State of Massachusetts Stream Crossing Assessment Coordinator in Westfield, Massachusetts

The Department of Fish & Game works to preserve the state's natural resources and people's right to conservation of those resources, as protected by Article 97 of the Massachusetts Constitution. To carry out this mission, the Department exercises responsibility over the Commonwealth's marine and freshwater habitats that support them.

The Division of Ecological Restoration is charged with restoring and protecting the health and integrity of the Commonwealth's rivers, wetlands, and watersheds for the benefit of people and the environment. This mission is critical to the success of the Department of Fish and Game that manages, protects, and restores the natural resources of the Commonwealth.

The Division of Ecological Restoration works with community-based partners to restore aquatic ecosystems. The Division's ecological restoration work brings clean water, recreation opportunities, and other ecosystem services to the citizens of Massachusetts.

The Department of Fish and Game, Division of Ecological Restoration is accepting resumes and applications for the position of Stream Crossing Assessment Coordinattor - Contractor - estimated for 1 year.

*A cover letter and resume must be submitted as part of the application process and attached “as relevant” to the requisition. *

GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The Stream Crossing Assessment Coordinator will provide field data assessment and technical support to the Division's Stream Continuity Program. This includes planning and coordinating surveys of high-priority road-stream crossings throughout the Commonwealth to inform ecological restoration actions and opportunities. Surveys will be conducted following the North Atlantic Aquatic Connectivity Collaborative (NAACC) survey assessment protocols (https://streamcontinuity.org/). The Stream Crossing Assessment Coordinator will also assist with implementation of the Division's Culvert Replacement Municipal Assistance (CRMA) Grant Program and will provide general program support to advance culvert replacement and stream barrier removal projects. The Coordinator will be completing the tasks below under the direction of the Stream Continuity Restoration Planner.

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_DETAILED STATEMENT OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES _

  1. Plan and oversee field trainings and surveys of high-priority road-stream crossings; manage, train, and certify North Atlantic Aquatic Connectivity Collaborative (NAACC) Lead Observers; assist in data collection and management; review data collected for quality control purposes; and provide related technical assistance to field survey crews.
  • Evaluate and prioritize surveys of high ecological value road-stream crossings in collaboration with agency, land trust, and/or other conservation partners;

  • Serve as a statewide North Atlantic Aquatic Connectivity Collaborative (NAACC) Regional Coordinator and Trainer;

  • Recruit, supervise, train and certify Lead Observers in the NAACC survey protocols;

  • Maintain accurate records and manage datasets, including ensuring implementation of NAACC Quality Assurance/Quality Control procedures;

  • Conduct field investigations and/or surveys of high-priority locations.

  1. Assist the Culvert Replacement Municipal Assistance (CRMA) Grant Program
  • Assist in grant program implementation and tracking;

  • Review and summarize environmental data associated with grant applications for culvert replacement projects. Calculate and track metrics related to culvert replacement projects, e.g. miles of access to stream habitat;

  • Conduct data analysis and data interpretation to identify environmental and public benefits associated with proposed and funded culvert replacement projects;

  • Provide feedback and comments on grant applications, deliverables and technical documents related to proposed and funded culvert replacement projects.

  1. Perform duties in support of the Division's Stream Continuity Program

* * Conduct field investigations, research project data and other relevant background information, and provide technical support on proposed and/or recently constructed road-stream crossing replacements to inform Continuity Program goals and work

  • Conduct outreach to municipal officials, state and federal agencies, land trusts and other key stakeholders on prioritizing and advancing road-stream crossing replacements

  • Prepare and/or provide presentations or written material to advance stakeholder understanding of road-stream crossing assessments and/or culvert replacement projects

  • Assist in the development of tools and municipal trainings that enhance the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of culvert replacement projects and that help communities replace culverts with crossings meeting the Massachusetts Stream Crossing Standards

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

_PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS _

  • A Bachelor's degree and one or more years of professional experience OR a Master's degree in wetlands ecology, fisheries, hydrology, fluvial geomorphology, environmental science, ecosystem restoration or a related field.

  • General knowledge and understanding of ecosystems, wetland and stream ecology, restoration ecology, hydrology, geomorphology, fisheries, and/or aquatic ecosystem processes, structure and function.

  • Experience in field methods, monitoring and data collection, analysis, and reporting for parameters in stream and riparian environments.

  • Strong inter-personal skills, including ability to listen, demonstrate empathy, motivate, lead, negotiate, and maintain a friendly, positive rapport with colleagues and the public.

  • Knowledge and understanding of impacts to river processes and terrestrial and aquatic organism passage, as well as public safety, caused by undersized and poorly designed road-stream crossings

  • Experience with road-stream crossing, aquatic organism passage and/or ecological assessments and demonstrated ability to become a certified North Atlantic Aquatic Connectivity Collaborative (NAACC) Lead Observer and Regional Coordinator.

  • Excellent writing skills with a demonstrated ability to communicate technical concepts to the general public and to give verbal instructions during field surveys and trainings in a precise and understandable way.

  • Ability to maintain accurate records, prepare and use charts, graphs and tables, write concisely, express thoughts clearly, and develop ideas in a logical sequence.

  • Ability to wear and utilize safety equipment and to negotiate uneven and slippery terrain.

  • Experience and full competency with MS Office, including Word, Access, and Excel, and GIS software and GIS-based analyses.

  • Experience in providing public presentations and/or trainings.

  • Exceptional troubleshooting and problem-solving skills; ability to manage multiple tasks with varying deadlines.

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team, and to exercise sound judgment and discretion.

  • Demonstrated ability to follow established procedures, manage datasets, and analyze, interpret and summarize environmental data

_LICENSE AND/OR CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS _

  • Possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Class D Motor Vehicle Operator's License or the equivalent valid license from the state in which candidate resides.

REMARKS

This position is anticipated to be a term-limited one-year contract position. Salary assumes 1800 hours over a period of a year with an added stipend in lieu of benefits of $2.68/hour that has been included in the hourly rate.

Position requires frequent day travel throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The primary location for the position is the Division's regional office at Westfield State University, Westfield, MA.

** See description.

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Job: *Science

Organization: *Department of Fish And Game

Title: Stream Crossing Assessment Coordinator

Location: Massachusetts-Westfield- Western Ave

Requisition ID: 180007VR