In its 30th year, Coalition expanding team with three new full-time staff positions

In July 1987, the Coalition began as a group of dedicated local citizens who felt that Buzzards Bay needed an advocacy group that would always ensure the right decisions were being made for the Bay. Three decades later, as we celebrate our 30th anniversary, we’re expanding and strengthening our team by adding several new professional positions to help achieve the clean water vision that these forward-thinking community members set forth.

With the addition of these positions, the Coalition’s team will grow to 20 conservation professionals, as well as four seasonal part-time staff, five service members, and countless volunteers who help us carry out our mission of protecting and restoring the Bay ecosystem through science, advocacy, conservation, and education.

All of these positions are available immediately. Please see the full position descriptions to apply, and help us spread the word to your friends, family, and professional network.

Water Resources Specialist

installation of a layer cake septic system in West Falmouth

One pilot “layer cake” system has already been installed this year at a home in West Falmouth as part of the Coalition’s project with the town of Falmouth to upgrade 20 septic systems along West Falmouth Harbor.

Over the past few years, we’ve begun expanding our science and advocacy role by working directly with communities to demonstrate the most effective solutions to the Bay’s nitrogen pollution problem. Last year, we installed state-of-the-art nitrogen removing septic systems at 30 homes around West Falmouth Harbor, and this year we’ll be installing 12 more pilot technologies across the watershed. In the upper Bay, we’re determining the feasibility of regional wastewater treatment to improve the health of waters from Marion to Pocasset.

The Water Resource Specialist will continue to expand the Coalition’s role as a regional leader in implementing real-world solutions to reducing nitrogen pollution. These projects will generally focus on wastewater solutions, but may also include innovations in home and institutional turf maintenance, agricultural fertilizer management, and conservation boat mooring systems.

(Note: This position has been filled.)

Onset Bay Center Director

As we seek to create our first permanent on-the-water exploration center in Onset, the Coalition is looking for an accomplished professional to lead these efforts. The Onset Bay Center Director will manage this developing boating and public engagement facility as well as more than 26 acres of publicly accessible conservation lands, including the centerpiece of Onset Bay, Wickets Island.

Wickets Island in Onset Bay

The Coalition purchased Wickets Island last summer to become part of our first permanent on-the-water exploration center on Onset Bay.

The Onset Bay Center is modeled after the Duxbury Bay Maritime School and will be headquartered at the historic Onset Bathhouse, which the Coalition is currently working to restore. Hiring this position is the next step in fulfilling our goal to establish this center and provide high-quality on-the-water programs that engage people of all ages in a wide range of outdoor activities and educational programs to build connections and a sense of stewardship toward Buzzards Bay.

Download the full Onset Bay Center Director position description.

Executive Assistant

With these major areas of growth come the need to increase support for governance, fundraising, and administrative support. The Executive Assistant will provide direct support to the President and operate within the inner circle of the Coalition’s goal setting, decision making, and performance management. This hands-on job will join the Coalition at a critical moment as we continue to work to reverse declines in the Bay’s health by growing our organization’s capacity.

(Note: This position has been filled.)

Seasonal positions: Boat Captain, Baywatchers Assistant Coordinator, and Summer Outreach Manager

Seasonal positions help expand our capacity in the busy summer season to collect data, engage with volunteers, and represent the Coalition in the field. This summer, we’re looking to fill three part-time positions: Boat Captain, Assistant Coordinator for the Baywatchers monitoring program, and Summer Outreach Manager for the Woods Hole Outreach Center.

R/V Baykeeper in Apponagansett Bay

The R/V Buzzards Baykeeper® monitors the health of harbors and coves throughout Buzzards Bay.

The Boat Captain is responsible for the safe operation and maintenance of the Coalition’s 27-foot R/V Buzzards Baykeeper®. The Baykeeper is used to take water quality samples around the Bay and to provide support for Coalition outreach programs. Boat Captain duties include safely operating, maintaining, and cleaning the vessel; collecting water samples according to the Baywatchers schedule and protocol; deploying, retrieving, and maintaining the Coalition’s center Bay monitoring buoy; and providing on-the-water support at the Buzzards Bay Swim on June 24. (Note: This position has been filled.)

The Baywatchers Assistant Coordinator helps to coordinate our award-winning volunteer Baywatchers monitoring program, which is now in its 26th year. The position is a combination of field work, lab work, data entry, and working with volunteers. (Note: This position has been filled.)

The Summer Outreach Manager will be responsible for staffing and managing the Coalition’s outreach center in the heart of Woods Hole Village. This is an exciting opportunity to engage the public around our mission in the epicenter of marine research and education. (Note: This position has been filled.)

Swim the Bay, Save the Bay

Buzzards Bay Swim

Celebrate clean water at the Coalition's 31st annual Buzzards Bay Swim on Saturday, June 22, 2024! Join more than 400 others who make a difference to protect clean water in Buzzards Bay. You can swim, volunteer, or cheer on swimmers as they cross outer New Bedford Harbor.

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