Senior Environmental Planner
Senior Environmental Planner
Website Metropolitan Area Planning Council
The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) seeks a Senior Environmental Planner to be part of an innovative team that works to promote protection and sustainable management of natural resources and advance climate resiliency and equity in the Metro Boston region. The Senior Environmental Planner provides analysis of environmental trends and issues, planning recommendations for sustainable best practices, and helps to advance the environmental components of the regional plan, MetroCommon 2050.
MAPC is the Regional Planning Agency (RPA) serving the people who live and work in metropolitan Boston. Our strategic priorities are sustainable development, regional collaboration, and fostering an equitable and resilient region. We are guided by our regional plan, MetroCommon2050: Shaping the Region Together. MAPC’s staff includes approximately 100 full-time employees located in downtown Boston in a transit-accessible and bike-friendly office.
MAPC has been operating remotely through the pandemic, but people are now beginning to return to the office. We anticipate the office will reopen fully only when the metrics we are following indicate it is safe to do so. At that time, we expect that most staff will be working on a hybrid schedule, combining time in the office with remote work.
MAPC strongly supports the professional development of each staff person, believing their growth to be consistent with the best interests of MAPC and the region. We encourage all our staff to develop new ideas to make MAPC’s planning and policy work more relevant and impactful, and to adapt to changing times.
This is an opportunity to work in a dynamic, interdisciplinary, and innovative environment with professionals who are committed to building a more sustainable and equitable future for everyone who lives and works in Greater Boston. For more information about MAPC or MetroCommon2050, please visit www.mapc.org.
About the Department
MAPC’s Environment Department works to promote the adoption and implementation of environmental best practices. Our strategic goals include:
• promoting the protection and sustainable management of water resources, including water quality, waste water, storm water, and overall watershed management;
• preparing for and enhancing our communities’ resilience to the impacts of climate change and natural hazards;
• promoting nature-based solutions to resource management and climate
• advancing equity and Environmental Justice, with a focus on vulnerable populations and the equitable distribution of environmental impacts and benefits, and engaging communities in the planning process in a meaningful way;
• developing new areas of environmental practice to complement the work that the department is currently undertaking.
Responsibilities (including but not limited to)
- Assist cities and towns to prepare for regional environmental challenges, such as sustainable water management, climate change, and protection of critical natural resources;
- Prepare Natural Hazard Mitigation Plans for cities and towns under FEMA guidelines;
- Conduct climate vulnerability assessments and prepare climate adaptation plans for cities and towns;
- Review municipal bylaws/ordinances regarding climate resilience and sustainable water management, including Green Infrastructure and Low Impact Development, and prepare recommendations for new or updated regulations;
- Promote equity by addressing the environmental risks and challenges facing Environmental Justice communities and vulnerable populations, such as BIPOC, low-income, elderly, immigrants, and differently abled people;
- Research, evaluate and recommend options for reducing and mitigating the impacts of development and climate change, with an emphasis in nature-based solutions;
- Serve in the capacity of Project Manager for local and regional projects, and in a role of collaboration with other MAPC departments on multi-departmental projects;
- Research new areas of practice; develop new project proposals and seek funding to support and expand the Environment Department’s mission;
- Pursue professional development opportunities to remain informed about current environmental planning issues, programs, resources, and tools; and
- Collaborate on environmental issues with state and federal agencies, non-profit advocacy and research groups, and community-based organizations.
Evening events, occasional weekend events, and local travel are a responsibility for this position. MAPC does not require that you have a vehicle; however, you must have a valid driver’s license and/or the ability to arrange transportation to meetings in different parts of the region. MAPC provides support for travel, including MBTA passes, a Zipcar account, and BlueBikes membership.
Candidates for this position should have a Bachelor’s degree in regional planning, natural resources management, climate change and resiliency planning, landscape architecture, or a closely related field, and a minimum of six (6) years of relevant professional experience OR a Master’s degree with a major in one of these fields and a minimum of four (4) years of relevant professional experience.
Successful candidates for this position will demonstrate all or most of the following:
- Understanding of current best planning practices for sustainable resource management in areas such as water resources, coastal resources, climate resiliency, green infrastructure, and waste management;
- Experience working with state and municipal government on a similar range of issues;
- Experience with developing municipal bylaws/ordinances and regulations to promote sustainable management of land and water resources, green infrastructure, and climate resilience;
- Knowledge of state and federal environmental regulations and programs, such as the Clean Water Act, the MS4 Stormwater Permit, the Wetlands Protection Act, the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act, the MA Solid Waste Master Plan, and FEMA’s Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program;
- Familiarity with Environmental Justice efforts at the state and local levels, and a commitment to incorporating equity into planning projects;
- Excellent communication skills (verbal and written);
- Project management and budgeting skills;
- Strong organizational skills and ability to work effectively with MAPC team members, community groups, and government officials;
- Strong facilitation and collaboration skills; experience handling public involvement and agency coordination with diverse stakeholders and other professionals; and
- Ability to work with people in a range of settings, including diverse urban neighborhoods, developing suburban centers, and/or small or rural communities.
- Knowledge of best practices for design and implementation of Green Infrastructure and Low Impact Development; ability to use graphic design tools and/or hydrologic analysis for assessment or conceptual design of Best Management Practices; and
- Strong research skills, including ability to interpret and synthesize data; ability to use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) tools.
Per MAPC COVID-19 Vaccine Policy, the selected candidate is required to be up-to-date with COVID-19 vaccinations, as defined by the CDC, by the agreed upon start date. See COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots | CDC.
Compensation and Benefits
The salary ranges from $75,000 to $85,000, depending on qualifications and experience. This is a full-time exempt position. MAPC offers excellent Massachusetts state employee benefits as well as a flexible, supportive, and family-friendly work environment and a commitment to continued professional development.
How to Apply
Apply online at www.mapc.org/jobs. The position is open until filled, and applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume. Candidates selected to interview will be asked to submit three (3) references plus a sample of relevant writing or work product. Candidates must have legal authorization to work in the USA and a valid driver’s license and/or the ability to arrange transportation to meetings in different parts of the region. MAPC participates in E-Verify, which is a federal program that helps us to determine work eligibility in the United States.
MAPC is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We believe that a staff with a range of perspectives, experiences, and skillsets strengthens our work. We are committed to building a more equitable workplace that allows staff with diverse backgrounds and identities to thrive, grow, and lead. For more information on MAPC’s culture of equity, see our Equity at MAPC page.
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