Environmental Planner

Ipswich River Watershed Association

Ipswich, MA, US


Founded in 1977, we serve as the Voice of the River and work to ensure there is enough clean water for people and nature and to provide opportunities for people to have fun outdoors. We are a small but nationally known organization with a big record of accomplishments. Our team consists of six staff who are supported by an engaged board, several committees and hundreds of volunteers. We work in 21 communities throughout the watershed and are based at Riverbend, our beautiful 23 acre headquarters on the bank of the River in Ipswich. For more information, go to www.ipswichriver.org.


The Ipswich River Watershed Association seeks candidates for a full time Environmental Planner (EP) to join our team. The EP reports directly to the Executive Director and is primarily responsible for developing and leading implementation of our various water conservation, coastal resiliency and habitat restoration plans and actions with municipalities and partners. In addition, the EP will actively participate in many aspects of a small but dynamic environmental management and advocacy organization.


  • Direct and manage our Municipal Services Program which seeks to assist municipalities in implementation of various organizational action plans focusing on areas of mutual benefit;
  • Help manage the Parker-Ipswich-Essex Rivers Restoration Partnership (www.pie-rivers.org) and implementation of its Action Agenda;
  • Help manage our Greenscapes Coalition and implementation of its programs;
  • Lead our municipal vulnerability and resiliency planning & implementation efforts;
  • Oversee our water withdrawal monitoring and compliance program and work with state officials and water suppliers on withdrawal permitting & issues;
  • Participate in various policy planning efforts and advocate for public and private entity policies and actions that protect and enhance the environment;
  • Review and comment on legislation and regulatory changes at the local, state and federal levels;
  • Help organize workshops and educational events for the public and technical groups;
  • Research and prepare reports, provide public presentations and facilitate public discussions;
  • Keep informed about current planning & policy issues, resources, and programs;
  • Review and comment on development projects, legislation and regulatory changes at the local, state and federal levels;
  • Interact and liaise with environmental and public policy organizations, state agencies, and the public.
  • Participate in grant writing and contribute to organizational fundraising efforts.


Candidate should have demonstrated expertise in one or more of the following:

  • federal, state and local environmental and land use policy issues, laws, and regulations;
  • current best planning practices for sustainable resource management in areas such as water quality, stormwater, water supply, wastewater, wetlands, and coastal resources;
  • current best planning practices related to climate adaptation and building resiliency through green infrastructure and nature-based solutions;
  • current best practices related to water resources management;
  • experience in low impact development and sustainable management of water and other natural resources.

In addition, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following:

  • strong research, writing, and communication skills;
  • ability to work independently and with a team in a small not for profit environment;
  • strong organizational skills and ability to work effectively with community groups and government officials; and
  • strong public process, facilitation and collaboration skills;


To apply, please send cover letter and resume to:

Wayne Castonguay, Executive Director ([email protected])
Ipswich River Watershed Association
PO Box 576, Ipswich, MA 01938