Director of Waterways

Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation

Boston, MA, US

The Department of Conservation and Recreation manages one of the largest and most diverse state parks systems in the nation and protects and enhances natural resources and outdoor recreational opportunities throughout Massachusetts.  DCR is a dynamic agency, and is one of the largest park systems in the nation.  The DCR system includes over 450,000 acres of parks, forests, water supply protection lands, beaches, lakes, ponds, playgrounds, swimming pools, skating rinks, trails and parkways.

The Department of Conservation and Recreation seeks qualified applicants for the position of Director of Waterways.

The Director of Waterways oversees Water Front Facilities, Flood Control, Coastal and Shoreline Engineering projects for the DCR. The responsibilities of the Waterways Section include:

Engineering support for the legislatively mandated Flood Control Systems under the former MDC stewardship for the Metropolitan Boston area. These systems include Flood Control on the Mystic, Charles, and Neponset Rivers and their tributaries as well as Metropolitan Boston Flood Control and engineering assistance to the DCR Flood Control Operations Division.

Environmental engineering expertise for DCR facility projects involving water quality, drainage, water supply, sewage disposal, and fish ladder construction.

Engineering and construction management expertise to the Commonwealth’s environmental agencies and municipalities for the protection, maintenance, and improvement of coastal and inland waterways and shorelines. This division has managed the design, permitting, and construction of water related projects throughout the Commonwealth as well as administered funding to municipalities.

Engineering and construction oversight of maintenance and improvement dredging of coastal and inland channels, anchorage areas in harbors, estuaries, and navigable rivers to ensure safe navigation for all vessels. Also, this division has participated with the Barnstable County Dredge Program in an oversight capacity as well as in capital equipment acquisition.

Shoreline Protection provided to the shoreline of the Commonwealth for the protection from storms and flooding, public access to water recreational resources, and the protection of sensitive coastal and inland water resources. This work has included bulkhead repairs, erosion control, seawall and revetment repairs, and beach nourishment.

Design and oversight of pier repair and rehabilitation including support to the State Piers at Fall River, Gloucester, Plymouth, and New Bedford.

Provide state funding assistance to municipalities to address waterways-related issues that may otherwise be beyond their financial capacity to effectively pursue. These funds require matching funds shared by a non-state source, known as the local cost share. State funding has included funds from the DCR capital budget, earmarks, and funding from the former Seaport Advisory Council, where this division has acted as an agent to process their funding.

Local Sponsor for Federal Projects acting as the local sponsor for US Army Corp of Engineers projects within the Commonwealth. This includes participating with municipalities in project cost sharing.

Technical assistance to the EEA Dredging Pre-Application Committee, USACE State Dredging Committee, Public Access Board (Office of Fishing and Boating Access), Board of Underwater Archaeology Resources, Connecticut River Valley Flood Control Commission, Merrimack River Flood Control Commission, Merrimack River Beach Association Regional Management Group, EEA Watershed Initiative, Office of Coastal Zone Management, DEP’s Office of Wetlands and Waterways Regulation and Interstate Technology and Regulatory Cooperation (ITRC), Plymouth 400 Committee, Barrier Beach Task Force (Dukes County) and the Science and Technology Sub-Committee of the Coastal Erosion Commission.

The Director of Waterways provides direct supervision of up to 12 technical specialists and administrative personnel.

Specific Duties:

Direct, plan and oversee the Waterways Section.

Manage and Supervise Staff.

Oversee the Financial Assistance Programs.

Provide outreach and coordination to DCR operations bureaus and divisions as well as municipalities.

Resolve complex Department engineering and construction issues.

Review plans, designs, specifications and cost estimates for proposed engineering projects.

Direct the management and administration of Waterways with Standard Operating Procedures.

Prepare annual work plans for the Waterways Section.

Provide information and support to the Deputy Chief of Engineering and Chief of Planning and Engineering regarding project tracking.

Oversee and participate in the development of operational and maintenance budgets.

Assist in long range planning activities to forecast agency needs.

Oversee hiring of new staff as work plans and budget allow.

Assist the Deputy Chief of Engineering and Chief of Planning and Engineering in the development of the DCR capital budget.

Recommend policy, policy modifications and procedures for coastal engineering.

Coordinate and represent the agency in implementing Seaport Economic Council programs.

Represent the department with relevant state and federal agencies.

Coordinate with other DCR operational units regarding Waterway Section’s work.

Approve Waterways based payment estimates and invoices.

Perform other duties and assignments as directed by higher authority.

MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must have at least (A) five years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, supervisory or managerial experience in business administration, business management, or public administration.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must be a Registered Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts or have ability to obtain within six months of employment, and have at least (A) five years of full-time or equivalent part-time experience in coastal or inland shoreline engineering.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: (A) Ten years of full-time experience in civil engineering work of which (B) Six Years must be in a professional capacity. (C) a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from an accredited college or university. (D) a Massachusetts Class D or higher Driver’s License.


MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS:  Applicants must have at least (A) five years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, supervisory or managerial experience in business administration, business management, or public administration. 

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer.  Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Official Title: Program Manager VI

Primary Location

: United States-Massachusetts-Boston – 251 Causeway Street


: 41,017.08  109,248.47 Yearly

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