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Director of Research and Education- Nantucket, MA

Organization: Linda Loring Nature Foundation

Position Title: Director of Research and Education

Location: Nantucket, MA

Hours and Compensation: The LLNF offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and generous benefits package.

Application Deadline: October 15, 2013


Organization Overview

The Linda Loring Nature Foundation seeks a Director of Research and Education to join a small but dedicated staff and play a critical role in developing the research and programming vision that reflect the LLNF’s mission and recently adopted strategic plan. The mission of the LLNF is to improve the understanding and appreciation of Nantucket’s fragile flora, fauna, and wildlife by providing education, information, and support to children, educators, researchers, organizations, and individuals. The LLNF board and staff are dedicated to being stewards of the Foundation’s 86-acre property on Eel Point Road and to fostering learning that promotes environmental literacy, imparts knowledge of the ecological relationships of the local environment, and engages residents and visitors to Nantucket to respect, preserve, and conserve the diversity of habitats surrounding us.


The Director will create and implement an integrated scientific research and education program that advances environmental literacy and promotes conservation and sustainability. The ideal candidate will excel at critical thinking, research development, program implementation and leveraging collaborations with key academic, nonprofit and research organizations located both on and off island.


  • Establish and provide leadership for a research strategy for the LLNF property
  • Build creative and enduring partnerships and alliances that support the LLNF’s research efforts
  • Implement a year-round environmental education program for all ages that connects people to nature in a ¡§classroom without walls¡¨
  • Supervise the development of a land management plan for the property and implement the plan
  • Serve as an articulate and enthusiastic spokesperson for the LLNF
  • Assist in the determination of feasibility of a learning center on the property


  • 5 years’ experience in environmental and/or related nonprofit organizations with documented track record
  • A graduate degree in environmental education, earth science, ecology, ecological restoration, ornithology, entomology, botany, or similar environmental discipline, or equivalent experience; Ph.D. preferred but not mandatory
  • Expert knowledge of research protocols, design, reporting and evaluation
  • Passionate and adept at planning and implementing educational activities for participants throughout the lifespan
  • Ability to establish, develop and cultivate relationships with agencies, businesses, foundations, private groups and individuals who are or will become partners or major donors
  • Outstanding verbal, presentation and written communication skills
  • Management style that builds alliances
  • A commitment to the LLNF’s mission and ability to communicate that mission effectively to partners and the public

How to Apply

To be considered for this position, interested candidates must submit a résumé (or curriculum vitae) and cover letter via email to Phone inquiries or mailed applications will not be accepted.

The Linda Loring Nature Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. This full-time position is exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, and is not eligible for overtime.

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