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21 Dec 2021

Full-Time Coastal Project Manager – Eastern Massachusetts

The Trustees – Posted by hrtrustees Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Job Description

The Opportunity.

The Coastal Project Manager is a new position created to support a growing Coast and Natural Resources Team at The Trustees. Having launched the second in a series of State of the Coast reports for Massachusetts, the Project Manager enters the organization at an exciting time with strong support from our partners and the community to implement coastal resilience and restoration projects. State of the Coast reports for the North Shore (2020) and the Islands (2021) highlight the need for assisted habitat migration, beach protection, and other nature-based solutions to protect our natural resources and coastal communities from the effects of climate change. The Coastal Project Manager will support several projects already underway as well as pursue new opportunities, partnerships, and grant funding. Project types are expected to include saltmarsh restoration and expansion (primary), beach nourishment and erosion control, flood and storm resiliency, and other innovative projects to sequester carbon and protect natural resources.

This position reports to the Director of Coast and Natural Resources. The Trustees is a matrix organization with strong collaboration between teams. The Project Manager will work with ecologists, property management staff, communications experts, education and outreach staff, and the development team to scope, fund, implement, and promote coastal projects.

Are you a match? This role requires an educational background in natural resources along with 5 years of project management experience. Successful candidates will have experience in and dedication to coastal habitat restoration and climate change resilience.

This position is currently funded for two years with the expectation it will become a regular full-time position as funding allows.

In This Role You Will:   

  • Work with Director of Coast and Natural Resources and Lead Coastal Ecologist to implement a strategic coastal strategy that includes both climate change resilience and mitigation efforts.
  • Manage all stages of complex coastal habitat and resilience projects to include project scoping, design, permitting, implementation, and effectiveness monitoring.
  • Oversee contracts with modeling and design firms to complete alternatives analyses, engineering design work, permitting, and construction oversight.
  • Manage complex funding structures (multiple grants and/or donor restricted funds) for larger projects to include timelines, deliverable tracking, reporting, match, and budgets.
  • Work with the development team to identify project funding sources and write grants.
  • Build coalitions of partners to foster inter-organizational collaboration, learning, project prioritization, permitting, and funding acquisition.
  • Work with Lead Coastal Ecologist to interpret coastal vulnerability and habitat migration modeling and assessment efforts and identify opportunities for projects.
  • Maintain updated project tracking software (Microsoft Project preferred) to track progress and provide periodic updates to the leadership, development, and executive teams.
  • Support implementation of pre- and post-project effectiveness monitoring by Ecologists on the team.
  • Work with communications and outreach staff to promote the coastal strategy and project implementation to the public through media engagement, social media and website posts, visitor engagement and public education.
  • Speak to a variety of audiences, educating and informing them about project goals.
  • Support the Director of Coast and Natural Resources in development of future State of the Coast Reports for other coastal regions in the state.
  • Carry out other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience:

  • BS or higher in ecology, biology, environmental science, or related field (equivalent experience can substitute a formal degree)
  • At least 5 years of habitat restoration or climate adaptation project management (advanced degree may substitute for years of experience)

Minimum Skills/Qualifications:

  • Passion for the values, mission, and purpose of The Trustees
  • Knowledge of coastal ecology, habitat restoration, and nature-based solutions for climate resilience
  • Strong understanding of climate change impacts to our coastal habitats and communities
  • Ability to manage all aspects of multi-dimensional and multi-stakeholder coastal projects as described above
  • Ability to understand climate and coastal modeling and technical assessment reports that inform project selection and design
  • Strong organizational skills including the ability to coordinate and execute multiple projects, funding sources, partner involvement, and timelines
  • Excellent communication skills and proven ability to build partnerships within agency, municipality, and natural resource partners
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to take initiative and problem solve
  • The willingness and ability to work independently at times and also facilitate strong communication with team members and project partners
  • Experience writing grants and/or funding proposals
  • Sound computer skills in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook

Preferred applicants will also have:

  • An advanced degree (or equivalent experience) in a relevant field
  • Knowledge of coastal habitat and ecological processes specific to the Northeastern U.S.
  • Experience managing habitat restoration or coastal projects with multiple funding sources and partnerships
  • Demonstrated ability to develop concepts and solutions for climate change impacts
  • Proficiency using ArcGIS


  • The ability to work outdoors at times, including hiking moderate slopes and walking miles of beach with soft sand
  • A valid driver’s license, as well as a satisfactory driving record as outlined in The Trustees’ driving policy and a satisfactory criminal background check (CORI)

Working Conditions:

The position requires travel throughout the coastal region of the state; access to a personal vehicle is required. Some evening and weekend work can be expected. This position will be based out of one of our Eastern Massachusetts offices in Boston, Ipswich, Beverly, or North Andover. There is flexibility for this position to work part-time from home.

Compensation and Benefits:

In addition to competitive pay, The Trustees offers the opportunity to be part of a dedicated team across Massachusetts who believe in celebrating and protecting our special places, for everyone, forever.

In support of our staff and their families, we provide comprehensive top-notch benefits and an array of special perks. Full-time, year-round staff can enjoy:

  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance with employer premium contributions ranging from 75%-85%
  • Traditional and Roth 401(k) plans with 5% employer match after one year of employment
  • Employer-paid life and disability plans
  • Paid vacation and sick time and a bank of “Early Release” hours
  • A bank of 15 paid flexible Holiday/Personal days
  • Day of Service to travel to another site to work in a division and location other than your own in a group project such as reinforcing beach shorebird fences, planting seedlings or bulbs, organizing archival documents, or making phone calls to thank donors
  • Day of Wonder to explore the wonders of any of our Trustees properties
  • Complimentary Trustees member-level access and discounts and 50% discount for Trustees summer camps
  • Reciprocity program offering free and discounted admissions and memberships to more than 50 Massachusetts museums and cultural institutions
  • And much more!

About The Trustees

The Trustees is one of Massachusetts’ largest non-profits and the nation’s first conservation and preservation organization. Today, the places we care about are going fast, and the forces undermining them, including climate change, are moving faster. Our passion is to protect and share with everyone the irreplaceable natural and cultural treasures under our care. We are funded and supported entirely by our visitors, supporters, volunteers, and more than 60,000 member households.

The Trustees has been featured in the Top 100 Women-Led Organizations in Massachusetts for six consecutive years.

In addition to being an Equal Opportunity Employer, The Trustees aims to create a thriving, inclusive workplace that values each member of its team. We aspire to reflect and effectively serve the residents and communities of Massachusetts who are at the core of our mission.

We kindly request that you do not call to inquire about the status of your application. Those candidates chosen for interviews will be contacted. 

How to Apply

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Job Categories: Sustainability. Job Types: Full-Time.

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