Ecological Restoration Engineer

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About This Position

We are seeking a self-motivated, organized, and dedicated civil engineer to join our growing ecological restoration practice. The ideal candidate will have experience and education in core disciplines relevant to water resources engineering and ecological restoration. The candidate should have a firm understanding of river and wetland ecosystem processes and have experience/training in engineering, hydrology, and ecology. The selected candidate will lead and provide technical assistance for the assessment, analysis, design, and implementation of river, estuarine, and wetland restoration projects.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Provide technically sound engineering work and quality control for Mass Audubon’s ecological restoration practice including projects on land owned by Mass Audubon and on land owned by others.
  • Coordinate closely with the Director of Ecological Restoration and others to identify, vet, and advance proposed restoration projects.
  • Collect and assemble data to describe site topography, bathymetry, surface and groundwater, sediment and soil, and other characteristics based upon project and program needs.
  • Characterize existing site conditions and assess restoration alternatives using hydrologic and hydraulic modeling and other methods.
  • Prepare conceptual designs, engineering drawings, permit documents, cost estimates, construction specifications, and technical reports.
  • Provide construction oversight, review and approval technical submittals, attend construction meetings and inspections, and complete closeout requirements.
  • Manage ecological restoration contracts and projects including writing proposals, tracking budgets, running meetings, managing teams, and working directly with landowners, consultants, and partners.
  • Collaborate closely with internal colleagues, external partners, landowners, and regulatory reviewers.
  • Assume other responsibilities as requested and needed.


At Mass Audubon, our highest priority is finding the best candidate for the job. Research has shown that people of color and women are less likely to apply for jobs if they don't believe they meet every one of the qualifications described in a job description. We encourage you to apply, even if you don't believe you meet every one of our described qualifications or you have a less traditional background. We are looking for applicants with the following qualifications:

  • Degree (advanced preferred but not required) in civil or environmental engineering, ecology, or a related field.
  • At least three years of professional experience in water resources engineering, ecological restoration, or related fields.
  • Has professional civil engineering license from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts or must obtain within 12 months of hire.
  • Experience using hydrologic and hydraulic modeling software, Geographic information systems (GIS; ArcGIS) and computer aided design (CAD; AutoCAD).
  • Experience with local, state, and federal permitting for ecological restoration projects.
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with others and across multiple teams.
  • Curiosity and willingness/ability to ask questions and seek answers.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in team-building and community engagement.
  • Valid driver’s license and ability and willingness to travel throughout the state frequently and the region occasionally; ability to work independently and travel on foot over uneven terrain; flexibility in working schedule including availability early mornings, nights and weekends.

Compensation & Benefits

This position’s base salary range is $75,000 - $87,500 annually; actual salary will reflect level of experience and qualifications relative to position requirements.

Benefits eligible staff at Mass Audubon may elect to enroll in medical, dental, and vision plans. Mass Audubon also offers disability and life insurance plans, a retirement plan through MetLife, and Flexible Spending Account options. Mass Audubon employment also includes access to an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and the Reciprocity Agreement through the Consortium of Non-Profit Arts/Cultural/Environmental Organizations of New England. Mass Audubon employees also enjoy 12 paid holidays (holidays may shift annually due to where days fall within calendar).

Additional Information

Work Schedule:

The standard work schedule for this position is 40 hours per week Monday through Friday. However, the position requires a great deal of flexibility and the ability to work some weekends and occasional evenings to meet the needs of the program and organization.

Other Requirements:

Employees must successfully complete a CORI and SORI Background Check and a Motor Vehicle Record (if applicable) is required.

COVID-19 Considerations

Mass Audubon requires that all staff, regardless of their work location, disclose their vaccination status. Proof of vaccination status will be required immediately upon hire. This should also include a booster shot if it has been 5 months since you were initially vaccinated.