTW

 The Town reserves the right to accept any combination of experience, education and licensure in the selection and hiring of employees.

Hourly Pay.     Hiring Range  $31.94 - $34.65

                        Full Range      $31.94 – $39.03

40 hours per week.

Full Job Description

Please submit a letter of interest and resume to Susan Tocci at stocci@town.pepperell.ma.us or by mail to:

  • Susan Tocci | Program Administrator
  • 47 Nashua Road
  • PO Box 319
  • Pepperell, MA 01463
  • Attn: Chief Operator position

Pepperell’s Invasive & Native Plant Advisory Committee (INPAC) is looking for help this summer. EDDMapS Mapping of Stormwater Culvert Areas

Position Purpose:

The purpose of this position is to map invasive plants using the web-based mapping tool, EDDMapS (Early Detection & Distribution Mapping System) to document the distribution of invasive plants in Pepperell in and around the 20 stormwater culverts listed below, all located on town property.


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.

Additional Information

Volunteer Opportunities

The Climate Change Committee (CCC) seeks to fill two vacancies

The CCC recommends and pursues strategies, policies, and practices to achieve net-zero carbon emissions in Pepperell by 2050.  The CCC promotes the protection of biodiversity and the sustainable use of our working lands and natural resources. Additionally, the CCC educates the public on what each of us can do to live more sustainably. 

The CCC seeks individuals wishing to contribute to meeting Pepperell’s climate change mitigation and adaptation goals.  CCC members must be able to attend one committee meeting per month and spend 1-3 hours per week contributing to the committee’s work.  Such work may include independent research, writing and/or reviewing documents, creating and/or reviewing presentations, and meeting with residents, businesses, and town personnel.

The ideal candidate will have:

-    A passion for making a difference

-    A background in one of the following disciplines:

o    Civil engineering

o    Education

o    Environmental or life sciences

o    Marketing communications

o    Municipal zoning/planning

o    Renewable energy

o    Residential/commercial development

For more information, please contact Ken Hartlage at 978-290-6710 or khartlage@mac.com


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 2
**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 Committee 7 1 Year 1
Affordable Housing Trust 7 Varies 5
Building Committee 9 1 Year 0
By-Law Review 7   7
Cable TV Advisory  5 1 Year 0
Capital Program 5 1 Year 0
Climate Change Council 9 1 Year 2
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 5 1 Year 2
Light, Air, and Noise By-Law 7 Temporary 0
Master Plan 21 Temporary 0
**Nashoba Valley Technical High School 4 3 Years 2
**North Middlesex Regional School District 3 3 Years 0
PFAS Task Force 6 1 Year 2
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 0
Conservation 7 3 Years 0
Disabilities 2 3 Years 2
Historical 5 3 Years 0
3 3 Years 0

Bids / Requests for Proposals

The Town of Pepperell has no bids or requests for proposals at this time.