Sunday, February 4, 2024

Job Opportunity: Massachusetts. Program Coordinator III - Indigenous Peoples Partnership Coordinator - (23000D97)


ABOUT THE AGENCY:  The Department of Conservation and Recreation’s mission is to protect, promote and enhance our common wealth of natural, cultural and recreational resources for the well-being of all. The DCR is steward to one of the largest and most diverse state parks systems in the nation which includes more than 450,000 acres of parks, forests, water supply protection lands, beaches, lakes, ponds, playgrounds, swimming pools, skating rinks, trails, golf courses and parkways.  DCR strives to be an exemplary leader in conservation and recreation. DCR’s staff is passionate, dedicated, and continuously employs best practices that are informed by expertise, and creates a sense of place through carrying out the mission.

The Department of Conservation and Recreation seeks applicants for the position of Program Coordinator III - Indigenous Peoples Partnership Coordinator, located at 10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA.  Please submit a cover letter and resume as part of the application process.

About Conservation and Resource Stewardship:  DCR places are special.  ​It starts with the conservation and stewardship of our Commonwealth’s unique and significant landscapes.  ​Outdoor recreation invites all to experience these resources and see what makes Massachusetts special.​ It is purpose of the Conservation and Resource Stewardship team to ensure these lands are available for future generations.  ​It is our passion to create a sense of place at DCR that will foster a culture of stewardship. 


The Indigenous Peoples Partnership Coordinator will serve as the agency Indigenous Community Liaison, providing support to the Director of the Office of Cultural Resources to help foster meaningful relationships and improve understanding and collaboration between DCR staff and Indigenous Peoples throughout Massachusetts. The Coordinator will convene gatherings, conduct outreach, coordinate conversations, initiate and manage joint projects, develop guidelines and agreements, procedures, and program materials to build, foster and support these relationships. 

The Commonwealth values the opportunity to work closely with Indigenous Peoples and Tribal Nations. DCR seeks to partner with Indigenous Peoples and Tribal Nations regarding how traditional ecological knowledge can contribute to identifying viable strategies for climate action/climate change adaptation. DCR recognizes that Indigenous Tribal Knowledge (ITK) offers valuable experience, expertise, and insight of land and water resources. By fostering a new and ongoing relationship between DCR and Indigenous Peoples and Tribal Nations, effective and impactful pathways for engagement are created, particularly for DCR to listen and learn regarding Indigenous knowledge. It is DCR's goal that ITK will contribute to implementing sustainable solutions for climate change adaptation and resilience. The Indigenous Peoples Partnership Coordinator will assist the Office of Cultural Resources in launching the FPFS Partnership.

DCR's First People First Stewards (FPFS) partnership is a new effort for DCR to better acknowledge and understand the role of DCR-stewarded lands in the cultural continuity, public health, well-being, and sovereignty of Indigenous Peoples in Massachusetts. The Commonwealth has an opportunity to assist in the revitalization of traditional physical and cultural connections. Through this partnership DCR commits to continue ongoing dialog between DCR and Indigenous Peoples.


The Indigenous Peoples Partnerships Coordinator will serve as the agency Indigenous Community Liaison and advise and assist the Office of Cultural Resources in creating, organizing and launching the First People, First Stewards (FPFS) Partnership. The goal of FPFS Partnership is to support Indigenous Peoples, groups, and communities by enhancing communication, improving equity, and access to DCR lands. The goal is to continue developing collaborative relationships that further cultural knowledge and shared resource stewardship.

Specific Duties include:

Developing a program of engagement and stewardship to support Indigenous communities' ongoing cultural relationship to DCR managed public lands;

Creating opportunities for communications between DCR and Indigenous communities; 

Serving as DCR liaison to Indigenous communities including federally recognized tribes, state recognized tribes, and Indigenous communities with ancestral ties to the lands of Massachusetts;

Collecting, analyzing and synthesizing information on Indigenous partnerships in other states, including models for policy, staff training, resource stewardship, research, public programming and projects; 

Leading DCR's FPFS Working Group; 

Developing DCR's program materials, including web sites, videos, story maps, handouts, and other materials to facilitate appropriate communications; 

Creating a program database, including maintaining contact lists and regular outreach schedules; 

Conducting research to facilitate staff training, land stewardship, interpretation, or other high priority actions identified by DCR in partnership with Indigenous communities; 

Providing educational support to DCR staff, and collaborate closely with the Environmental Justice team at EEA including HR and DEI Office.; 

Coordinating with all Bureaus and Divisions of DCR, including, but not limited to, the Office of Climate Resilience, Interpretive Services, Park Operations, Office of Research, and Office of Natural Resources. Example: inventory and review of interpretive materials containing information about Indigenous peoples, Indigenous lands, and Indigenous narratives and coordination with the Indigenous community to ensure accurate, appropriate, and culturally sensitive content for public consumption; 

Support the DCR Resource Management Planning program; 

Providing logistical support for meetings of DCR's FPFS Working Group, and assist in development of DCR's presentations to same; 

Provide logistical support to the MA Commission on Indian Affairs and/or other Indigenous groups and communities in their work with DCR;  

Ability to obtain reliable transportation for statewide site visits at both DCR and non-DCR sites.


DCR seeks a candidate with a strong foundation and core understanding of Indigenous heritage within Massachusetts and New England to assist in developing and implementing the First People, First Stewards Partnership program. The preferred candidate will have a solid understanding of Indigenous culture, excellent communication and organizational skills, ability to research and understand government policy, and strong technical skills. Specifically, the preferred candidate shall: 

Possess knowledge and understanding of Indigenous culture, language, and history in Massachusetts and the area of New England; 

Demonstrate knowledge of tribes with ancestral ties to Massachusetts lands, including, but not limited to, the Wampanoag (Mashpee, Aquinnah, and Herring Pond), the Stockbridge Munsee, the Nipmuc (Hasssenamisco and Chaubunagungamaug), the Massachusett, the Pocasset and Indigenous communities as recognized in Executive Order 126. 

Present previous relevant experience working with Indigenous peoples, groups, and communities.  

Demonstrate understanding of historical and current government policies, regulations, and procedures affecting Indigenous communities in Massachusetts including the role of the MA Commission on Indian Affairs and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices, and state and federal laws. 

Possess excellent written and verbal skills;  

Have the ability to recognize and acknowledge cultural differences, especially in relation to program communications; 

Familiarity navigating difficult conversations that may include, but are not limited to, land acknowledgement and repatriation, past and current effects of colonialism, environmental justice issues, etc. 

Demonstrate strong research, analysis and writing skills to convey complex subject matter and draw conclusions from data Possess experience in developing public information including web, video, and other media; 

Display proficiency in Microsoft Office – Word, Excel, PowerPoint.

Display proficiency in Adobe Acrobat.  

Possess familiarity with GIS StoryMap – DCR can train the selected candidate.    


First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.


Applicants must have at least (A) four years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional, administrative or managerial experience in business administration, business management or public administration the major duties of which involved program management, program administration, program coordination, program planning and/or program analysis, and (B) of which at least one year must have been in a supervisory capacity, or (C) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.



I. A Bachelor's degree with a major in business administration, business management or public administration may be substituted for a maximum of two years of the required (A) experience.*

II. A Graduate degree with a major in business administration, business management or public administration may be substituted for a maximum of three years of the required (A) experience.*


III. A Bachelor's or higher degree with a major other than in business administration, business management or public administration may be substituted for a maximum of one year of the required (A) experience.*

*Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.

NOTE: No substitutions will be permitted for the required (B) experience. 


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

The Commonwealth is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other basis covered by appropriate law.  Research suggests that qualified women, Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color (BIPOC) may self-select out of opportunities if they don't meet 100% of the job requirements.  We encourage individuals who believe they have the skills necessary to thrive to apply for this role.

Official Title: Program Coordinator III

Primary Location: United States-Massachusetts-10 Park Plaza

Job: Administrative Services

Agency: Department of Conservation & Recreation

Schedule: Full-time

Shift: Day

Job Posting: Jan 30, 2024, 4:36:14 PM

Number of Openings: 1

Salary: 73,566.74 - 107,580.12 Yearly

If you have Diversity, Affirmative Action or Equal Employment Opportunity questions or need a Reasonable Accommodation, please contact Diversity Officer / ADA Coordinator: Moneesha Dasgupta - 6176450358

Bargaining Unit: 06-NAGE - Professional Admin.

Confidential: No

Potentially Eligible for a Hybrid Work Schedule: Yes


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