City of Boston

Executive Director Boston Conservation Commission

Posted Date 3 weeks ago(11/9/2022 12:31 PM)
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Environment Department
Regular Full-Time
Environment Department
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Brief Job Descritpion (essential functions of the job):


Supervises the administration and technical functions of the Boston Conservation Commission in implementing the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act, Massachusetts Environmental Protection Act and Boston Wetlands Ordinance.



  • Acts as technical advisor to the Commission and administers Commission public hearings and meetings; 
  • Conducts site inspections and ensures compliance with all Commission issued permits and directives; 
  • Administers conservation restrictions and assists in the oversight of Commission held urban wild properties; 
  • Represents the Commission on environmental advisory committees and technical working groups; 
  • Coordinates capital improvement projects, site restoration projects, special projects and grant applications; 
  • Oversee management of conservation lands, conservation easements and restrictions. 
  • Oversee annual monitoring of conservation lands by community stewards.
  • Serve as Staff liaison and environmental information officer between the Conservation Commission, various Community stewards and groups, and other government agencies; 
  • Foster relationships with various community groups. 
  • Identify and evaluate new high priority conservation opportunities and consults with landowners, municipalities and other organizations on conservation options. 
  • Originates and reports on land conservation and stewardship initiatives and projects in collaboration with the various City Departments, private landowners and partners. 
  • Reviews all wetland application filings and technical documents submitted to the Commission for compliance under the Wetlands Protection Act and Boston Wetlands Ordinance. 
  • Develops and implements the local wetlands legislation and regulations.
  • Develop and issue requests for proposals for work with consultants.
  • Issue wetlands permits, determinations, enforcement orders, and project review comments to applicants and for the Commission. 
  • Conducts site visits and inspections to ensure compliance with all Commission issued permits and directives and in response to possible violations. 
  • Serves as the City of Boston’s Floodplain Manager and is responsible for updating the community’s flood maps, plans, and policies; 
    • Explaining floodplain development requirements to community leaders, citizens, and the general public; 
    • Assisting and cooperating with FEMA and State Floodplain Manager representatives during Community Assistance Visits (CAV), CRS program reviews, and other floodplain management program actions for coordination; 
    • Maintaining records and documents to maintain eligibility in FEMAs NFIP and Community Rating System (CRS) programs.
  • Manages the contract with the City’s pump out boat service.
  • The Executive Director coordinates with the Department’s climate resilience program and is responsible for understanding and communicating the local impacts of sea-level rise (SLR} and coordinating SLR communication, mitigation and adaptation policies and strategies to developers and applicants before the Commission.
  • Supervises the Conservation Assistant. 
  • Performs related duties as required

Minimum Entrance Qualifications:

  • Applicant must have at least four (4) years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional experience in environmental issues or management with demonstrated knowledge and familiarity of the Massachusetts Wetland Protection Act, Massachusetts Environmental Protection Act, and other laws related to the environment.
  • Substitutions: A bachelor’s degree in environmental management, public administration, engineering or related field is preferred and may be substituted for two (2) years of the required experience. A master’s degree in public administration, law, environmental management or related field may be substituted for three (3) years of the required experience.
  • At least one (1) years of staff management experience, strongly preferred. 
  • At least two (2) year of demonstrated, full-time experience working with commissions.
  • Knowledge of open space, land use, wetland and water resources, floodplain management, and sea level rise is also desired.  
  • Proven ability to communicate planning and regulatory concepts, and to work with commissioners, community groups, developers, and government agencies.  
  • Demonstrated experience in planning; program development and project management; stakeholder management and group dynamics; and performing in a high-stress, high-demand environment.
  • Knowledge of legislative process, ability to prepare and present material in a variety of methods to various audiences.
  • Must have and maintain a current Massachusetts driver’s license. 
  • Ability to exercise good judgement, self –motivate, remain organized and focus on detail as required by the job.


Boston Residency Required



Union/SalaryPlan/Grade: MO-9/ Full-time/ Non-union

Hours per week: 35


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