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Employment Opportunities

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Custodian, Lawrence Library - 10 Hrs/Wk

The Lawrence Library, Pepperell is seeking an energetic person to provide routine custodial, grounds keeping, and interior/exterior repair and maintenance work in connection with the care and upkeep of the Library; all other related work as required. 

Full job description 

Cover letter and resume to: Debra Spratt, Director, Lawrence Library, 15 Main Street, Pepperell, MA 01463 or via email dspratt@cwmars.org

Benefits/Payroll Specialist - 24-32 Hrs./Wk. TBD

We are seeking a Benefits/Payroll Specialist to join our Finance Team who will be responsible for employee benefit deductions, data entry with Excel worksheets, maintaining confidential record keeping, filing, and working with employees and other municipal personnel. The Specialist will help employees enroll in Town benefit programs and keep detailed records of employee insurance information and will manage the enrollment process.  

This position also provides responsible payroll accounting functions to support activities related to benefit processing such as employee contributions, state and federal withholdings, garnishments, reconciliation of accounts and mandatory compliance including Affordable Care Act (ACA). Work includes assisting in the preparation and processing of the Town Payroll with respect to maintaining and implementing deductions and benefit elections, verifying information accuracy, researching and resolving discrepancies, and performing a variety of related duties.

Download complete job description HERE.

Position will remain open until filled.  Submit resume and letter of interest to:  Judy Palumbo, Human Resources, Town Hall, One Main Street, Pepperell, MA  01463, or by email to jpalumbo@town.pepperell.ma.us

Public Safety Dispatcher

Type: Full Time

Posted Date: 22 September, 2022

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 at http://town.pepperell.ma.us/formcenter/job-application-14/application-for-employment-60 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.


The Town of Pepperell is seeking qualified candidates for Per-Diem Fire / EMS positions. Shifts available 10, 14 and 24 Hours, Days, Nights and weekends. Duties to include but not limited to responding to fire and ambulance calls, providing emergency medical care to the sick and injured. Attends training as required. report writing, station duties apparatus checks.  HS education and two years’ experience in 911 transport EMS, possession of a valid motor vehicle operator’s license; certification as Paramedic or AEMT or EMT by the Massachusetts Office of Emergency Medical Services and Central Mass. EMS, certified Firefighter I/II; or any combination of education and experience that meets the requirement. pay range is, $18.39 to $24.26 DOQ and or experience

Final appointment will be contingent upon the results of a thorough background investigation, and entrance medical exam.

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 career members, per diem positions and a very active call force.

Please submit resume, cover letter and current Fire & EMS certifications to: Fire Chief, ATTN: Per Diem Fire/EMS Posting, One Main Street, Pepperell, MA 01463 or via email to fire@town.pepperell.ma.us  Subject line: Per Diem Fire/EMS Posting. Positions will remain open until filled. 

Climate Change Communications Specialist

The Town of Pepperell seeks a communications specialist to assist with climate change related community education and outreach, primarily through multimedia channels.   The communications specialist will work with members of the Climate Change Committee, the Invasive and Native Plant Advisory Committee and the Agricultural Commission to create collateral and action plans for residents and businesses.  Desired skills and experience include:

Expertise in climate change communications with emphasis on copy editing, copy writing, and digital imaging for the GreenPepperell web site; web site editing; managing social media; interfacing with the public; and completing related tasks committed to building public will for climate action. Interpersonal and presentation communications skills, and the ability to handle an intense workload periodically are a plus.

Position is for 10 hours a week/$25 per hour for a total of 12 weeks.

Open until filled.  Anticipated hiring date 09/26/2022.  Resume and letter of interest to amaclean@town.pepperell.ma.us

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.

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 1
**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 Committee 9 1 Year 0
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 5 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.