Forest 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

Mass Audubon is seeking a Forest Ecologist to help achieve Mass Audubon’s forest resiliency goals. Mass Audubon’s recently released Action Agenda five-year plan is committed to increasing the resiliency of Massachusetts’ forests to climate change. The Action Agenda calls for restoring and enhancing the management of 200,000 acres of public and private forestland in Massachusetts by 2026. A new Forest Resilience Program has been created to advance this work.

The Forest Ecologist will focus on developing climate smart forest management programs to support carbon storage and climate adaptation on private and municipal lands. The Forest Ecologist will work with the project team to advance specific aspects of several contracts with state and municipal partners, including development and implementation of programs and materials for forest carbon and resiliency initiatives.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with Conservation Science staff to develop and implement forest conservation programs in response to priorities identified in strategic plans, department plans, and annual work plans.
  • Work with the Forest Resilience Program team to complete grant deliverables on time.
  • Communicate goals of the program, findings, and recommendations in writing and through presentations to landowners, foresters, and the public.
  • Interact with local/state/federal agency, academic, and nonprofit partners on regional forest conservation issues, and in collaboration with internal and external scientists.
  • Work with Mass Audubon colleagues including Conservation Scientists and Hub Directors to demonstrate climate smart forest management on wildlife sanctuaries.
  • Perform research-related tasks including literature reviews, computer data analysis including GIS, and occasional field work.
  • Contribute to hiring and supervision of seasonal assistants, interns and volunteers.
  • Pursue new funding opportunities, and assist in management of relevant aspects of project budgets and contracts.
  • Pursue relevant training, remain current in aspects of forest conservation, and contribute scientific expertise to research projects being pursued by the Conservation Science group.



Must Have’s:

  • Advanced degree in forestry, forest management, or related field, and at least two years’ experience in forest 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.

Nice to Have’s:

  • Knowledge of forestry cost-share programs.
  • 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).
  • Writing and managing grants including federal funding sources.
  • Valid driver’s license, and 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 $54,000-$60,000; 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 (in calendar year 2021 - holidays may shift annually due to where days fall within calendar).

Additional Information

Work Schedule: 

Standard 40 hour work week with occasional night or weekend work.

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 email a letter of interest (cover letter) and resume with the Subject line: Forest Ecologist (your name) to:

Josh Rapp, Regional Scientist
Job# 3528