Posted 18 hours, 2 minutes ago
[Webcast]: Why Watersheds Matter
In these uncertain watershed times, it is important to take a step back and remind ourselves about the reasons that urban watersheds matter in our communities, what we can expect to happen to them in the coming years and how we can all practice better personal stewardship in our home watersheds. Join Tom Schueler of the Chesapeake Stormwater Network as he makes a persuasive case about why urban watersheds matter, presents peerless future watershed forecasts, and outlines some painless steps you can make to a watershed difference. This interactive webcast will provide abundant time for everyone to add their voice to this important watershed conversation.
Posted 19 hours, 14 minutes ago
Program Specialist – Green Infrastructure
Anacostia Watershed Society is currently seeking a Program Specialist – Green Infrastructure that will work out of our office in Bladensburg, MD. This person will be expected to develop and implement green infrastructure strategies to restore the Anacostia River and engage communities in the watershed.
General requirements: 4-6 years of experience working as a conservation/environmental program manager. Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Landscape Architecture or related field. Experience with AutoCAD. Knowledge of and work experience in planning, permitting, and implementing green infrastructure projects.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Contact Matt Gallagher at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Posted 22 hours, 3 minutes ago
Senior Planning Specialist – MS4 Permit Coordinator
Senior Planning Specialist – MS4 Permit Coordinator (Grade 25)
Montgomery County Government
Department of Environmental Protection
Salary Range: $62,195 – $103,177
The mission of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is to enhance the quality of life in our community by protecting and improving Montgomery County’s air, water and land in a sustainable way while fostering smart growth, a thriving economy and healthy communities. DEP is seeking an experienced professional to be responsible for implementation of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit and Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) compliance. The position resides in the Watershed Planning & Monitoring Section within the Watershed Management Operations Division. If you want to join a team that is highly effective, collaborative, and has leadership that embraces the value of people and the environment, Montgomery County DEP is a good fit.
The position is responsible for performing complex professional and administrative work in implementing, and coordinating the County’s MS4 Permit; works with the Section Chief and other DEP staff to maintain compliance with MS4 Permit and TMDLs to achieve the County’s permit requirements. Implementation of MS4 permit includes data compilation, progress tracking, preparation of the annual report, Watershed Implementation Plan reporting, and other state and local reporting. TMDL Compliance tracking includes evaluating and documenting progress toward meeting all applicable stormwater waste load allocations included in EPA approved TMDLs.
In addition, the position will serve as the Department Liaison for the Water Quality Advisory Group, which provides recommendations to the County Executive and the County Council on water quality management goals and policies, program priorities, and funding. The position may also serve as DEP representative or alternate for several committees, including committees organized by Council of Government and other interjurisdictional committees.
The position will be responsible for supervising staff that supports MS4 implementation.
The applicant should have a strong understanding of urban water quality challenges, stormwater pollution policy, NPDES MS4 permits, TMDLs, green infrastructure technology, monitoring and data analysis, experience working with large project teams (including contractors and consultants) and the ability to communicate with a diverse group of citizens, businesses, environmental groups and other stakeholders. The successful candidate should have demonstrated ability to deal tactfully, effectively, and equitably with people.
This position requires possession of a valid driver’s license from applicant’s state of residence, and the ability to drive a County vehicle to attend meetings or perform work at locations outside the office, including attending meetings in Baltimore, Prince George’s County, Annapolis, and Washington D.C.
Occasional weekend and/or evening work may be required.
As a manager/supervisor of unionized employees, this position has a responsibility for fostering a positive labor relations environment based on mutual trust, respect, and cooperation.
Experience: Thorough (five (5) years) experience in watershed management and implementation of MS4 Permit requirements.
Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences, Water Resource Engineering, Environmental Sciences, or Natural Resources disciplines.
Equivalency: An equivalent combination of education or experience may be substituted.
License: Possession of a valid Class “C” (or equivalent) driver’s license from the applicant’s state of residence when required for job-related duties.
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 IRC25138
This Recruitment Closes May 24, 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.
Posted 22 hours, 55 minutes ago
Native Plant Sale- Lauren’s Garden Service
Lauren’s Garden Service will be at the Benjamin Banneker Earth Day sale again this year! Purchase plants that are locally grown and native to Howard County!
11AM-3PM @ Benjamin Banneker Park
Click here for a list of native plants that we will be selling!
For more information on our native plant sales, please check out the events tab of our webpage: http://www.laurensgardenservice.com/2017-events/
Posted 1 day, 14 hours ago
Pledge your commitment to earth friendly living!
MyEarthPledge is a call to action for individuals to follow an earth ethic and live in an earth friendly manner by making the right choices throughout our daily lives. It’s the responsible thing to do and can make a real difference. The power of one can become the power of many with establishment of a widely shared earth ethic. But it starts with you–now. Print, sign, post, and follow the MyEarthPledge today!
Visit myearthpledge.net to make your pledge!
Posted 1 day, 16 hours ago
The accredited Cacapon and Lost Rivers Land Trust (CLRLT) is seeking a strategic thinking, energetic people-person with a love for land preservation. The ideal candidate will be able to creatively lead our well established and well respected organization into a new period of growth and exciting land preservation and educational opportunities. Demonstrated skill in working with landowners, local communities, potential funders and the public is a must. We are a non-profit non-governmental organization dedicated to helping protect our rivers and streams and preserving the agricultural, ecological and cultural heritage of our area. Our largely rural watershed encompasses a beautiful and diverse area with excellent recreational opportunities and nearby access to Winchester, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and other metropolitan areas. A cover letter, resume and a list of three references should be sent to: email@example.com View the full job description: http://www.cacapon.org/employment-opportunities/
Deadline May 31, 2017
RFP for Vegetation Management for Virginia Aquatic Resources Trust Fund
The Nature Conservancy is soliciting proposals for Vegetation Management services at 16 Virginia Aquatic Resources Trust Fund (VARTF) sites in Virginia. The purpose of these projects is to provide stream and wetland mitigation to offset unavoidable impacts for which VARTF was utilized as the compensatory mitigation. The primary objective of this RFP is to enhance and restore riparian buffer and wetland areas on VARTF project sites. The scope of work requires the Contractor to conduct site management activities that controls invasive species and encourages native vegetative cover on the subject properties per the specifications herein that will meet or exceed the standards for compensatory mitigation in Virginia. Contractor may bid on all sites, individual sites, or a combination of sites.
Deadline for proposals May 19, 2017.
To download the RFP, please visit our website at: https://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/virginia/explore/vartf-vegetation-management-rfp.xml
I look forward to hearing from all of you and reviewing your bids. Thank you for your time and effort.
(434) 951-0588 (Phone)
The Nature Conservancy
Virginia Field Office
490 Westfield Road
Charlottesville, VA 22901
Sign-Up Today for the Chesapeake Tree Canopy Network Newsletter!
Have you signed up yet for the Chesapeake Tree Canopy Network newsletter?
The Chesapeake Tree Canopy Network newsletter features the most current going-ons, resources, and best management practices related to tree canopy in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. We promise not to clog your inbox- you’ll receive a new, specially curated newsletter from us every couple of months.
The newsletter sign-up is separate from your membership to the Chesapeake Tree Canopy Network group here on the Chesapeake Network. Please sign-up for the newsletter on the Chesapeake Tree Canopy Network website: http://chesapeaketrees.net/. You will not receive the newsletter if you do not sign-up on the website.
If you’d like to receive our upcoming newsletter, sign-up before this Friday (4/28)!
How to sign-up
Go to the Chesapeake Tree Canopy Network: http://chesapeaketrees.net/
Sign-up for the newsletter on the homepage or on the Sign-Up page.
Summer camps at Annapolis Maritime Museum
This summer, the Annapolis Maritime Museum will expand its Summer Camp programming to include camps for children from Kindergarten through 8th grade. Summer Camp with the Annapolis Maritime Museum allows children to be themselves, learn new skills, and make new friends as they form a connection to the Chesapeake Bay.
The new urban ecology park, located at the Ellen O. Moyer Nature Park at Back Creek, is a springboard for curiosity and learning, allowing children to investigate 12 wooded acres, a secluded cove, nature trails, and a marsh habitat. This unique park, nestled within the City of Annapolis, provides the ideal opportunity for nature discovery. From fishing, hiking, and kayaking to experiments, crafts, and games, adventure awaits at AMM Summer Camp!
Read camp details here.
Visit amaritime.org/camp to register.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Annapolis Maritime Museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to educating students and adults on the area’s rich maritime heritage and the ecology of the Chesapeake Bay through programs, exhibits, and community events. The Museum partners with community groups, government entities, and other like-minded organizations to deliver high-quality educational initiatives and programs on subjects ranging from history and culture to the environment and good stewardship practices.
Pumpout boat operator
Experienced boat operator to run the pumpout boat on the West and Rhode Rivers near Annapolis on a part-time basis. Coast Guard license not required, but you do need the Maryland boater safety education certification. Boat runs Friday through Monday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pay is $15/hr. plus tips. Call or write for more info. Jeff Holland, Riverkeeper, West & Rhode Riverkeeper, 443-758-7797 / email@example.com
MSRA Spring Field Trip on May 16th
The Maryland Stream Restoration Association (MSRA) will be holding our annual Spring Field Trip on Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 at the Davis Branch Stream. Rich Berkey will be giving a presentation on the recently completed Davis Branch Stream Restoration Project.
Working closely with Howard County, the Conservancy, and community stakeholders, Biohabitats crafted a design to restore pre-disturbance aquatic function to Davis Branch, taking advantage of the unique rural character and minimal constraints within the stream’s riparian corridor. The design, which employs a variety of natural channel and floodplain structures using indigenous materials, establishes ecologically meaningful reconnection between the restored stream and adjacent undisturbed floodplain surface. The restored stream and floodplain system provides enhanced terrestrial and aquatic habitat variability, augmenting the Conservancy’s already richly diverse floral and faunal communities. It also creates new opportunities for the Conservancy’s education and outreach programs.
More information on the restoration project and monitoring efforts can be found at the following links:
Event date: Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Event time: 5:00 – 9:00 PM
The meeting will be held at: 10520 Old Frederick Rd, Woodstock, MD 21163
Transportation Directions: Please park your cars in the Howard County Conservancy parking lot.
Post Trip Gathering Location: Bare Bone Grill – 9150 Baltimore National Pike Ellicott City, MD 21042 @ 7 – 9 PM (http://www.barebonesgrill.com/maryland/index.php)
Appetizers Will Be Provided, Cash Bar.
Member Cost = Free
Non-Member Cost = $15
Please sign up through Eventbrite so we know how much food to order https://www.eventbrite.com/e/msra-spring-2017-field-trip-tickets-33818099847?ref=wpwidget
We hope you can make it!
RiverPalooza 2017 – June 3rd Kick Off Events – Kayaking, Rafting, Tubing & Party!
Potomac Riverkeeper Network’s RiverPalooza 2017 kicks off on June 3rd with our Make a SPLASH for Clean Water Day at Harpers Ferry — including paddling, rafting, tubing and a big party with BBQ and a bluegrass band. RiverPalooza is a season-long annual event providing a wide range of on-the-water and paddling events with our Riverkeepers and in partnership with the region’s best outfitters.
SATURDAY, JUNE 3 — “MAKE A SPLASH FOR CLEAN WATER” DAY IN HARPERS FERRY:
Tubing & Kick Off Party at Harpers Ferry Adventure Center
Duckie Float, Raft Trip with River Riders and Kick Off Party at Harpers Ferry Adventure Center
RiverPalooza Kick Off Party – music, food and camping/cabin options at Harpers Ferry Adventure Center
Go to http://www.potomacriverkeepernetwork.org/riverpalooza-2017/ for full schedule of paddle events.
2017 National Wetlands Awards Ceremony
You are cordially invited to join ELI in recognizing the achievements of the 2017 National Wetlands Award recipients. RSVP is required, please click here to register for the ceremony. To learn more about the work of this year’s five awardees, please visit http://www.nationalwetlandsawards.org.
May 18, 2017
U.S. Botanic Garden
100 Maryland Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20001
Potomac River Cleanup Event at Mallows Bay – May 6
Partnership Will Improve Stream Mapping for the Chesapeake Bay Watershed
Funding for Project Provided by Chesapeake Bay Trust
(Annapolis, Md.) – Advances in technology will enable Chesapeake Conservancy to map streams throughout the watershed with unprecedented precision and accuracy. Chesapeake Conservancy recently received funding from the Chesapeake Bay Trust and will partner with researchers at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) to develop a methodology for mapping stream channels throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
The Conservancy and UMBC will take advantage of the high level of detail available from new technology to improve the stream mapping of headwater streams. The partners will explore using Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR). LiDAR uses pulses of light from an airplane to collect information about the earth’s surface, similar to how radar collects information about a vehicle or other object’s speed. The data collected using LiDAR can be used to digitally model the surface of a landscape in great detail.
The project will begin with extensive field surveys to locate and record the location of existing stream channels with GPS to accurately establish where channels begin. The team will then compare this baseline data with different techniques for high-resolution mapping in order to improve the mapping of small streams. These narrow waterways are often under-represented in existing stream datasets.
“This project, highly ranked as part of the Trust’s grant review process, has the potential to greatly advance how and where we as a community support restoration projects” said Jana Davis, executive director of the Chesapeake Bay Trust. “With new information developed from these efforts, we will be able to maximize efficiency of restoration programs.”
“The Chesapeake Conservancy is grateful for this opportunity provided by the Chesapeake Bay Trust and is excited to partner with UMBC. This project will bring together decades of scientific and geospatial experience and create scientifically rigorous methodologies that have the potential to work across a variety of different scales and landscapes,” Chesapeake Conservancy Director of Conservation Technology Jeff Allenby said. “Accurate stream maps are critical to our understanding of how terrestrial and aquatic systems are connected throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed. As we develop a better understanding of how water moves throughout this network, we will improve our ability to effectively direct conservation and restoration efforts where they are most needed and track progress in our goals of improving the health of the Chesapeake Bay.”
“LiDAR surface models hold great potential for mapping streams because stream channels carved by running water are readily visible”, Chesapeake Conservancy Geospatial Analyst David Saavedra said. “By utilizing LiDAR, we will be able to map streams with greater detail and accuracy, creating an invaluable resource for conservation and restoration planning.”
“Mapping stream channels is a deceptively complex undertaking that has long plagued scientists and geographers alike” says UMBC Geography & Environmental Systems Professor Matthew Baker. “Working with the Conservancy and their dedicated team, I think there is great potential to streamline the translation of new knowledge directly into application in service of Bay restoration.”
The partnership expects to complete the project by June of 2018.
About the Chesapeake Bay Trust
The Chesapeake Bay Trust (www.cbtrust.org) is a nonprofit grant-making organization dedicated to improving the natural resources of Maryland and the Chesapeake region through environmental education, community engagement, and local watershed restoration. The Trust engages hundreds of thousands of individuals annually in projects that have a measurable impact on the waterways and other natural resources of the region. The Trust is supported by the sale of the Treasure the Chesapeake license plate, donations to the Chesapeake Bay and Endangered Species Fund on the Maryland State income tax form, donations from individuals and corporations, and partnerships with private foundations and federal and state agencies. The Trust has received the highest rating from Charity Navigator for fourteen years: 92 percent of the Trust’s expenditures are directed to its restoration and education programs.
About the Chesapeake Chesapeake Conservancy
The Chesapeake Conservancy’s mission is to strengthen the connection between people and the watershed; conserve the landscapes and special places that sustain the Chesapeake’s unique natural and cultural resources; and restore landscapes, rivers, and habitats in the Chesapeake Bay region. We empower the conservation community with access to the latest data and technology. As principal partner for the National Park Service on the John Smith Chesapeake Trail, we helped create 108 new public access sites and permanently protect some of the Bay’s special places like Werowocomoco, Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park, and Fort Monroe National Monument. www.chesapeakeconservancy.org
Posted 2 days, 16 hours ago
Water Quality Division, Standards and TMDL Branch Chief
The District’s Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) is recruiting for a vacant management position in the Water Quality Division’s Standards and TMDL Branch.
Further details about the position can be found below. If you are interested, please visit http://www.career.dc.gov to apply.
Jeffrey Seltzer, PE
Water Quality Division
Department of Energy & Environment
1200 First Street NE, 5th Floor
Washington, DC 20002
Supervisory Environmental Protection
$99,659.00 – $139,522.00
Department of Energy and Environment
1200 1st St NE
Area of Consideration:
Open to the Public
4/13/2017 – 5/4/2017
This position is located in the Standards and TMDL Branch, Water Quality Division at the Department of Energy and Environment. The mission of the Water Quality Division includes assuring compliance with the District’s MS4 NPDES permit and other Federal obligations and by doing so, protect its watersheds from stormwater and other sources of pollution.
The incumbent in this position serves as chief of the Standards and TMDL Branch, with responsibility for establishing water quality standards and Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) for surface waters, evaluating and protecting groundwater, and providing technical support and coordination for the District’s obligations under the Chesapeake Bay Program.
Posted 2 days, 21 hours ago
Webinar: Selecting Tough Trees for Tough Urban Sites, 05/04 12 PM EST
Urban Forestry Today Noon Hour Webcast
“Selecting Tough Trees for Tough Urban Sites”
Jeff Iles, PhD, Professor of Horticulture, University of Iowa
05/04/17, 12 PM EST
Dr. Iles will highlight proven performers and new tree selections worthy of consideration, as we plant the urban forest with diversity, resilience, and long-term success in mind.
The Urban Forestry Today Webcast Series is sponsored by the University of Massachusetts Department of Environmental Conservation, in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, University of Massachusetts Extension, and Massachusetts Tree Wardens’ & Foresters’ Association.
To attend live, & receive Free CEU’s visit: http://www.joinwebinar.com and enter the ID code: 303-654-851
To view archived webcasts ‘like’ the facebook page or visit ‘videos’ in the upper right portion of the screen.
This broadcast is free and will offer the opportunity for arborists to earn 1.0 ISA CEU and 0.5 MCA credit.
Land Protection Manager
Land Protection Manager
To apply, please email cover letter and resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org
ESLC seeks to hire a talented, energetic professional to launch a new effort aimed at improving public access to the Chesapeake Bay, nature, and open space on Maryland’s Eastern Shore!
Strategic direction and leadership will come from ESLC’s director of conservation in collaboration with other leadership team members. Candidates should have relevant conservation and real estate experience, good communication and partnering skills, a creative and entrepreneurial work style, and a commitment to rural landscapes, small towns and clean rivers.
The position will be based in the new Eastern Shore Conservation Center in downtown Easton and requires schedule flexibility, a vehicle (expenses reimbursed) and occasional night and weekend meetings/events. It is intended as a long-term position that will grow along with regional land protection and public access initiatives.
The land protection manager will be responsible for increasing parks, paths and open space within our towns and villages on the Eastern Shore, focusing on building partnerships and managing projects with high community benefit.
*Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s Degree preferred;
*Law Degree helpful;
*Real estate/conservation skills in a community setting;
*Creative and entrepreneurial approach;
*Excellent communication skills and interpersonal savvy;
*Comfortable working with the many types of people and communities;
*Thrives in a dynamic, evolving, highly collaborative environment;
*Solid computer/technology skills; and
This full-time position includes a competitive benefits package and market-competitive salary commensurate with experience.
Land Stewardship Intern
ESLC Summer Stewardship Intern
Eastern Shore Land Conservancy is offering a unique opportunity this summer for an individual to gain experience in the land conservation field. The Stewardship Intern will support the Stewardship program staff with managing our extensive easement portfolio. The Stewardship Intern will assist in monitoring our conservation eased properties by making site visits, observing and documenting changes to the properties, and completing and filing monitoring reports for each visit. The Land Steward Intern will also assist the Stewardship Manager with various administrative tasks as needed.
The ideal candidate will be pursuing an associates or bachelor’s degree in natural resource management, environmental studies, or a related field. The candidate should possess strong communication and interpersonal skills, enjoy working with people, interest in the land conservation field, and the ability to spend long days in the field hiking and collecting land-based property information. Strong technological skills necessary. Valid driver’s license, proof of insurance, and access to a reliable vehicle required. $2,000 paid stipend, plus mileage. The intern will be working from ESLC’s main office located at 114 South Washington Street in downtown Easton, MD. To apply, send cover letter and resume to Megan D’Arcy, Stewardship Manager at email@example.com by May 12, 2017.
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