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Assistant Conservation Administrator

Company: Town of Weymouth
Location: Weymouth
Posted on: November 24, 2022

Job Description:



Assists in all functions of the Conservation Office including but not limited to: administrative duties and record keeping; conducting inspections, compliance and enforcement; responding to complaints and conducting land management and natural resources protection initiatives.


Works under the administrative direction of the Conservation Administrator in consultation with the Director of Planning and Community Development and in accordance with applicable laws, regulations and policies.

Employee consults with supervisor where clarification, interpretation or exception to municipal policy may be required.

Job Environment

Work is generally performed under typical office conditions on-site and in a moderately loud office as well as in the field with exposure to various weather conditions, high places, construction sites and wet, humid areas.

May be exposed to disease from insects, poison ivy and other hazards of open land, hazardous waste clean-ups and remote terrain.

Attend monthly commission meetings during the evening. In addition, may be required to work outside of normal business hours to attend meetings or to accomplish position functions as necessary.

Operates a computer and general office equipment, such as a printer, scanner, copier, and telephone; also operates an automobile. May be required to operate hand tools while conducting field work.

Makes frequent contact with the general public, town departments, professional consultant and local agencies.

May be directed to correspond with DEP regulators and other environmental agencies such as Department of

Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and Army Corps of Engineers. Communication is by phone, email, correspondence, and in person.

Errors in either technical application of recognized regulatory procedures, or in the interpretation of statistically related data, could result in delay or loss of service, financial loss, or legal repercussions.

Essential Functions

_The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work_

_that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position._

Conducts administrative support for the Conservation Office, including: answer and return phone calls and emails; post meetings and agendas (on town website), keep Conservation website up to date; write and submit legal notices; prepare decisions for issuance; track compliance with wetlands permits and decisions; maintain office files and critical records, databases/tracking systems and equipment; draft letters and memoranda, copy materials, prepare mailings, monitor the approved budget and oversee expenditure of funds. Sets up and manages remote meetings. May be assigned to take and write minutes on occasion.

Works with the Conservation Administrator in administering the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act

(WPA) and regulations, Weymouth Wetlands Protection Ordinance (WPO) and regulations. Responds to inquiries/complaints from the public, professional consultants and local agencies. Assists the public with permit applications and assists in the review of applications. May be required to interpret relevant statutes, regulations, bylaws and case law and interpreting FEMA maps and studies. May be directed to correspond with regulators at the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and other state and federal environmental agencies. May serve as liaison with other federal, state, regional, local, private and public committees and land use agencies regarding land use, open space, environmental and conservation issues.

Organizes and conducts site visits, prepares technical information for board members and the Conservation

Administrator. Attends commission meetings, and assists in the drafting of permit decisions. May enforce wetlands law, may recommend issuing cease and desist orders and enforcement orders for violations and provides follow up investigation as necessary. Coordinates with internal staff (legal team, other departments) on compliance and enforcement, including assessment of fines.

Provides stewardship oversight of Town-owned conservation land in collaboration with other town departments to manage important natural resource systems such as fish runs, herring spawning grounds, Great

Ponds, Area of Critical Environmental Concern, Outstanding Resource Waters, and coastal banks. Monitors conservation land, established conservation restrictions, and dams and drainage infrastructure. Assists in overseeing aquatic and land-based invasive species management and special projects such as fishway work, dam removals, and town infrastructure projects in sensitive natural resource areas.

Addresses land use issues with the Conservation Administrator, other state, local, regional, and federal agencies on behalf of the Conservation Commission.

Provides information to the public and other town departments regarding open space and environmental issues, makes referrals and conducts follow-up as needed. Assists in developing public education/information aspects of the Conservation Division website.

Researches and assists in applying for state and federal funding for conservation programs and new acquisitions and administers and oversees grant funds received. Assists in the management of the Town of

Weymouth open space acquisition program.

Assists with updating relevant sections of town planning documents, including the Open Space & Recreation

Plan, Master Plan, Hazard Mitigation Plan, and Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Plan.

Monitors construction to ensure compliance with permits.

Performs similar or related work, as required, or as situation dictates.

Recommended Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience

Bachelor's degree in environmental or conservation science, natural resources management, biology, hydrogeology, landscape architecture or related fields. Two to five years' experience in conservation- related fields such as wetlands protection and delineation, habitat management, land use and site design, state and federal environmental programs and regulations, or equivalent education and experience.

Special Requirements

Position requires a valid Massachusetts Driver's License.

Knowledge, Ability, Skill

_Knowledge_. The job will require the successful candidate to become familiar and conversant with many varied aspects of environmental management. The candidate should indicate what areas of knowledge they will bring to the job, including: knowledge of the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection

Act laws and regulations. Knowledge of municipal land management, park administration, regulatory processes and procedures, wetland delineation, botany, soils science, wildlife biology, hydrology and hydrogeology. Familiarity with stewardship of open space and acquisition procedures. Knowledge of

FEMA floodplain mapping and flood studies. Knowledge of federal and state grant program administration. The candidate should demonstrate a willingness to take available training classes to expand their knowledge base and apply it to the job.

_Ability. _Ability to interact with the public and respond to complaints in a tactful and diplomatic manner. Ability to effectively explain and interpret conservation laws and codes to the public. Ability to enforce conservation laws and codes. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with board/committee members and government officials. Ability to plan, organize and complete tasks in compliance with deadlines. Ability to manage various office administrative duties and to juggle multiple tasks throughout a busy day. Ability to learn quickly and apply new knowledge.

_Skill._ Skill in computer programs and applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint and

GIS. Ability to initiate and manage remote meetings, including inter-departmental meetings, meetings with applicants, and public meetings that may entail significant public participation.

Physical Requirements

Employee works in a moderately loud office. The employee is required to interact and communicate frequently and effectively with the public. Employee conducts inspections and investigations and must be able to operate an automobile. Employee is exposed to various weather elements. Employee is required to stand, walk, sit, talk, hear, use hands, walk/wade in water and unstable ground, sit, climb balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, reach with hands and arms. Normal vision and hearing is required for the position. May occasionally be required to lift up to forty pounds.

_This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee, and is subject to change by the employer, as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change._

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $59,299.20 - $73,084.54 per year

Dental insurance
Health insurance
Life insurance
Paid time off
Retirement plan
Vision insurance
8 hour shift

Ability to commute/relocate:
East Weymouth, MA 02189: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)

Drivers license (Required)

Willingness to travel:
50% (Preferred)

Work Location: One location

Keywords: Town of Weymouth, Weymouth , Assistant Conservation Administrator, Other , Weymouth, Massachusetts

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