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    Greening Facilitator

    Job Title:
    Greening Facilitator
    Job Category:
    Operations

    Location:
    Baltimore Metro Region
    Travel Required:
    Yes

    Level/Salary Range:
    $33,500.00 – $43,000.00
    Position Type:
    Full Time/Entry Level

    Will Train Applicant(s):
    Yes
    Date posted:
    May 2016

    Applications Accepted By:

    E-mail:

    Nicole Rahll

    Support Specialist

    GreenResume@ReductionInMotion.com
    Application should include:

    Cover Letter

    Resume

    References

    Job Purpose:

    Serve as primary facilitator to implement Reduction In Motion’s sustainability programs at one or more of our client facilities.  The selected candidate will ensure our programs are running smoothly and efficiently, and make sure our clients are satisfied with the level of service they are receiving.

    The Greening Facilitator will spend most of their time at client facilities to accurately monitor the sustainability programs in place, and to be on hand to mitigate any issues that may arise from the client.

    Duties:

    Design and implementation of cost saving waste management and sustainability programs
    Develop task and project budgets
    Coordinate implementation of new accounts
    Conduct In-Servicing of up to 70 people on a regular basis
    Deploy new sustainability programs at client facilities
    Investigate waste stream processes
    Respond to client requests and issues as needed
    Ability to perform tasks as necessary outside of job description when called upon

    Skills/Qualifications:

    Bachelor’s degree (BA/BS) preferred.  Three or more years experience in waste /sustainability management may be substituted for degree.
    Strong customer service skills required
    Strong analytical and project management skills
    Candidate must be self motivated, highly organized and have the ability to multi-task
    Excellent written and verbal communication, and public speaking skills
    Proven ability to be a creative and innovative thinker
    Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook)
    Willingness to work off hours and weekends on occasion (25% of the time)
    Ability to lift 30 pounds
    Ability to walk up to six (6) miles per day
    Abides by a Green lifestyle
    Residing in close proximity to the Baltimore Metro Area (no relocation compensation)

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    Nanticoke Wade In and 2015 Nanticoke River Report Card Launch

    2016 Wade-In Flyer

    The Nanticoke Watershed Alliance invites to the 2016 Nanticoke Wade In, which will be held at Trap Pond State Park on Thursday, July 28 from 11:30AM-2:30PM. Enjoy a complimentary lunch and paddle and get your feet wet as we measure the sneaker index at this popular recreational site. In addition, the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance will be unveiling the 2015 Nanticoke River Report Card and discussing water quality issues and what we can all do to improve water quality in our local waterways.

    Please register for this event no later than Monday, July 25 via EventBrite. The Wade In will be held on the Nature Center side of the pond at the pavilion near the Boat House and the old swimming beach.

    Questions? Contact Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator Beth Wasden via email or at 443.944.1175.

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    Reminder: July 27th Webinar: Lessons Learned from the RCS & StreamWatch Organization Merger

    We’re a week away from our presentation. Save your spot, register today!
    Webinar: July 27, 2016 at 1:00pm Eastern
    he merger between the Rivanna Conservation Society and StreamWatch became official on January 1, 2016. Two organizations found value in joining forces — and a funder helped facilitate the process.

    In this webinar, we will learn why and how the organizations merged, and what they would do differently if they could do it over again. And we will review how the two organizations arrived at a new name, logo, and mission that satisfied the board and appealed to the public.

    This FREE one-hour webinar will be offered on July 27, 2016 at 1:00pm Eastern.

    Speakers:

    Robbi Savage, Rivanna Conservation Alliance
    Eric Eckl & Avia Huisman, Water Words That Work, LLC

    To register: https://bettertogetherjuly27.eventbrite.com

     

     

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    Eco Friendly Admin Assistant for Gardening Company

    Eco friendly garden company hiring admin assistant in Glenwood, MD farm/home office. WordPress, Google Cal, Microsoft Office, Photoshop and social networking. Need someone who is organized and communicative. Plant knowledge is a plus! The position helps with scheduling, emails, phone calls, hiring garden crew, marketing, social networking, updating and making additions to the website, writing and posting blogs, watering and caring for nursery plants, ordering materials for jobs and more! Email resume laurensgardens@gmail.com. M-TH 8-4, $15-18/hr

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    Last Chance to Register a Poster Session RFP – 2016 Chesapeake Watershed Forum

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    Poster Session RFP Registration will close Friday, July 22, 2016
    The networking poster session will return Saturday evening, October 1, 2016 at the Chesapeake Watershed Forum. The goal of the poster session is for individual presenters to share their work in a visual format with conference attendees.

    This year Poster Session focus will be the 2016 Forum theme, “Personal Call to Action”. The Forum will provide opportunities to explore ways to reach out to diverse groups and dive deep into the personal actions that each of us, and each member of the watershed could and should be taking to achieve a healthy watershed and a clean Bay.

    Posters describing or presenting case studies, research, in-field experience, outreach efforts, etc. of an organization that relates to the theme will be accepted. Posters that present the general activities of an organization will not be accepted

    Posters will be judged by your peers, and “Best Poster Awards” will be given.

    Please go to this link to submit your poster abstract.
    (If you are a Chesapeake Conservation Corps fellow please contact Tara Baker/Chesapeake Bay Trust.)

    Deadline for poster submissions is July 22, 2016. Due to space limitations, not all poster presentations will be accepted. Decisions will be made by July 29, 2016.

    For additional information regarding the poster session contact Rebecca, chesforum@allianceforthebay.org

     

    Save the Dates – September 30 – October 2, 2016
    11th Annual Chesapeake Watershed Forum
    National Conservation Training Center
    Shepherdstown, WV

    Registration for the 11th Annual Chesapeake Watershed Forum will be opening later July. Please check the Alliance Forum website for information and updates on this event. When registration officially opens an email announcement will be sent out. For more information contact Lou Etgen.

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    General Forestry Course Registration Open

    FOGGY FOREST

    Registration for the University of Maryland General Forestry Course is now open.  This non-credit course runs from September 1  to December 15, 2016.  The cost is $300 and there are no prerequisites.  Work from the comfort of your home while gaining knowledge on forests and forest management.  The course provides you with the tools necessary to design a framework of a forest stewardship plan for your property.  For more information go to http://extension.umd.edu/forestry-course or contact Nancy Stewart by email at nstewar1@umd.edu or by phone at 410-827-8056, ext. 107.

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    Grant Writer/Editor

    Job description
    The Grant Writer/Editor will work closely with the WSA Coordinator to collect and analyze data on the performance of program activities as well as producing written reports and proposals outlining activities in the Watershed Stewards Academy the WSA Advisory Committee and third-party funders. In addition, the Grant Writer/Editor, in collaboration with the Principal Agent Associate, is responsible for developing and implementing policies and procedures for tracking deadlines and organizing programmatic information. The location is 3300 N. Ridge Road, Suite #240, Ellicott City, MD 21043 and telecommuting may be permitted.

    Responsibilities:
    The Grant Writer/Editor is a member of the Watershed Stewards Academy which is responsible for raising significant funds on an annual basis for the organization through securing five and six figure gifts and grants from individuals and institutional foundations. This volunteer position may have ebbs and flows in schedules. WSA will work with the Grant Writer/Editor to optimize schedules. At a minimum, applicants should commit to six hours per week for three months.

    Specifically, the Grant Writer/Editor will be responsible for the following:

    Develop accurate and well-written Letters of Inquiry, grant proposals, and grant reports in a timely manner for third-party funders and the WSA Advisory Committee;
    Develop a comprehensive understanding of WSA programs;
    With WSA Coordinator, manage calendar of grant and reporting deadlines;
    Coordinate with stakeholders to assemble budgets, graphics, program outcomes, etc. in an organized and timely manner;
    In collaboration with the WSA Program Coordinator, ensure that the organization meets all grant deliverables;
    Maintain up-to-date records of organizational information, including history, vision, theory of change, programs and funders.
    Assist with additional copy-writing and editing as necessary.
    Assist with other projects as assigned.

    Qualifications:
    Successful applicants will be resourceful and independent, and comfortable working within the framework of an integrated development program and team-oriented environment.

    Ideal applicants will have the skill to gather, analyze, present and organize key programmatic information, and knowledge of institutional foundation best practices and philanthropic trends. They will also display strategic thinking, and an ability to build systems.

    Other preferred skills and abilities include:

    Grant or programmatic writing experience for a charitable organization.
    Attention to detail and ability to organize and track complex information.
    Excellent written and oral communication skills.
    Strong time management skills and ability to work on several projects at once.
    Demonstrated ability to analyze and synthesize data from a wide variety of sources, and present the resulting information in a clear summary.

    Background:
    The Watershed Stewards Academy (WSA) is a non-profit training program that empowers residents to improve the water quality of local streams. By sharing resources, forming partnerships, and coordinating efforts, WSA works with a Consortium of Support Professionals, Master Watershed Stewards and their communities to reduce pollutants, infiltrate storm water and restore natural systems. WSA is an affiliate of the University of Maryland Extension in Howard County

    Commitment to Diversity:
    The Howard County Watershed Stewards Academy is affiliated with University of Maryland Extension and adheres to the same policy: All persons have equal opportunity and access to programs and facilities without regard to race, color, gender, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age, martial or parental status, or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) The University of Maryland policy prohibits discrimination in employment and programs. Questions about requirements should be directed to the Director of Human Resources Management, Office of the Dean, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Symons Hall College, Park MD 20742.

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    Project Spotlight: Whole Neighborhood Engagement – Tuesday, July 26th at noon

    Please join us next Tuesday, July 26th at noon for a NFWF Project Spotlight, “Whole Neighborhood Engagement”

    Join Josh Burch of the DC Department of Energy and Environment, and Kim Martinez and Rebecca Neumann of the National Wildlife Federation as we discuss conservation that reaches deeply into a specific community.

    The presentation will be held in-person as a brown bag at the Chesapeake Bay Program offices in Annapolis (410 Severn Ave – Conference room 303), or you can register to join us online: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1911909259754086915.

    Hope to see you there!
    The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Project Spotlight series is an effort to share lessons learned, challenges and opportunities in implementation through discussions with grantees who have recently completed, or are close to completing, a NFWF grant. Grantees with expertise in a common topic join together to reflect on their experiences and answer audience questions.

    This year, the theme is “Broadening the Coalition,” engaging a new and wider audience to Bay restoration.

    Join us for future Project Spotlights:

    August – Restoration Projects that Address Flooding

    September – Engaging Churches in Stormwater Management

    Past Project Spotlights can be found on our website, NFWF.org/Chesapeake, under “Our Grantees in the News”

  • New Job Announcement
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    Teacher, Science, Environmental Science, Blake High School, 0.6 FTE

    Job Specific Information: The teaching duties associated with this position are three sections of Environmental Science.

    Description
    SUMMARY DESCRIPTION:
    Under direction of the school principal, plans and provides for appropriate learning experiences for students. Provides an atmosphere and environment conducive to the intellectual, physical, social and emotional development of individuals to ensure Success for Every Student. Supervises students in a variety of school related settings. Monitors and evaluates student outcomes. Communicates and interacts with students, parents, staff and community. Develops, selects and modifies instructional plans and materials to meet the needs of all students. Maintains appropriate records and follows required procedures and practices. Monitors appropriate use and care of equipment, materials and facilities.

    CERTIFICATE LICENSE:
    Meets Maryland state certification requirements in appropriate field of education.

    KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, and ABILITIES:
    Knowledge of MCPS curriculum, techniques for integrating curriculum, MCPS policies, and effective instructional practices. Understanding of the teaching/learning process. Ability to provide instruction that reflects multiple perspectives and multicultural education. Ability to infuse technology into curriculum. Ability to work effectively with administrators, colleagues, central office and school based staff, students, parents and community. Excellent oral and written communication and human relations skills.

    EDUCATION, TRAINING, and EXPERIENCE:
    Bachelors degree in applicable field of education from an accredited college or university required. Foundation office programs requirements: Secondary school diploma with at least five years of full-time industry experience in the discipline to be taught within the last 10 years, or a bachelor¿s degree in education with demonstrated industry experience is required. Industry licensures and/or industry certification preferred.

    Please Contact for questions:

    Science RT: Nasrin Saikh

    Email: Nasrin_P_Saikh@mcpsmd.org

    vJob Post Date:Jun 14, 2016 – Ongoing

    Job:
    Science – General High School Lab Science

    Organization:
    James Hubert Blake High School

    Primary Location:
    Silver Spring

    Other Locations:
    Olney

    Schedule:
    Part-time | .600 (48 hours bi-weekly)

    Working Months:
    10

    Shift:
    Day Job

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    Exposed Soil = Pollution: A Key To Ending Mud Pollution

    This simple phrase – Exposed Soil = Pollution – could be the key to halting a leading pollution source degrading your local waters and the Chesapeake Bay.  And using this key to unlock the solution is as simple as a reply to this message.

    Whenever you see exposed soil on a construction site the next storm will cause pollution of a nearby waterway.  You simply cannot keep enough mud pollution on a construction site as long as soil is exposed to erosive forces and runoff.  If roads and buildings are under construction then exposed soil also equals a violation of the laws in all Chesapeake watershed states and the District of Columbia.  All six states and DC require that once earth-moving ends and building begins all exposed soils must be covered with a protective layer of straw, stone or seeded with grass.  Unfortunately, compliance with these laws is poor throughout the watershed.

    You can help change this by simply replying to this message.

    I can then send you the further details needed to educate the members of groups you support about this issue.

    If we can get even a small portion of Bay watershed residents to think pollution every time they see exposed soils on a construction site, then we can make ignoring the law as socially unacceptable as littering or not putting recyclables out on collection day.  This awareness will then result in a dramatic increase in voluntary compliance with mud pollution control laws.

    For further details see:

    Bay Journal article: More boots on ground needed to inspect erosion at building sites; or
    How You Can Save 100 Feet of Waterway in an Hour by Halting Construction Site Mud Pollution!

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    Richard D. Klein
    Community & Environmental Defense Services
    21300 Heathcote Road
    Freeland, Maryland  21053
    410-654-3021
    Main CEDS Website: ceds.org
    CEDS News Service: cedsnews.com

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    The Woods in Your Backyard Field Day: Working with Young Forest and Old Fields

    This field day is sponsored by Penn State Extension, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, and ClearWater Conservancy and will be held Saturday, August 27 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Four Paws Farm in West Decatur, PA (Clearfield County).

    This event will include information, discussion, and tours of forest and wildlife habitat improvement projects in fields, woods, and streams. The program will introduce participants to The Woods in Your Backyard (WIYB) manual while providing information on how they can begin to manage their property to meet their own objectives. This field day will emphasize walking and talking vs. sitting and listening, so be prepared to be outside.

    To register go to: http://www.forestsforthebay.org/events.cfm?event_id=853 or call the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay at 410-267-5723. Participants must be pre-registered by Monday August 22, 2016. A $10.00 fee is being charged per person to cover program costs (Includes WIYB Manual). For questions please contact the Penn State Extension office in Centre County at 814-355-4897 or e-mail CentreExt@psu.edu.

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    Celebrate at the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay’s Annual Taste of the Chesapeake!

    taste invite

    Join the Chesapeake community at the Alliance’s annual Taste of the Chesapeake as we honor our Environmental Award winners, Bobby Whitescarver and Tom Schueler, who exemplify leadership and dedication to our beloved Chesapeake Bay watershed. This year’s Taste will be extra special, as we celebrate our 45th anniversary. Highlights will include unique local foods, a new Flying Dog brew, live music, and a Chesapeake themed silent auction.

    The Taste of the Chesapeake will be held on September 15th in Annapolis, MD.

    For tickets, visit: https://allianceforthebay.org/taste

     

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    Program Manager – Chesapeake Conservation Partnership

    Program Manager – Chesapeake Conservation Partnership

    Chesapeake Conservancy & National Park Service Chesapeake Bay Office

    The National Park Service Chesapeake Bay Office (NPS CHBA) and the Chesapeake Conservancy (Conservancy) are partner organizations dedicated to conserving the rich historical and natural resources of the Chesapeake region.  As such, the Conservancy and the NPS CHBA are the co-conveners of the Chesapeake Conservation Partnership (CCP), a coalition of diverse organizations and agencies engaged in land conservation and related work within the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Collectively, partner agencies and organizations manage more than 8 million acres combined; the CCP seeks to increase the conservation of large landscapes throughout the region to benefit multiple values, including economic sustainability; historical, scenic, and cultural heritage; working lands; wildlife habitat; water quality and supply; and overall quality of life.

    Partnership activities are guided by a Steering Committee, composed of representatives of key partner organizations, and carried out through a series of working groups. The Steering Committee has set an ambitious agenda of initiatives to advance landscape conservation, including:

    Establishing a set of long-term, inclusive landscape conservation goals and developing the  documentation and tracking to support them;
    Expanding capacity for land conservation to achieve long-term landscape goals;
    Advancing a coordinated approach to mitigation that minimizes the impact of infrastructure development on land conservation and maximizes mitigation funds targeted for conservation;
    Creating strategies to increase funding for land conservation and long-term support of the Partnership.

    Achievement of this agenda requires a full-time Program Manager position for the Partnership.

    This position will be based at the Chesapeake Conservancy and is supported by funding from several Steering Committee agencies and organizations. Job responsibilities will include:

    Serving as principal staff for the Partnership and the Partnership’s Steering Committee;
    Facilitating development of strategic plans, operational goals, and annual work plans of the partnership in collaboration with the Steering Committee and with engagement of work groups, Partnership members and the Chesapeake Bay Program;
    Leading, facilitating, and coordinating implementation of Partnership priorities, work plans and management strategies; ensuring collaborative engagement of all key and interested partners;
    Functioning as the Partnership’s primary spokesperson for communications and policy matters; Guiding implementation of an overall internal and external communications strategy;
    Maintaining excellent working relationships with and engagement of the Steering Committee, work groups, and partner organizations;
    Ensuring effective planning of the Partnership Annual Meeting as well as Steering Committee meeting agendas and advance materials; facilitating Steering Committee meetings for effective progress;
    Facilitating collaboration to sustain existing and develop new financing mechanisms for advancing landscape conservation;
    Forecasting and developing necessary funding resources, in conjunction with the Steering Committee, including developing targeted proposals for funding and working with Steering Committee to ensure long-term, stable funding of position and Partnership;
    Work with staff from the Chesapeake Conservancy and National Park Service and others, as designated by other Steering Committee members, in guiding and carrying out the work of the Partnership; and
    Collaborative work with the Chesapeake Bay Program, state conservation and historic preservation agencies, federal land management agencies, American Indian tribes and nations, land trusts, conservation and preservation NGO’s and others.

    The ideal candidate will possess:

    An advanced degree in Natural or Cultural Resource Conservation, Public Administration, or a related field, with at least 5 years of experience working on collaborative, stakeholder-driven conservation initiatives;
    Strategic thinking and the ability to organize and mobilize people and information to develop new, and support existing, conservation initiatives;
    Excellent written and oral communication skills, and an attention to detail;
    Project management experience and the ability to juggle multiple tasks simultaneously;
    Solid interpersonal skills and the ability to forge relationships across a spectrum of professionals and high level officials;
    Organizational skills; Microsoft and Google Doc proficiencies;
    An interest in protecting large landscapes encompassing multiple natural, cultural, recreational and socioeconomic values;
    An ability to work with minimal oversight, yet be accountable to a small group of supervisory professionals

    This is a two-year term position with the possibility of renewal.  The Chesapeake Conservancy offers a competitive employee benefits package that includes health and dental insurance, life insurance, disability insurance, paid vacation and sick leave, and participation in a retirement savings plan.

    How to Apply

    Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to Colleen Whitlock, Director of Administration, via email, at hr@chesapeakeconservancy.org.  Please include Chesapeake Conservation Partnership Manager as the subject of your email. Writing samples may be requested.

    The Chesapeake Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer.  We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, color, age, sex, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, refusal to submit to a genetic test or to make available genetic test results, or any other legally protected characteristic.     

    National Park Service Chesapeake Bay Office
    410 Severn Ave., Suite 314
    Annapolis, MD 21403
    http://www.nps.gov/chba, http://www.nps.gov/cajo
    http://www.FindYourChesapeake.com

    Chesapeake Conservancy
    716 Giddings Ave., Suite 42
    Annapolis, MD 21401
    http://www.chesapeakeconservancy.org

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    Free webinar 7/25 on Earth Science data from AGI -1 week away!

    Dear Colleague,

    The American Geosciences Institute’s Policy & Critical Issues Program is pleased to offer a free webinar, “Advances in Earth Science (AES): Data as a National Asset for Decision-Making”, on Monday July 25th at 12pm EDT/9am PDT.

    To register for this free event, please visit: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7536827128747828995

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. We will post a recording of the webinar on the Critical Issues website after the event.

    Congressional Webinar: “AES: Data as a National Asset for Decision-Making”

    Robust data collections are vital for understanding and managing Earth’s natural resources and hazards:
    • Earthquake data can help identify quake-prone areas and inform earthquake preparedness.
    • Air quality data can reveal potential health risks and hazards from air pollution.
    • Water quality data can capture noteworthy trends and changes in safety and accessibility.

    This webinar is based on a Congressional briefing organized by the Advances in Earth Science coalition (22 June 2016). The webinar features experts from industry, academia, and state and federal government agencies, who will discuss how Earth Science data is collected, used, and disseminated. Speakers will address current protocols and future endeavors in data collection.

    Speakers:

    • Virginia Burkett, Associate Director for Climate and Land Use Change, U.S. Geological Survey
    • Katrin Hafner, Global Seismic Network Program Manager, Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology
    • Tim Dye, Senior Vice President and Chief Business Development Officer, Sonoma Technology, Inc.
    • Mark Bennett, Director, USGS Virginia and West Virginia Water Science Center

    We would like to recognize our webinar co-sponsors: American Association of Petroleum Geologists, American Geophysical Union, American Meteorological Society, Consortium for Ocean Leadership, Geological Society of America, Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology, and the U.S. Geological Survey.

    We encourage you distribute this email and/or the attached webinar announcement to anyone who may be interested. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at crose@agiweb.org.

    Best wishes,
    Cassaundra Rose


    Cassaundra A. Rose, Ph.D.
    Program Associate, Critical Issues Program
    American Geosciences Institute
    4220 King Street
    Alexandria, VA 22302
    Tel.: +1-(703)-379-2480, x 164
    crose@agiweb.org
    http://www.americangeosciences.org/critical-issues
    Follow us on Twitter for the latest announcements & new content: @AGI_GeoIssues

    Webinar flyer: AGI_AES_DataWebinarFlyer_160711

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    MS4 Water Resources Specialist/Engineer

    Are you committed to an ecologically sustainable future? Biohabitats is seeking an environmentally passionate and experienced Water Resources Specialist / Engineer to support a nationally prominent stormwater program in Maryland. This unique opportunity will focus on providing program implementation support for a leader in Chesapeake Bay restoration with one of the most stringent MS4 permits in the country.

    Primary Responsibilities

    This position will focus on managing design of stormwater management pond retrofits, Environmental Site Design (ESD) projects, stream restoration, and other green infrastructure projects. Work will occur in both a satellite office in Rockville, MD and in Biohabitats’ main office in Baltimore, MD. Specific responsibilities include:

    Evaluating alternatives for stormwater management and ESD
    Engineering and construction contract management
    Engineering review of capital project designs
    Regulatory compliance and permitting support
    Public outreach and stakeholder coordination
    Watershed inventory, modeling, and feasibility planning work
    TMDL and impervious cover accounting

    Position Requirements

    BS or MS in water resource/civil/biosystems engineering, landscape architecture, or environmental sciences
    5+ years consulting experience in the stormwater and/or environmental restoration fields
    Ability to manage multiple tasks and projects for public clients
    Maryland PE or PLA registration (preferred but not required)
    Familiarity with engineering drawings and plan review
    Hydrologic and hydraulic modeling skills
    Strong written and oral communication skills
    Client centered focus
    Unwavering environmental ethic
    LID and ESD experience is a plus
    Stream restoration experience is a plus
    Pond retrofit experience is a plus
    Utility engineering experience is a plus

    Biohabitats offers great benefits and salary commensurate with experience and skill level. If you really want to make a difference then we want you!

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    Senior Accountant

    The South River Federation (SRF) is a 501 (c)(3) whose mission is to protect, preserve, restore and celebrate the South River, a five-mile estuary of the Chesapeake Bay just south of Annapolis, Maryland with a watershed population of approximately 66,000 residents. The Federation employs six full-time and two part-time staff members, several seasonal technicians, and numerous contractors.
    Over the last ten years, the Federation has established an outstanding track record for science-based documentation and analysis of river conditions, and launched a multi-million-dollar restoration program to mitigate stormwater pollution. Every year, we engage up to a thousand volunteers in river restoration and advocacy for state and local policies and legislation that will maximize clean water and prevent watershed decline. The Federation was voted “20166 Best Local Nonprofit” by What’s Up Media.

    Roles and Responsibilities:

    Develop and maintain appropriate financial control procedures
    Oversee development of financial accounts and maintain up to date Chart of Accounts
    Oversee bookkeeping operations
    Reconcile bank accounts to the financial system of record (QuickBooks Online)
    Work with Executive Director and Board Finance Committee to develop and maintain Financial and Strategic Management dashboard
    Manage SRF Project Financials in terms of Grant Projects and Fundraising Events
    Prepare financial statements in accordance with GAAP
    Coordinate day-to-day financial transactions  Oversee preparation of the agency’s annual fiscal budget and disseminate final approved budget to managers  Lead the annual independent audit as well as internal audits by funders, as they occur from time to time
    Act as lead point of contact for investment accounts
    Assists in the formulation and execution of policy  Consults with and reviews the activities of Program Directors, and determines desired objectives
    Prepare routine financial reports for the Executive Director and the Finance Committee

     

    Required Skills and Experience:

    This position will have at least five years of professional experience, including managing the finance and administration of high-growth, $5 million plus organizations (preference given to nonprofit experience). S/he will have experience creating and driving the analytic framework for planning and managing organizational change in a highly entrepreneurial organization.  Four year degree in accounting
    Ability to utilize QuickBooks online
    Understanding of internal controls over financial accounts
    Fluency in entering cash disbursement records, cash and credit card receipt books, printing payment checks for signature and disbursements and making journal entries to allocate costs
    Self-motivation and intellectual curiosity
    Effective time management and organizational skills
    Must work well independently and as part of the SRF Team
    Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a commitment to SRF’s mission

    Compensation:
    The competitive non-profit salary ranges from $50,000 to $65,000 depending on experience. Benefits include a fun and flexible work environment, and working closely with a positive and dedicated team of professionals. We offer generous vacation and holiday leave, healthcare including dental and vision, life insurance, and matching contribution to retirement savings account. The office is very dog friendly.

    Application Process:
    Send cover letter, resume, and references to admin@southriverfederation.net. Please include “LAST NAME – Senior Accountant” in the email subject line.  Please no phone calls.
    The South River Federation would like to conduct interviews in the early part of August, and have a person in this position by August 15, 2016.
    The South River Federation is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action

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    Poster Session RFP Now Open – 2016 Chesapeake Watershed Forum

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    The networking poster session will return Saturday evening, October 1, 2016 at the Chesapeake Watershed Forum. The goal of the poster session is for individual presenters to share their work in a visual format with conference attendees.

    This year Poster Session focus will be the 2016 Forum theme, “Personal Call to Action”. The Forum will provide opportunities to explore ways to reach out to diverse groups and dive deep into the personal actions that each of us, and each member of the watershed could and should be taking to achieve a healthy watershed and a clean Bay.

    Posters describing or presenting the activities of an organization will not be accepted.

    Posters will be judged by your peers, and “Best Poster Awards” will be given.

    Please go to this link to submit your poster abstract.
    (If you are a Chesapeake Conservation Corps fellow please contact Tara Baker/Chesapeake Bay Trust.)

    Deadline for poster submissions is July 22, 2016. Due to space limitations, not all poster presentations will be accepted. Decisions will be made by July 29, 2016.

    For additional information regarding the poster session contact Rebecca, chesforum@allianceforthebay.org

     

    Save the Dates – September 30 – October 2, 2016
    11th Annual Chesapeake Watershed Forum
    National Conservation Training Center
    Shepherdstown, WV

    Registration for the 11th Annual Chesapeake Watershed Forum will be opening later July. Please check the Alliance Forum website for information and updates on this event. When registration officially opens an email announcement will be sent out. For more information contact Lou Etgen.

  • New Job Announcement
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    Environmental Projects Worker (Reforestation)

    Description:

    The Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection & Sustainability (EPS) has an opening for an Environmental Projects Worker (EPW) in the Community Reforestation Program (CRP). The EPW position is year-round, 39 hours per week, non-merit system classified.  The CRP involves site preparation, planting, monitoring, and maintenance of reforestation projects across the County as mitigation for forest loss pursuant to the MD Forest Conservation Act and the Chesapeake Bay Critical Area Act.  The EPW staff work at the EPS reforestation nursery located in the Chase community in eastern Baltimore County.  Employees report to the nursery M-F, 7:00 AM – 3:00 PM.  All travel to reforestation sites is via County vehicles.

    Requirements:

    Completion of a High School Diploma or GED
    Ability to perform moderate to strenuous work outdoors, year-round
    Must complete County physical exam and background employment check
    MD Class C Driver’s license

    Preferred Qualifications:

    Interest in nature, forestry, or horticulture, and in making a difference for ecosystem health and communities
    Experience using hand and power tools for planting and pruning trees, and maintaining lawns or fields, including the use of commercial mowers or tractors
    Experience doing reforestation, invasive weeds suppression, nursery care, or grounds maintenance
    Ability to work effectively as part of a small team, to follow directions, and to assume responsibility for individual productivity
    AA/BS degree in biology, environmental science, forestry, horticulture, or related
    Experience using Microsoft Office Word and Excel
    MD Pesticide Applicator’s certificate (Forestry)
    MD CDL License

    Compensation:

    This paid position starts at $13.27/hour or $26,911.56 per year. County part-time employee benefits are available.

    How to Apply:

    Email a cover letter and resume to Donald Outen at douten@baltimorecountymd.gov .  Include full education/training, employment history, and other applicable skills.

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    Seasonal Field Educator for Island Residential Programs

    CHESAPEAKE BAY FOUNDATION SAVE THE BAY

    JOB ANNOUNCEMENT

    Seasonal Field Educator for Island Residential Programs

    The Chesapeake Bay Foundation seeks (1) seasonal field educator for the summer & fall field seasons. This position will start immediately and end the beginning of December (dates can be negotiated). The seasonal field educator will live and teach at one of our four island centers. The position includes housing and a stipend. This is an ideal position for a recent college graduate looking for experience in environmental education.

    THE CHESAPEAKE BAY FOUNDATION

    The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is the largest regional non-profit conservation organization working solely to save the Bay. Established in 1967, CBF has a staff of approximately 185 employees working in offices in Annapolis Maryland; Richmond and VA Beach, Virginia; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; and Washington, D.C., and in 15 field education program locations. Our staff and volunteer corps work throughout the region educating students and adults, advocating for clean water polices, restoring waterways, and litigating when necessary.

    CBF’s headquarters office in Annapolis, MD is the Philip Merrill Environmental Center, the world’s first U.S. Green Build Council’s LEED platinum building. In 2014, CBF opened The Brock Environmental Center in Virginia Beach, VA. The Brock Center is one of the most energy efficient, environmentally smart buildings in the world.

    CBF has an annual budget of approximately $21 million and is supported by more than 200,000 members and e-subscribers. For more information on CBF please visit http://www.cbf.org

    CBF Environmental Education

    Approximately 35,000 students and teachers participate each year in CBF’s education field experiences or teacher professional learning.

    The Bay, and its watershed, is our classroom and CBF environmental educators are responsible for bringing the Bay alive to students. We strive to make a lasting impression about the excitement and vulnerability of the Bay.

    Each of CBF’s 15 education programs has its own individual character. The field experience options run the gamut from the inner city boat programs in Baltimore and Hampton Roads to Pennsylvania canoe programs to remote island-based residential centers. We use hands-on experiential teaching techniques to educate students about the health of the Bay and connect them back to their local environment. Educators promote and develop citizen knowledge about the Bay by providing unforgettable, hands-on, student lead experiences that inspire them with a commitment to take action for the restoration of the Bay.

    The education department is comprised of field programs, Teacher and Principal Professional Learning, and Student Leadership. All of these components work closely to educate and empower students to take action towards “Saving the Bay.”

    CONTEXT OF THE POSITION

    The seasonal educator will live and work at one of the following centers:

    The Fox Island Education Center is located on a remote salt marsh island in the lower Chesapeake Bay, where the Tangier and Pocomoke Sounds converge. The island is compromised completely of tidal salt marsh, with no trees or high ground. This center provides participants access to some of the Bay’s most pristine areas. Two hundred and forty-five acres of unspoiled marshland and surrounding water that teem with life provide opportunities for exploration by foot, canoe and workboat. Access to Fox Island requires a 45-minute boat trip from Crisfield, MD (pop. 2,500). Built in 1929 as a hunting and fishing lodge, the center operates a residential program for 6th – 12th grade students and teachers. This rustic education center houses up to 24 people and is the only structure on an uninhabited island. The lodge’s location, history and simple nature make it a truly magical experience for students and teachers. The full-time, on-site staff consists of a Program Manager, Captain, and seasonal educator who are all responsible for conducting all field experiences.

    The Smith Island Education Center is located in Tylerton, Maryland, the largest inhabited offshore island in the Bay. It is an 8-mile x 4-mile island consisting primarily of virgin estuarine marsh crisscrossed by a maze of guts, creeks, and thoroughfares. The three island communities have a total population of 500 people. CBF owns two houses in the community of Tylerton, from which we operate a residential environmental education center for groups of up to 30 students and/or adults. The center incorporates canoes, a skiff, and a 40-foot workboat into the program. The full-time, on-site staff consists of a Program Manager, Assistant Manager, and Captain who are all responsible for conducting all field experiences.

    The Karen E. Noonan Center for Environmental Education at Bishops Head (Crocheron, MD) Bishops Head is a 20-acre site on a peninsula in Dorchester County, south of Cambridge, MD. The site is part of a 2,278-acre parcel of land owned by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The main building was once one of the famous gunning clubs on the Bay and the staff house was transported from its original location on nearby Holland’s Island over 100 years ago. The center has a 40-foot workboat, canoes, a pier, and approximately 100 feet of beachfront. The full-time, on-site staff consists of a Program Manager, Captain, and seasonal educator who are all responsible for conducting all field experiences.

    The Port Isobel Education Center is a 250-acre island that is situated in the heart of the Tangier Island archipelago. The island showcases a variety of estuarine habitats such as: marshes, a pine forest, and a ¼ mile beach. The program serves 6th-12th grade students, teachers, and other adult groups. The program is focused on understanding the delicate relationship between the ecosystem and the watermen community of Tangier. There is also a pier, 42-foot workboat and a fleet of canoes that are used with all participants. The center utilizes a dormitory, a dining/meeting hall, and staff housing. The full-time, on-site staff consists of a Program Manager, Captain, and seasonal educator who are all responsible for conducting all field experiences.

    ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

    Ability to live at one of CBF’s Island Residential Centers for the term of the position
    Conduct three-day ecology and environmental science field experiences for school aged groups (grades 6-12 typically) and adults
    Assist in the planning and implementation based upon state standards and the needs of the teacher
    Teach aboard a CBF education workboat, in canoes and along the water’s edge. The residential island center serves as the base for the program.
    Teach a wide array of participants (students, teachers, donors, media representatives, politicians, members)
    Help with routine maintenance, upkeep, cleaning and projects in compliance with safety checklists
    Ensure safe learning environment for participants

     

    Create a fun, experiential environment for all participants

    Understand and convey the mission of the Foundation
    Be a role model for students and participants

    Develop and maintain education materials and equipment
    Work as a team within the individual field program and the education department

     

    This physically-demanding position involves fairly frequent weekend work year-round exposure to the elements

    Housing is provided and the Seasonal Educator must live on-site for the duration of the term

    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS

    Successful Candidate should possess the following:

    Bachelor’s degree in education, environmental science, biology, environmental studies, or related field, or relevant experience required
    Experience teaching in either a formal or non-formal setting, preferred
    A strong desire to teach in the field/outdoors (under all weather conditions) and work with students on a daily basis
    Experience on boats & boater safety certification, preferred
    Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills
    Collaborative work style
    Energy, enthusiasm, and passion for students and the environment
    Creativity, humor and self-confidence
    Desire and ability to relate to people of all ages and backgrounds
    Knowledge of environmental issues facing the Bay
    Knowledge of Chesapeake Bay Foundation & the Education Department mission, strategic plans & goals, a plus
    Strong commitment to safety and maintenance

    Physical Requirements:

    Physical ability to lift and carry heavy objects-at least 45 pounds (canoes and other equipment)
    This physically demanding position involves year-round exposure to the elements
    Ability to live on-site at an Island Center for the duration of the term
    Ability to work occasional evenings and/or weekends
    Ability to travel to attend trainings & meetings

    Other:

    Must pass a criminal background check
    All education staff participate in a pre-employment & random drug screening program per the requirements of the US Coast Guard

    To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for (3) references no later than July 22, 2016:

    Seasonal/Education Jobs

    Chesapeake Bay Foundation

    Educationjobs@cbf.org

    The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

  • New Event
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    2016 Maryland Water Monitoring Council Conference

    The Maryland Water Monitoring Council will hold its 22nd Annual Conference at the Maritime Institute, North Linthicum, Maryland, on Friday, December 2, 2016. Registration will begin at 7:30 AM and the conference will adjourn at 4:30 PM. The conference will include a plenary session, six concurrent breakout sessions, lots of posters and exhibitor tables, plenty of snacks, and, of course, the famous Maritime Institute all-you-can-eat buffet lunch. You’ll also have plenty of time to network and catch up with old friends and colleagues during the long breaks and the post-meeting social at Heavy Seas Brewery (registration required).

    We Marylanders love our water. We depend on clean fresh water for drinking, bathing and recreation. We continue to cherish the Chesapeake Bay in the face of continued threats to its fragile ecosystem.  In these times of tight budgets and limited resources, it behooves us all to seek partners, build connections, and work together on our efforts to restore and protect our waters. The theme of the 2016 MWMC conference is A River Runs Through It – Strengthening Networks and Connections.  With this common thread, this year’s conference will address many issues and challenges facing our waters. Possible themed sessions include Climate Change, Sustainable Bay Fisheries, Stream Restoration Monitoring, Community Partners, Blue-green Algae, National Aquatic Resource Surveys, Citizen Science, and Road Salt. Conference highlights include plenary talks by Wayne Gilchrest (former US Representative from Maryland’s 1st District) and George Hawkins (CEO and General Manager – District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority).

    REGISTRATION

    The early-bird registration fee (deadline – November 18, 2016) is $65 and includes lunch, breaks, and conference materials. After November 18, the registration fee is $80. The early registration fee for presenters is $60. Discounts for full-time students and members of non-profit organizations are also available on a first come, first served basis. These registration fees are $35. To register via credit card, click HERE. To register with a check or via R-Stars (MD State Employees), email dan.boward@maryland.gov . All registration will close on November 28 at midnight. Walk-in registrations will not be accepted.

    CALL FOR SPEAKERS AND POSTER PRESENTERS

    Are you interested in giving a talk or presenting a poster? Click HERE for an abstract submission form. ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINE – October 19, 2016. See the guidelines for speakers and poster presenters.

    CARL WEBER AWARDS

    2016 will mark the Tenth Annual Carl S. Weber Award presented to an individual (or individuals) involved in water monitoring in Maryland. And – new in 2016 – the MWMC will offer a pecial Recognition Award to recognize contributions of an up-and-coming member of the Maryland’s environmental community who has given time and energy towards the monitoring of Maryland’s waters and has made a significant contribution to increasing watershed awareness, advocacy, education, and stewardship. Ideal candidates will share the spirit, vision and leadership exemplified by Dr. Carl Weber. Details on the awards and a Nomination Form can be found HERE.  Nominations must be submitted by October 2, 2016.

    STUDENT POSTER AWARD

    The Fifth MWMC Student Poster Award will be offered this year. Open to junior high, high school and college undergraduate students, the Award offers $50 for first place and $25 for second. Click HERE for information and scoring criteria.

    For information about the Maritime Institute, follow this link for directions and a parking lot map.

    Vendors and sponsors – please see the MWMC Vendor Registration Form.

    Please refer all conference questions to Dan Boward (MD DNR; 410.260.8605; dan.boward@maryland.gov)

    See PHOTOS from previous MWMC Annual Conferences.

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