Coastal Restoration Ecologist

Location: Lincoln, MA
Sanctuary: Lincoln Headquarters

Mass Audubon is seeking a Coastal Restoration Ecologist to help achieve Mass Audubon’s coastal resiliency goals. Mass Audubon’s recently released Action Agenda five-year plan is committed to increasing the resiliency of Massachusetts’ coastal ecosystems to climate change. The Action Agenda calls for the restoration, protection, and management of 2,500 acres of critical coastal ecosystems in Massachusetts by 2026. A new Coastal Resilience Program has been created to advance this work.

The Coastal Restoration Ecologist will focus on managing climate resilience and coastal restoration projects for Mass Audubon. Internally, the Ecologist will manage grants for the Coastal Resilience Program including grant writing, budget management, and project reporting. This position will also be responsible for implementing and planning complex coastal restoration projects involving permitting and contracts with internal and external partners focused on Mass Audubon’s priority coastal habitats. Externally, this position will help to promote the visibility of Mass Audubon as a leader in restoration and sustainability of coastal resources. The Ecologist will also build relationships and partnerships with government, nonprofit, academic, and corporate sectors to advance our coastal ecological priorities.   


  • Promote, support, and implement strategies, goals, and priority actions for Mass Audubon’s coastal restoration objectives outlined in Action Agenda five-year plan.  
  • Implement coastal restoration projects and build a stronger understanding of coastal resources and environments for external communications. 
  • Monitor, track, and analyze a broad range of coastal habitat conditions to inform and guide coastal restoration strategies.
  • Coordinate necessary staff and external partners to complete coastal climate adaptation and resilience projects.
  • Identify funding opportunities, develop partnerships, and seek support to advance Mass Audubon coastal priorities.
  • Manage grants of the Coastal Resilience Program including proposal development and writing, budget management, and project reporting.
  • Support development of proposals and partnerships to advance projects that reduce vulnerability of priority coastal assets and enhance resilience of Mass Audubon coastal sanctuaries.
  • Work with academic, municipal and agency partners to develop projects that would result in benefits beyond Mass Audubon land. Represent and promote Mass Audubon’s coastal restoration strategy and accomplishments through communications, partnerships, and peer information-exchange.


Minimum Qualifications

  • A Master’s degree in environmental management, environmental science, conservation biology, or a related field with at least two years of experience in coastal natural resource planning and management
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with climate change projection models, ecological restoration, and the principles of climate adaptation with a coastal focus.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills including public presentation.

Strong candidates will also have demonstrated experience in a combination of the following:

  • Management of coastal and marine resources
  • Experience in salt marsh, beach, coastal grasslands/heathlands, pine barrens, and/or cranberry bog restoration.
  • Planning natural lands management for climate change adaptation.
  • Experience planning or implementing climate nature-based solutions.
  • Forming and leading work groups and collaborative efforts including internal and external partners.
  • Use of ArcGIS software for modeling, analysis, planning, and mapping.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Power Point, Excel, Outlook).
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Writing and managing grants including federal funding sources.
  • Coordinating complex land management projects involving conceptual planning, permitting, engineering design, and construction.
  • Communicating to diverse audiences in a variety of settings.
  • Leading climate change outreach and engagement efforts related to citizen science, ecological stewardship, and/or hazard mitigation using nature-based solutions.
  • Travel within Massachusetts and possession of a valid driver’s license is required.
  • Ability to navigate off-trail on rough terrain.

 Physical Demands

The physical demands listed are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the position. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.  While performing the duties of this position, the employee is required to talk, hear, sit, stand, and walk.  Occasionally the employee is required to bend/stoop, crawl/kneel, carry, reach, push/pull, walk over uneven terrain, and lift up to 40 lbs.  Employee is required to apply limited manual dexterity in combination with eye-hand coordination, such as basic keyboarding, basic hand tools and instruments, filing, operating office equipment, and operating a motor vehicle. Employee must have good vision to read documents for general understanding and for analytical purposes.  Occasionally the employee is required to review non-written materials for general observation purposes and for analytical, detailed purposes.  Occasionally it is necessary for the employee to differentiate between colors.           

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that the employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job. Routinely work is performed within a typical office setting. Frequent outdoor work with exposure to weather/temperature extremes and extended periods of traversing uneven terrain.  Work may require performing responsibilities on evenings, weekends, and holidays.

Tools and Equipment Used

The employee is required to use a personal computer and general office equipment (e.g., telephone, calculator, adding machine, copier, facsimile, etc.). May require the use of two-way radios for communication with field staff. Requires a valid driver’s license.

Compensation and Benefits

The salary range for this position is $60,000 - $68,000; actual salary will reflect level of experience and qualifications relative to position requirements.  Includes full benefits package. 

Additional Comments

Mass Audubon embraces diversity and equal opportunity in a serious way. We are dedicated to forming a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Mass Audubon requires all employees to be fully vaccinated for Covid-19. In addition, a successful completion of a CORI and SORI Background Check and a Motor Vehicle Record (if applicable) is required.

How to Apply

Please send resume and cover letter to:

Danielle Perry, Coastal Resilience Program Director
Job# 3506

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Mass Audubon is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and applicants. Mass Audubon prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.