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State of Massachusetts Land & Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Stewardship Planner - Contractor in Boston, Massachusetts

Who We Are: The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs seeks to protect, preserve, and enhance the Commonwealth’s environmental resources while ensuring and promoting a clean energy future for the state’s residents. Through the stewardship of open space, protection of environmental resources, and enhancement of clean energy, the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs works tirelessly to make Massachusetts a wonderful place to live, work, and raise a family. Who We Serve: Massachusetts was the first state in the nation to combine energy and environmental agencies under one Cabinet secretary. The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA) serves Commonwealth residents interested in outdoor recreational activities, clean energy solutions and those who work with animals and livestock. Equally, EOEEA works with energy consumers, power companies, clean energy providers and farmers to delicately balance the interaction with environmental protection laws and regulations while being a cornerstone for our economic prosperity. The Land and Water Conservation Fund Grant Program (LWCF) is administered on behalf of the National Park Service (NPS), an agency of the Department of the Interior, for Massachusetts by the Division of Conservation Services. The LWCF program provides grants to states and local governments and federally recognized Indian tribes for the acquisition and development of public outdoor recreation areas and facilities. The program is intended to create and maintain a nationwide legacy of high-quality recreation areas and facilities and to stimulate non-federal investments in the protection and maintenance of recreation resources across the United States. Since 1965, LWCF grants have been used to fund over 575 different parks and outdoor recreation areas across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The LWCF Stewardship Coordinator will work with LWCF staff and primarily be responsible for conducting the required five-year inspections of previously assisted sites with a focus on monitoring, records management, and grantee outreach. On an annual basis, the state needs to conduct approximately 115 site inspections to keep the inspection program on track. The stewardship coordinator will also maintain the program’s grants/protected site database, used to track grants/inspections and stewardship issues. Duties will include data entry and report production, reminder letters to current and past grantees, contacts, etc. Specific duties include: * Updating, maintaining, and, in some cases, creating a detailed informational database and filing system. * Conducting detailed field inspections of LWCF-funded sites, and meeting with LWCF grantees as needed. * Documenting existing conditions on LWCF-funded sites using photography, GPS technology, and thorough notes, to NPS specifications. * Preparing detailed monitoring reports based on field inspections. * Cultivating and maintaining positive working relationships with LWCF grantees. * Working with LWCF staff to distribute inspection reports, including any violations. * Working with grantees to ensure unauthorized uses are discontinued and sites are brought back into compliance through communication with NPS. * Working cooperatively with LWCF staff on a variety of projects as needed. · Performs related duties such as attending conferences, seminars, and meetings as assigned. · Serves on committees and working groups as assigned. * Other related duties as required. Preferred Qualifications: * Undergraduate degree in Natural Resource Management, Ecology, Biology, Environmental Science, Forestry, Wildlife Biology, or Planning. * Knowledge of and familiarity of the Land and Water Conservation Fund Grant Program. * Experience in the field using GPS devices and tablets. * Ability to use geographic information systems (i.e. ArcGIS, desktop, apps and online) to assess property conditions and create maps. * Ability to read and understand topographic maps, assessor plans, and survey plans. * Experience reviewing, writing, and producing reports that include maps, photographs, and narrative, describing conditions on a property. * Ability to read, understand, interpret, and apply legal documents, technical literature, and regulations to conditions on a property. * Ability to work independently and as part of a team. * Ability to establish and maintain courteous, professional working relationships with other professionals. * Ability to speak and write clearly and to communicate effectively with staff and the general public. * Ability to work outdoors, year-round throughout Massachusetts under varying climatic conditions, and traverse uneven, rugged terrain. * Willingness to travel throughout the Commonwealth, spending 1-2 days a week in the field as weather permits. * *First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days. *Comprehensive Benefits* When you embark on a career with the Commonwealth, you are offered an outstanding suite of employee benefits that add to the overall value of your compensation package. We take pride in providing a work experience that supports you, your loved ones, and your future. Want the specifics? Explore our Employee Benefits and Rewards! An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. The Commonwealth is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. Research suggests that qualified women, Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color (BIPOC) may self-select out of opportunities if they don't meet 100% of the job requirements. We encourage individuals who believe they have the skills necessary to thrive to apply for this role. Job: Planning* *Organization: Exec Office Of Energy and Environmental Affairs *Title: *Land & Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Stewardship Planner - Contractor Location: Massachusetts-Boston-100 Cambridge Street Requisition ID: 240004OM