About the Department of Conservation and Recreation:
The Department of Conservation and Recreation manages one of the largest and most diverse state parks systems in the nation and protects and enhances natural resources and outdoor recreational opportunities throughout Massachusetts. DCR is a dynamic agency, and is one of the largest park systems in the nation. The DCR system includes over 450,000 acres of parks, forests, water supply protection lands, beaches, lakes, ponds, playgrounds, swimming pools, golf courses, skating rinks, trails and parkways.
The Department of Conservation and Recreation seeks qualified applicants for the position of Seasonal Planning Assistant.
The Division of Water Supply Protection holds 113 Watershed Preservation Restrictions (similar to Conservation Restrictions) in the Quabbin, Ware, and Wachusett Watershed in Central Massachusetts. The WPR Stewardship Assistant will assist the WPR Coordinator in all aspects of WPR Stewardship, especially baseline documentation and monitoring reports. In addition, the WPR Stewardship Assistant will occasionally assist the Land Acquisition Coordinator and other Natural Resource Section staff. Specific duties include:
Conducts detailed field inspections of WPRs and meets with WPR landowners.
Documents existing conditions on WPRs using photography, GPS technology, and thorough notes.
Prepares detailed baseline documentation reports and monitoring reports based on field inspections.
Uses geographic information systems software to prepare maps of WPRs.
Posts boundaries of WPRs.
Works cooperatively with other Natural Resource Section staff on a variety of projects.
Assists with production of newsletter for WPR landowners.
Other related duties as required.
Minimum Entrance Requirements: None.
Special Requirements: None.
Undergraduate degree in Environmental Science, Natural Resource Management, Ecology, Biology, Forestry, or Wildlife Biology.
Knowledge of the principles and practices of assessing environmental conditions including the ability to recognize potentially harmful environmental conditions.
Experience using hand-held GPS devices and digital cameras.
Ability to read and understand topographic maps, assessor plans, and engineer survey plans.
Ability to use geographic information systems (i.e. ArcGIS and Google Maps) to create maps.
Ability to read, understand, interpret, and apply legal documents, technical literature, and regulations to conditions on a property.
Experience writing reports including maps, photographs and narrative describing conditions on a property.
Knowledge of New England habitat types, native wildlife species, and invasive terrestrial plants.
Strong organizational skills.
Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
Ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships with others.
Ability to speak and write clearly and to communicate effectively with staff, landowners, and the general public.
Ability to work outdoors all year round under varying climatic conditions, traverse uneven terrain, and carry up to 35 pounds.
This position will have a start date of (on or about) late March and end (on or about) October 31, 2014.
Must have current and valid Driver's license.
Commonwealth of Massachusetts - 9 months ago