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    MSRA 2nd Annual Stream Trivia Night

    Kick your competitive juices into high gear for the 2nd Annual MSRA Stream Trivia Night Social Event! Last year’s team took home an expertly crafted trout trophy, who knows what new prizes await this year’s winning team? One thing we know, substantial pride and bragging rights are always on the table. Trivia questions will focus on stream restoration topics, ranging from geology, morphology, geomorphology, biology, and all of the other -ologies (plus maybe some chemistry for bonus points). This year, we’ve reserved the lower taproom at Denizens Brewing Co in Silver Spring, so the bartenders will be able to help you out with some microbrewery trivia and streams of delicious brews. Bone up on your Chesapeake Bay Watershed facts and prepare to chow down on some free appetizers (cash bar), while testing the limits of your knowledge on all things fluvial. Hope to see you there!

    Location: Denizens Brewing Co

    1115 East-West Highway

    Silver Spring, MD 20910

    Date: Monday, June 27, 2016

    Time: 6 PM – 9 PM

    Cost: Free! Appetizers provided, Cash bar

    Registration: Register through eventbrite:

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2nd-annual-msra-stream-trivia-night-tickets-26033755664

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    For Immediate Release – Senior Environment Corps Forming in Beaver County, Looking for Volunteers

    Please share with anyone you think might be interested. Thank you!

    Melinda

    For Immediate Release

    Are you 55 years or older, live in Beaver County and want to become involved in protecting our resources and educating the public on the natural world? If so, the new Beaver County Senior Environment Corps wants you.

    The Beaver County Conservation District and Nature Abounds, a national environmental non-profit and organizer of the Pennsylvania Senior Environment Corps, are working together to get the new group up and running. Senior Environment Corps (SEC) members can participate in a variety of tasks from monitoring water quality, observing and reporting on wildlife, reaching out to others about how they can help the environment, and even aiding with office tasks. The possibilities are endless.

    Jeff Leindecker, Beaver County’s Agricultural Conservation Technician and Nutrient Management Specialist, said, “It is the District’s mission to preserve natural resources in Beaver County, and monitoring of water-quality is a key component.  Computer models indicating water impairment are not always accurate, and we would like to put our resources where they can best be utilized.  We are excited to join the Pennsylvania Senior Environmental Corps.”

    According to Nature Abounds President, Melinda Hughes, “We’re thrilled that Beaver County will have a new Senior Environment Corps. The new group will be part of the larger statewide Pennsylvania Senior Corps, whose volunteer members have been working hard to protect our natural resources since 1997, with over 2,000,000 hours served.”

    Hughes continued, “Seniors volunteers in Pennsylvania really do make a difference in our community and for our environment. In fact, the value of the SEC program across Pennsylvania is estimated at over $3,000,000 a year.”

    The first project of the new Beaver County SEC will be water quality monitoring, and a training will be held on July 21st.  If interested in becoming involved in the Senior Environment Corps program or if you just want to find out what being involved in the Senior Environment Corps program is all about, you are invited to attend. For more information, contact Melinda Hughes of Nature Abounds at either 814-765-1453 x203 or at SEC@Natureabounds.org .

    Photo available upon request

    Contact Information:

    Melinda Hughes
    Nature Abounds
    814-765-1453 x203
    sec@natureabounds.org

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    Virginia Chesapeake Business Forum

    Please Save the Date!

    The Virginia Chesapeake Business Forum: 

    Linking Businesses and the Chesapeake Bay

    is planned for August 17, 2016 

    at the Luck Companies Learning Center in Richmond, VA.

    Registration info is coming soon!

     

    For more info, please visit: 

    http://businesses.allianceforthebay.org/event/2016-virginia-chesapeake-business-forum-linking-businesses-chesapeake-bay/ 

     

    Gather with other regional business leaders at this Forum, to share environmental challenges and successes, learn more about environmental sustainability goals, identify needs, develop sustainable solutions that support Chesapeake Bay restoration, and learn more about the Businesses for the Bay membership association. Engage with business, non-profit, and government leaders and network with Businesses for the Bay Members, Sponsors, and Partners.

    Our Keynote Speaker is Dr. Jorge Ribas, President & CEO of the Mid-Atlantic Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

    If you are interested in learning more about the Chesapeake Business Forum or Businesses for the Bay, please email me at cstephens@allianceforthebay.org.

    Hope to see you at the Forum!

    Corinne Stephens, Business Partnerships Manager

    Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay

    cstephens@allianceforthebay.org

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    Multi-Species Grazing at Heritage Hollow Farms

    Heritage Hollow Flyer

    Register Here!

    Join farmers Mike and Molly Peterson to learn first-hand how they manage their nearly 1,000 acre grass-fed meat operation. The Petersons founded Heritage Hollow Farms in 2013, and have grown their business immensely in just three years. Come tour their pastures to learn how they manage their animals on all leased land, and how they reach their
    customers largely through their farm store. Learn more about the thriving
    Rappahannock County farm community of which Mike and Molly are active members.

    This field day will end with a potluck!

    Photos by Molly Peterson

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    Volunteer Manager

    Blue Water Baltimore Seeks Volunteer Manager

     

    Blue Water Baltimore, the leading water quality nonprofit in Baltimore, seeks a Volunteer Manager to motivate, track, and place volunteers in our restoration programs. Volunteers power many of our restoration and monitoring projects and programs. Last year, over 4,000 volunteers and 12,000 volunteer hours supported our programs.  This is a fantastic opportunity to work with one of the most dynamic and effective environmental nonprofits in the region.

     

    Blue Water Baltimore’s mission is to restore the quality of Baltimore’s rivers, streams and harbor to foster a healthy environment, a strong economy, and thriving communities. Blue Water Baltimore is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that takes on and accomplishes a wide range of work, and partners with a variety of organizations to accomplish its restoration, greening, and advocacy goals. Blue Water Baltimore is an equal opportunity employer. Our office is a LEED Gold certified green building. Read more at http://www.bluewaterbaltimore.org.

     

    Position Overview:

    The volunteer manager recruits, trains and manages volunteers to meet the goals and needs of the organization. The manager works with 4 other program managers to assess needs and plan projects. The successful candidate is one who can have fun, while being efficient and enjoying challenges. The Volunteer Manager will work an average of 40 hours per week and will report to the Senior Manager of Greening.

     

    Duties:

    Recruits, trains and manages volunteers

    Identify local groups to recruit for specific projects and programs
    Maintains routine contact with volunteers and volunteer groups, including event reminders, follow-ups and monthly newsletter
    Collects, enters and manages volunteer data in Salesforce
    Expands volunteer group resources and manages partnerships with City and County agencies as well as non-profit, business, faith and community groups

     

    Supports Blue Water Baltimore staff and programs

    Works with program staff to schedule and implement events with volunteers (community forestry, water quality monitoring, stream cleanups, and nursery)
    Coordinates logistics and assists in implementation for volunteer projects
    Works with staff to identify needs for volunteers
    Manages staff and interns for trash cleanups

     

    Implements volunteer appreciation

    Plans and implements volunteer appreciation events throughout the year
    Maintains lines of communication and relationships with volunteers
    Recognizes volunteers through social media, cards, gifts, awards and special nominations

     

     

    Works with Development Staff to support corporate volunteer groups

    Works with existing partners and develops additional partnership and project opportunities
    Plans and leads corporate volunteer events
    Seeks monetary and in-kind donations to support volunteer events
    Assists with grant writing and reporting

     

    Communication Support

    Writes blogs, website or email content that highlight volunteers and great events
    Maintains calendar with up to date events for volunteer projects
    Helps to promote events

     

    Qualifications:

    Experience

    1-2 yrs of volunteer program management
    Planning and leading volunteer events

     

    Skills

    Excellent planner and extremely organized
    Able to work with team members effectively
    Goal driven and able to manage deadlines
    A good people person and able to build lasting, meaningful relationships
    Ability to lift 65 lbs.
    Ability to work in inclement weather (including heat)
    Possession of a driver’s license and clean driving record
    Ability to work weekends, seasonally and some nights

     

    Knowledge

    Understand social marketing and volunteer needs
    Basic marketing and customer service
    Excel, Word and email optimal function
    Volunteer Management software

     

    Preferred Qualifications

    Sales Force or similar data management systems
    working on watershed restoration projects

    College degree preferred or equivalent experience- marketing, sociology, or environmental field experience

    Salary & Benefits:

    $40,000 to $45,000, commensurate with experience

    Matched retirement investment plan
    Employer contribution to health, dental, and vision benefits
    Employer-provided life and short-term disability insurance

    Paid holiday, sick, vacation and personal time
    Opportunities for growth and professional development

     

     

    To Apply:

    Please send a cover letter, resume, three references, and salary requirement to employment@bluewaterbaltimore.org with “Volunteer Manager” in the subject line. Please apply by July 1st.  This position will remain open until filled. Blue Water Baltimore is an equal opportunity employer.

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    Nursery Intern

    Blue Water Baltimore Seeks Herring Run Nursery Intern

     

    Blue Water Baltimore, the leading water quality nonprofit in Baltimore, seeks a volunteer Nursery Intern to support Herring Run Nursery, our native plant nursery. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn about working with native plants and ecological gardening. The nursery grows and sells perennials, grasses, ferns, shrubs and trees of mid-Atlantic species. The nursery sells plants during weekend sales, weekday appointments, and special orders. We host weekday volunteer workdays and our sales are staffed by mostly volunteers.

     

    Blue Water Baltimore’s mission is to restore the quality of Baltimore’s rivers, streams and harbor to foster a healthy environment, a strong economy, and thriving communities. Blue Water Baltimore is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that takes on and accomplishes a wide range of work, and partners with a variety of organizations to accomplish its restoration, greening, and advocacy goals. Blue Water Baltimore is an equal opportunity employer. Our office is a LEED Gold certified green building. Read more at http://www.bluewaterbaltimore.org.

     

    Position Overview:

     

    The Nursery Intern supports the nursery in its growing operations, and facilities maintenance while learning about the benefits and roles of Native plants in the landscape.  The position provides an opportunity to learn about the inner-workings of a non-profit environmental organization while honing horticultural skills.  The Nursery Intern will gain hands-on experience with growing and maintaining nursery facilities including irrigation, transplanting, weeding, and landscaping.  The Intern will have the opportunity to design, and execute a special project at the Herring-Run Nursery.

     

    Duties:

    Help unloading deliveries of native trees, shrubs, and perennials
    Transplant plugs and liners
    Help supervise nursery volunteers
    Assist with organizing/presentation of plant inventory
    Clean work areas and maintain grounds
    Maintain workspace at the beginning and end of days
    Assist with retail sales and appointments
    Design, plan and execute an independent Nursery project           

     

     

    Requirements:

    Work between 4-8 hrs/week with the ability to work some weekends
    Willingness and enthusiasm for outdoor, physical labor
    Willingness to work in most weather conditions
    Ability to lift up to 65 pounds
    Must be self-directed
    Excellent communication skills and a collaborative worker
    Must have a strong interest in learning about native plants and ecological

    landscaping

     

    Preferred experience: Some horticultural or plant knowledge, retail experience, experience with physical labor

     

    Compensation: This is an unpaid internship.

     

    To Apply:

    Please send a cover letter, resume (including three references) to employment@bluewaterbaltimore.org with “Nursery Intern” in the subject line. Please apply by 7/8/2016. This position will remain open until filled. Blue Water Baltimore is an equal opportunity employer.

     

     

     

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    Tides & Tunes: Free Summer Concert Series

    Tides & Tunes

    Every Thursday starting June 16, 2016 until August 18, 2016, the Annapolis Maritime Museum (AMM) will host free weekly concerts all summer long in an effort create a sense of community and raise awareness of its many programs and activities. The Education Center at AMM teaches over 6,000 students annually about Chesapeake Bay ecology and the rich maritime heritage of the Annapolis area. “The concerts appeal to all ages and even our four-legged friends.

    Beer, wine and mixed drinks and food are available for purchase. Money raised supports the Museum Education Center’s environmental programs. No coolers or outside alcohol permitted. Guests are recommended to bring a blanket or lawn chairs for seating during the concert. The Tides & Tunes sponsors include: Adams of Annapolis Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM, Brock Consulting and Management, Eastport Civic Association, the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County, WRNR 103.1 FM, Lyon Distilling Co, Ninety Plus Cellars and Blue Point Brewing Company.

    For more information please contact  AMM’s Development Manager, M.K. Richardson via phone or email at 410-295-0104, x3, or development@amaritime.org

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    Operations Manager

    GREENTRUST ALLIANCE, INC.

    OPERATIONS MANAGER ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

                                                                        June 2016

    Operating Role & Responsibilities

    Operations Manager of GreenTrust Alliance, Inc. (GTA) is a full-time position with a nonprofit organization focused on environmental restoration (wetland, stream, forest, etc.) and perpetual conservation of land. The person serving in this capacity will serve three primary roles: project oversight and technical implementation; grant administration; and corporate governance. This role will include managing the day-to-day operations of the organization, contributing toward the technical implementation of each project, interfacing with project partners and stakeholders, and helping provide vision and leadership for the organization’s growth and development in achieving its mission. Salary would be commensurate with candidate’s experience and skills.

    Operations Manager Responsibilities

    The Operations Manager reports to the Board of Directors. Key responsibilities include the following:

    Technical Project Contributions – Experience with some of the following is desired:

    Biological, environmental or ecological sciences background (or something similar)
    Collection, reduction and analysis of field data (biological, chemical, ecological, etc.)
    Preparation and submission of permit applications
    Project and/or program management
    Regulatory compliance
    Ecosystem restoration design input
    Cost estimating and budget management
    Construction management and oversight
    Landscape architecture

    Organization Operations

    Facilitate a strong working relationship with the Board of Directors and its committees
    Serve as support staff to Board committees
    Interface with 3rd party accountant in the management of the organization’s financial resources

    Strategic Alliances

    Help cultivate GTA’s new strategic alliances and maintain relationships with existing strategic partners
    Help determine methods for improving GTA’s achievement of its mission
    Maintain good working relationships with environmental regulators, other governmental entities and stakeholders
    Help evaluate land donation and teaming opportunities

    Grant Procurement

    Identify grant opportunities
    Manage grant applications, including contracting with third parties
    Oversee the proposal writing process relating to new grant opportunities

    Project Administration

    Facilitate grant administration once grants are awarded; manage contracting processes with subcontractors and vendors
    Coordinate completion and submission of all deliverables; manage work flow of subcontractors and vendors in addition to direct involvement in technical aspects of projects
    Report to grantors per grant requirements; track and address additional contract administration requirements (insurance, deadlines, filings, etc.)
    Coordinate accounting and billing processes with CFO
    Manage stakeholder outreach and publicize projects

    Board of Directors Support

    Provide advice and support to the Board of Directors
    Help ensure that GTA operates pursuant to its mission, company protocols, and in accordance with federal, state and local requirements pertaining to nonprofit organizations

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    Environmental Education Specialist/ AFHA AmeriCorps Member

    The USFWS West Virginia Field Office is looking for a creative, self-motivated individual to support the
    development and growth of environmental education in our region. This AmeriCorps position will assist the Endangered Species Program with education and outreach events, and other habitat conservation activities. Our organization believes that taking the time to introduce both children and adults to nature, and to educate them about the wonders of the environment they live in, allows them to develop a sense of place and an
    understanding of the natural world that will continue to teach and inspire them for a lifetime. Educational
    programming will focus on threatened and endangered species of WV and non-native invasive species. This
    includes a diversity of endangered species such as our charismatic cave-dwelling bats and freshwater mussels. Other projects and tasks may be assigned, depending on the specific interests of the AmeriCorps member. This member will be encouraged to work with other agencies and organizations (such as the Forest Service, Refuges, local schools, etc.) to develop projects. Opportunities for professional development are also encouraged and supported. Our office prides itself on creating a fun, safe work environment and we are always happy to accept new talent. Applicants should be comfortable speaking with the public and working with volunteers. Please consider applying to this position, we look forward to getting to know you!

    AFHA AmeriCorps members provide full-time service for one year, living and serving in beautiful rural West Virginia. We are looking for committed individuals with a degree or experience related to conservation, public history, community development, or historic preservation.

    Positions will start September 6, 2016. Positions are full-time for 11 ½ months. No positions or offers will be final until our AmeriCorps grants are confirmed, hopefully by June. AmeriCorps members serve full-time and receive a living allowance, plus an educational award at the completion of your one year commitment. For more information on AmeriCorps, including additional benefits see http://www.americorps.org/for_individuals/overview/index.asp

    TO BEGIN APPLICATION PROCESS: Please email Alison Thornton, AFHA AmeriCorps Program Assistant, at thorntonalison12@gmail.com.

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    Chesapeake Bay Trust Seeks a Development, Marketing & Communications Intern

    The Chesapeake Bay Trust, a non-profit grant-making organization that promotes public participation in the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries, seeks an intern for the fall 2016 semester for approximately 8-10 hours per week. This position will play an important role in assisting with the Trust’s development and communications needs.

    The Development & Communications intern will assist with data entry, web content creation and management, newsletter production, email list management, database management, fundraising efforts, and events.

    Responsibilities:

    Reports to the Trust’s Development and Communications Coordinator, and works closely with the rest of staff to assure the organization’s mission, programs, awards, and grants are properly communicated and promoted to the public.
    Assists with the Trust’s database including segmentation, solicitation follow-up and donor recognition.
    Assist with outreach efforts and entering appropriate information from new supporters.
    Assists with updating and maintaining the Trust’s two websites as well as edits and designs the Trust’s two e-newsletters.
    Assists with media outreach and events, including public relations efforts and on-site activities, as well as tracks media coverage.

    Assists with fundraising appeal tracking and list segmentation.

    Helps assist with the Trust’s major events throughout the year, including marketing of the events, attendee tracking and day of on-site assistance.

    Skills and Qualifications

    Attention to detail is absolutely critical; the right candidate must be an exceptionally thorough proofreader and editor.
    Experience with web and email communications tools required; experience with new media technologies, such as blogs and online social media required.
    An undergraduate or graduate degree-seeking student in marketing, journalism, communications, English or related field is preferred. Alternatively, students majoring in other fields must have significant experience in communications or marketing.
    Knowledge of environment, sustainability, and community engagement issues desired.

    Strong writing, graphic design, media outreach, and/or web content production and management experience is preferred.
    Demonstrated ability to work independently and effectively with deadlines is required.
    Strong computer literacy is essential: MS Office; Access (or similar database); Adobe (Photoshop); familiarity with content management systems a plus.
    Some travel required (statewide), with some evening and weekend hours.
    Willingness to commit to 8-10 hours for the fall 2016 semester (can be one day or broken into days) required.

    Compensation: $10 per hour, 8-10 hours per week (days and hours subject to event needs and applicant’s course load.)
    Term: Fall 2016 semester

    To Apply, please submit:  Cover letter, resume, and one-page (no longer) writing sample to Jenny Kley at jkley@cbtrust.org by August 12, 2016.

    The Chesapeake Bay Trust provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age or disability in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.

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    MRC Cuts Ribbon on Kudner Property Wetland Restoration

    Kudner Wetland Restoration

    June 21 Ribbon Cutting at Kudner Wetland Restoration in Queenstown, Maryland. Pictured (left to right) are MRC Founder Tim Junkin, MRC Board Member Bruce Abel, Maryland State Delegate Steve Arentz, Queen Anne’s County Commissioner Robert Buckey, MRC Director of Operations Kristin Junkin, Will Ryall and Jessica Lister (Environmental Concern), Queen Anne’s County Commissioner James Moran, Sarah Hilderbrand (DNR), Kelly Swartout (Chesapeake Bay Trust), and Dana Reiss (DNR).

    In April 2016 MRC completed its management of the design, construction, and grant funding of the Kudner Property Restoration Initiative. The Kudner property is part of the Queen Anne’s County Parks system. The parcel comprises approximately 250 acres. More than 80 acres is in active farmland adjacent to Bennett Point Road and it drains directly into the Wye River. MRC’s collaborative partners included Queen Anne’s County, the Chesapeake Bay Trust (CBT)), which funded the design, and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), which funded the construction.

    The final project included the restoration of a 1.65-acre wetland and the construction of a 2.40-acre wetland along with the creation of a two-stage gabion outlet weir, a series of grade control weirs to allow non-erosive passage of runoff and to reduce groundwater drawdown within the existing wetland, three berms, a shrub scrub habitat area, and a forested upland habitat area. The project will filter nearly all of the farmland runoff.

    The project is expected to reduce approximately 47 pounds of total nitrogen, 4-5 pounds of total phosphorus, and 584 pounds of sediment annually from entering the Wye River. Environmental Concern was hired to design and construct the project.

    MRC has also completed projects at Wye Ferry Landing and Chesapeake College, and is currently working with the college on the design and completion of a major multi-component “step pool” stream restoration project being funded through the Chesapeake & Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund. Over the past few years, MRC has obtained significant outside funding to install restoration projects in four Midshore counties.

    For more information, contact MRC Executive Director and Miles-Wye Riverkeeper Jeff Horstman at 443.385.0511 or jeff@midshoreriverkeeper.org.

    Click here to read full article and photos.

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    Master Gardener Coordinator (Charlottesville, VA)

    The Master Gardener Coordinator will partner with ANR agents in planning district 10 (Albemarle, Greene, Louisa and Fluvanna counties), to provide program leadership & development, evaluation, and public relations support. They support approximately 200 Master Gardener volunteers in their community educational efforts and focus on strengthening volunteer engagement and enjoyment to reduce attrition. This position provides direct supervision and training to the Master Gardener program assistant and collaborates with the Albemarle Unit Coordinator and the Greene Co. Horticulture Agent to achieve and then set new goals for the consumer horticulture program.

    Required qualifications: Experience working with volunteers; Experience working in a supervisory capacity; Required to obtain VA pesticide certification (category 10).

    Preferred qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in horticulture or plant science preferred; Field experience with ornamental and edible plants preferred.

    Hourly Wage Staff, limited to 1500 hrs/year

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    Part-time Environmental Educator

    Alice Ferguson Foundation (AFF) seeks a dynamic, environmentally focused leader to teach environmental education field studies to students, grades K-12, of the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. The AFF Educator will work in the two environmental education programs of the Alice Ferguson Foundation: Hard Bargain Farm (grades K-6) and Bridging the Watershed (grades 4-12) dependent upon our programming needs.

    Responsibilities include teaching standard-aligned, curriculum-based, outdoor field studies to students grades K-6 at Hard Bargain Farm or at participating schools in an outreach capacity and/or students grades 4-12 at regional national parks. Use and maintenance of educational equipment for field studies is an important part of this position, along with collecting and reporting of data. Educators also assist with teacher workshops and other educational opportunities as needed.

    This part-time position requires actively working and teaching children outdoors in natural surroundings under various outdoor environmental conditions as well as in the classroom. Reliable transportation is a must!

    EDUCATION & SKILLS REQUIRED:
    Bachelor’s Degree (preferred) in environmental science, environmental studies, natural sciences, science education, elementary/secondary education, agricultural science, natural resources management related field OR equivalent level of work experience in the indicated fields, along with:

    Experience teaching and/or working with children and/or adolescents
    Excellence in coordinating group dynamics
    Currently certified in adult First Aid and CPR (strongly preferred)
    Subject to criminal background/fingerprinting check due to working with children
    Comfort in working in natural, outdoor settings
    Ability to lift 25 lbs.

    TO APPLY: Send resume, cover letter, and references to: hzdobysz@fergusonfoundation.org

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    The Meadow Project releases Hometown Habitat, Stories of Bringing Nature Home, featuring Doug Tallamy!

    Bring nature back to your Hometown!

     

    Hometown Habitat, Stories of Bringing Nature Home features renowned entomologist Dr. Douglas Tallamy, whose research, books and lectures on the use of non-native plants in landscaping, sound the alarm about habitat and species loss. Tallamy provides the narrative thread that challenges the notion that humans are here and nature is someplace else. Tallamy says, “It doesn’t have to, and shouldn’t be that way.”

    Producer/Director, Catherine Zimmerman and film crew spent two years traveling the country to visit Hometown Habitat heroes. Their inspiring stories of community commitment to conservation landscaping illustrate Tallamy’s vision by showing how humans and nature can co-exist with mutual benefits.

    Zimmerman shares these success stories and works in progress, that re-awaken and redefine our relationship with Nature. The goal: Build a new army of habitat heroes and make natural landscaping the new landscaping norm.

    Hometown Habitat is a two-disk set. Disk one plays the full 90-minute film. Disk two plays the film in chapters as a tool for targeted audiences such as congregations, homeowner associations, landscape designers, nurseries, city councils, parks and recreation divisions, and land developers. The chapters can also be incorporated into school lesson plans as prompts for environmental sustainability discussion and action.

    Chapters:

    The Basics– Dr. Douglas Tallamy
    Ecosystem Services—Million Trees NYC
    Water Conservation—Habitat Hero Program
    Environmental Art Solutions– EcoArtists
    Sustainable Practices—Redefining the Horticulture Industry
    Restoration and Conservation Development—Steven Apfelbaum
    Interfaith Environmental Movement—Sacred Grounds
    Environmental Activism—Wild Ones

    Please contact Catherine Zimmerman to discuss screening fees and start planning your event, big or small!  catherine@ themeadowproject.com   This film is a great tool to educate and grow a new army of habitat heroes!

    ….. “Finally, a film that examines the critical role that native plants play in our landscapes. Hometown Habitat, featuring Douglas Tallamy, explores our land ethic and how we need to make radical changes in our plant selections to increase biodiversity, heal the earth, and find harmony with nature. This documentary should be included in every school curriculum.”

    Heather Holm, author of Pollinators of Native Plants

    …..“Hometown Habitat is a powerful film that explains not only why we need to change our landscaping attitudes and practices, but how change-makers are doing exactly that. Anyone who cares about the environment needs to watch this excellent documentary.”

    Kim Eierman, Founder of EcoBeneficial!

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    Updated agenda and CEUs for the workshop “Emerging Invasive Species in the Mid-Atlantic” on July 11

    See the updated agenda (with speaker bios and abstracts) for Emerging Invasive Species in the Mid-Atlantic on Monday July 11, 2016: MAEDN Emerging Invasives Workshop Agenda-0617.  Hilary Smith, Invasive Species Coordinator for the US Department of Interior, is our keynote speaker.

    You can register here.  Registration is $25.

    We are offering pesticide license re-certification CEUs:

    Approved for 8 credits in categories 2 and 3A (Forest and Ornamental – Exterior) in Maryland (MDA).
    Approved for credits from District of Columbia (number and category of credits TBD).
    Applied for credits from Virginia (VDACS/OPS)
    Still working on credits for PA and WV

    Other re-certification credits:

    Applied for credits for Maryland Licensed Tree Experts (MD DNR)

    Thanks,

    Damien Ossi

    President, MAIPC

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    MD Bird Conservation Initiative Coordinator

    Background
    The Maryland Bird Conservation Initiative (MD BCI) is a coalition of state, federal, and non-governmental organizations that have joined together to build a foundation for more effective, sustained bird conservation in the state of Maryland.
    Position
    The MD BCI seeks a Maryland Bird Conservation Initiative Coordinator to help sustain and promote the conservation of birds and their habitats across the State of Maryland. Through demonstrated experience of working with bird conservation professionals, volunteers, and others, the Coordinator will be responsible for:

    Managing the implementation of the MD BCI, including overseeing its projects and reporting on their progress;
    Maintaining an account of bird conservation activities across the state;
    Coordinating a state-wide compilation of existing avian monitoring data for use in conservation planning;
    Helping to elevate the level of citizen stewardship of key species and habitats, and increasing public awareness of conservation needs of birds and their habitats;
    Identifying funding needs and pursuing financial support consistent with the goals of the MD BCI;
    Establishing, maintaining, and coordinating projects with specific partners where opportunities exist;
    Building the coalition of partners, including the not-for-profit community and soliciting their participation in the BCI; and
    Helping to implement bird-related activities in the State Wildlife Action Plan and establishing arrangements to oversee their execution.

    The Maryland Department of Natural Resources Wildlife and Heritage Service, Maryland Ornithological Society, and US Fish & Wildlife Service staff will oversee the work of the Coordinator and provide advice and direction as needed. The position is housed at the US Fish and Wildlife Service Chesapeake Bay Field Office with opportunities for travel and work from home.
    Qualifications and Experience
    Master’s degree in the biological sciences or public administration preferred; familiarity with Maryland’s natural environment and major bird/wildlife organizations/individuals; demonstrated expertise in conducting consultation, collating information, and report writing; experience in grant writing, administration, and fundraising; proven ability of working collaboratively in flexible but challenging timeframes and circumstances; displayed capacity to be an independent self-starter.
    Salary and benefits
    Salary range is $38,000-$43,000 is commensurate with experience. Benefits package nominal but negotiable.
    Applicants
    Resume plus cover letter or inquiries should be emailed to Gwen Brewer at gwenda.brewer@maryland.gov with email title “BCI Coordinator Position” no later than June 30, 2016.

    For more information visit http://www.Marylandbirds.org.

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    Trees are very, very good for our health. But in many cities, they’re struggling

    Article published last week in the Washington Post by Chris Mooney:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2016/06/17/city-trees-are-enormously-good-for-us-but-were-not-doing-enough-for-them-in-return/

    Also, here’s a piece on one of the cool collaborative efforts in Richmond from the Bacon’s Rebellion:

    http://www.baconsrebellion.com/2016/06/bikes-bees-and-beauty.html

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    The Alliance’s 4th Annual “Best of the Chesapeake” Photo Contest!

    Submit Now! “Best Of The Chesapeake” Photo Contest!

    Is photography one of your passions? Does sorting through new Instagram filters fill you with joy? Well, then we have good news for you–the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay announces our 4th annual “Best of the Chesapeake” Photo Contest!

    Whether you are an amateur or a professional, if you have a fancy camera or an iPhone,send us your favorite photos that you have taken of the Chesapeake Bay or along the streams, creeks, rivers or forests of its amazing watershed from New York to Virginia!

    If you’ve ever captured an Osprey perched atop a pier, the sun setting over the shore or a fisherman wading his way through a wetland, we want to see your photos. Submit any images that capture what life is like here in the Chesapeake!

    Submissions will be accepted June 8th through August 8th and the winners will be announced September 1st.

    CASH PRIZES will be awarded for first ($400), second ($250) and third place ($100) winners!

     

    For contest info and to submit your photos, go to:

    https://allianceforthebay.org/photo-contest/

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    CREP Newsletter Created in PA

    Kudos to the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts in developing this great new resource!  Check out their first quarterly newsletter for conservation professionals doing CREP and riparian buffers:  http://conta.cc/25xCsU5

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    Posted 1 week ago

    RFQ for Field Liaisons

    Requesting Organization: National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, 1133 15th Street NW, Suite 1100, Washington, DC 20005.  Contact: Elizabeth Nellums, Manager of Chesapeake Programs, 202-595-2442 / Elizabeth.Nellums@nfwf.org
    1. OVERVIEW
    The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) seeks qualified contractors to submit proposals to provide field support for the Northeastern Region and the programs within this region. The contractor will provide support for one-year (with the option to renew for up to four additional years) report to Amanda Bassow, Director of the Northeastern Regional Office, or to one of her direct reports.
    2. PROGRAM BACKGROUND
    NFWF manages a variety of grant programs throughout the mid-Atlantic and northeastern United States.  Annual programs under NFWF’s Northeastern Region include the New England Forests and Rivers Fund; Long Island Sound Futures Fund; Delaware River Restoration Fund; Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund; and a developing program for the Allegheny and Appalachian Plateau. Over time, the funding levels, projects, scope, reach and audience of these programs have grown significantly.  The need for effective field support has grown as well, to assist potential grantees in developing proposals that are aligned with NFWF’s priorities, to troubleshoot grant implementation, and to help form networks among grantees to facilitate shared learning.
    3. contract scope
    The purpose of the contemplated contract is to

    Conduct outreach and offer assistance to potential grantees in targeted geographies to understand NFWF funding priorities, develop restoration project concepts, identify potential partnerships, and identify funding opportunities.
    Conduct post-award site visits to trouble-shoot potential challenges with project implementation; conduct pre-project monitoring assessments; and collect photo documentation.
    Conduct site visits upon grant completion to perform post-project monitoring assessments; obtain lessons-learned or NFWF program feedback; collect photo documentation; provide guidance regarding projects’ long-term maintenance and stewardship plans; and, to scope potential next phases of projects with grantees.
    Facilitate peer-to-peer learning among grantees through field tours, site visits, workshops and other venues.
    Facilitate collaborative initiatives around NFWF priorities in the designated regions.

    4. ANTICIPATED DELIVERABLES
    The contract deliverables will include:

    Semiannual written and ongoing verbal progress reports
    Final report summarizing lessons learned at contract completion
    Comprehensive written reviews of grant proposals

    These deliverables may be expanded or refined during the contract negotiation.
    5. SUMBISSION REQUIREMENTS
    Proposals must be submitted under the same cover at the same time, in three distinct and separate documents:  1) Technical Proposal, 2) Cost Proposal, and 3) Evidence of Financial Stability.  Interested parties should submit proposals electronically to NFWF (Candace Leong, Candace.Leong@nfwf.org) as Word documents or PDF attachments following the requirements below:
    6. CRITERIA FOR COMPETITIVE APPLICATIONS
    Statements of Qualifications will be evaluated on the following criteria.  Statements should be single-spaced in Word format or a searchable PDF, with a minimum 11 point font, and not to exceed the indicated page or word limits. Offerors should organize their Statement based on these sections:

    Understanding of the Scope of Work.  A statement of no more than one page demonstrating an understanding of the challenges faced by the program(s) with which the offeror purports to work, including a comprehension of the geography, communities, partners and their dynamics.
    Technical Approach.  A description of no more than one page of a proposed technical approach for facilitating the success of grant investments and overall program strategy and improvement.
    Qualifications of Proposed Personnel.  Resumes and/or Vitae of the principal investigator(s), including any subcontractors, describing relevant professional experience in the following areas:  (a) experience working with federal, state, and local governmental agencies, national and local NGOs involved with conservation; (b) any experience with Foundations and grants management; (c) on-farm agricultural experience (d) experience with stream or other restoration projects. There is no page limit associated with this element of the Statement of Qualifications.
    Record of Past Performance/References.  The Statement of Qualifications should identify at least three past engagements conducting similar work for NFWF or other organizations, identifying the offeror’s quality of work, timeliness, and cost control. The statement should also include communication experience writing reports, conducting webinars and delivering presentations to different types of audiences. The cumulative statement of past performances should not exceed 1 page. The Statement should include names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of points of contact for the referenced engagements.  If the offeror anticipates retaining subcontractors for this task, information should be provided that demonstrates their past performance as well.
    Corporate Capability. The offeror shall provide proof of financial stability in the form of an income statement and balance sheet.
    Cost Proposal. The Cost Proposal includes the proposal budget and budget justification. The cost proposal must be submitted using the attached budget template. The cost proposal budget should be cost effective and should maximize the value for monies requested in the Offeror’s budget. Please break various tasks into separate line items. Profit/profit margin must be separately itemized in the budget.

    6. ELIGIBLE OFFERORS/CONFLICT OF INTEREST
    Eligible offerors are institutions of higher education, other nonprofits, commercial organizations, international organizations, and local, state, and Indian tribal governments.  More than one award may be made for this project.  If multiple institutions are involved in a single application, they should be handled through sub-contracts.

    By submitting a Statement of Qualifications in response to this solicitation, the offeror warrants and represents that it does not currently have any apparent or actual conflict of interest, as described herein.  In the event an offeror currently has, will have during the life of the contemplated contract, or becomes aware of an apparent or actual conflict of interest, in the event an award is made, the offeror must notify NFWF in writing in the Statement of Qualifications, or in subsequent correspondence (if the issue becomes known after the submission of the Statement of Qualifications) of such apparent or actual conflicts of interest, including organizational conflicts of interest.  Conflicts of interest include any relationship or matter which might place the contractor, the contractor’s employees, or the contractor’s subcontractors in a position of conflict, real or apparent, between their responsibilities under the award and any other outside interests, or otherwise.  Conflicts of interest may also include, but are not limited to, direct or indirect financial interests, close personal relationships, positions of trust in outside organizations, consideration of future employment arrangements with a different organization, or decision-making affecting the award that would cause a reasonable person with knowledge of the relevant facts to question the impartiality of the offeror, the offeror’s employees, or the offeror’s future subcontractors in the matter.  Upon receipt of such a notice, the NFWF Contracting Officer will determine if a conflict of interest exists and, if so, if there are any possible actions to be taken by the offeror to reduce or resolve the conflict.  Failure to resolve conflicts of interest in a manner that satisfies NFWF may result in the proposal not being selected for award.

    By submitting a Statement of Qualifications in response to this solicitation, the offeror warrants and represents that it is eligible for award of a contract resulting from this solicitation and that it is not subject to any of the below circumstances:
    Has any unpaid Federal tax liability that has been assessed, for which all judicial and administrative remedies have been exhausted or have lapsed, and that is not being paid in a timely manner pursuant to an agreement with the authority responsible for collecting the tax liability, where the awarding agency is aware of the unpaid tax liability, unless the agency has considered suspension or debarment of the corporation and made a determination that this further action is not necessary to protect the interests of the Government; or

    Was convicted (or had an officer or agent of such corporation acting on behalf of the corporation convicted) of a felony criminal violation under any Federal or State law within the preceding 24 months, where the awarding agency is aware of the conviction, unless the agency has considered suspension or debarment of the corporation and made a determination that this further action is not necessary to protect the interests of the Government; or

    Is listed on the General Services Administration’s, government-wide System for Award Management Exclusions (SAM Exclusions), in accordance with the OMB guidelines at 2 C.F.R Part 180 that implement E.O.s 12549 (3 C.F.R., 1986 Comp., p. 189) and 12689 (3 C.F.R., 1989 Comp., p. 235), “Debarment and Suspension, ” or intends to enter into any subaward, contract or other contract using funds provided by NFWF with any party listed on the SAM Exclusions in accordance with Executive Orders 12549 and 12689. The SAM Exclusions can be found at https://www.sam.gov/portal/public/SAM/.
    7. Statement of Qualifications SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS AND RFQ/RFP DEADLINES
    (subject to change)

    6/17/2016
    Request for Qualifications (RFQ) released. Q&A period begins. All questions of general interest will be answered publically and must be received by June 30th.

    6/30/2016
    Deadline for Questions. FAQ will be posted to this site within 24 hours.

    7/14/2016
    Statements of Qualifications must be received electronically as an email attachment by Elizabeth Nellums (elizabeth.nellums@nfwf.org) by 11:00 PM EDT.

    Statements must be provided in Word format or searchable PDF with a font size no smaller than 11 pt.

    7/18/2016
    NFWF will notify all RFQ offerors of their status and successful offerors will be either invited to interview or to complete a scope of work and budget.

    8/15/2016
    Contractors’ anticipated start date.

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