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Employment Opportunities

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Administrative Assistant, COA - Part-time Benefited 

 The Town of Pepperell is seeking a welcoming Administrative Assistant to join our Council on Aging team.   The Harris Center is an active, social, age-friendly Center for older adults.  This position supports a variety of day-to-day operations under the general supervision of the Director.  This key role provides administrative and accounting assistance to the Department and coordinates volunteer and transportation scheduling for activities and programming. 

 The ideal candidate will be client focused, highly organized and have the ability to exercise considerable judgment and confidentiality.  Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills.  Ability to multi-task and maintain detailed records.  Pleasant and responsive working with staff and members.   Proficient in computer applications especially Excel, Word and Publisher.

 High School Diploma; Associate Degree in Human Services or related field preferred.  Some social work with concentration on the older adult population a plus or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.  CPR certification and possession of a valid driver’s license will be required. 

This position is currently benefited at 24 hour per week, with opportunity to increase hours line with our budget. Hiring range: $22.36 - $24.92 per hour DOQ.  Generous benefits include 3 weeks of vacation, 12 holidays, and health insurance. 

Download a complete copy of the job description here:  Administrative Assistant - COA

Position will remain open until filled and application review will begin on February 12.  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  

We are an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.  

Town Planner

The Town of Pepperell seeks an energetic leader for the full-time position of Town Planner.  Under general direction of the Town Administrator and the Planning Board, the Town Planner plans, directs, manages, and oversees the functions, programs and operations of the Planning Department including economic development, planning, zoning, federal and state grants. The Town Planner also coordinates assigned activities with other departments and outside agencies.  The Town Planner supervises a part-time administrative assistant, interns and volunteers.

An ideal candidate will possess a bachelor’s degree in regional, urban or community planning, architecture, engineering, environmental science, public administration or closely related field and three (3) of more years of progressively responsible experience in Town Planning and/or related duties. Master’s degree and/or American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification is desirable. 

Applicants with experience in seeking out and preparing grant applications, skilled in public relations; making presentations, writing reports and other communication practices will be given strong consideration.

Salary range is $75,000 – 95,000, depending on qualifications.  Excellent benefits include three weeks of vacation, 12.5 holidays, and comprehensive health insurance options. 

Complete job description here:  Town Planner

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 email jpalumbo@town.pepperell.ma.us  .

We are an Equal Employment Opportunity (“EEO”) Employer.

Public Safety Dispatcher

Type: Full Time

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 & Holidays. 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 

PARAMEDIC $24.90-$28.56 / AEMT $20.91 - $23.97/ EMT $19.38 - $22.44 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. 

Volunteer Opportunities

The Climate Change Committee (CCC) seeks to fill FOUR 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 the Pepperell Climate Change Committee at climate@town.pepperell.ma.us

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. 

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 0
**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
**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 0
Committees Members Term Vacancies
Affordable Housing Committee 5 1 Year 2
Affordable Housing Trust 7 Varies 0
Ad Hoc Building Committee 7 1 Year 0
By-Law Review 7   7
Capital Program 5 1 Year 4
Climate Change Committee 9 1 Year 4
Community Preservation Committee 7 Varies 2
Cultural Council 6 3 Years 1
Economic Development Advisory 5 1 Year 1
Emergency Planning 9 1 Year 0
Finance  5 2 Years 0
Information Systems Technology 7 1 Year 3
Invasive Plant Advisory Committee 5 1 Year 0
**Nashoba Valley Technical High School 4 3 Years 2
**North Middlesex Regional School District 3 3 Years 0
Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services  6 1 Year 0
Town Forest 3 1 Year 1
Vietnam Memorial and Honor Roll 3 1 Year 0
Town of Pepperell 250th Anniversary Committee 11   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 2
3 3 Years 0

Bids / Requests for Proposals