DWSP Director of Natural Resources

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. DCR is a dynamic agency, and is one of the largest park systems in the nation. The DCR system includes over 450,000 acres of parks, forests, water supply protection lands, beaches, lakes, ponds, playgrounds, golf courses, swimming pools, skating rinks, trails and parkways.
The Department of Conservation and Recreation seeks qualified applicants for the position of Director of Natural Resources for the Division of Water Supply Protection.
The Director of Natural Resources is a senior manager within DCR's Division of Water Supply Protection (DWSP) Office of Watershed Management. The Director is responsible for overseeing the protection and management of natural resources within the four watersheds managed by DCR - the Quabbin Reservoir, Ware River, Wachusett Reservoir, and Sudbury Reservoir watersheds that provide drinking water for 2.5 million residents of Boston primarily within greater Boston.
The Director provides oversight for the Natural Resources Office within DWSP and is responsible for recommending policies and guidance for natural resource protection and management within the watersheds. The Director is responsible for the Division's land acquisition program and watershed preservation restriction monitoring program, forest management policy, wildlife management and conservation management in general. The Director is also responsible for communicating with various constituencies regarding watershed protection and fostering shared stewardship of these areas.
The Director reports to and works closely with Director of Water Supply Protection and also works closely with the Regional Directors and other members of the watershed teams on policy and projects involving, but not limited to, forest management, wildlife management, cultural and natural resource protection, interpretation, land acquisition and public access. The Natural Resource Office serves as an overlay to the two watershed regions, and the Director is charged with ensuring consistent approaches to resource protection and management are achieved.
The Director is responsible for working closely with the two Regional Directors (Quabbin/Ware River and Wachusett/Sudbury) to provide guidance, protocols, plans and tools about how to manage natural resources within each Region to ensure watershed protection and support the overall mission of the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), which is to preserve, protect, and promote our commonwealth of natural, cultural and recreational resources for the well-being of all.
The Director will also provide expertise to agency wide conservation and resource management programs and projects.
Duties Include:
Identify, prioritize, plan, and provide an appropriate response for existing and future natural resource management programs and challenges. Oversee, direct, and lead Natural Resource staff's activities in the development, creation, or modification of programs or policies that protect the natural resources under the stewardship of DCR's DWSP. Work closely with the Division Director and Regional Directors to ensure recommended actions are implemented consistently across all watersheds.
Oversee the development, updating, or creation of natural resource management plans or policies including the Division's Land Management Plan, Terrestrial Invasive Plant Plan, various wildlife management plans, Watershed Land Acquisition Program, Watershed Preservation Restriction policies and procedures, and various forest management policies.
Work with the Division Director and Regional Directors to develop annual work plans that guide resource allocation and staffing; provide quarterly reports that summarize Natural Resource staff's activities and accomplishments; develop and track spending of an annual Natural Resource budget; identify spending priorities.
Develop, maintain, or modify departmental contracts related to natural resource management; participate in EEA's Stewardship program to identify and develop high priority projects on DWSP lands, including habitat restoration and invasive species control; work with UMass and other universities to identify, develop, and initiate research that guides stewardship and natural resource decision making.
Review annual performance of Natural Resource staff; when necessary, fill vacant positions within the Natural Resource section.
Preferred Qualifications: A Masters Degree or higher in the Natural Resources field including Natural Resources Management, Forestry, Wildlife Management
MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must have at least (A) five years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, supervisory or managerial experience in business administration, business management, or public administration and (B) of which at least one year must have been in a managerial capacity.
An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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