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    Education and Outreach Coordinator

    The Outreach & Education Coordinator (O&EC) works under the supervision of the Executive Director to coordinate, with the Center’s partners, implementation of the education and outreach actions of the Inland Bays Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP).  They collaborate closely with and support Center staff on research, restoration, policy, and fundraising efforts.  This individual develops programmatic funding and manages a small staff; currently one FT Communications Specialist and five seasonal instructors.  This individual is responsible for developing and distributing educational information across all media types and tracking the effectiveness of targeted education and outreach campaigns.  The O&EC is a strong communicator who is knowledgeable about watershed restoration and is able to motivate individuals and groups to take action to protect and restore the Inland Bays.

    The O&EC builds an expanding network of diverse individuals and organizations that understand the importance of the Inland Bays and advocate for their restoration.  They inspire the public and decision makers to make choices that improve the Inland Bays; to instill in stakeholders, teachers, students, and decision makers an environmental awareness; to promote watershed education in the school system; to produce all forms of educational media, programs, and seminars in cooperation with other non-profits, state agencies, communities, and institutes of higher education.  The O&EC creates a vibrant and creative media presence through the Center’s own print and electronic media, and by providing regular content to and maintaining positive relationships with local and regional media outlets.

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    Fostering Technology, Innovation and Sustainability For Clean and Safe Water

    A postgraduate internship project is available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Water (OW) to assist with design and implementation of a plan to foster consideration of sustainability principles across the Office of Water Programs (Regions and Headquarters). This effort will be led through the OW’s Office of Science and Technology (OST) on behalf of the Office of Water.

    The intern will be part of an EPA OW team focused on water technology innovations, involved with a range of technical, policy and program support activities, to assess how Office of Water programs and policies can better foster consideration and integration of sustainability principles and technological innovations into its programs. Close collaboration with other EPA offices, other Federal agencies and external groups is expected. Under the guidance of the mentor, s/he may be involved in:

    attending meetings and conferences regarding water sustainability
    creating connections for further integration of sustainability principles internal and external to EPA
    implementing the 10 market opportunities described in the Water Technology Innovation Blueprints through research and policy priorities (https://www.epa.gov/innovation/water-technology-innovation-blueprints)
    assisting another intern in coordinating team activities such as technical assistance projects (e.g. green infrastructure design, nutrient pollution prevention, water energy recovery, innovative water quality monitoring via sensor technologies, water reuse, small system performance enhancement, improving water/sanitation access, improved oceans, estuaries and watersheds, etc.)
    developing expertise in, and providing technical assistance in projects related to, one or more of the market opportunities described in the Water Technology Innovation Blueprints
    becoming familiar with water sector affairs/stakeholders and developing water-related research/practitioner skills
    developing outreach and communication materials for OW website, including white papers, brochures and blog posts (https://www.epa.gov/innovation/water-innovation-and-technology)
    developing metrics and performance measures to assess progress
    tracking EPA progress to implement sustainability goals

    The intern will have the opportunity to attend meetings and conferences regarding water sustainability. Through this project, the intern will develop a sound understanding of water resources management, including the critical challenges facing the U.S. and world, and gain an understanding of sustainability initiatives that are currently being implemented and are on the horizon to solve water resource issues. They will be exposed to regulatory, policy, technical, and research experiences related to Water Sustainability.

    This educational opportunity will expose the participant to regulatory, policy, technical, and research experiences related to Water Sustainability. The intern will develop a sound understanding of water resources management including the critical challenges facing the U.S and world. They will understand sustainability initiatives that are currently being implemented and are on the horizon to solve water resource issues.

    The appointment will initially be for one year and may be renewed up to three additional years upon EPA recommendation and subject to availability of funding. The participant will receive an annual stipend of $54,972. No funding will be made available to cover travel costs for pre-appointment visits, relocation costs, tuition and fees, or a participant’s health insurance. The participant must show proof of health and medical insurance. The participant does not become an EPA employee.

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    Program Manager II – Pesticide & Pollution Reduction Programs

    Program Manager II – Pesticide & Pollution Reduction Programs
    Montgomery County Government
    Department of Environmental Protection
    Rockville, Maryland

    Salary Range: $62,195 – $103,177
     
    This position will be part of the Office of Sustainability in the Division of Environmental Policy & Compliance in the Department of Environmental Protection. As a member of the Office of Sustainability, this position will work within a team of environmental professionals focused on providing information and programs related to a broad range of sustainability topics to residents and businesses in Montgomery County.

    This position is responsible for the implementation of pesticide and pollution reduction programs, with a priority of overseeing the Department’s implementation of the Montgomery County Lawn Care Law. Key responsibilities include:

    Implementing various provisions of the Lawn Care Law affecting homeowners, businesses, property managers, retailers, lawn care providers and others.
    Delivering outreach and education programs related to the Lawn Care Law and pollution reduction, including information on organic lawn care practices.
    Developing partnerships with businesses, non-profit organizations, homeowner associations, and other groups to collaborate on Lawn Care Law and other pollution reduction activities.
    Developing website content and other outreach materials related to the Lawn Care Law and other pollution reduction activities.
    Managing budgets and contracts related to the Lawn Care Law and other pollution reduction programs.
    Coordinating Lawn Care Law related issues with the other public entities affected by the law, including Montgomery Parks, the Department of General Services, and the Department of Transportation.

    The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience in effectively managing a comprehensive environmental or related public policy program (from planning through implementation and evaluation), particularly a program emphasizing broad scale behavior change. A core component of this position will be facilitating effective outreach to, and engagement with, audiences with diverse interests.  Experience with pesticide or pollution prevention programs and/or organic landscaping practices is a plus, but not a requirement.  This position will need to work well in a collaborative environment within a large organization with multiple priorities, and have excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

    This position requires the ability to attend meetings or perform work at locations outside the office, including some evenings and weekends.

    MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
    Experience:  Thorough five (5) years professional experience in the implementation of environmental programs that involve extensive community engagement and outreach.

    Education:  Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree.

    Equivalency:  An equivalent combination of education or experience may be substituted.

    We offer competitive salaries and excellent benefits.

    To view the complete job announcement and to apply, please visit our website at http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/hr/recruitment/applynow.html and then click on “Apply Now.”

    Click “Search Jobs” and see the full job description under the “General Professional” Job Category. Interested candidates must create an account in order to submit a resume.

    The requisition number is IRC24120

    This Recruitment Closes February 15, 2017

    All resume submissions must address the preferred criteria for the position, which are listed in the full advertisement, preferably in a separate section of the resume.

    Applicants are strongly encouraged to review the *Helpful Hints when Applying for Jobs* on the Office of Human Resource’s “Apply Now” webpage for important information about the County’s application requirements and process.

    EOE. M/F/H.

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    Hiring Gardeners

    LGS-5925

    Lauren’s Garden Service is hiring!
    Landscape/Garden Crew Work outside, stay in shape, have fun!
    We are a small, local, eco-friendly garden company looking for crew members who share similar passions. Crew members weed, edge, prune, plant, mulch, and install landscapes and gardens as well as stone work (we do not do lawn care and mowing). We focus on eco-friendly practices and install a lot of rain gardens and use native plants. Any interest or knowledge about these subjects is not required but a bonus.

    Must be able to lift 50 lbs and work in various weather conditions
    Candidates must have their own reliable transportation. We meet in Glenwood at 7:45 to load up trucks.
    Must be on time for work and detail oriented, listen to instructions and behave professionally.

    Mondays through Thursdays  7:45am-5:45pm Seasonal position:   March-December

    Download Crew Application

    Email your resume to and 3 professional references to:

    laurensgardens@gmail.com

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    CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS – 2017 Maryland Land Conservation Conference

    Join Maryland Environmental Trust on Thursday, JUNE 8 for the 2017 Maryland Land Conservation Conference at the Pearlstone Center in Reisterstown, MD.

    Call for proposals now open

    Planning for the 2017 Maryland Land Conservation Conference is underway! The annual conference is the largest gathering of its kind in the state for land trusts, conservancies, local and state government agencies, heritage organizations and other members of the conservation community.

    Maryland Environmental Trust invites you to submit a proposal for the 2017 Maryland Land Conservation Conference. Completed proposals are due by February 15, 2017 and should be submitted using the online form available on Maryland Environmental Trust’s events page.

    Call Topics include

    Stewardship, Policies & Conundrums
    Land & Water
    Co-Innovation
    Soup to Nuts

    For more information or to submit a proposal, visit http://dnr.maryland.gov/met/Pages/events.aspx.

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    yOUR eARTh; The Art of Stewardship

    Artist Greg Mort and the Rosenberg Gallery at Goucher College invite you to respond to the question, What does earth stewardship mean to you?

    Submit a visual answer in the form of a 4” x 6” color photo or digital image. Beginning December 20, 2016, the images collected up until that point will be used to create a large-scale, site-speci c photo collage installation which will continue to expand for the duration of the exhibition through February 22, 2017. This exhibition is being presented in conjunction with the MAEOE conference and the exhibit Greg Mort – eARTh – The Art of Stewardship. An artist talk and reception will be held Friday, February 3, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Rosenberg Gallery.

    stewardship

    1. the conducting, supervising,
    or managing
    of something; especially: the careful and responsible management

    of something entrusted to one’s care <stewardship of natural resources>

    Submission Processes:

    Mail your 4” x 6” glossy photograph to:

    Email your 300 dpi high resolution image to:

    Laura.Amussen@goucher.edu. Please include your name and the

    title of your image in the le name.

    Laura Amussen
    Director of Exhibitions and Curator Goucher College Art Galleries
    1021 Dulaney Valley Road Baltimore, MD 21204

    OR

    Please include your name and the title of your image on the back of your photo. Please note, your photo will not be returned to you.

    Important Dates:

    February 13, 2017: Final photo submission date
    Dec 21, 2016 – Feb 22, 2017: Exhibition on view
    Friday, Feb 3, 2017: Artist’s talk and reception 7-8:30 p.m. in the Rosenberg Gallery

     

    public art exhibit

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    Stream Restoration Seminar and Job Fair

    On February 18, 2017, the Maryland Stream Restoration Association (MSRA) will be hosting the Stream Restoration Seminar and Job Fair at the University of Maryland – Department of Environmental Science and Technology.  With the implementation of the Chesapeake Bay TMDL, the stream and ecological restoration industry is hard at work planning, assessing, designing, constructing and monitoring projects to restore our streams and watersheds. With this increase in work, the need for smart, trained and technically-able college graduates has never been higher across the industry.  The event will consist of presentations from a diverse group of speakers from the Stream Restoration industry within the state of Maryland, and a Job Fair focused on Stream Restoration internships and entry-level positions.

    The purpose of the event is to:

    Introduce undergraduate and graduate students to the Stream Restoration industry.
    Make students aware of some of the Career Pathways that are available in the Stream Restoration industry.
    Discuss the skill set and knowledge base that hiring managers are looking for in prospective employees, and follow up with the opportunities that are available for students looking to develop their skills and knowledge base.
    Provide an opportunity for students to meet and interact with potential employers within the Maryland Stream Restoration Industry that may have internship and entry-level positions available.

    If you are a student interested in attending the event, you can register and find more information at the following website:  https://MSRAJobFair.eventbrite.com  Registration is free, but space is limited so make sure to sign up.

     

    If you and your organization have an interest in participating in the Job Fair, please contact Mike Galvin at 410-316-2471 or MGalvin@jmt.com.  Booth space is available, but must be reserved by February 4, 2017.

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    Standard Registration for the 2017 MAEOE Conference is Almost Closed!

    Standard registration rates are in effect until January 20, 2017.  Don’t miss out on the quality workshops, chances to improve your skill sets, hundreds of opportunities to network with other environmental educators, an outstanding exhibit hall, the latest trends in EE and a load of fun.

    Some of the highlights include:

    Wilderness First Aid workshop

    Peer Meet and Greet

    Saturday Night Social and Entertainment

    Field Experiences

    Over 50 workshops focused on science, skill building, art in EE, agriculture, technology, natural history, green schools, and sessions focused on the latest trends in EE

    Art Show, Star Party, and Beautiful Swimmers revisited

    Professional Development Opportunities

    Silent Auction and MAEOE Service Project

     

    For more information or to register click here: http://maeoe.org/conference_2017/

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    Environmental Protection Specialist

    Job Summary:
    This position is located in the Department of Energy and the Environment, Natural Resources Administration, Water Quality Division, Monitoring and Assessment Branch.

    The incumbent serves as an Environmental Protection Specialist as a member of the interdisciplinary scientific monitoring team and is assigned at the US EPA Environmental Science Center in Fort Meade, Maryland.

    Duties and Responsibilities include:
    Routine analysis of the microbiological components of river water and wastewater samples using culture techniques.

    Perform biological, physical, and chemical analyses of surface water samples
     Collect samples and data and perform chemical analyses on river water, wastewater, river sediment, and biological samples during all seasons of the year. Quality assurance procedures will be conducted as part of all monitoring related procedures.
    Use and maintain in an operational state a wide variety of electronic, optical, and mechanical monitoring and laboratory equipment, and maintain an inventory of equipment and laboratory supplies
    Data review, data interpretation, and report preparation using various electronic softwares.
    Prepare monitoring program reports, monitoring and quality assurance manuals, and sections of reports for other elements of the Division.
    Review and comment on reports prepared by other local, state, and federal agencies (at times).
    Conduct field investigation and special water pollution control projects in conjunction with other elements of the Division.

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    Junkin Receives Ellen Fraites Wagner Award

    Tim Junkin receives Chesapeake Bay Trust’s 2017 Ellen Fraites Wagner Award for Chesapeake Bay Stewardship

    Tim Junkin, founder of Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy (MRC), was the recipient of Chesapeake Bay Trust’s 2017 Ellen Fraites Wagner Award for Chesapeake Bay Stewardship. Pictured at the awards ceremony are, Junkin (with beard) surrounded by MRC staff members (left to right) Elle O’Brien, Tim Rosen, Kristin Junkin, Matt Pluta, Suzanne Sullivan and Sarah Boynton. Photo by Isabel Hardesty

    Timothy D. Junkin, founder of Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy (MRC), is the winner of the 2017 Ellen Fraites Wagner Award for Chesapeake Bay Stewardship. The award was presented by the Chesapeake Bay Trust (CBT) during its Legislative Reception & Awards Program on January 12 at the Miller Senate Building in Annapolis.

    The award, named for an individual instrumental in establishing the Chesapeake Bay Trust, recognizes an environmental leader who has worked to improve the natural resources of the Chesapeake Bay region. The award recipient is someone who has inspired others by promoting environmental awareness, leading successful restoration and protection efforts, and advancing grant projects funded by CBT. Junkin has exemplified these qualities in protecting the Midshore rivers and their surrounding environments.

    In eight years, the organization conceived and galvanized by Tim Junkin’s vision has grown to a cadre of clean water advocates working at every level to protect and restore the rivers of the Midshore region. MRC has grown to ten full-time river advocates, including two Riverkeepers, a watershed scientist, and a team of educators. It has expanded the scope of its programs and continues to strengthen its policy advocacy in Annapolis and in local towns and counties. The organization aims to directly reduce pollution entering local waterways and to inspire its communities to insist on healthy rivers. Working collaboratively with farmers, MRC has pioneered the design and construction of innovative processes to reduce agricultural runoff. In spring 2016, in partnership with Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, MRC launched the first pumpout boat on the Eastern Shore, which will resume operation in May 2017, offering free services to boaters on the Miles and Wye Rivers.

    The relationship between MRC and CBT has strengthened over the years. MRC is a strong supporter of CBT’s mission to promote public awareness in the protection and restoration of the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers. CBT supports many of MRC’s programs. Most recently, MRC received a grant from CBT in support of its new community initiative, Stewards for Streams: Faith-Based Conservation. The purpose of this program is to engage congregations of every denomination to prioritize environmental stewardship. CBT continues to support MRC’s education program Students for Streams, an innovative education program designed to meet Maryland’s environmental literacy requirements. During the 2015-2016 school year, over 800 students from five high schools in three counties participated in both classroom and field study. Over the past two school years, students have planted 10,000 trees in streamside buffers.

    Upon receiving the 2017 Chesapeake Bay Trust’s 2017 Ellen Fraites Wagner Award for Chesapeake Bay Stewardship, Tim Junkin is congratulated by Delegate Christopher Adams, Senator Addie Eckardt and Delegate John Mautz. Photo by Isabel Hardesty

    In addition to education and outreach, CBT has awarded grants to MRC in support of its restoration and design efforts, research, lawn fertilizer curtailment, and water quality monitoring. With the support of CBT, MRC produces and distributes an annual State of the Rivers Report Card and hosts two community events to discuss the health of Midshore rivers.

    MRC has greatly benefited from CBT’s Chesapeake Conservation Corps (CCC) Volunteer program. This initiative pairs young adults with organizations that provide hands-on environmental leadership and technical training for a one-year term of service. MRC has been a host organization for the past five years and has gone on to hire three volunteers as full-time employees.

    Working annually with approximately 1,000 volunteers, MRC hosts activities throughout the year to promote awareness and community action. The organization has built support for clean rivers and continues to expand its reach and increase its partnerships. Importantly, it regularly engages in state and regional advocacy and has become a leading voice from the Eastern Shore.

    All of this vital work began with and was nourished by the vision of Tim Junkin who reached into our communities with a steadfast call-to-action for clean rivers. Our community resoundingly responded.

    MRC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the restoration, protection, and celebration of the waterways that comprise the Choptank River, Eastern Bay, Miles River, and Wye River watersheds. For more information, visit midshoreriverkeeper.org, email info@midshoreriverkeeper.org, or phone 443.385.0511.

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    DoD Chesapeake Bay Program Journal (Fall Edition)

    Fall 2016 DoD CBP Journal

    This addition has an editorial focus on the Midpoint Assessment and Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan. We hope you enjoy it.

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    Leadership Grant opportunity for those in Baltimore City and Counties of Baltimore, Anne Arundel and Frederick

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    Webinar: i-Tree Workshop: What’s New for 2017, 1/19 1 PM EST

    Plan to join the Urban Natural Resources Institute for a comprehensive web-based session that will introduce the latest tools in the i-Tree 2017 software suite, as well as bring you up to date on the improvements that have been made to the i-Tree collection of inventory, analysis and reporting tools for urban and community forests.

    i-Tree 2017 is a state-of-the-art, peer-reviewed software suite from the USDA Forest Service that provides urban forestry analysis and benefits assessment tools. The i-Tree Tools help communities of all sizes to strengthen their urban forest management and advocacy efforts by quantifying the structure of community trees and the environmental services that trees provide.

    For more information on i-Tree 2017, please visit http://www.itreetools.org/.

    PRE-REGISTRATION is required for the Roundtable Session in order to provide the most streamlined user experience.  VISIT https://goo.gl/nNyNc8 TO REGISTER.

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    New Classes in Water Quality Monitoring with the Audubon Naturalist Society

    Classes are open to everyone interested in learning more about our streams and the creatures that dwell within them. To register, go to http://anshome.org/index.php/nature-programs/water-quality-monitoring/water-quality-classes

    Introduction to Water Quality Monitoring
    Find out about monitoring!

    Classroom Session
    Woodend Sanctuary, Chevy Chase, MD
    Section A: Tuesday, January 24 (7-9:30 pm)
    Section B: Thursday, March 16 (7-9:30 pm)
    Fee $15, waived for Audubon Naturalist Society members and students earning SSL credit
    In the classroom, we will explore how benthic macroinvertebrates – bottom-dwelling boneless creatures – help us assess the health of local streams and learn how to identify these organisms to the taxonomic level of order by examining preserved specimens. Registration required.

    Field Workshop
    Sunday, March 19 (1-4 pm) site TBA
    Fee $15, waived for ANS members and students earning SSL credit
    In the field workshop, we will visit a stream to practice monitoring techniques and then collect and identify the macroinvertebrates we find. Registration required.

    Aquatic Insect Family ID
    Woodend Sanctuary, Chevy Chase, MD (7-9 pm)
    Section A: Tuesday, January 31 – Caddisflies
    Section B: Tuesday, February 7 – Beetles & Megaloptera
    Section C: Tuesday, February 14 – Dragonflies, Damselfies & True Flies
    Section D: Tuesday, February 21 – Mayflies
    Section E: Tuesday, February 28 – Stoneflies & Review
    Fee $15 for each section, waived for Audubon Naturalist Society members and students earning SSL credit
    Deepen your benthic macroinvertebrate identification skills to the taxonomic level of family through this series of five classes. Identification of these organisms to family level greatly enhances the water quality assessment power of our data and gives us a better reading of aquatic insect diversity. Registration required.

    Macroinvertebrate ID Review & Quiz
    Woodend Sanctuary, Chevy Chase, MD
    Section A: Thursday, March 9 (6:30-9 pm)
    Section B: Saturday, March 11 (9:30 am-12 pm)
    Section C: Tuesday, March 14 (6:30-9 pm)
    (Sections A, B & C cover the same material)
    No fee
    Time to separate the stoneflies from the mayflies! Those who wish to be certified to identify macroinvertebrates in the field must demonstrate their ability annually by taking a quiz using preserved specimens. Those who do not take the quiz may still be assigned to a monitoring team to assist with data collection and other field logistics, but only those who have taken and passed the quiz will identify macroinvertebrates for data recording. Registration required.

    How to Read Your Stream
    Tuesday, March 28 (7-9:30 pm)
    Woodend Sanctuary, Chevy Chase, MD
    Fee $15, waived for Audubon Naturalist Society members and students earning SSL credit
    Learn about the influence of land uses on streams, stream character and dynamics, bank erosion, bar formation, substrate composition, different velocity-depth regimes, and the importance of riffles and riparian vegetation. This class is recommended for anyone who plans to participate in the ANS water quality monitoring program and is a good refresher on habitat assessment for experienced monitors. Registration required.

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    Robinson Nature Center Facility Leader

    This position performs intermediate level recreation services work ensuring the safe and efficient
    operation of the Center. This position provides support to the Facility Leader II and to full-time staff of
    the Center. This position will assist in providing customer service and support for center operations.
    Center hours are Wednesday-Sunday, weekend and occasional evening work is required. This position works 37.5 hours per week, year-round and is non-benefited.

    Assist with Activenet membership, entering seasonal programs and program registration
    Performs opening and closing duties as assigned
    Greet all visitors, directs guests around the Center based on their interests or purpose for visiting
    Daily monitoring of Center voicemail and directing messages to appropriate party
    Makes phone calls as directed contacting participants with cancellations, program updates and
    maintains program wait lists. Performs refunds when necessary.
    Set up and take down of equipment for non-package rentals
    Create and maintain permits for Naturalist Birthday Party rentals
    Answers a multi – line phone and directs calls to the appropriate coordinator
    Use multi channel scanning County radio
    Provides marketing and program promotion to walk in customers. Create small flyers with event
    information and keep whiteboards up to date.
    Keep outside and inside kiosks and classrooms stocked with appropriate literature
    Performs data processing including program attendance, rental attendance and special event
    attendance
    Assists with gift shop sales, product placement, ordering and inventory
    Assists with Touch Tank maintenance and Touch Tank public hours when needed
    Maintain cleanliness of Discovery Room, Legacy Room and front Lobby
    Communicates clearly and courteously with the public and coworkers including issues that could
    affect public safety
    Works closely with Naturalist, Program Manager and Volunteer Coordinator to conduct efficient
    registration and program/special event check ins
    Performs other duties as assigned to ensure the smooth operations of the center
    File permits and other paperwork
    Assists with completing center forms
    Monitors center patrons and enforces center rules
    Wear Recreation and Parks shirt and nametag
    Be trained in the use of the AED, CPR and First Aide

    QUALIFICATIONS:
    Must have basic knowledge of nature center operations
    Possess good communication skills
    Be flexible, reliable, responsible and enjoy working with the general public
    Must be able to lift 40 pounds
    Must be at least 18 years of age and possess a high school diploma or GED equivalency

    RATE OF PAY: Contingent – Paraprofessional – $9.00-13.00 / hour
    Salary commensurate with experience.

    Interested applicants can send their application and resume to Emily Sizemore esizemore@howardcountymd.gov.

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    Developing Wetland Restoration Priorities for Climate Risk Reduction and Resilience in the MARCO Region

    Working with New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia — the five members of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO) — the Environmental Law Institute prepared a detailed assessment of methods to identify, conserve, and restore wetlands for protection of communities and ecosystems in the face of rapid climate change. The webinar will examine the tools and approaches available, and panelists will focus on use of science in designing priority systems for wetland restoration and conservation in climate adaptation focusing on practical and innovative Maryland and New York area examples.

    Speakers:
    Rebecca Kihslinger, Science and Policy Analyst, ELI (moderator)
    Jim McElfish, Senior Attorney, ELI
    Nicole Maher, Senior Coastal Scientist, The Nature Conservancy (NY)
    Kelly Collins-Choi, Chesapeake and Coastal Service, Maryland DNR

    Date/Time: Jan. 24, 2017, 1:00pm-2:30 pm (ET)

    To register for the webinar, please click this link:
    https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2881888525578329347

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    Career Opportunities for Environmental Scientists/Engineers with Stream Restoration Experience

    KCI’s Natural Resources Practice is seeking mid- and senior-level stream restoration designers (scientists or engineers) and project managers to work on projects throughout the Chesapeake Bay and Mid-Atlantic Region. Projects include stream and floodplain restoration, dam removal, fish passage, and other Bay pollutant reduction strategies. Experience with channel restoration design and construction oversight is needed to fulfill these positions.

    Our 100% employee-owned company can provide you with excellent professional growth opportunities.  Check out the links and apply today!

    http://careers.kci.com/jobdetail/16-P050-490_project_scientist_sparks_maryland

    http://careers.kci.com/jobdetail/16-P050-489_project_manager_sparks_maryland

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    Director of Field Operations

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    JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: Director of Field Operations

    Job Type: Full time

    The Oyster Recovery Partnership (ORP) is a non-profit engaged in large-scale oyster restoration, advancing oyster aquaculture, and promoting sustainable management of native oysters and other fishery stocks. ORP operates its shell recycling and processing facility in Cambridge, MD where it acquires and processes over 125,000 bushels of oyster shell annually to produce spat on shell in partnership with the Horn Point Oyster hatchery, a laboratory of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. ORP is looking to hire a Director of Field Operations to manage the shell recycling and processing facility located in Cambridge, MD.

    Primary Responsibilities:

    The Director of Field Operations (DFO) is responsible for managing staff and equipment resources required to support annual spat on shell production goals and aquaculture operations. Given the nature of this position the DFO must possess exceptional leadership skills and have the ability to multitask in a fast paced environment. At a minimum,the DFO will manage up to 12 full time and seasonal staff, maintain shell processing and fleet operations, and conduct regular communication with Horn Point Lab hatchery and maintenance managers. The DFO reports directly to the Director of Program Operations and is supported by the Assistant Field Manager as well as other permanent onsite staff.

    Specific DFO duties will include:

    Manage shell acquisitions, shell processing, and shell storage
    Manage on-site aquaculture program activities
    Manage and schedule staff and equipment resources to accomplish daily and annual operations
    Coordinate restoration vessel operations including staffing technician to document oyster planting locations
    Maintain and acquire equipment
    Develop annual work plans and operations budget
    Develop and maintain Standard Operation Procedures (SOP) documents
    Primary liaison between University of Maryland, Horn Point hatchery and maintenance managers
    Participate in outreach events, as required.

    Essential Qualifications:

    Requires a bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
    Between 5 and 10 years of experience managing staff in a production setting
    Experience managing and maintaining a fleet of vehicles and industrial equipment includingdump trucks, forklifts, boom trucks, and stationary machinery
    Able to pass DOT physical and have a clean driving record
    Willingness to reside in close proximity to Cambridge MD
    Strong verbal and interpersonal skills

    Preferred Qualifications and Skills:

    Experience managing staff and equipment in an intensive production setting
    Familiarity with oyster biology, restoration or aquaculture, preferred

    Position Status and Benefits:

    The position is a full-time permanent (40 hours) with full benefits including health, 401K, and paid time off. Salary is commensurate with experience. The primary duty station for this position is Cambridge, Maryland. Regular in-state travel to meetings and field locations is required.

    For consideration, please send cover letter and resume to: wslacum@oysterrecovery.org
    Attn: Job Opening_ Director of Field Operations

    No phone calls please
    Resumes will be accepted until February 9, 2017. 

  • New Announcement
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    Loudoun County and Conservation District Again Partner in Stream Buffer Planting Project

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    The Loudoun Soil and Water Conservation District (LSWCD), in partnership with the Loudoun County government, is hosting an informational workshop on a riparian buffer planting project at 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 25, 2017, in the Lovettsville Room at the Loudoun County Government Center, 1 Harrison Street, S.E. in Leesburg. Riparian buffers are vegetation zones located between water bodies such as streams and land areas such as pastures or meadows.

    Private residential, industrial, commercial, and homeowner association (HOA) landowners in Loudoun are all eligible to apply for funds to plant buffers along perennial (year-round) streams and water bodies.  An effective technique for improving water quality, this program reimburses landowners for planting materials and labor costs.

    Urban/Ag Conservationist Chris Van Vlack of LSWCD will brief workshop attendees about the project’s planting options and application deadlines. This project complements the existing agricultural buffer planting program offered through the state Agricultural BMP (Best Management Practices) Cost Share Program.  Funding is limited and anticipated to be very competitive, so interested landowners are strongly encouraged to attend the workshop to enhance their application opportunities.

    Last spring, a total of five acres of forested riparian buffers were planted by HOAs and private landowners.   These buffers help filter pollutants from stormwater runoff, which improves water quality for people and wildlife and makes streams, creeks, and rivers safer for recreation.  Forested buffers can also reduce mowing costs and provide habitat for birds and other wildlife. 2017 marks the fifth year of the stream buffer planting partnership between the county and LSWCD.

    In addition to Van Vlack, Loudoun County Forester John Zuiker and Laura Edmonds, leader of the county’s Environmental Review Team, will be at the workshop.

    For more information, contact Chris Van Vlack of LSWCD at 571-918-4530 or by email.

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    Naturalist & Outreach Coordinator Position

    Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, located in southern Anne Arundel County, MD, is hiring a part-time Naturalist and Outreach Coordinator! Please see the attached job announcement for a description of duties and how to apply.

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