Brief Job Description (essential function of the job):
The Boston Conservation Commission administers the Massachusetts Wetland Protection Act (M.G.L c131 s.40), the Massachusetts Rivers Protection Act (HB s. 18.26) and the Boston Wetlands Protection Ordinance (Boston City Code, Ordinances, Chapter 7-1.4). Through its work, the Commission seeks to enhance the quality of life in Boston by protecting water and land resources and preserving open space, wetlands, and other natural areas of the city. The Commission also owns several properties known as urban wilds, and holds conservation restrictions on various other properties within the city.
On December 23, 2019, the City of Boston enacted a local Wetlands Protection Ordinance. The Ordinance allows the Commission to establish local requirements that are stricter than those called out under the Act. It also directs the Commission to develop and promulgate regulations, guidelines, and performance standards for new resource areas, as well as for climate equity and environmental justice.
The Conservation Assistant is part of the Climate and Environmental Planning team within the Environment Department and will work with the Commission and other City agencies, applicants, residents, businesses, and institutions to provide administrative, investigative, and technical assistance, and other services that support the goals and operations of the Commission and the Environment Department.
• At least two (2) years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, experience in environmental science or policy, environmental health, environmental permitting, environmental planning, natural science, or a related field. A bachelor's degree in a related field is preferred, and may be substituted for two (2) years of the required experience.
• Environmental/conservation experience and familiarity with the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act and environmental and conservation issues preferred.
• Knowledge of open space, land use, wetland and water resources, floodplain management, and sea-level rise is also desired.
• Strong organizational skills with attention to detail, ability to handle multiple and diverse tasks, execute clerical assignments and independent field work, and ability to meet deadlines.
• Strong verbal, written and presentation skills for communicating with a diverse audience, with the ability to clearly communicate planning and regulatory concepts.
• Fluency in English and at least one of Boston's major spoken languages (e.g., Spanish or Cantonese) strongly preferred.
• Proficient computer skills with prior experience using MS Suite, Adobe, and ArcGIS strongly preferred.
• Ability to work offsite and after hours, occasionally on weekends, as needed and with advance notice
• Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively as part of a team.
• Candidates with a strong knowledge of Boston neighborhoods will be preferred.
• Ability to exercise good judgement and focus on detail as required by the job.
• Experience working directly with people from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds and in incorporating the perspectives of multiple communities in the consideration of impacts and outcomes of a decision-making process.
• Must have and maintain a current Massachusetts driver's license.
BOSTON RESIDENCY REQUIRED
Union/SalaryPlan/Grade: MO-6/ Fulltime/ Non-union
Hours per week: 35