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Conservation Programs and Community Engagement Coordinator

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DUE MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2021

The Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust (LP&CT) is a private, non-profit land trust operating within the City of Lowell, MA. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for the people of Lowell through education and through the creation, conservation and preservation of parks, open spaces, and special places. This small, dynamic organization has five staff, a ten-member Board of Directors, and a strong membership base. Our programming is diverse, including land protection, environmental education, historic preservation, and urban forestry.  Are you interested in helping this dynamic organization grow? Can you multi-task, work well with diverse partners and volunteers, and engage youth/adults in learning about their environment?

The position of Conservation Programs and Community Engagement Coordinator encompasses duties that relate to our conservation programs, outreach/event coordination, and education programs. LP&CT is very much a teamwork-based environment which requires flexibility/adaptability, self-initiative, goal setting, and interacting with the public – all working toward project accomplishments that meet the clearly defined mission of the Trust. This is an exempt position, and some weekend and evening work is expected. Responsibilities below will vary from week to week in consultation with the Executive Director:

·        Conservation Programs (10-15 hours/week) – Urban conservation projects in Lowell include (partial list): Greening the Gateway City, citizen science projects (e.g. Dragonfly Mercury Project, Alewife monitoring at Centennial Island), sustaining Lowell’s Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership City status with state and federal partner agencies (including work toward becoming an Urban Bird Treaty City), trail connectivity projects (e.g. Concord River Greenway, Connector Trail), monitoring ongoing development projects for natural resource impacts, and engaging new and existing partners to help LP&CT meet its strategic long-term goals. 

·        Education Programs (8-10 hours/week) - Coordination of youth and adult education programs.  Youth education is primarily offered after-school (Monday-Thursday) in partnership with a co-teacher from Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary.  In addition to programming with youth, this position requires the ability to steward and facilitate education program partnerships. Adult education includes coordination of seasonal programs, which may include: animal tracking, maple sugaring, bird watching, property walks, lock tender training, and other events. 

·        Outreach/Event Coordination (10-12 hours/week) – Work with new and existing partners to expand LP&CT reach by participating in outreach events and offering programs that will diversify our audience.  This will include education programs as noted above, as well as developing new outreach opportunities. Engage board members and coordinate volunteers for event/project success and track their time. Interact with media, send press releases, update website, and track media impressions. 

·        Stewardship/Land Protection (2-4 hours/week) – Monitor and manage land trust properties and those in which we have a vested interest (including the Concord River Greenway); work proactively to protect high priority parcels within Lowell. Ensure alignment with land trust accreditation requirements.  Coordinate volunteer/group clean-ups. Address property maintenance needs as required.

·        Social media (2-3 hours/week)Prepare and proactively schedule creative, engaging social media content to engage and interact with members of the community.

·        Other responsibilities (4-8 hours/week) - will include contributing to the coordination and success of LP&CT programs, including seasonal whitewater rafting (April/May), a monthly (Jan-June) eco-film series, and programs at and maintenance of the historic Spalding House (c.1760), and other program needs as they arise.            

 

Education & experience: Bachelor’s degree in natural resource management/environmental studies/education or a field related to the position. Plus 1-3 years of related or transferable experience with a similar non-profit.  A Masters degree can replace some of the work-related experience.

 Qualifications:

·        Strong commitment to urban conservation and the mission and programs of LP&CT.

·        Strong ability to be proactive, multi-task/prioritize and provide attention to detail and follow-up. 

·        Demonstrated experience working with urban youth and/or environmental education.

·        Computer Skills: Microsoft Office applications of Excel, Word, Access, PowerPoint and Publisher/InDesign; ability to analyze database (TCM), develop reports, conduct mail merges; social media (eg. Facebook, Twitter, Constant Contact).

·        Strong writing and editing; ability to write persuasive content.

·        Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and partner organizations.

·        Ability to balance competing priorities and deadlines to handle multiple tasks.

Preferred:

o  Experience in one or more of the following areas: historic preservation, urban land protection projects, WordPress website management, and/or fundraising (including grant writing).

o  Bilingual or ability to communicate in Spanish or Khmer.

Working conditions: Work is performed in a normal office environment, pending COVID restrictions. Much of event, education, and other programming work is performed outdoors with potential for all weather conditions and may require climbing, bending, walking, crouching, lifting, reaching, and other physical capabilities. Requires driving the EcoMobile, a former ambulance (no special license required).

Compensation rate is $52,000 based on 40 hours/week. Benefits include accrued paid time-off, workers’ compensation insurance, free garage parking, exercise gym on site, and access to a 403b account.

https://lowelllandtrust.org/join-our-team-and-change-lives/

DUE MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2021

The Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust (LP&CT) is a private, non-profit land trust operating within the City of Lowell, MA. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for the people of Lowell through…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    October 12, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    September 13, 2021
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level
    Professional

Salary

USD 52,000 - USD 52,000Salary $52,000; exempt position

Benefits

Benefits include accrued paid time-off, workers’ compensation insurance, free garage parking, exercise gym on site, and access to a 403b account.

Benefits include accrued paid time-off, workers’ compensation insurance, free garage parking, exercise gym on site, and access to a 403b account.

Level of Language Proficiency

Bilingual or ability to communicate in Spanish or Khmer

Bilingual or ability to communicate in Spanish or Khmer

Location

On-site
660 Suffolk St # 335, Lowell, MA 01854, USA

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Jane Calvin, Executive Director

Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust

660 Suffolk St. Suite 120

Lowell, MA 01852

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