Conservation Specialist, Town of Needham

The town of Needham is seeking a hard-working and dedicated individual to fill the position of Conservation Specialist. The core responsibilities of this position are to provide professional, administrative, and technical assistance to the Director of Conservation, town and Conservation Commission in accordance with the MA Wetlands Protection Act (M.G.L. Chapter 131 Section 40) and the Needham Wetlands Protection Bylaw (Article 6), and their respective regulations, guidelines and policies.

The Conservation Specialist will assist with answering general conservation related inquiries by the public on permit application policies and procedures; conducts preliminary GIS wetland map reviews of building permits and drafts demolition memorandums. Participates in or leads site inspections for a variety of functions including: the project review process, pre-construction meetings, and inspections for violations and enforcement actions; facilitates planning, acquisition, administration and management of conservation lands, including the Ridge Hill Reservation Ecological Management Plan and the town’s Open Space Plan.

This position requires a minimum of three to five years of related practical experience in conservation matters. A bachelor’s degree in natural resources, or related field and; extensive professional knowledge of state environmental laws and regulations pertinent to conservation related topics. Professional Wetland Scientist (PWS) or Wetland Professional in Training (WPIT) certification through the Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS) is preferred.

The hourly salary range for this position is:  $26.67 – $33.45. A detailed job posting and instructions on how to apply is available here.