Technical Specialist

Massachusetts Rivers Alliance
Cambridge, MA, United States
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The Massachusetts Rivers Alliance seeks a candidate for the position of Technical Specialist. The position is based in Cambridge but includes some travel, primarily within Massachusetts, to participate in site visits and meetings. We are currently working remotely. Please note that this is a part-time position (~24 hours/week).

Founded in 2007, Mass Rivers is a nonprofit conservation organization working to protect and restore rivers across the Commonwealth. The organization currently has 75 organizational members and is supported by a growing group of individuals, families, and foundations. We pursue our mission through advocacy, education, and by strengthening and connecting our member organizations.

Position Description

The Technical Specialist will help Mass Rivers’ member organizations protect their local rivers by strengthening their capacity to use legal, regulatory, and programmatic tools available to them, including the state’s Water Management Act and the federal Clean Water Act. The Technical Specialist will work closely with member groups to develop and implement strategies using these tools to protect and restore streamflow, water quality, and wildlife habitat; to increase climate resilience; and to improve environmental justice.

A top priority for this position will be advising Mass Rivers’ member organizations regarding the Water Management Act Program. The Technical Specialist will provide the following services:

  • Review water withdrawal requests made by municipalities and analyze potential environmental impacts;
  • Track timelines and deadlines to facilitate the inclusion of environmental groups’ input into regulatory decisions;
  • Assist member groups and municipalities in the development of new suggestions for mitigation;
  • Provide detailed comments to improve permit conditions;
  • Organize and facilitate discussions between municipal officials and watershed groups towork on plans to mitigate water use; and
  • Review and comment on draft permits. The Technical Specialist will play a similar role in providing guidance in effectively deploying the Clean Water Act and other legal and regulatory tools to protect water resources. The Technical

Specialist will also develop and coordinate workshops for member organizations, municipalities and other audiences and may convene member organizations from time to time.

The Technical Specialist will report directly to the Executive Director, who will guide and support projects, initiatives, and coordination with stakeholders.


A successful candidate will have a strong interest in river protection and relevant prior legal, science, environmental consulting, regulatory agency experience, or a combination of these. A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field plus two or more years of relevant work experience is required, but a master’s degree and/or additional work experience is strongly preferred.

The following qualifications are strongly preferred:

  Demonstrated excellent written and verbal communication skills including, the ability to write concisely and express thoughts clearly, and the ability to prepare and present information through public speaking engagements with stakeholder participation. Must be able to articulate a compelling case for river protection and promote recommended measures to diverse stakeholders and regulators.

  Experience with group facilitation. The ideal candidate will bring creative ideas to the table.

  Demonstrated ability to analyze environmental and scientific data and to determine its applicability, to draw conclusions and make appropriate recommendations. Ability to prepare and use charts, graphs, and tables.

  Excellent all-around computer skills and proficiency with the suite of Microsoft programs. Expertise in geospatial analysis and associated software (ESRI ArcGIS) is not required but would be advantageous.

  Ability to apply regulatory requirements to real-life situations. Working familiarity with: federal Clean Water Act programs (wastewater and stormwater), major state laws affecting rivers: Water Management Act, Interbasin Transfer Act, Wetland Protection Act, a thorough understanding of watershed science, and an understanding of municipal, state, and federal government responsibilities in Massachusetts.

Must be a team player with strong interpersonal skills. Self-motivated and enjoy working in a small organization. Compensation is commensurate with experience. The Massachusetts Rivers Alliance is an equal opportunity employer.

Application ProcedureTo apply, email a resume, along with a cover letter explaining how your talents and experience align with this position. Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled. The most recent posting will be maintained at and a notice will be posted at that location once the position has been filled.

Responses may be directed via email to:
Julia Blatt, Executive Director: Please put “Technical Specialist Position” in the subject line.