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5th Massachusetts Green Career Conference Presentation: Environmental Protection

5th Massachusetts Green Career Conference Presentation: Environmental Protection

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  • 1. 10/8/2013 1 Conservation Commission Volunteer Pathway to a Green Career Michele Girard Associate Director and Education Coordinator Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissioners Green Career Conference 2013 Marlborough, MA To protect Massachusetts natural resources by supporting Conservation Commissions through education and advocacy.  Annual Environmental Conference  Environmental Handbook  Erosion & Sediment Control Field Guide  Specialized education programs  Fundamentals for Conservation Commissioners  Helpline and Forum  Advocacy—Comment letters, testimony, amicus briefs, and assist state agencies and other environmental organizations with outreach efforts (e.g. DEP, DCR, Mass Rivers Alliance) MACC Mission
  • 2. 10/8/2013 2 Education Programs Available Later This Fall ! MACC Electronic Handbook
  • 3. 10/8/2013 3  Intersection of science, law and policy for the protection and conservation of natural resources in your municipality  Team—bring your skills to the table, learn new skills—on the job training  Opportunity to network, share, learn, advocate  Meeting facilitation, public speaking, etc Municipal Conservation Commission • Conservation Commission Act--1957 • Open Space and Resource Protection Responsibilities Draft Open Space and Recreation Plans Acquire Open Space/Protect Natural Resources Hold & Monitor Conservation Restrictions Open Space Stewardship-land management Conservation Commissioner Job Description, Part 1
  • 4. 10/8/2013 4 Land Acquisition-Start to Finish Protect Wildlife Habitat
  • 5. 10/8/2013 5 Conservation Land Management Wetlands Protection Act--1972 Wetland Protection Responsibilities  Implement WPA, regulations and local bylaw/ordinance  Familiarity with resource areas  Familiarity with local flora, fauna and soils  Review development proposals  Conduct site visits and issue permits  Appeals and enforcement Conservation Commissioner Job Description, Part 2
  • 6. 10/8/2013 6 Identify Wetland Vegetation Delineate Wetlands
  • 7. 10/8/2013 7 Attend Education Programs Certify Vernal Pools
  • 8. 10/8/2013 8 Perform Community Outreach
  • 9. 10/8/2013 9 Start where you are:  Volunteer—Mass Audubon Sanctuary  Volunteer--Associate Conservation Commissioner  Attend Graduate School – Natural Resource Management  Volunteer--Conservation Commissioner, appointed  Practicum at MassDEP Wetlands Program  Part-time job as Conservation Agent  Full time job as Assistant Conservation Administrator  Volunteer—MACC Board  Full time job at MACC  Volunteer—land trust, NEWFS, SWSC Volunteer Pathway to Conservation Career—Case Study Self-employed in the construction business Appointed Conservation Commissioner MACC Internship with specific goal to become Conservation Administrator Part-time Conservation Administrator in two towns Internship Pathway to Conservation Career—Case Study
  • 10. 10/8/2013 10  Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions (MACC) www.maccweb.org  Massachusetts Society of Municipal Conservation Professionals (MSMCP)  Mass LIFT- Americorps http://www.mountgrace.org/masslift- americorps  http://www.conservationjobboard.com/Massachusetts/  www.idealist.org Additional Resources
  • 11. 10/8/2013 11 Michele Girard, Associate Director and Education Coordinator Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions 10 Juniper Road Belmont, MA 02478 Ph: 617.489.3930 Fax: 617. 489.3935 www.maccweb.org Contact Information