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May 15 / BARD CEP

Partnership Coordinator–Sturbridge, MA

Organization: The MassConn Sustainable Forest Partnership

Job Title: Partnership Coordinator

Location: Sturbridge, MA

Hours and Compensation: $15-20/hr, part-time

Posted on: May 15

Application Deadline: June 1


Organization Overview

The MassConn Sustainable Forest Partnership is an affiliation of approximately 30 conservation entities working to increase the pace of forest conservation in 38 towns in south central Massachusetts and north central Connecticut. Partners include foresters, land trusts, government agencies, universities, and towns. Our strategies include networking and information sharing, landowner outreach and education, technical assistance and capacity building, and collaborative land protection projects.


The Partnership Coordinator is a part-time position supported through 2014 with grant funding from the Regional Planning Association and the US Forest Service. The Partnership Coordinator will work in three specific areas: 1) Management of Forest Legacy Program land protection initiatives in CT and MA. 2) Participate in the coordination of landowner outreach and education efforts in the Southern New England Heritage Forest pilot study area. 3) Organize events in conjunction with MassConn’s Landscape Initiative Peer Exchange Partner. In addition to these specific tasks, the Coordinator will serve as MassConn’s principle liaison with the general public and, in particular, with current and potential future partners, landowners, municipal staff and volunteers.


• Work with landowners in and around Stafford, CT to develop an expanded Forest Legacy Program funding application for the Roaring Brook Conservation Project, which ranked 25th out of 69 nationally in FY2013.
• Advance the expansion of MA’s Quinebaug Forest Legacy Area by working with the MA Forest Legacy Program Coordinator and other partners to designate a new, expanded Forest Legacy Area.
• Assist with the coordination of landowner engagement efforts currently being developed by conservation partners in the Southern New England Heritage Forest pilot study area, which spans parts of MA, CT, and RI.
• Organize trainings and workshops associated with MassConn’s Regional Planning Association Landscape Initiative Peer Exchange Partnership grant, which has paired MassConn with an established landscape initiative to help MassConn build capacity and increase effectiveness in the region.
• Be a point of contact by email for all MassConn partners and help to facilitate discussion among Steering Committee members and the general membership on issues as appropriate.
• Develop agendas and coordinate meeting times and quarterly meetings of the Partnership.
• Update the MassConn website as needed.
• Communicate with the MassConn Steering Committee as needed.
• Assist in grant writing in support of the MassConn Partnership.


The Coordinator must be outgoing and personable since this is a position with much contact with partners and the public. The position requires a can do attitude with little supervision and a willingness to work occasional evening and weekend hours. A bachelor’s degree in the natural sciences or experience in outreach and education is required and a Masters degree in a conservation or planning-related field is preferred. An understanding of basic land conservation tools and techniques is required. Experience managing or assisting with land protection projects, coordinating events and moderating group meetings is preferred. The coordinator must be organized and be able to work independently on assigned tasks. Experience with databases and word processing software required. Must have a valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle. The position requires travel within the region.

REPORTS TO: Mass-Conn Steering Committee

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: Part-time, on a year-by-year basis, starting mid/late June 2012.

How to Apply:

Submit a cover letter, resume and references to: MassConn Partnership Coordinator Hiring Committee

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