Early Career Programs Manager

Location: Lincoln, MA
Sanctuary: Lincoln Headquarters

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 www.massaudubon.org.

About This Position

Mass Audubon is committed to addressing historic inequities within the environmental movement and the field of conservation. As part of this commitment, we are launching two new early career programs designed to increase pathways into environmental professions for people whose identities have been historically underrepresented - the Environmental Fellowship Program for Early Careers (EFP) and the Massachusetts Climate Corps (MCC). The EFP will provide fellows with a 14-month position within Mass Audubon that aligns with their professional area of interest, such as conservation science, policy and advocacy, or environmental education. The MCC is an 8-week, summer program designed to immerse interns in hands-on ecological and climate justice work.  In addition to professional experience, both programs provide opportunities for networking, mentoring, and skill development within a supportive cohort model.

The Early Career Programs Manager is a passionate, innovative, team leader with the skills and experience to shape and oversee the new Environmental Fellowship Program and the Massachusetts Climate Corps. Working closely with the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Justice, the Early Career Programs Manager is responsible for program development, providing professional development opportunities, coordinating mentorships and peer learning groups, program administration, recruitment, budget management, partnership and stakeholder relations, and interdepartmental communications. This is an opportunity to join a dynamic, new division and advance the mission of Mass Audubon by co-creating equity programs that will have impacts at individual and organizational levels.

Duties & Responsibilities

Program Management

  • Oversee, design, and implement two new early career programs – the Environmental Fellowship Program for Early Careers and the Massachusetts Climate Corps.
  • Refine and improve program outcomes through the development and implementation of evaluation tools and metrics.
  • Provide high quality learning and engagement opportunities for program participants including research experiences, field studies, symposia, and capstone projects.
  • Recruit diverse participant cohorts by coordinating marketing and communications strategies with partnership organizations, institutions, and agencies across the state.

 Professional Development

  • Design a portfolio of professional development opportunities aligned with the specific needs of each program’s target audience.
  • Evaluate early career programs to ensure curricula is effective, current, and evolves to meet the needs of participating professionals.
  • Establish and coordinate an interdepartmental mentorship program that allows for two-way growth and exchange of ideas between mentors and mentees.

 Collaboration & Coordination

  • Serve as a point of contact for program participants, staff, and partnership organizations.
  • Create systems and procedures to manage and grow connections across the organization to share learnings and encourage cross-departmental collaborations.
  • Communicate with supervisors that are overseeing program participants to provide support and ensure the professional growth of participants.
  • Collaborate with the Marketing and Communications Department to support the successful promotion of Mass Audubon’s early career programs.
  • Assume additional related duties and projects, as needed, including assisting with other Mass Audubon early career initiatives.

 Budget Management

  • Work with the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Justice to develop and manage an effective budget for each early career program.
  • Provide key support for annual fundraising and capacity building for the EFP and MCC and ongoing development of statewide early career priorities.


At Mass Audubon, our highest priority is finding the best candidate for the job. Research has shown that people of color and women are less likely to apply for jobs if they don’t believe they meet every one of the qualifications described in a job description. We encourage you to apply, even if you don't believe you meet every one of our described qualifications or you have a less traditional background. We are looking for applicants with the following qualifications:

Must Have’s: 

  • The strongest candidates will be motivated self-starters with a proven passion for the environment and social justice; a strong interest in professional development and mentorship; a background in program management, program design and delivery, staff development, and building effective teams; and proven budget management experience.
  • Bachelor’s degree or 5+ years of professional work experience that includes staff & project management, assessment and evaluation, designing and launching programs, and staff development and career growth.
  • Ability to relate to a diverse range of perspectives and experiences and facilitate an inclusive and collaborative team environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to promote, embrace, and respect ethnic, cultural, and linguistic diversity and physical and intellectual disabilities.
  • Proven budget management experience.
  • Ability to set clear goals and follow through with flexible and creative problem-solving tools.
  • Excellent attention to detail and strong task management skills.
  • Ability to work effectively across disciplines and departments.
  • Strong written and verbal communications and public presentation skills.
  • Exhibits a growth mindset and an ability to work as an effective team member.
  • Knowledge of computer and internet-based programs for use in communication and reporting requirements.
  • Ability to travel to multiple, statewide locations and access to reliable transportation.

 Nice to Have’s: 

  • Competency in Microsoft applications including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams, and Outlook.
  • Experience designing and facilitating employee training or professional development.
  • Experience working in the field of conservation, environmental education, outdoor recreation, environmental advocacy or an adjacent field.


Compensation & Benefits

This position’s base salary range is $62,000 - $69,000; 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 (holidays may shift annually due to where days fall within calendar).

Additional Information

Work Schedule: 

This is a full time position.

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:

Nia Keith, VP of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Justice
Job# 3550