The Department of Conservation and Recreation manages one of the largest and most diverse state parks systems in the nation and protects and enhances natural resources and outdoor recreational opportunities throughout Massachusetts. The DCR system includes over 450,000 acres of parks, forests, water supply protection lands, beaches, lakes, ponds, playgrounds, swimming pools, skating rinks, trails, golf courses and parkways.

The Department of Conservation and Recreation seeks qualified applicants for the position of Program Coordinator I – Coastal Training Program (CTP) Coordinator for the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve(131 Waquoit, East Falmouth, MA). This position is responsible for coordinating and administering the CTP which provides training and technical assistance to coastal decision-makers to facilitate better coastal resource management. The CTP represents the formalization of the science to management education program aspects of the Reserve and the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS).  The program targets coastal decision-makers such as state and local government officials, resource managers, environmental organizations, community groups and business persons, among others – i.e. anyone who by their professional/personal role is in a position to make management and policy decisions that impact the health and sustainability of coastal resources.


-Design, market, and deliver training events (workshops, courses, seminars, conferences, webinars, etc.) to convey relevant science to decision-maker groups.

-Develop training agendas and research and identify speakers and resource materials necessary to effectively share science and decision-support tools with managers and policymakers.

-Act as a boundary spanner by maintaining excellent working relationships with members of the scientific, resource management and government communities, including the CTP Advisory Committee, in order to remain current on coastal management issues, identify decision-maker information needs, access best available scientific data, and ensure the smooth transfer and translation of information and data.

-Conduct audience needs assessment and market analyses when appropriate to ensure program offerings meet the needs of target audiences and that the program stays relevant and nimble.

-Monitor and evaluate CTP activities and capture and report short, mid, and longer-term program outcomes and annual performance metrics.

-Prepare and update CTP program strategies and annual work-plans. Contribute to development and implementation of the Reserve’s management plan.

-Work with Reserve Event Coordinator to ensure that training logistics are taken care of and events run smoothly and professionally.

-Lead and/or support collaborative research projects that link science with decision-making by contributing to the development and implementation of grant proposals and projects.

-Expertly design and facilitate stakeholder engagement processes.

-Work with other staff to create science translation products such as brochures, videos, fact sheets, etc.

-Attend and deliver presentations at scientific meetings, conferences etc. and stay updated on current research and coastal topics with emerging significance to local audiences.

-Contribute to NERR system-wide and national CTP activities by participating on key workgroups and in NERR annual and regional meetings.

-Act as a liaison between the scientific and resource management communities to ensure that coastal decision makers have access to the latest science that can inform their wok and decision-making, and that scientists understand and consider management needs in developing and advancing their research agendas.

-Supervise interns and contractors as necessary.

-Contribute to the review and writing of scientific publications to communicate results of collaborative research related to projects in which the CTP has had a role

-Serve on state and local teams to design processes for effective stakeholder engagement.

-Build and nurture partnerships with decision-maker groups and other coastal management entities to better meet the needs of the coastal decision-maker community

-Perform other duties as necessary to help contribute to effective operations of the Reserve.


-Graduate degree in one of the life, natural or social sciences or a related field such as environmental science, biology, chemistry, coastal geology, earth science, aquatic ecology, marine policy, human dynamics, etc.

-Proven ability to work effectively with scientists, local, state and federal government officials, civic volunteers, business persons, environmental non-profits, coastal managers and policymakers.

-Excellent organizational, written and oral communication skills

-Meeting facilitation and stakeholder engagement skills.

-Ability to analyze, interpret and translate science to different coastal decision-maker groups.

-Ability to creatively design high-quality training scenarios that attract coastal decision-makers and deliver meaningful information.

-Ability to effectively plan and manage projects.

-Ability to write grant proposals and lead and support multi-disciplinary teams.

-Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and stay abreast of research in multiple disciplines.

-Computer skills (Word, Power Point, Excel)


First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must have at least (A) two years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional, administrative or managerial experience in business administration, business management or public administration the major duties of which involved program management, program administration, program coordination, program planning and/or program analysis, or (B) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.


I. A Bachelor’s or higher degree with a major in business administration, business management or public administration may be substituted for the required experience.*

II. A Bachelor’s or higher degree with a major other than in business administration, business management or public administration may be substituted for a maximum of one year of the required experience.*

*Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.

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