North Shore Region Director

Location: Topsfield, MA
Sanctuary: Ipswich River , Joppa Flats , Endicott

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 160,000 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 looking for an experienced, passionate, and inspirational leader to direct Mass Audubon’s programs, properties, and activities in the North Shore (Essex County) region of Massachusetts. The North Shore Region Director encourages innovation and creativity and inspires staff, donors, and volunteers in the community to work together to achieve our ambitious goals to engage new audiences, address the effects of climate change, and protect and steward natural habitat. The Director manages many properties in the region, including three staffed sanctuaries (Ipswich River, Topsfield; Joppa Flats, Newburyport; and Endicott, Wenham). The Director leads, manages, and elevates the sanctuaries’ potential as living laboratories for inspiring and fostering a love of nature in people of all ages and backgrounds; connects with partners to engage and mobilize members of the community to advocate for nature-based solutions to environmental challenges; and ensures that Mass Audubon and its North Shore sanctuaries are inclusive and welcoming so more people have access and can connect with the joys of nature. 

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Manage 16 wildlife sanctuaries and serve as the principal Mass Audubon spokesperson throughout North Shore region
  • Supervise regional staff and prepare/implement annual workplans and budgets
  • Lead donor cultivation, grant writing, and fundraising activities planned in coordination with the Development staff
  • Provide strategic guidance and resource management direction for a large portfolio of educational programs and audience areas, including summer camps, licensed nature preschool, a vibrant K-12 schools program, robust adult program and high visitation sanctuaries
  • Listen, engage and collaborate with community partners and represent Mass Audubon in the local community, expanding Mass Audubon’s presence to increase local impact and support
  • Organize community support for ecological management goals and local land protection opportunities in the region in collaboration with Mass Audubon’s Land Conservation and Conservation Science departments
  • Coordinate and collaborate with a statewide team of Directors from other regions on organization-wide goals, sharing of resources, and desired impact
  • Work with staff to maintain and secure the sanctuaries and facilities within the region 


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 Haves:

  • Have a strong background in non-profit management, fundraising, and community engagement
  • Are a dynamic, creative and flexible leader with a successful track record in one or more areas: community engagement, environmental equity and justice, conservation, education, and fundraising
  • Have energy, enthusiasm, a sense of humor and a passion for Mass Audubon’s mission
  • Have a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience in non-profit management, community engagement, natural resources management, environmental education, planning, biology, or related field
  • Have eight years’ work experience in non-profit management, community engagement, program coordination, environmental education, or environmental management, at least six of which are in a supervisory capacity
  • Have experience leading and managing in a multi-faceted organization and understand the opportunities this provides
  • Have strong communication skills and an ability to work well with staff, volunteers, visitors, partners, and community leaders
  • Have ability to relate to people with different backgrounds and life experiences and exercise cultural humility and inclusion
  • Have the ability to establish effective Mass Audubon presence in surrounding communities related to conservation and biodiversity of urban, suburban, and rural areas
  • Willingness to become certified in First Aid and CPR

Compensation & Benefits

Salary Range is: $88,000-93,000, 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 paid holidays (holidays may shift annually due to where days fall within calendar).

Additional Information


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.

No phone calls please. Please include a cover letter to be considered. Those candidates chosen for interviews will be contacted, interviews will begin immediately and the position will remain open until filled. 

Other Requirements:

Employees must successfully complete a CORI and SORI Background Check and a Motor Vehicle Record (if applicable) is required.

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. This should also include a booster shot if it has been 5 months since you were initially vaccinated.

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:

Criss Nickoloff, Operations Manager for Wildlife Sanctuaries and Programs
Job# 3811