Middlesex Conservation District

Middlesex Conservation District

Welcome to the Middlesex Conservation District Website!

(Today’s annual meeting 12/2/19 has been cancelled due to the snow – please check back for rescheduling information)

(Our Spring 2020 Plant Sale Information will be posted late Jan/early Feb).

JOB OPENING – DISTRICT ADMINISTRATOR (part time)

Middlesex Conservation District Address: 319 Littleton Road, Suite 205, Westford, MA 01886
MCD contact email: Elizabeth.mcguire@usda.gov
Phone:  978-692-9395
Position Title: District Administrator
Position Type: Contract or Part-time Employee

 
About Middlesex Conservation District: Middlesex Conservation District (MCD) is an unfunded, state-mandated agency whose mission is to encourage stewardship of soil, water and other natural resources in Middlesex County. To achieve these goals the District uses an educational approach working with public and private entities such as residents, municipal boards, state and federal agencies, businesses and non-profit organizations. The MCD is governed by a board of elected, volunteer members called Supervisors and is one of more than 3,000 conservation districts across the country. The MCD receives funding through grant opportunities and two plants sales.

Position Summary: Middlesex Conservation District is interviewing for the position of a part-time District Administrator in the Westford office. The ideal candidate will be an important part of a conservation partnership between the District and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and will oversee the management of the District office, programs and grants under the supervision of the Board of Supervisors. This position offers significant opportunity to shape the environmental foot print and sustainability of the diverse rural and urban Middlesex County land, water and air. The administrator is part of a team of ecologists, conservationists, planners, farmers and landholders who focus on understanding the conservation needs within the district and applying State, Federal and Private resources to solve these problems. In many respects this is an ideal job for a long range and environmentally conscious individual who would value the opportunity to provide solutions to the critical environmental issues of our time.

Specific Responsibilities: • Perform clerical and administrative assistance to the Board including preparing and posting meeting agendas, recording and publishing minutes, providing reports on District programs • Monitor email, mail, social media and phone communications • Maintain orderly MCD office materials, including a structured electronic filing system for organizing financial, legal and program documents • Assist the Treasurer by tracking finances in Quicken, preparing monthly Treasure Reports, drafting an annual budget and assisting with an annual financial audit • Work with the Plant Sale Coordinator to update the web page and social media accounts in order to connect with local groups & promote MCD programs • Maintain communications and serve as liaison with public, state and federal entities, including the Massachusetts Association for Conservation Districts (MACD), the USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), and the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) • Represent the District at meetings where input is important, and Supervisors cannot attend • Understand Massachusetts’s Open Meeting Law and have meeting documents, including minutes and agendas, available to the public both digitally and within the office • Assist the Supervisors with MCD’s Annual Meeting • Become familiar with The Supervisor Handbook • Assist in the planning, coordination, promotion and hosting of one-to-five fundraising & educational workshops annually • Prepare grant applications in collaboration with the MCD board and relevant partners • Manage existing grants including implementing the SCOPE, tracking progress, reporting to Supervisors and Grantors, and submitting reimbursement requests.

Qualifications: Required Experience, Education and Skills: • Experience working in administration, conservation, agriculture, bookkeeping, event coordination, or related field • Degree in environmental science, business administration, or related field • Grant writing and reporting • Familiarity with Social Media and leveraging for marketing and promotion • Sense of humor!
 
Skills: • Demonstrated organizational skills, the ability to multi-task, and operate independently • Exceptionally detail-oriented, a self-starter with the ability to complete tasks on-time • Ability to work with and communicate professionally with the public and partnering organizations • Computer & social media proficiency, including Microsoft Office, the Google Suite, & Facebook • Competency in record-keeping, bookkeeping and handling important legal documents • An appreciation for/understanding of the importance of land, water, and soil conservation

Details: • Job Type: Part-Time – 10-15 Hours per week • Starting Pay: To be determined based on qualification of applicant • Applicant must have reliable access to transportation and a valid driver’s license • Applicant must be available for 1 monthly board meeting the 2nd Monday evening of the month • Benefits: Occasional employer-funded professional development opportunities • Applicants chosen for the position will be required to pass a background check. 

To Apply: To be considered for the position, email applications to elizabeth.mcguire@usda.gov. Include a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered. All inquiries & materials submitted are confidential. Applications to be accepted until December 14, 2019, or until the position is filled. Please, no phone calls.

EEO/AAP Statement: Middlesex Conservation District provides equal opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital status, mental or physical disability, pregnancy, military or veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by state or federal law. This policy also prohibits employees from harassing any other employee for any reason including, but not limited to, race, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disabled status.

Please check back in late January/early February for our spring sale information. All sale proceeds benefit our conservation programs.

If you are interested in signing up for our mailing list to receive our twice a year plant sale catalogs, please click the link below (we will never sell, rent, or provide your information to anyone else):

Mailing List Signup

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Got chickens? Beware of bears

The Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife) is alerting poultry owners and related groups about the need to protect their birds and coops from hungry bears. Black bears killing chickens and damaging chicken coops is becoming one of the most frequently reported human-bear conflicts in the state. Common in central and western Massachusetts, black bears are expanding their range east to Route 495. Poultry loss, coop damage, and other bear conflicts have been reported in all of these regions and calls have increased lately as bears fatten up before winter hibernation. Many poultry owners have no idea their birds and coops could be at risk.

Please visit this link  for information on protecting poultry from black bears. And for more information on black bears in Massachusetts click here.

 

 

 

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The Middlesex Conservation District is a not for profit environmental agency dedicated to protecting soils and waters in Middlesex County. We hold plant sales twice a year, in April and September, to fund our conservation programs.  You are welcome to simply come and shop, but we encourage advance ordering as we frequently sell out of our more popular items. Orders are accepted in February and March for our spring sale; and in July and August for our fall sale. For any questions about our sales please send an email here.

To contact the District:

Middlesex Conservation District
319 Littleton Rd, Suite 205
Westford, MA 01886
Phone (978 692 9395)