Job Opportunity/Part-Time Administrative Staff Position at Local Oversight Committee

Muddy River Restoration Project
Maintenance and Management Oversight Committee
68 Harvard Street
Brookline, Massachusetts  02447

The MMOC:  The Muddy River Restoration Project Maintenance and Management Oversight Committee (MMOC) is an independent oversight body, established by the Secretary of the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs in 2002, for the Muddy River Flood Control, Water Quality and Habitat Enhancement and Historic Preservation Project (the Project).  The MMOC was created to work with the Project proponents, other stakeholders and government agencies, to ensure public participation in the Project, protect the considerable public investment, and provide independent oversight of the proponents’ maintenance and management of the Project area after the completion of the Project.

Administrative staff position:  The MMOC seeks a highly-motivated administrative support professional with strong organizational, communication and technical skills, and with the ability to work independently.  The Administrator will report to and be supervised by the Chair of the MMOC, will provide administrative support to the MMOC, and will be the eyes and ears of the MMOC on the ground with respect to both maintenance of the completed portions of the Project and additional construction activity expected to commence in Spring 2020.

The position is a half-time position (fixed 20 hours per week).  Compensation will be commensurate with experience.  No benefits. 

Some work will be performed at the MMOC office in Brookline Village.  The Administrator will also be expected to participate in monthly evening MMOC meetings and other subcommittee meetings that may also occur in the evening.  Responsibilities will also include project site visits (along the Muddy River in Boston and Brookline) and some meetings, as required, at other locations.  

Project Background:  The Project is a joint project of the City of Boston and the Town of Brookline, working with the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.  It is funded with federal, state and local money and is designed and managed by the US Army Corps of Engineers.  The Project has five objectives:  control flooding; improve water quality; restore landscape and historic resources; enhance aquatic and riparian habitat; and implement improved stormwater management throughout the Muddy River watershed.  Construction in Charlesgate was completed by 2005; Phase 1 of the Project was completed in 2016.  The procurement for Phase 2 has been posted recently, and construction of Phase 2 and rehabilitation of the Carlton Street Footbridge are expected to start in Spring 2020.

Specific Responsibilities:

Office Administration:

  1. Provide general administrative support
  2. Provide administrative support to Chair, including organizing and scheduling meetings, tours of project site and other events
  3. Maintain MMOC records

Specific Muddy River Project related Work:

  1. Photograph Project activity
  2. Document status of maintenance in areas where Project work has been completed
  3. Work on special and ongoing projects as assigned


  1. Prepare initial drafts of letters, memos, general correspondence, press releases and other communications as needed
  2. Coordinate responses to requests for information
  3. Maintain and update MMOC databases
  4. Assist with social media content and serve as liaison to social media consultant
  5. Prepare drafts of mass mailings, both electronic and hard copy
  6. Communicate effectively with internal and external partners, consultants and others


  1. Prepare drafts of agendas and meeting materials for MMOC meetings, subcommittee and other meetings, and minutes of meetings
  2. Coordinate event planning and preparation, including MMOC annual meeting for the public and other special events


  1. Bachelor’s degree preferred
  2. Background in environmental science a plus
  3. Commitment to community engagement
  4. Administrative and office management experience preferred
  5. Strong written and oral communications skills
  6. Ability to communicate diplomatically on behalf of the MMOC with public officials and private individuals
  7. Strong computer/technical skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, including PowerPoint and Excel
  8. Demonstrated concern for the environment

How to Apply:  Submit cover letter and resume to Chair, Fran Gershwin, at