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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.

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 28th 9:00 am – 12:00 pmCharles River Cleanup.  
Come join MACC, the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Young Members Committee, LSPA’s Emerging Professionals Committee, and the Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA) to give back to local communities and network with your peers around the industry! 

The CRWA provides gloves, trash bags, and some tools (if available) to pick up trash, debris and unsuitable materials for a riverbank/shoreline.  Dress in clothes you don’t mind getting dirty.  Bring sunblock & bug spray.  Our groups are working along the Charles River in Waltham, between Moody Street and Elm Street. Trash will be picked up and piled in the adjacent parking lot.  CRWA volunteers come by and pick everything up.  The CRWA has a pizza party nearby that starts at 12pm that everyone is welcome to attend. The CRWA provides t-shirts for the cleanup. 

If you are interested in attending this event please RSVP to fellow MACC Young Professional Committee member, Mykel Mendes, at or contact Nick Wyllie at 508-223-2222 ext. 3145
For more information on the Charles River cleanup see:

May 10th 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm, MACC Young Professionals Committee Meeting in Worcester, MA:
Project Management & Facilitation between Boards, Commissions & Agencies at EcoTec, Inc.'s office, 102 Grove Street, Worcester (meeting), then Fix Burger Bar (drinks and conversation).  All MACC Young Professionals Meetings in 2018 are free to members and non-members. 
May 16th 12:00 - 12:30 pm, MACC Young Professionals Committee Lunch & Learn Webinar.
Join MACC Young Professionals Co-Chairs, Nick Wyllie and Hung Pham, for an overview of the mission and goals of the Young Professionals Committee, discuss upcoming meetings, presentations, hikes, brewery tours, and wetland training opportunities.  We welcome Young Professionals (and Not-So-Young) to participate in this FREE Webinar.  Help us shape the upcoming schedule of events!  More information on MACC’s website.  

May 20th 9:00 am - 11:30 am, Crane’s Beach Walk.
The Association of Massachusetts Wetland Scientists (AMWS) will be hosting the Crane’s Beach Walk in Ipswich, MA:  Join naturalist and wetland scientist John Dick to explore interdunal swales, with a focus on spadefoot and piping plover habitat. He will discuss coastal sedimentary processes and vegetative cover, and there will be wading and dipnets. Participants are expected to include The Trustees of the Reservations and NHESP representatives, as well as AMWS members.  More information can be found here:
July 19th, MACC Young Professionals Committee summer meeting.
We are still in the planning stages for this meeting.  Send us your ideas for a great gathering! 
August 15th 9:00 am - 3:30 pm, Identifying Late Season Grasses.
The Association of Massachusetts Wetland Scientists (AMWS) will be hosting a full day workshop in Boylston, MA to focus on identifying Late Season Grasses that are major components of upland and wetland communities.  Several members of the MACC Young Professionals Committee plan to attend and hope you will too!  More information can be found here:
September 6th 6:00 pm- 8:00pm, End of Summer Bash!
Join the MACC Young Professionals Committee, the Environmental Business Council’s Ascending Professionals Committee, and other young environmental professionals at a fun End of Summer Bash at District Hall in Boston’s Seaport: The MACC YPC committee plans to be a co-sponsor of this event.  More info will be posted about this event shortly.

More Events in autumn 2018!  
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?

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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