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State of Massachusetts Conservation Restriction Reviewer in Boston, Massachusetts

The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs seeks to protect, preserve, and enhance the Commonwealth’s environmental resources while ensuring and promoting a clean energy future for the state’s residents. Through the stewardship of open space, protection of environmental resources, and enhancement of clean energy, the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs works tirelessly to make Massachusetts a wonderful place to live, work, and raise a family. Who We Serve: Massachusetts was the first state in the nation to combine energy and environmental agencies under one Cabinet secretary. The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA) serves Commonwealth residents interested in outdoor recreational activities, clean energy solutions and those who work with animals and livestock. Equally, EOEEA works with energy consumers, power companies, clean energy providers and farmers to delicately balance the interaction with environmental protection laws and regulations while being a cornerstone for our economic prosperity. *A cover letter and resume must be submitted as part of the application process and attached “as relevant” to the requisition. * The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA) is accepting resumes and applications for the position of Conservation Restriction Reviewer (CR Reviewer). General Statement of Duties: Reviews and negotiates the terms of 100-200 Conservation Restrictions (CR’s) per year covering 2-4,000 acres submitted by municipalities and non-profit conservation organizations pursuant to MGL c. 184 sec. 31-33. The CR Reviewer is responsible for coordinating with individual property owners, municipal officials (e.g., counsel, Conservation Commissions), land trusts, Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program staff, employees of the Department of Environmental Protection and other EEA agencies and divisions, , etc.; updating the Conservation Restriction Handbook and the standard conservation restriction model (with public input); and providing technical assistance directly to CR applicants and via presentations at seminars, meetings, & conferences in order to educate stakeholders about the CR approval process & MGL c. 184. Recommends that the Secretary of EEA sign those Conservation Restrictions that are in the public interest in order to limit land use and provide for the permanent conservation of land and related natural resources by the subsequent recording of the CRs at a Registry of Deeds. DETAILED STATEMENT OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES * Conduct the required review of 100-200 Conservation Restrictions (CR’s) covering 2-4,000 acres per year submitted pursuant to MGL c. 184 sec. 31-33 by municipalities and non-profit land trusts, and recommend to the Secretary of EEA whether each Conservation Restriction adequately protects natural resources in perpetuity and is in the public interest. Reviews include negotiating, coordinating, and providing technical assistance to individual property owners, municipalities (e.g., counsel, Conservation Commissions), land trusts, the Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program, the Dept. of Environmental Protection, other EEA agencies and divisions, etc. for land conservation donations, state tax credit submissions, state and federal grant projects, and other transactions resulting in a CR. o Conduct in-person / on-site field work to perform aspects of this job, including site inspections, meeting with stakeholders, and state and local officials. o Review plans, maps, and deeds associated with submitted CR’s and research discrepancies between various CR descriptions and plans, deed descriptions and easements, mortgages etc. that may affect the perpetual protections of the CR. Require proponents of CRs to correct technical and substantive errors, complete additional title work, enhance maps, plans & descriptions, deal with mortgage subordinations, or undertake other work before final approval of the CR. o Coordinate with EEA Legal for review of CR’s before recommending them for approval by the Secretary of EEA. * Update the Conservation Restriction Handbook and the standard conservation restriction model based on recent laws and court cases; conduct public meetings to receive comment on proposed revisions to the CR handbook and standard CR model, including updated language for best practices for various activities that are appropriate as reserved rights in CR’s such as forestry and farming. * Provide education & technical assistance on CR’s at seminars, meetings, & conferences such as those held by the Mass. Land Trust Coalition, the Mass. Municipal Association, the Mass. Association of Conservation Commissions, and attorney’s associations. * Supervise and assist staff and volunteers who assist with CR review, coordinate edits to legal documents, update and maintain the CR database and other records, and coordinate other program aspects. * Recommend strategies and give technical assistance to municipalities and other governmental agencies on methods of environmental protection, including recording of CR’s over Community Preservation Act parcels, land acquisition strategies, proposed bylaws, or legislation and regulations. * Analyze state legislation and regulations affecting CR’s and land protected by CR’s and advise on policy development as appropriate. * Help municipalities and land trusts with the protection of tax title lands. * Work with communities and land trusts to improve protection for old CR’s, to address proposed amendments to existing CRs, and to advise on monitoring issues. * Maintain records and track progress of CRs. o Respond to inquiries from agency staff and others and provide information concerning CRs. * Coordinate with EEA agencies and divisions regarding the development of CRs to assist in the implementation of other policies and programs such as those addressing small public water supplies, wastewater runoff, wetlands protection, or drinking water; providing grants such as the LAND and PARC programs; allocating tax credits; etc. * Perform related work as assigned. First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days. MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must have at least (A) five years of full-time, or equivalent part-time technical or professional experience in urban or regional planning, environmental planning, transportation planning or land use planning, and (B) of which at least three years must have been in a professional capacity, and (C) of which at least one year must have been in a supervisory capacity, or (D) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below. Substitutions: I. A Bachelor's degree with a major in urban or regional planning, environmental planning, urban studies, architecture, landscape architecture, civil, environmental, or transportation engineering or environmental sciences may be substituted for two years d the required (A) experience. II. A Graduate degree with a major in urban or regional planning, environmental planning, urban studies, architecture, landscape architecture, civil, environmental, or transportation engineering or environmental sciences may be substituted for three years of the required (A) experience and one year of the required (B) experience. Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis on the proportion of the requirements actually completed. NOTE: Educational substitutions will only be permitted for a maximum of three years of the required experience. Substitutions will only be permitted for a maximum of one year of the required (B) experience. No substitution will be permitted for the required (C) experience. SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Based on assignment, possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Class D Motor Vehicle Operator's License. *Executive Order #595:As a condition of employment, successful applicants will be required to have received COVID-19 vaccination or an approved exemption as of their start date. Details relating to demonstrating compliance with this requirement will be provided to applicants selected for employment. Applicants who receive an offer of employment who can provide documentation that the vaccine is medically contraindicated or who object to vaccination due to a sincerely held religious belief may make a request for exemption. An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. *Job: Environmental and Energy *Organization: Exec Office Of Energy and Environmental Affairs *Title: *Conservation Restriction Reviewer Location: Massachusetts-Boston-100 Cambridge Street Requisition ID: 21000AIT

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