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Our Young Professionals Committee

Offers support, professional development and fun networking opportunities!

We will have free events throughout Massachusetts and hope you can participate in an event in your region.


Young professionals identifying hydric soils.


Young Professionals Committee Meeting, Skyroc Brewery, Attleboro, November 2017.
Young Professionals Committee Meeting, Jack's Abby, Framingham, January 2018.
Young Professionals Committee Meeting,
VHB, MassDEP training on new MS4 Permits
November 2018


Aeronaut Brewing, Cambridge, MA, May 9, 2019.

Michele Girard (L), Brew Master Mark Bowers, Arlington Conservation Commission Member Susan Chapnick, and Young Professionals Committee Co-Chair, Nick Wyllie (R).


Aeronaut Young Professionals Event, May 9, 2019 


Aeronaut Young Professionals Event, May 9, 2019 (participation from MACC staff, MA Municipal Association, Mass Audubon, LSP Association, consulting firms, conservation commissions, law firms, recent college graduates, job seekers).

What is our Purpose?

MACC's Young Professionals Committee has been created to provide support, professional development, and networking opportunities to individuals who are new to the environmental profession or new to conservation commissions.  Quarterly networking events will provide opportunities for young environmental professionals to develop a better understanding of the Wetlands Protection Act, Conservation Commissions, different techniques used in the field, career paths, or just meet new people. There are no admission fees for MACC members.

Who Are We?

We are Conservation Commission members as well as environmental professionals in consulting, governmental, legal, and other environmental fields who are looking to make a difference in our careers and our communities. MACC’s Young Professional Committee members are individuals who have been in a conservation commission, or worked in the environmental field for less than 10 years.



We strive to make our events both fun and educational. We mix networking with wetlands training, brewery tours, kayaking, beer tasting, hikes, and other events. We will have free events throughout Massachusetts and hope you can participate in an event in your region.  Let us know if you want to start a regional chapter near you!


When DO WE OUR Meet?  

September 5, 2019 EBC’s End of Summer Bash
Co-hosted by MACC
This event is sponsored by the Environmental Business Council of New England (EBC), and many MACC’s Young Professionals Committee members plan to attend.  This will be a great networking event – we hope to see you there! 
The cost for this event is provided at the following link:

September 19, 2019 MACC Young Professionals Committee Meeting
“How to Effectively Present to Conservation Commissions”
10 Juniper Road, Belmont, MA
6:30 – 8:00 PM
MACC’s Directors, Paul McManus, LSP, PWS, EcoTec Inc., and Jennifer Steel, Chief Environmental Planner, Newton, MA, will present the basics about how you can effectively present information to a Conservation Commission as an applicant’s consultant.  Learn how not to, and how to, work together cooperatively in the Notice of Intent (NOI) process.  FREE to MACC members.  Light refreshments provided.  Following the case study examples and Q&A session, participants will adjourn to the Mighty Squirrel Brewing Company, at 411 Waverly Oaks Road in Waltham, MA for informal networking.  

November 7, 2019 MACC Young Professionals Committee Meeting
“Reviewing & Reading Construction Plans”
VHB Offices
101 Walnut Street, Watertown, MA
6:30 – 8:00 PM
MACC and VHB consultants will provide examples of Construction Plans, how to read the plans, how to understand information on the plans, and learn what information is required to be included on construction plans.  The presentation will include typical “Do’s” and “Don’ts” when submitting information to conservation commissions. FREE to MACC members.  Light refreshments will be provided.


We welcome new members to the Young Professionals Committee from conservation commissions, consulting firms, newly graduated students, and representatives from other associations including the LSP Association, Environmental Business Council, AMWS, BBA, and SWS.  We hope to see you at a Young Professionals event in 2019! 

If you have suggestions for professional development topics or locations for meetings, email MACC at

In addition to the opportunities above, you can also check MACC’s community calendar for even more upcoming events and opportunities for professional development.  Link for the calendar can be found here:

Need More Information? Contact:

Nicholas Wyllie (Committee Co-Chair), Conservation Agent/Environmental Planner, Dept. of Planning & Development, City of Attleboro, 77 Park Street, Attleboro, MA 02703, (508) 223-2222 ext. 3145,

Daniel Cannata (Committee Co-Chair), Environmental Scientist, VHB, 101 Walnut Street, Watertown, MA 02472, (617) 607-1019,
more Calendar

An Autumn Walk through Meadow and Forest

FALL CONFERENCE 2019: Sponsorship Registration

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10 Juniper Road
Belmont, MA 02478
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