He succeeds his mentor, Dennis Freeman, who retired several weeks ago.
Pouliot, 42, grew up in Woburn and studied arboriculture at Minuteman Regional Technical High School. He joined the Bedford DPW Grounds Division in 2006 after working in landscaping and golf course maintenance and has climbed the ladder all the way to operations manager.
“I like working with the public and for the Town of Bedford,” Pouliot said. “I like the people here.” Public Works Director David Manugian said. “I’m very excited to have Nick on board. He has been with the Grounds Division for many years and has proven himself over that time.”
The division is responsible for parks and playing fields, cemeteries, and town trees, as well as supporting the Bedford Garden Club’s beautification of traffic islands. Pouliot said that over the years he has gained experience in all of these areas.
There are nine staff members assigned to Grounds. In the winter they become plow operators. “I’ve plowed for my whole career,” Pouliot said.
He noted that during his tenure, the Grounds Division has adapted to changes in infrastructure, technology, and culture. Examples include the increasing popularity of cremation and the synthetic turf installed at Sabourin Field.
“We have a good group of guys,” the new manager said. Most recently he was the divisional foreman. Freeman was “very helpful” with the transition, he said.
The new manager has not yet succeeded Freeman as town tree warden, but he has passed the examination to be certified as a Massachusetts-certified arborist. That test was a challenge, he said, with questions on soil science and Latin names of plants. “I studied for a long time.”
Mike Rosenberg can be reached at [email protected], or 781-983-1763