The town of Townsend has a vacancy for the position of Conservation Agent which performs assistance to the Conservation Commission in the administration and enforcement of the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act and Townsend wetlands bylaw.

Position is a union position is anticipated to be between 15 and 20 hours per week. TBD.

Responsibilities: The position works independently and under the policy direction of the Conservation Commission, reviewing all project applications, providing technical assistance relating to the Wetlands Protection Act, local Wetlands Bylaw, and regulations requirements on all phases of construction in relation to public and private projects. The Agent also provides technical assistance in relation to land preservation and conservation activities. Incumbent also aids the Commission in research, enforcement, and working directly with constituents and other municipal/state/federal personnel.  Also serves as Stormwater Agent and Permit granting Authority for Minor Projects under the Townsend NPDES Phase II Stormwater Regulations Bylaw.

Qualifications: Should have working knowledge of botany, soils, hydrology, stormwater, and wildlife; ability to read, understand and interpret technical specifications and plans; ability to interpret wetlands laws and regulations; ability to organize time and work independently; ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; and the ability to respond with tact and courtesy when dealing with the public. Requires night meetings a minimum of two nights per month and field inspections in all weather conditions, occasionally on weekends. Must have a valid driver’s license.

Bachelor’s degree in environmental science, conservation biology, or related field and three to five years of experience in wetlands management, land conservation, or related field; or any equivalent combination of education and experience.

Applications to James Kreidler, Town Administrator, 272 Main Street, Townsend, MA 01469 or by email selectmen@townsendma.gov. AA/EOE.

Applications will be accepted until such time as the position is filled. Townsend is an EOE/AA.

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