Creation Care for Congregations: Connecting Faith to Action
Tools for Faith Based Organizing and Mobilizing Creation Care Ministry
This is a faith-based course created and instructed by Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake,
Learn about how different faiths address these questions: Why do you feel called to care for Creation? What specific sources inspire you from your faith tradition or sacred texts? Methods and models for doing outreach within your own faith tradition and within an interfaith context will be explored. Specific tools and strategies will be offered for helping the congregation move toward developing an earthcare ministry, green team, or environmental stewardship program. Participants will be guided to develop their own communications such as a press release, bulletin announcement, or a blessing or prayer for a watershed project.
Click HERE to register.
Held in Baltimore. For more information and to pre-register please go to our webpage HERE. Or contact Bonnie Sorak at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (410) 609-6852
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Creation Care for Congregations: Connecting Faith to Action
This faith-based course, created and instructed by Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake, will focus on equipping faith leaders with the spiritual knowledge, communication skills, and organizing capacity to lead their communities of faith to be engaged in care for Creation and watershed stewardship.
We suggest you attend both sessions but you are welcome to register for just one. Register for each session separately.
Session 1: Inspire and Lead your Faith Community, June 14, 6-9 p.m.
Session 2: Tools for Faith Based Organizing and Mobilizing Creation Care Ministry, June 21, 2016 6-9 p.m.
FREE! Held in Baltimore. For more detailed information and to pre-register please go to our webpage HERE. Or contact Bonnie Sorak at email@example.com or call (410) 609-6852.
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Senior Designer/Registered Landscape Architect (Programs Director)
The Programs Director will direct the organization’s Prince George’s office design programs. The Programs Director has two main day-to-day functions: supervise the design team and manage workflow into and within the team. The Programs Director ensures that the team is working efficiently and effectively in development and delivery of design services. The Programs Director directs the design vision and consistency for the team.
As Programs Director you will:
Manage program staff and design production for Community Design, Stormwater Design and Community Forestry services
Work closely with design staff to mentor, develop design skills, and review design products
Take part in employee performance reviews
Identify workflow problems, scope and assign projects
Anticipate and mitigate issues in quality design production
Look for ways to improve team building and collaboration
Ensure adequate and qualified staff to carry out the program activities within an annual budget
Develop an effective annual program plan in coordination with Enterprise Development Director
Execute annual Prince George’s work plan to meet the organization’s long-term and annual plans and strategies
Build staff capabilities, foster and guide professional development to meet NDC long term goals
Coordinate program staff activities to ensure that all work is effectively planned and implemented
Provides timely and accurate program analysis
Oversees production of annual program summaries and internal and external program reporting
Build relationships with current and future funders and seek sustainable funding opportunities
Assist with occasional special projects, fundraising events and special events as needed
Participate in monthly staff meetings, lead regular team meetings
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Browsing Green Goats
What are invasive species? Invasive species means the plants are not native to the area you live in or that coastal region. An invasive species is a plant, fungus, or animal species that is not native to a specific location (an introduced species), and which has a tendency to spread to a degree believed to cause damage to the environment, human economy or human health.
One particular invasive species in Maryland is Kudzu. Kudzu is extremely invasive and is native to Asia; therefore the east coast in the United States is not native. The weight of kudzu vines can actually uproot trees, elevating the plant from a mere annoyance to an actual source of danger. The Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG) recently added kudzu to the Global Invasive Species database and they’ve named it one of the 100 worst alien invasive species on Earth. Kudzu is so invasive and damaging to the environment that Federal, State and Local Agencies offer grants to assist with eradicating it.
One such means of eradicating invasive species is goats; it looks grand from every angle. A herd of goats can be turned loose on a neglected field, overgrown with invasive exotic plants whose fun names – such as Kudzu – belie the damage it inflicts on native ecosystems.
The goats browse away happily, completely defoliating these unwanted plants. They destroy the seeds inside their digestive tracts that are made up of four chambers and then scatter droppings everywhere, fertilizing the ground as they go. They come back another time or two for subsequent passes, and voilà, a piece of land overrun by invasive plants has been reclaimed and improved in a non-chemical and non-fossil fuel-burning way.
For more information about Kudzu and its damage and browsing goats visit http://www.browsinggreengoats.com
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ChesaTreks Tour of Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse
Climb on board this icon of the Chesapeake Bay, a National Historic Landmark. Meet at the Annapolis Maritime Museum for background and history, then head out by boat to the 1875 screw-pile lighthouse, the last of its kind in its original location, followed by a crab-cake, fish or chicken sandwich lunch on the deck overlooking Back Creek.
The cost is $100 per person, including lunch. Proceeds help the Riverkeeper keep the West & Rhode Rivers fishable, swimmable, kayak-able and crab-able. Reservations are required. For info, call 410-867-7171.
Community Greening Celebration
Community Greening Celebration is a time to celebrate Baltimore’s gardeners, tree-planters, greening cheerleaders, volunteers and anyone who believes in a cleaner, greener Baltimore! Join Parks & People and fellow greeners for an evening of local lite fare, live music, an awards presentation and more.
This year’s celebration will take place on Parks & People’s new campus in an outdoor setting under the stars.
Event will begin at 6:00pm. Arrive early at 5:30pm and tour Parks & People’s LEED Platinum-designed campus in West Baltimore.
This is a pay-what-you-wish event, with all proceeds supporting greening grants to local gardens and farms!
Questions? Contact us at (410) 448-5663 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interested in sponsorship opportunities? Contact Kate Sam at email@example.com.
P.S. – Continue the fun on Saturday, June 4th from 10am to 2pm as we open our campus to the public for a Family Festival! Bring the family and enjoy local treats, a nature play space, nature-themed crafts, games and more!
WHENThursday, June 2, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT) – Add to CalendarRSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/21st-annual-community-greening-celebration-tickets-24259455685
Free Retrofitting Webcast this Thursday!
One of the benefits of being a part of the Chesapeake Stormwater Network is that every 18 months or so we survey you and ask you to tell us what your biggest training needs are. Time and time again we hear that retrofitting is your #1 topic area for training needs. Which really isn’t all that surprising considering that is the way that most local jurisdictions are meeting their Chesapeake Bay and MS4 restoration requirements.
But what is this retrofitting stuff? How do I do it? Where are the best opportunities in my jurisdiction for implementing a retrofit? Any cost saving tips for me?
Join us for a webcast this Thursday on Retrofitting Revisited. All of our webcasts are offered free of charge but advance registration is required. You can register for the webcast here: http://chesapeakestormwater.net/events/webcast-retrofitting-revisited/
Thursday, May 26 @ 12:00 PM
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Paddle Potomac! Paddle Shenandoah!
TRIP DETAILS – WE HOPE YOU CAN PADDLE WITH US!
Wednesday, June 8: Island Ford to Elkton Float with Shenandoah Riverkeeper
Thursday, June 9: After Work Paddle at Fort Washington with Potomac Riverkeeper
Friday, June 10: Shenandoah River Birdwatch & Paddle with Shenandoah Riverkeeper
Saturday, June 11 – Sunday, June 12: Paw Paw Bends Paddle & Over Night Camping with Upper Potomac Riverkeeper
Monday, June 13: Sunset Over Dyke Marsh Paddle with Potomac Riverkeeper
Tuesday, June 14: Antietam Creek – Float Through History with Upper Potomac Riverkeeper
Wednesday, June 15: Confluence Paddle – Millville to Harpers Ferry Adventure Center with all 3 Riverkeepers
Thursday, June 16: “The Needles” near Harpers Ferry with Potomac Riverkeeper
Friday, June 17: Mallows Bay ”Ghost Fleet Paddle” with Potomac Riverkeeper
Saturday, June 18: Paddle for Clean Water SPLASH event on the Georgetown Waterfront in DC with Potomac Riverkeeper
Saturday, June 18: Full Moon Paddle – Edward’s Ferry to Seneca Creek with Potomac Riverkeeper
Sunday, June 19: FREE Father’s Day Float! Join us in the “Trough” on the South Branch Potomac with Upper Potomac Riverkeeper
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The position entails administration, coordination and enforcement activities required by the NPDES Phase II Stormwater General Permit and Township Stormwater Management Ordinance. An employee in this position serves as the Stormwater Coordinator responsible for managing the storm water quality program to comply with state environmental requirements, to include review and issuance of permits prior to construction, organizing public education and participation activities, performing erosion and sediment control plan review and inspection, and regulating discharges into the storm sewer system or natural bodies of water.
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Early Bird Registration Ends Today! ~ Stormwater Seminar ~ June 8, 2016
CWEA Spring Stormwater Seminar
June 8th, 2016
8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies (MITAGS)
692 Maritime Boulevard, Linthicum Heights, MD
Beyond Nutrients: Case Studies and Tools for Addressing TMDLs
Greg Schaner, USEPA NPDES Permits Division Attorney
Nicholas DiPasquale, EPA Chesapeake Bay Program Office Director
The CWEA Spring Seminar is presented to facilitate peer-to-peer information exchange for representatives of regulated stormwater programs. The goal of this seminar is to encourage lessons learned and case studies surrounding pollutants of concern that we don’t often get to hear about, yet still have to address within the Chesapeake Bay, such as PCBs, bacteria, trash, metals, pesticides and other toxic organics.
5 PDH Credits Available
Early Registration Ends Today (11:59 p.m.)
Member $80.00 ($95.00 after May 25th)
Non-Member $90.00 ($105.00 after May 25th)
Government Associates & Students: $30.00 (through June 8th)
Exhibitor Tables: $400.00
Government Employees and Students: There will be a very limited number of spots at this price, so please register early!! At the time of registration we will require official government ID and official college ID.
Breakfast and Lunch Provided.
To Register: Click Here
Download flyer and Agenda
Participate in the Monitoring Census and you could win a free registration to the Chesapeake Watershed Forum!
Do you monitor water quality or benthic macroinvertebrates within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed?
The Chesapeake Monitoring Cooperative has been formed to unite monitoring groups and individuals in the watershed, provide technical support, and build a user friendly database that will facilitate the use of your monitoring data by federal and state agencies.
We are conducting a census of monitoring groups and we want to count you and hear about what you are doing. You can participate at http://bit.do/ChesapeakeMonitoringCensus. The census closes May 31st so don’t delay!
Hate filling out forms? You could win one free registration for the 2016 Chesapeake Watershed Forum being held September 30 – October 2. Or if that doesn’t float your boat, you could win one of two $100 gifts for the water quality monitoring equipment of your choice.
To learn more about the Chesapeake Monitoring Cooperative visit chesmonitoringcoop.org
This project is sponsored through a cooperative agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency for the Integration of Citizen-based and Nontraditional Monitoring into the Chesapeake Bay Program Partnership.
Paddle the Potomac: An Alternative Happy Hour
Tired of your typical Thursday evening happy hour?
Come celebrate summer at Paddle the Potomac: An Alternative Happy Hour on Thursday, June 16 from 6-8 p.m.
Join the National Parks Conservation Association as part of their Find Your Voice initiative and Potomac Conservancy and at Key Bridge Boathouse in Georgetown for an evening of food and twilight paddling. Come mingle, network, paddle, and discover the great outdoors!
Be sure to bring a little money with you on the water because our friends at NautiFoods, the city’s first food boat, will be out on the water serving delicious summer treats. Best of all, 20% of the NautiFood’s proceeds for the evening will go to the National Park Conservation Association and Potomac Conservancy!
All are welcome, but space is limited. REGISTER TODAY and reserve your FREE spot in a canoe, kayak, or stand-up paddleboard. This event is appropriate for all skill levels. Beginners and experts are welcome!
Reduce Your Stormwater by using the Alliance’s Yard Design Tool!
The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay is happy to announce the Yard Design Tool through our Reduce Your Stormwater website is up and running!
What is this you ask? It is an online interactive tool that steps homeowners through siting and designing Rain Gardens and Conservation Landscaping on their property. Once the tool is filled out online, a final report is emailed to each homeowner including all the necessary details to buy the materials and step by step instructions to install the garden. We have partnered with local Nurseries to provide the materials, plants, and delivery for each project.
The best part is the Alliance will pay up to 80% of the cost to eligible homeowners! Any homeowner in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed can use the site to design their yard, however, only homeowners in the Middle James River Watershed (VA) or the Yellow Breaches Watershed (PA) are eligible for cost-share funds (specific Counties listed in the tool). Funding is limited and will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.
You can check out the tool at the following link: http://www.stormwater.allianceforthebay.org/yard-design
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Stockholm has something to teach us about planting trees
Breakthrough for the trees
Education Coordinator – Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Salisbury University
Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Salisbury University
Introduction: Nestled next to Schumaker Pond in Salisbury, Maryland and surrounded by wildlife in the heart of the Atlantic Flyway, the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art features the world’s largest and finest public collection of decorative and antique decoys. The museum is a premier facility for the study of art, nature and tradition for youth, educators, scholars, artists and community it serves. In the coming year, the Ward Museum is expanding its facility with a 2,200 square foot waterfront classroom addition to support education programs, services, and events. The Ward Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and is a certified Green Center by the Maryland Association of Environmental and Outdoor Education.
Job Description: The museum seeks a full time Education Coordinator to assist with a growing department that serves over 20,000 youth and adults annually through programming on topics of art, nature and tradition. Programs occur onsite at the Ward Museum and offsite with our diverse community of regional partner organizations. Environmental education is a cornerstone of the museum’s offerings, engaging learners of all ages through an interdisciplinary approach, using STEAM concepts, hands on field studies, and arts integration.
Responsibilities: Duties include development and delivery of education programs for youth, adults, and schools; scheduling and coordinating programming; office administration; assisting with special events and promotion of programs through written press releases, website updates and social media outlets. Education Coordinator reports to the Director of Education and Environmental Learning. Typical workweek is Tuesdaythrough Saturday, with some evening assignments.
Qualifications: Applicant must possess a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent experience) and have at least two years of experience with educational program delivery and working with clients of all ages and backgrounds. Knowledge of regional art, natural and cultural heritage is preferred. Applicants must possess strong organizational, writing and communication skills and be comfortable working independently and as a team with a diverse client base. Applicant should be experienced with Microsoft Office with proficiency in Excel, web services and content management systems. Applicant must have valid driver’s license, clear background check and driving record, and be able to lift 40lbs.
Compensation: Salary commensurate with experience. Employer paid health benefits package.
To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and three references to:
Mark McMullen Bushman, Director of Education and Environmental Learning
Ward Museum, 909 South Schumaker Dr, Salisbury, MD 21804
Application review will begin on May 31, 2016. Position open until filled.
To learn more about the Ward Museum, please visit us online at http://www.wardmuseum.org.
The Ward Museum/ Ward Foundation, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Forest Conservation Qualified Professional Training–Summer, 2016
Forest Conservation Qualified Professional Training
Complete state-approved training leading to the Maryland Forest Conservation Qualified Professional license. Study forest stand delineation, tree inventories and how changes in land use affects trees. CEUs awarded. $307 includes $27 fee.
Note: Applicants must have a B.S. degree or four years of experience in natural resources or an M.S. degree and one year of experience. Those completing this course may apply for qualified professional status to prepare forest conservation plans and stand delineations required by the Forest Conservation Act.
Instr. Earl Reaves
Tuesdays & Thursdays
June 2-July 19, 2016
June 11, 2016
8:00 a.m. –12:15 p.m.
June 25, 2016
8:00 a.m.—12:15 p.m.
Call (410) 777-2325 for registration information or go to http://www.aacc.edu/noncredit for more information and a registration form. For questions, please call (410) 777-2939.
Grants Manager in Annapolis
The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, a regional non-profit organization headquartered in Annapolis, Maryland with offices in Virginia, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, seeks a highly qualified and motivated individual to provide grants management expertise in pre- and post-award activities, grants administration, grant eligibility research and provide assistance to the Director of Finance with financial administration of grant budgets and reporting.
The Grants Manager will be a motivated, detail-oriented, multi-tasker who will provide financial and management leadership and direction related to projects funded by federal, state, and private grants. The Grants Manager will oversee financial administration of grants; assist program staff in the development of grant documentation and ensure that program staff meet compliance and reporting requirements, assist in the budget development process, and perform budget analysis duties as assigned. The Grants Manager will also assist staff in researching grant proposal solicitations and their potential applicability to Alliance programs.
Maintain institutional informational materials necessary for proposal development.
Provide support to program staff in proposal preparation and coordination for submission.
Oversee the preparation and timely submission of grant applications and application amendments. In coordination with the program staff, assist with budget development and tracking.
Monitor grants and ensure compliance with grantor guidelines, rules and regulations.
Perform functions of financial administration and reporting related to grants, including, but not limited to: preparation and timely submission of grant reports, development and adjustment of associated budgets, tracking of budgeted funds, creating and maintaining grant budget summaries for program staff, screening and processing requests for expenditures, and ensuring timely reimbursement from federal, state and private funders.
Serve as liaison with staff on issues regarding grants.
Assist in evaluating the fiscal administration of grant programs.
Perform related work as assigned.
Required Qualifications & Experience:
The Grants Manager will possess substantial knowledge of grant processes and administration, including accounting and financial reporting; an ability to interpret complex grant funding requirements, submissions, and budget projections; an ability to interpret federal, state, and local government laws and regulations regarding grant administration; an ability to review the work of others to ensure conformance to standards and, the ability to communicate effectively across a broad spectrum of staff, both orally and in writing. In addition, the Grants Manager must be detail-oriented and able to manage multiple projects and tasks sometimes under tight deadlines; must have a desire and ability to work independently in a self-directed, small-office environment, manage priorities and meet deadlines especially during times of peak activity. An interest and commitment to environmental stewardship is essential.
Additional skills include:
Proficiency with Sage 50 financial management software strongly preferred
Proficient in the use of Microsoft Excel and Word
Knowledge of Sales Force (preferred but not required)
Experience in a non-profit setting desirable.
Please submit cover letter, resume, and references to: firstname.lastname@example.org with Grants Manager in the subject line.
No phone inquiries, please.
For more information, see the position announcement on our website: https://allianceforthebay.org/2016/05/position-announcement-grants-manager/
Executive Assistant (Part-time)
The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, a regional non-profit organization headquartered in Annapolis, Maryland with offices in Virginia and Pennsylvania, seeks a highly qualified and motivated individual to provide executive, development, and general office support. Position provides assistance to the executive director and board of directors, coordinates events and supports fundraising campaigns, and manages the administration of the Annapolis office.
The Executive Assistant will be a motivated, detail-oriented, multi-tasker who will plan and coordinate meetings for our board of directors, assist communications activities designed to expand Alliance recognition, prepare correspondence, support the activities of the Executive Director as needed, and manage day-to-day administrative duties to keep the Annapolis office running smoothly
Organize quarterly Board of Directors meetings and maintain all Board communications
Assist the Executive Director in organizing meetings, travel, and correspondence
Maintain donor database in SalesForce and produce reports
Manage the printing and mailing of donor and member campaigns
Apply to and oversee workplace giving campaigns
Support the Development Department and the fundraiser, Taste of the Chesapeake
Oversee the ordering of supplies for the Annapolis Office and work to upgrade and implement new technologies as needed.
Assist with various administrative tasks as needed
Maintain a courteous and friendly attitude with visitors on the telephone and in the office
Required Qualifications & Experience:
Interest and commitment to environmental stewardship
Strong writing and verbal communications skills
Detail-oriented and able to manage multiple projects and tasks under tight deadlines
Desire and ability to work independently in a self-directed, small-office environment and to manage priorities and meet deadlines especially during times of peak activity
Proficient in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
Solid interpersonal skills
SalesForce, iContact, and Adobe Suite experience desirable but not required.
Please submit cover letter, resume, and references to: email@example.com with Executive Assistant in the subject line.
No phone inquiries, please.
See the positing on our website for more information: https://allianceforthebay.org/2016/05/position-announcement-executive-assistant-part-time/
RiverSmart Rain Garden Contractor Training – Spring 2016
The next free rain garden training for local landscape contractors interested in participating in the RiverSmart Homes Program will be held on Wednesday, June 8, and Thursday, June 9, 2016. (In the event of inclement weather, the rain date for the field session is Tuesday, June 14th).
Who is eligible to attend? Everyone. You do not need previous experience in rain garden installations to attend, but in order to become a RiverSmart Homes contractor, you will be required to have experience in landscape design/installation and knowledge of native plant selection is preferred. You may send more than one representative from your company.
In which languages will the training be offered? We are excited to announce that this spring we are offering a training in Spanish! The standard classroom session in English will be followed by a classroom session in Spanish. Both will take place on Wednesday, June 8th. The field session will be conducted in English, with Spanish translation as needed, on the morning of Thursday, June 9th. Attendance at both a classroom session and field session is required to participate in the program. If fewer than five people register for the Spanish training, we will postpone this option until the fall. Please let us know if you are interested and help spread the word!
Is there a cost? No, the training is free.
What material will be covered in the training? The training will consist of both a classroom session and a hands-on component during the field session. The classroom session will cover the design specifications for RiverSmart Homes rain gardens and administrative aspects, such as reimbursements and project review. We will not cover plant selection, placement, or garden design basics. During the field session, we will install a rain garden at one of our RiverSmart Homes sites. Please come prepared with water, gloves, boots, hat, etc.
When will the training take place?
Classroom Session: Wednesday, June 8th
Classroom instruction in English: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Classroom instruction in Spanish: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Field Session: Thursday, June 9th, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Attendance at both the classroom session and field session is required in order to participate in the RiverSmart Homes Program as a contractor
Rain date for field session: Tuesday, June 14th, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Where will the training be held?
Classroom Session: District Department of Energy & Environment, 1200 First St NE, 5th Floor, Washington DC (Metro: Red Line, New York Ave/Gallaudet stop)
Field Session: Rain garden install at RiverSmart Homes site (TBD)
Please register no later than Wednesday, June 1st, by replying to this email. Participation is capped at 15 participants, so RSVP early to secure your spot!
Please direct questions to Sarah Davidson at the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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