Land Information System Specialist

Location: Lincoln, MA
Sanctuary: Lincoln Headquarters

The Land Information System Specialist is responsible for (1) managing the continued development of Mass Audubon’s Land Information System (online system for sharing land project information, transaction documents, and boundary data among staff) through office research, field work, database development, and data entry, and (2) assisting in the creation and maintenance of Mass Audubon’s land records and the dissemination of information and reports on land acquisition activities. (3) managing the discovery and reporting on property encroachments as well as the resolution of them.


Approximately 90% of the Land Information System Specialist’s time will be devoted to the following tasks:

  1. Undertake research, GIS editing, field work, records management, and data entry to add new properties and update existing properties in LIS.
  2. Collaborate with IT and other staff to improve the functionality of LIS. This includes creating an interface where users can best see important land-related information.
  3. Support the process of annual monitoring of all properties owned in fee, and maintain documentation of the site visits.
  4. Train volunteers, staff, and contractors who may be recruited to assist in sanctuary surveillance, research, and field work.
  5. Provide regular training and support to staff who use LIS.

 Approximately 10% of the Specialist’s time will be devoted to related tasks involving the maintenance and production of accurate records of Mass Audubon’s land holdings and land conservation activity. Tasks may include, often in conjunction with other staff:

  1. provide mapping support relative to existing Mass Audubon holdings and other data.
  2. ensure that accurate shapefiles for new acquisitions are incorporated into the GIS datalayer of Mass Audubon holdings, and transfer, on a regular basis, Mass Audubon ownership information to Mass GIS.
  3. Perform other position-related duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in environmental science, conservation, GIS, or related field is preferred; proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, ArcGIS, and GPS; excellent attention to detail; strong research skills; passion for land protection and nature conservation; good writing and speaking skills; able to work both independently with minimum of supervision and as an effective member of a team; well-developed organizational skills; familiarity with field survey practices and techniques, including determining boundary locations and related monumentation;  valid driver’s license; comfortable both at desk and in field. Ability to relate to a diverse range of people and exercise cultural competence and inclusion. Requires successful completion of CORI, SORI, and driver record check.

 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.  Routinely work is performed outdoors with exposure to weather/temperature extremes and extended periods of traversing uneven terrain.  Work may occasionally 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, copier, fax machine etc.).  The employee will also need to use a camera and Global Positioning Device and become adept at recording locations, routes of travel, and other geographic data and exporting and manipulating this data in GIS programs.  Requires a valid driver’s license.

Compensation and Benefits

This is a full-time position with a full benefits package.

How to Apply

Please send resume and cover letter to:

Job# 3278

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.