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Stream Continuity Program Manager

Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration

Job Field:
Job Type:
Full Time
Location Detail:
Westfield or Boston, MA

Job Description:

The Division of Ecological Restoration (DER) restores and protects rivers, wetlands and watersheds for the benefit of people and the environment. The Division of Ecological Restoration works with community-based partners to restore aquatic ecosystems. The Division's ecological restoration work brings clean water, recreation opportunities, and other ecosystem services to the citizens of Massachusetts.


The Division’s Stream Continuity Program assists in a state-wide effort to improve aquatic habitat connectivity, restore fish and wildlife passage, and increase climate and flood resiliency at road-stream crossings (i.e. culverts and bridges). Program staff help build capacity to restore stream and habitat connectivity by offering technical assistance, tools, training, and grant funding to municipalities and other key stakeholders. The Program also supports strategic coordination on stream continuity efforts across Massachusetts.


Do you aspire to lead efforts to restore and protect our natural resources and communities? DER seeks a team player who takes initiative, enjoys problem-solving and finding solutions, and is inspired to mentor and collaborate with other people. Join us as the Division’s Stream Continuity Program Manager (Regional Planner IV) in contributing to ecological and community resiliency by working with partners to reconnect stream habitat, reduce storm hazards, and restore fish passage.


Use your leadership skills and experience to help restore stream and aquatic habitat connectivity while working with a robust, supportive, interdisciplinary group of habitat restoration professionals and partners. As DER’s Stream Continuity Program Manager, you will help increase the scale and pace of stream continuity restoration activities across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.



Key responsibilities include:


Manage DER’s Stream Continuity Program, a program dedicated to helping municipalities and partners reconnect stream habitat, reduce storm hazards, and restore fish passage. Supervise Stream Continuity Program staff, manage the Program’s strategic plan and budget, and build Program awareness and support. Develop tools and approaches to project prioritization, selection and tracking of project and program outcomes and successes. Support DER and local partners in meeting Stream Continuity Program goals by providing technical assistance, training, mentoring and other services. (55%)


Build internal and external capacity for DER’s aquatic habitat restoration activities. Provide leadership, coordination, and troubleshooting for stream continuity and aquatic habitat restoration technical, regulatory, policy, and project support needs. (20%)


Lead and support strategic coordination to increase the magnitude and pace of stream continuity restoration activities across the Commonwealth. Cultivate high-value ecological restoration projects and develop strategies to advance landscape scale stream and aquatic habitat connectivity at regional and statewide levels. Guide and support stream continuity restoration goals through inter-agency, regional, multi-state habitat connectivity programs and collaborative teams. (20%)


Perform other duties as assigned: Support the Division’s outreach, budget, and professional and program development efforts. (5%)


Preferred Qualifications:


· A Graduate or Undergraduate degree in environmental science, ecology, natural resources, or a related field.


· Seven or more years of professional experience.


· Knowledge and understanding of river, stream and wetland ecology, and/or hydrology.


· Program development and management experience, including building internal and external capacity to meet identified program needs.


· Demonstrated ability to develop and manage a program budget, direct and coordinate work of project teams, and make management and budgetary decisions.


· Experience coordinating interagency activities and deliberations.


· Experience implementing proactive, partner-driven stream habitat and aquatic connectivity restoration projects with infrastructure components or constraints such as bridges, culverts, dams, roads, and utilities.


· Familiarity working with federal, state, and local agencies and non-governmental organizations on collaborative projects involving natural resource management or ecological restoration.


· Demonstrated awareness and experience with stream crossing replacement design methods that promote aquatic organism passage and resilience to storms, as well as social, economic, legal and technical trends in implementing aquatic habitat protection and restoration activities.


· Knowledge of environmental permitting at local, state, and federal levels.


· Experience in training, mentoring, overseeing or directing staff and/or contractors, including planning and assigning work according to the nature of the job to be completed; two years of experience preferred.


· Aptitude to work effectively in a collaborative team environment on multiple tasks with varying timelines.


· Propensity to work proactively and with self-initiative, and to exercise sound judgment and discretion.


· Must be a team player with strong people skills and a proven ability to motivate and engage others, effectively manage controversy, and forge and maintain partnerships.


· Adept at managing staff in a hybrid work environment, using both synchronous and asynchronous communication tools.


· Excellent written and verbal communication skills.


· Exceptional troubleshooting and problem-solving skills.


· Excellent all-around computer experience including MS Office Suite and ArcGIS Online (AGOL) or ArcGIS Pro.


· Available to travel statewide and to participate in occasional evening and weekend site visits and meetings.





First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.




MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must have at least (A) five years of full-time, or equivalent part-time technical or professional experience in urban or regional planning, environmental planning, transportation planning or land use planning, and (B) of which at least three years must have been in a professional capacity, and (C) of which at least one year must have been in a supervisory capacity, or (D) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.






I. A Bachelor's degree with a major in urban or regional planning, environmental planning, urban studies, architecture, landscape architecture, civil, environmental, or transportation engineering or environmental sciences may be substituted for two years d the required (A) experience.*



II. A Graduate degree with a major in urban or regional planning, environmental planning, urban studies, architecture, landscape architecture, civil, environmental, or transportation engineering or environmental sciences may be substituted for three years of the required (A) experience and one year of the required (B) experience.



*Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis on the proportion of the requirements actually completed.



NOTE: Educational substitutions will only be permitted for a maximum of three years of the required experience. Substitutions will only be permitted for a maximum of one year of the required (B) experience. No substitution will be permitted for the required (C) experience.


This position will be based in DER’s Westfield or Boston office. Once established in the role, a hybrid schedule consisting of in-office work and telework will be provided. In-state travel to conduct fieldwork is also required. Salary commensurate with experience.

74,573.46 - 109,775.12 Yearly

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