Director of Restoration Program

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The Ipswich River Watershed Association (IRWA), a leading watershed nonprofit in New England, seeks a new Director for its Restoration Program. The program includes a variety of activities designed to restore and monitor aquatic habitat in the Ipswich, Parker and Essex River watersheds through flow restoration, water quality improvement, fisheries restoration and physical habitat improvement projects.

The Restoration Program Director will:

  • Direct and develop strategy for the Restoration Program including supervision of the Science & Monitoring Program Coordinator;
  • Lead the Parker-Ipswich-Essex Rivers Restoration Partnership (PIE-Rivers); a collaboration of federal, state and local agencies and non-governmental organizations that guides restoration efforts in these world-class coastal watersheds and the first of its kind in Massachusetts;
  • Work with the Executive Director and Environmental Planner to implement the organization’s Action Plan for River Restoration;
  • Manage ongoing on-the-ground restoration projects including dam removals, road-stream crossing upgrades, habitat improvement projects and fisheries restoration;
  • Provide technical and public presentations, write technical reports and with other staff organizes the annual PIE-Rivers Restoration Conference;
  • Work closely with and help motivate community and project partners to improve aquatic habitat management locally and regionally;
  • Work with other staff to actively pursue and manage grants and service contracts in support of the program;
  • Support other organizational functions as required including fundraising, outreach, events, property management and administration, occasionally in the evenings and on weekends.

IRWA is a fast-paced and team-oriented work environment. This position requires a person with a strong background in natural resource protection, experience in project management, knowledge of regulatory issues, successful grant proposal writing credentials, as well as excellent communication, management, leadership and organizational skills. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in environmental science with 5+ year’s experience in watershed protection and restoration. A Master’s Degree is preferred. Familiarity with the region and knowledge of engineering concepts is a plus. Excellent computer skills including GIS are required. The position is based at our beautiful Riverbend headquarters on the river in Ipswich, just twenty miles north of Boston.

This position is full-time, salaried reporting to the Executive Director. Compensation is commensurate with experience. Benefits include retirement, vacation, HSA and paid time off. The position requires use of a private vehicle to travel to meetings in and outside the watershed. Mileage is reimbursed.


Interested candidates should inquire or send a cover letter and resume to Wayne Castonguay, Executive Director at The position was posted on December 2, 2020, and will remain open until filled.

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