Conservation Ecologist

Location: Easthampton, MA
Sanctuary: Arcadia

About Mass Audubon

Mass Audubon is the largest nature-based conservation organization in New England. Founded in 1896 by two women who fought for the protection of birds, Mass Audubon carries on their legacy by focusing on the greatest challenges facing the environment today: the loss of biodiversity, inequitable access to nature, and climate change. With the help of our 140,000 members and supporters, we protect wildlife, conserve and restore resilient land, advocate for impactful environmental policies, offer nationally recognized education programs for adults and children, and provide endless opportunities to experience the outdoors at our wildlife sanctuaries. Explore, find inspiration, and take action at

About This Position

Support development of sanctuary-specific Ecological Management Reports (EMRs), including climate change vulnerability assessments. Support active management and monitoring projects including ecological restoration, habitat creation/maintenance, and resource inventory and mapping. Perform research-related tasks including literature reviews, computer data analysis including GIS, and field work. Communicate findings and analysis in writing and through presentations to colleagues, landowners, foresters, and the public. Interact with local/state/federal agency, academic, and nonprofit partners on regional conservation issues, and in collaboration with internal and external scientists. Cooperate with other Mass Audubon staff including regional directors, educators, and property managers. Contribute to hiring and supervision of seasonal assistants, interns and volunteers.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with Senior Conservation Ecologist and other staff to develop and implement sanctuary-based climate change vulnerability assessments for forested landscapes, including wetlands and early-successional habitats.
  • Contribute to Ecological Management Reports describing sanctuary ecological context and conservation assets, threats and vulnerabilities related to those assets, and prioritized management and monitoring tasks to protect and enhance conservation values.
  • Coordinate stewardship activities, including invasive management, herbicide licensing and reporting, property staff trainings, field crew supervision, and shared staff work days.
  • Coordinate sanctuary monitoring, a field-based effort including staff, volunteer, and contractor elements.
  • Share expertise in the form of public presentations, scientific conferences, staff trainings, and writing for printed materials, social media, and traditional media.
  • Pursue new funding opportunities, and assist in management of relevant aspects of project budgets and contracts.
  • Pursue relevant training, remain current in aspects of conservation and stewardship, and contribute scientific expertise to research and management projects being pursued by the Conservation Science team.


Must Have’s: 

  • Advanced degree in ecology, botany, or other natural resource-related field with at least two years’ experience in ecological management and/or policy.
  • Excellent knowledge of Massachusetts and New England forests, climate change impacts, and conservation and management issues.
  • General knowledge of northeastern United States flora, fauna, and natural communities.
  • Excellent communication (written and oral) skills. Ability to communicate scientific knowledge to lay people and productively engage others in science-based conservation initiatives.
  • Good organizational and management skills, including staff and volunteer supervision.
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Willingness and ability to travel throughout the state as needed.
  • Ability to walk/lead walks on rough terrain or trails.

Compensation & Benefits

This position’s base salary range is $58,850 - $66,200; actual salary will reflect level of experience and qualifications relative to position requirements.

Benefits and Perks:
Benefits eligible staff at Mass Audubon may elect to enroll in medical, dental, and vision plans. Mass Audubon also offers disability and life insurance plans, a retirement plan through MetLife, and Flexible Spending Account options. Mass Audubon employment also includes access to an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and the Reciprocity Agreement through the Consortium of Non-Profit Arts/Cultural/Environmental Organizations of New England. Mass Audubon employees also enjoy 12.5 paid holidays (in calendar year 2021 - holidays may shift annually due to where days fall within calendar).

COVID-19 Considerations

Mass Audubon requires that all staff, regardless of their work location, disclose their vaccination status. Proof of vaccination status will be required immediately upon hire.

Mass Audubon's Commitment To Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Justice

Mass Audubon's mission is to "protect the nature of Massachusetts for people and for wildlife" by building a strong coalition of employees, volunteers, and community members. We recognize that the environmental movement and field of conservation have been affected by societal systems that have limited opportunity and access for many people. As a result, Mass Audubon is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and applicants. We are engaged in an ongoing process of organizational assessment and change, designed to remove barriers and create a workplace where all forms of diversity are recognized and valued.

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.

How To Apply

Please send resume and cover letter to:

Tom Lautzenheiser, Senior Conservation Ecologist
Job# 3530