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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

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 events will provide opportunities for young environmental professionals to meet their peers and MACC members. The networking events will allow committee members 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 any of the Young Professionals meetings in 2018.

Who Are We?

We are Conservation Commission members and young, dynamic environmental professionals in consulting, governmental, legal, and other environmental fields who are looking to make a difference in our careers and our communities.

Why Join Our Committee?

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.


When is OUR Next Meeting?  

April 2019 Event

MACC/EBC Ascending Professionals Event

Date: Thursday, April 18th, 2019, 6:00 – 7:30 PM

Location: Tetra Tech Office, 100 Nickerson Road, Marlborough, MA 01752


Please join the EBC Ascending Professionals Committee and the EBC Dam Management Committee for an evening program that will focus on current and emerging issues in Dam Practice. This program aims to provide a brief introduction and terminology used in the field, a perspective on dam management as a key tool from flood damage reduction, dam safety and dam inspection, and a preview on upcoming issues. The talks will be given by young and seasoned industry professionals. Attendees will leave the program with fresh and relevant information on important aspects of Dam Practice.


  The Role of Dams in Flood Damage Reduction – A Systemic Approach

·     Curtis Thalken, Senior Vice President / Chief Operating Officer, Normandeau Associates, Inc.


Why Dam Safety? Current Practice and New Initiatives

·     Matthew Bellisle, P.E., Senior Vice President, Pare Corporation


Dams and Fish Survival – A Fisheries Perspective

·     Tyler Parent, Fisheries Scientist, Normandeau Associates, Inc.


 Ample time for Q&A will be available during the moderated discussion following presentations.


To Register and for more information:


FREE Young Professionals Brewing Event - May

Young Professionals Networking Event

When: May 9, 2019

Where: Aeronaut Brewing Company, 14 Tyler Street in Somerville, MA from 6-9 pm


The master brewer will meet with the group and give an overview of beer making, and then there will be some beer “tasting” involved. There is no charge for this FREE event, but registration is required. MACC will provide light food for the event but participants must pay for their own drinks.

Contact Nick Wyllie at (508) 223-2222 ext. 3145 to register or if you have any questions.  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.  Bring a friend and see you on May 9th!

If you have suggestions for professional development topics or locations for meetings, email the co-chairs: Nicholas Wyllie or Hung Pham. We hope to see you at a Young Professionals event in 2019! 

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:

Hung Pham (Committee Co-Chair), Massachusetts Department of Transportation.

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,

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