Director For Natural Resources & Sustainability

Trustees for Reservations

Boston, MA, United States 🇺🇸

Boston, Sharon, or Beverly, MA Office

The Trustees is an organization with a fascinating past and an exciting future. Our places are open to all and we thrive by involving as many people as possible in what we do. Founded in 1891, by a group of visionary volunteers, we preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts and work to protect special places across the state. We have helped protect more than 50,000 acres, including 25,000+ acres on more than 100 reservations that are all open to the public. We are a nonprofit conservation organization funded and supported entirely by our visitors, supporters, volunteers, and more than 40,000 members.

The Trustees Operations & Programs Department (O&P) establishes and leads the implementation of vision and strategy for the organization’s key mission-based areas. The team is made up of highly-skilled technical specialists who lead the organization through the individual program strategies as well as the design and application of the best practices, standards, and internal policies that define our excellence and guide our day-to-day operations.   The O&P Department is made up of seven program areas: Land & Community Conservation, Field Operations, Cultural Resources, Art and the Landscape, Ecology, Agriculture, and Public Policy. In addition to the programs, O&P Department oversees five subcommittees of the Board of Directors. 

Position Summary:

The Director for Natural Resources & Sustainability is a new leadership role within the Trustees responsible for developing organizational vision, strategic direction, and actions that are scaled to address challenges related to climate change and natural resource integrity in Massachusetts and beyond.

The Director will be visionary, strategic and an exceptional integrator who works fluidly across disciplines, organizational departments and regions, and external partnerships to achieve success. They will be driven by the opportunity to make a lasting impact on the quality of life in Massachusetts and to advance Trustees mission and goals.

Essential Functions:

The Director will serve both internally- and externally- facing roles that include the following:

  • Developing and implementing The Trustees’ organizational climate change philosophy, vision and strategies. This will be a collaborative effort led by the Director that engages multiple programs, including land conservation, policy, cultural resources, and property operations, among others. 
    • Within overall vision, develop climate-focused strategies for key resource areas that are central to the resilience of the state and the Trustees mission and operations (i.e. forest management, coastal systems, cultural resources/infrastructure, and agriculture).
  • Overseeing the natural resources program of the organization, developing and promoting the vision and inspiring and managing a strong Ecology Team.  Champion and raise visibility of our natural resources, expand the scope of the program and ensure excellence in research and ecological stewardship.    
  • Driving improvement in organizational sustainability measures and model practices; with peer programs, develop vision and goals and champion and monitor key tactics and measures.
    • Develop goals for our operations and organizational practices as well as the tactics, best practices and policies to support their achievement. Provide leadership/technical guidance on implementation, as needed.
    • Elevate and promote sustainability practices of our work externally, particularly capital project design, restoration work, and operations strategies that advance goals.
  • Serving as lead representative, internally and externally, on climate and sustainability issues and seek opportunities to promote Trustees expertise and leadership in this area.
    • Collaborate with Director of Public Policy to develop policy and advocacy strategies that drive Trustees strategic goals and position our voice in the public dialogue.
  • Elevating Trustees within the scientific and climate-change innovation communities by establishing our properties as platforms for research. Promote research findings via engagement and produce scholarly publications and presentations, as appropriate.
  • Collaborating with Marketing & Communications to develop appropriate, relevant messaging and communications, and with Development to build and steward support for this work.
  • Managing relevant program area budgets.
  • Other duties as assigned with or without accommodation.


  • Masters degree or Doctorate in the Natural Sciences, Natural Resources Management, Climate Science, Public Policy, or related field. 
  • 8 years in a non-profit environment in a leadership role that required development and on-the-ground delivery of programs and/or research related to natural resources or sustainability.
  • Proven success in research and publications in the above fields is desired.
  • A deep understanding of ecology and the science of climate change and its potential impacts on human and natural communities in New England.
  • Strong knowledge of current major climate change policy efforts and actions in New England is critical; familiarity on broader scale (national, etc.) is desired.
  • Proven communicator and collaborator with exceptional skill in translating complex concepts for a range of audiences.
  • Experience designing, implementing, analyzing, and communicating scientific research.
  • Proven success leading and delivering on shared goals.
  • Ability to excite and mobilize a diversity of people around vision and goals.
  • Proven success as a manager of a variety of staff roles and the ability to build, support, motivate, and inspire a team.
  • Proven ability to grow a mission-based program from start-up to a sustainable, full-fledged operation.
  • Experience in management of budgets.
  • Experience in development, including grant-writing, individual donor cultivation, and engagement of volunteers.

Other Requirements:

  • This position requires regular travel across the state of Massachusetts and, periodically, to conferences and meetings in New England and the broader continental US; Access to a personal vehicle for travel within New England is required.
  • Work on occasional nights and weekends will be required from time to time.

Benefits and Salary:

The Trustees offers a competitive salary and benefits package, including medical, dental, and vision insurance, life and disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, vacation, sick and personal time, as well as the option to participate in our 401(k) and 529 savings plans.  We also offer the opportunity to be part of a dedicated team across the Commonwealth who love the outdoors, who love the distinctive charms of New England, and who believe in celebrating and protecting our special places, for everyone, forever.

In addition to being an Equal Opportunity Employer, The Trustees of Reservations aim to create a thriving, inclusive workplace that values each member of our team.  We aspire to reflect and effectively serve the residents and communities of Massachusetts who are at the core of our mission.

No phone calls please.