Urban Ecologist

Location: Lincoln, MA
Sanctuary: Lincoln Headquarters

Mass Audubon is seeking an Urban Ecologist to lead our urban ecology, restoration, and community science programs and to support Mass Audubon’s engagement goals in cities statewide.

Mass Audubon’s recently released five-year Action Agenda calls for increasing access to nature for urban residents—particularly those in low-income communities and communities of color—and for the creation of 20 new urban greenspaces, of which at least three will be new Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuaries. The Urban Ecologist will lead Mass Audubon’s efforts to restore and manage these new urban greenspaces and wildlife sanctuaries in addition to leading ongoing management of existing urban wildlife sanctuaries. Much of this work will require close collaboration with community partners to determine how greenspaces can best serve community needs.

The primary focus of this position (75%) will be on ecological planning and restoration of greenspaces in urban areas for the benefit of people and wildlife. This work will occur both on existing or new Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuaries and on land not owned by Mass Audubon. In either case, projects will rely on close collaboration with a diverse array of community partners. The Urban Ecologist will also partner with Mass Audubon educators and community partners to engage urban communities in community science and other experiences to support engagement with and appreciation of nature and wildlife (25%).


  • Lead ecological restoration and management projects for the benefit of people and wildlife on Mass Audubon’s urban wildlife sanctuaries (e.g., Boston Nature Center in Mattapan, Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester). Example projects include wetland restoration, stream daylighting, creating pollinator habitat, and restoring former building sites.
  • Work closely with community-based partner organizations to identify and pursue urban restoration projects to benefit both people and wildlife on land not managed by Mass Audubon.
  • Collaborate with colleagues to seek government, foundation, and private funding to support restoration projects (feasibility studies, design, permitting, project implementation, and monitoring) and community science programs. 
  • Support land conservation department in prioritizing and evaluating opportunities to conserve urban greenspaces.
  • Develop and maintain productive and respectful working relationships with community partners and leaders including representing Mass Audubon in relevant committees and partnerships.
  • Develop and support community science projects that address an urban wildlife conservation need and engage residents of urban areas in wildlife conservation.
  • Serve as a general resource on urban and suburban wildlife and plants for educators and the public.


Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree with a major or significant coursework in ecology, conservation science, or a related field with at least three years of experience related to restoration and management of urban greenspaces.
  • Broad knowledge of the natural history and ecological processes of the Northeast with direct experience in the unique ecology of urban areas.
  • Experience in community engagement, coalition building, and culturally competent, inclusive decision-making processes.
  • Experience developing and managing community science projects.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously and work independently.
  • Strong organizational, time management, oral and written communication skills.
  • Applicants must have a valid driver’s license and successfully complete a CORI and SORI background check.

Desired Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in ecology, conservation biology or related field.
  • Experience leading ecological restoration projects in urban settings.
  • Experience with Massachusetts wetlands permitting regulations.
  • Familiarity with climate-change adaptation planning, urban planning, landscape architecture, and GIS applications.
  • Fluency in Spanish or Portuguese strongly preferred.

Compensation and Benefits

This is a full-time, 40 hours/week position with a base annual salary range of $63,000 - $73,000. Actual salary will reflect level of experience and qualifications relative to position requirements,  includes full benefits package.

Additional Comments

The standard work schedule for this position is 40 hours per week Monday through Friday. However, the position requires a great deal of flexibility and the ability to work some weekends and occasional evenings to meet the needs of the program and organization. 

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.

How to Apply

Please send resume and cover letter to:

Jeff Collins, Director of Conservation Science
Job# 3492

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

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