Charles River Conservancy

43 Thorndike Street, S3-3
Cambridge, MA 02141

Date Posted:
February 25, 2021

Eastern Massachusetts



Project Manager


The Charles River Conservancy (CRC) seeks a team-oriented individual who is eager to build external partnerships and execute exciting projects and strengthen community throughout the parks along the Charles River. This position will play a key role in defining and implementingthe in-park expression of our organizational goals and is an exciting opportunity for those interested in the intersection of environmentalism and community engagement. The CRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ and other people to apply.

Organization Overview

Founded in 2000, the CRC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that strives to make the Charles River and its parks a well-maintained network of natural urban places that invite and engage all in their use and care. In partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), as well as other State, City and community stakeholders, the CRC’s goals are to:1) cultivate active engagement with the river; 2) define the parks as a platform for community and cultural life; 3) advocate using research and placemaking; and 4) ensure long term sustainability of the natural resource and organization.

Key Responsibilities

The Project Manager will develop and carry out a variety of events, installations and other partnership-driven activities that promote the active use of the Charles and encourage cultural and community engagement.


  • Manage partner-based projects and programming (i.e. public art, educational installations and special events) to showcase the talent of surrounding communities in the public parks along the Charles.
  • Collaborate with the Communications Manager to increase awareness of and build support for the offerings along the Charles.
  • Work with Associate Director and Executive Director to support fundraising efforts, including providing content for grant applications and attending networking events.
  • Supervise seasonal interns, co-op students and additional staff members as needed.

Current Priorities

Floating Wetland, in partnership with Northeastern University

  • Manage existing pilot project, including activation and educational partnerships, oversight of maintenance needs and water quality research.
  • Lead community engagement as the CRC explores and designs potential expansion.

MathTalk, in partnership with Magazine Beach Partners and Cambridge Public Schools

  • Plan outreach and events to promote an educational public art pilot, empowering parents and other adults to teach young people math in fun ways.
  • Expand pilot into a “MathWalk” throughout the park with different learning games.

Charles River Swim, in partnership with the Charles River Swimming Club (CRSC)

  • Collaborate with the CRSC on a small, one-mile swim race to bring attention to the goal of a fully swimmable Charles River. (Tentatively planned for Fall 2021, dependent on health restrictions).
  • Plan annual community swim for 2022 (permitting, vendors, registration, afterparty).

Skatepark Public Art, partnership TBD

  • Develop community engagement process for a mural project at the Lynch Family Skatepark.
  • Lead permitting process with state agencies and manage consultants, such as artist.


Preferred experience

We recognize no one individual will embody all listed attributes and encourage candidates with equivalent, non-traditional career experience to apply.

  • A demonstrated interest in the mission of the Charles River Conservancy.
  • Two or more years of professional experience in a related field such as urban and environmental design, landscape architecture, placemaking, advocacy, arts administration, organizing or other.
  • Experience managing projects and/or events, timelines and budgets.
  • History working with local and/or state agencies (including permitting).
  • Experience managing staff and/or volunteers.
  • Ability to clearly communicate through verbal, written and graphic tools.
  • Comfort with adapting circumstances, as can be expected with innovative ideas, projects and events.
  • Familiarity with the Charles River parks through recreation or as a neighbor.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, comfort with the Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign).
  • Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends, particularly April-June, September-October.

Salary & Benefits:

Salary for this position is $50,000 - $60,000, depending on experience. The CRC’s strong benefits include:

  • 10 days each: vacation, flexible time off, and holidays
  • Option for partial remote work (post-pandemic)
  • Health insurance (50% - 75% CRC paid) and reimbursements for dental cleanings
  • CRC contribution to a cafeteria plan to be used on pre-tax basis for employee health care contributions, 403b contributions, transit, parking, dependent care or FSA spending
  • 403b retirement plan with CRC contribution after 3 years of employment
How To Apply:

Interested candidates are asked to submit a resume and cover letter (and any other materials they think would best communicate why they are the right person for the job!) in a single PDF to on or before March 22nd, 2021. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Apply by:
March 22, 2021
$50,000 - $60,000
About this Organization:
The CRC is a non-profit advocacy organization dedicated to the restoration and renewal of the Charles River Basin Parklands.