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    Grants Specialist

    Job Summary

    The Grants Specialist position will serve as the Chesapeake Conservancy’s key grants manager, responsible for coordination, writing, outcome tracking, and prospect research for the grant and contract portfolio across nonprofit, foundation, corporate, and public support partners.  The position will serve as a liaison with program and administrative staff on contracts and grants.  The Grants Specialist will also track workflow and partner deliverables to meet deadlines, submission dates, reporting requirements, and cultivation opportunities. This is an invaluable member of our team and a great opportunity to work with staff across the Conservancy to build a diverse portfolio of partnerships.

    This is a full time position operating from the Conservancy’s headquarters in Annapolis, Maryland and will be managed directly by the Director of Development.  The salary range for this position will be $40,000-$50,000 and is commensurate with experience.

    Position Duties and Responsibilities

     

    Provide support for the Director of Development and help create an efficient and effective grants program
    Write, edit, and submit compelling cases of support to new and existing funders
    Report on outcomes to a diverse array of funders and partners
    Prepare programmatic updates and communication materials to demonstrate the impact of the Conservancy’s programmatic initiatives
    Track and report against contract or grant receivable deliverables for the Conservancy’s fee-for-service programs
    Track new business and revenue generating opportunities, reporting requirements, and stewardship opportunities
    Conduct prospect research to identify potential new funding opportunities

     

    Additional Responsibilities:  This position will be a member of the Chesapeake Conservancy staff and will be required to attend regular staff meetings, maintain regular communication with the Director of Development and other Conservancy staff, and provide input on upcoming deadlines.

     

    Job Skills and Qualifications

     

    The ideal candidate will possess a bachelor’s degree and a minimum of three years’ experience with the “full cycle” grant process.  Strong written communication skills are a priority; attention to detail, organizational skills, a positive attitude, and an ability to handle multiple responsibilities simultaneously and establish priorities, are key to succeeding in this position.

    Necessary computer and software skills include a working knowledge of Microsoft Office and fundraising management programs.  Government grant writing experience is a plus.

     

    How to Apply

    Interested candidates should submit a one-page cover letter, two-page resume, and three references to Melissa Ehrenreich, Director of Development, via email at hr@chesapeakeconservancy.org no later than January 2, 2017.  Please include Grants Specialist as the subject of your email.  Your cover letter should include detail on the following:

    What is one grant/contract that you have received funding for that you are most proud of and why?
    What would make you most proud to accomplish within one year of working for the Chesapeake Conservancy?
    Salary requirements

    The Chesapeake Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer.  We do not discriminate against applicants for employment or employees on the basis of race, religion, national origin, color, age, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law.

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    Certified Interpretive Guide Training Course – National Association for Interpretation

    Certified Interpretive Guide Training Course – National Association for Interpretation

    Click here for more information: CBFS – CIG Course Feb 14-17 2017

    If you work (or would like to work) at tour and cruise companies, parks, zoos, museums, nature centers, aquariums etc. helping visitors connect with our natural or cultural heritage this 32 – hour course is for you! The National Association for Interpretation (NAI) offers a professional certification program to recognize individuals who exhibit knowledge and skills necessary to assure quality interpretive services to all audiences. The goal of the CIG program is to provide consistent, high quality training for staff and volunteers on the basics of presenting interpretive programs. Certification is a way to document that you possess skills and knowledge that allow you to perform effectively in the interpretive profession.

    COURSE LOCATION: Chincoteague Bay Field Station, 34001 Mill Dam Road, Wallops Island, VA 23337
     DATE & TIME:  Feb 14-17, 2017, 8:30 am -5:00 pm Daily
     QUESTIONS: Parker McMullen Bushman
    757-824-5636 ext 107
     REGISTER ONLINE:
    https://www.interpnet.com/nai/nai/_events/Event_Display.aspx?EventKey=CIG021417

    REGISTRATION COSTS FOR INDIVIDUALS

    CIG Courses w/Certification Fee – $380 (includes instructor fee, cert fee, 1 year NAI membership, and workbook)
    CIG Courses w/out Certification Fee – $230 (includes instructor fee and workbook)

     

    THE CIG PROGRAM
    The Certified Interpretive Guide program is designed for anyone who delivers interpretive programs to the public. It combines the theoretical foundations of the profession with practical skills in delivering quality interpretive programming to varied audiences.

    This 32-hour workshop offers background and skills including:

    History, definition and principles of interpretation.
    Making your programs purposeful, enjoyable, relevant, organized and thematic.
    Programming emotional and intellectual ideas into your presentations to connect audiences to the resource.
    Tailoring your programs for diverse audiences and various learning styles.
    Presentation and communication skills.
    Interactive group activities, demonstrations and individual sessions with instructor.
    All materials, course workbook and the supplemental text.

    REQUIREMENTS FOR THE CIG COURSE 
    Anyone with a desire to increase their knowledge and skills related to interpretation may participate. The cost of your course registration includes a 1-year NAI membership. You may elect to take the training to become certified or without becoming certified.

    WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

    Volunteers and docents who lack experience or education background in the field of interpretation.
    Students or others who are interested in pursuing a career in interpretation
    Contract teachers in natural or cultural history programming
    Newly hired full-time or part-time interpreters, long time interpreters with no formal interpretive training.

    WHY BECOME A CIG?
    The CIG is an internationally recognized professional certification. Many potential employers and volunteer recruiters actively seek certified interpreters.

    WORKSHOP PARTICIPANTS ARE EXPECTED TO

    All participants must attend all four days of training. Successful students will complete 32 hours of training, pass a written exam with a minimum score of 80%, and demonstrate use of skills acquired in the training course.

    Attend entire workshop.
    Provide your own lunch.
    Take a 50-question open book literary review.
    Produce a one-page presentation outline.
    Deliver a ten-minute thematic interpretive talk on the last day of the workshop.

    SCHEDULE

    Sessions begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 5:30 p.m. each day. Lunch (1/2 hour) and breaks. Participants are encouraged to bring their own lunch and eat in community with their classmates. Weather permitting, come prepared to head outside.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

    Class size is limited to 15 to ensure individual attention. There are no prerequisites for this training workshop other than a desire to learn new skills for connecting people to your natural and cultural resources.

    Housing will be available onsite at the Chincoteague Bay Field Station for a fee of $35 dollars per night. For more information about the course and lodging, please contact Charnell Parker McMullen Bushman at parker@cbfieldstation.org or call (757) 824-5636 ext.107.

    Meals are available at nearby restaurants located .5 – 10 miles from the Field Station.

    CIG CORE REVIEW LIBRARY

    Each course participant is required to take a 50-question open book literary review. If you wish to purchase your own books, NAI offers a discounted package price CIG certification library package (the package price is less expensive for current NAI members). Visit http://www.interpnet.com/store/ or call NAI at 888-900-8283, order the “CIG Certification Library” and have the books shipped to you now. Reading the material in advance is recommended, as it is a lot of material to cover and this will free up your evenings and allow you to focus more on class activities. I will provide 2 full sets of books which you may utilize during the course so it is not essential to purchase your own copies of the texts.

    THE TEXTS USED ARE: 

    Interpreting Our Heritage, by Freeman Tilden (4th Edition, U. of North Carolina Press, 2007)

    The Gifts of Interpretation, by Larry Beck and Ted Cable (Sagamore Publishing, 2011)

    Personal Interpretation: Connecting Your Audience to Heritage Resources, by Lisa Brochu and Tim Merriman (National Association for Interpretation, 2015)

    Interpretation: Making a Difference on Purpose, by Sam H. Ham (Fulcrum, 2013)

     

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    Free Webcast – The MS4 Phase II Remand Rule

    The Water Environment Federation (WEF) will be hosting a free webcast on Tuesday, December 6th to discuss the recently issued Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) General Permit Remand Rule, which was finalized and released by EPA on November 17, 2016. This webcast will discuss the MS4 Remand Rule and its potential impacts to communities throughout the U.S. and the Chesapeake Bay region, and provide background on the legal actions which resulted in the Rule being updated. We are pleased to announce that our feature speakers will be from EPA, and that they will be available to address webcast participant questions.

     

    Please visit http://www.wef.org/RemandRulePhaseTwo/ to register for this free webinar. You can also access the January 2016 webinar regarding early impressions and perspectives of the proposed rule at http://www.wef.org/ProposedRemandRulePerspectives/.

    For additional information regarding the remand rule, this webcast, and the WEF Stormwater Institute,  please contact Chris French at 703-684-2423 or cfrench@wef.org.

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    Operations Manager (Annapolis, MD)

    Hiring Organization: GreenTrust Alliance

    Position: Operations Manager

    Location: Annapolis, MD

    Background
    GreenTrust Alliance (GTA) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization focused on the restoration, preservation and stewardship of environmental resources. GTA has developed a multi-million-dollar restoration program to improve water quality and coastal resiliency through restoration of streams, wetlands, forests, and other habitats, as well as stormwater BMPs, management of other land use-related pollution, and green infrastructure planning.

    Operations Manager Position Roles & Responsibilities
    Operations Manager of GTA is a full-time position based out of GTA’s office in Annapolis. The person serving in this capacity will serve two primary roles: (1) project oversight and technical implementation; and (2) grant administration. This will include managing the day-to-day operations of the organization, contributing toward the technical implementation of each project, interfacing with subcontractors and stakeholders, and helping provide vision and leadership for the organization’s evolution and development in achieving its mission. This position provides significant opportunity for growth. The Operations Manager reports to the Board of Directors. Key responsibilities include:

    Technical Capabilities
    Experience with any of the following is desired, but not mandatory:
    • Biological, environmental or ecological sciences background (or something similar)
    • Collection, reduction and analysis of field data (biological, chemical, ecological, etc.)
    • Preparation and submission of permit applications
    • Project management and regulatory compliance
    • Wetland, Stream and other Ecosystem restoration design input
    • Cost estimating and budget management
    • Construction management and oversight
    • Landscape architecture

    Organization Operations, Grant Procurement & Project Administration
    • Interface with Board of Directors and accountants in the management of the organization
    • Inspect land and evaluate opportunities for land donations
    • Manage grant applications, oversee proposal writing process and work with subcontractors
    • Coordinate completion and submission of deliverables; manage subcontractor and vendor work flow in addition to direct involvement in field work based on area of expertise
    • Compliance with grant requirements; track and address additional contract administration requirements
    • Maintain relationships with environmental regulators, other governmental entities and stakeholders
    • Help foster positive public relation outcomes

    Salary
    Salary and benefits would be commensurate with candidate’s experience and skills.

    Applications
    If interested in this full-time position, please send a resume to Operations@greentrustalliance.org.

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    Books for the Bay

    This Saturday 10 am- 3pm

    Hundreds of used books will be on sale this Saturday from 10 am until 2:00 pm at St. Luke’s in support of its  project to restore Back Creek. We’ll have warm beverages and plenty of good cheer to facilitate your browsing enjoyment. Find holiday gifts and/or pleasures for yourself in extra winter reading material.  Join us this Saturday morning and enjoy a wide selection of books, view our restoration plans, have a warm brew, and talk to like minded people.

     

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    Trip to Mexico’s Monarch Country

    Registration is now open for the Monarch Sister Schools Program (www.monarchsisterschools.org) annual trip to Mexico’s Monarch Country! We will travel over the Presidents Day weekend, departing early on Saturday, February 18, and returning late Wednesday, February 22, 2017. Please see details below including pricing and a detailed itinerary.

    The first afternoon in Mexico City, we will start with a City Tour of the historic center (Zócalo), followed by a ‘Welcome Dinner’. The second day we travel to nearby Teotihuacan to see and climb the ‘Pyramid of the Sun’, the world’s third largest. On Days 3 and 4, we visit sister schools and the most famous of the Monarch’s butterfly sanctuaries: ‘El Rosario’, where millions of Monarchs congregate.

    LAND PACKAGE – Itinerary.

    MEXICO CITY
    Feb. 18th – Saturday
    1:30 pm – Mexico City Airport – Met by our tour guide Alex Ramirez outside of Customs..
    Tour of Historic District, including Zócalo square, Templo Mayor and Presidential Palace.
    Check-in at Hotel Casa Blanca (near ‘Paseo de la Reforma’ and the Independence Monument).
    Evening: Welcome dinner with live Mexican music and authentic Mexican cuisine.Feb. 19th – Sunday
    Breakfast / Excursion to the Pyramids of Teotihuacan led by guide Alexander Ramirez Cruz.
    2:00 pm: Sunday dinner, followed by a tour of the famous National Museum of Anthropology … highlighting Mexico’s amazing pre-colonial civilizations.
    Evening: Free

    MONARCH COUNTRY
    Feb. 20th – Monday
    Early departure from Hotel Casa Blanca / Box Breakfast provided.
    Mini-Bus transfer to ‘Monarch Country’ (2-1/2 hour trip).
    Visit to ‘Leona Vicario’ Primary School – our first Monarch Sister School.
    Visit to the ‘El Rosario’ Monarch Sanctuary with local guide.
    Home-style lunch (main meal of the day) at ‘El Rosário’

    Evening: Light dinner

    Feb. 21th – Tuesday
    Morning: Breakfast / Visit to ‘Forest’ Technical Middle School

    Excursion to charming Angangueo – a traditional mining town.
    Lunch /Guided tour of our partner Alternare’s Sustainable Agricultural Training Center that works the indigenous and ejido communities that own the lands of the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve.

    Farewell Dinner – with live music.

    Feb. 22nd – Wednesday
    Early Morning: Breakfast

    7:00 am: Departure for Mexico City / 10:00 am: Arrival at International Airport

    Land Price: $995 per person (double occupancy) / Single supplement if you want your own room is $130.
    Deposit: A deposit of $300 is required to hold your place, with the balance due by January 14th. Note: Please mail your deposit check payable to Monarch Sister Schools Program to the attention of: William Dent / 4740 Connecticut Ave NW Suite 1012 / Washington, DC 20008

    Air travel: Each trip participant will book his/her own round trip airline tickets. Please be you’re your outbound flight to Mexico City arrives no later than 1:30 pm on Saturday, February 18, 2017, so you do not to miss the City Tour. Separately, we will send you a short list of recommended flights.

    The land package price includes:
    •    Four nights lodging, including two nights in Mexico City plus two nights in Monarch Country.
    •    Saturday. City Tour of Mexico City upon arrival (Feb. 18th) in our private van.
    •    Saturday: Welcome dinner with live music at the beautiful Café Tacuba..
    •    Sunday. Admission tickets to the Pyramid site and National Museum of Anthropology (world “top 10”)
    •    All meals (Sunday – Tuesday). Note: On Sunday, we will have an early Sunday dinner / no lunch.
    •    Transportation to and around “Monarch Country” (Monarch sanctuary visit and sister schools)
    •    Tour services: Alexander Ramirez Cruz (first two days) / William Dent (entire tour)

    Please feel free to extend this invite to your friends, family, and colleagues, all are welcome. For more information, please contact William Dent at Williamdentjr@gmail.com.

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    CWEA Stormwater Seminar – Early Bird Registration Ends December 1st at Midnight

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    Using Alternative BMPs to Achieve Chesapeake Bay TMDL Requirements

    December 14, 2016

    8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. / 5 PDHs will be awarded

    Who should attend? Stormwater program engineers and administrators, MS4 program compliance managers, and environmental consultants.

    Early Bird Registrations ends at Midnight on December 1st!

    $ 80 CWEA Members/$90 Non-Members/$30 Government & Student Rate (w/ID)

    Click here for Agenda or Registration

    2 Exhibitors spot remaining $ 400.00 with 2 registrations

    Questions? Cheryl Paulin ~ 717-630-0303 ~ Cheryl@chesapeakewea.org

    http://www.chesapeakewea.org

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    Juried Student Art Show

    New this year at the 2017 MAEOE Conference:

    yOUR eARTh – The Art of Stewardship

    Pre-K – College JURIED EXHIBIT:

    LOVE of LAND, SKY, & WATER

    February 2 – 11, 2017

    CALL FOR ENTRIESART of STEWARDSHIPv2

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    Invitation to the MAEOE Environmental Education Conference 2017

      Dear Friend, You are invited to the Annual MAEOE Conference on February 2 – 5, 2017 showcasing great environmental,  science content, agricultural education and sustainable schools. Join more than 500 colleagues from Maryland and the Mid-Atlantic in Towson, MD. Join formal and no -formal educators for networking, resources and examples from the classroom,  the school grounds and the community.  To find out more please select the option below “More Information”. Selecting YES will bring you to a summary page. If you are planning on purchasing an organizational membership, please do so by following the link underneath the "Member" and "Non-member" buttons. Can’t wait to see you in Feburary,  MAEOE Conference Committee When Thursday, February 2, 2017 8:00 AM – Sunday, February 5, 2017 4:00 PM Where Sheraton, Towson 903 Dulaney Valley Rd, Towson, Maryland 21204, USA USA
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    More Information Find out about sessions, hotel information and more here! Last Date to Register!
    Wednesday, February 1, 2017 For the best rates, please make sure to register by January 6!
    Selecting "Yes" will bring you to the registration summary page BEFORE asking you to register.
                   Having trouble with the link? Simply copy and paste the entire address listed below into your web browser: http://www.cvent.com/d/NFk4H5y9gEanuZlTaPnIIw/cnfl/P1/1Q?
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    PWP Information Exchange, 9:30-3:00, December 6th

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    Last chance to register for this Tuesday, and space is limited.  RSVP now! 
     
    Registration is open.   Please see attached agenda.
     
    Potomac Watershed Partnership, Information Exchange
    Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 9:30-3:00, Fox Haven Organic Farm and Learning Center, Jefferson, MD
     
    “To Plant or Not to Plant—What is the Right Way for the ROW?”
     
    What is the right balance for planting, and clearing, the Right-Of-Way?  Join us for an important discussion on managing highway and utility rights-of-way, as well as stormwater management areas.  Regional power companies are responsible for reliable power and clearing transmission lines across the Bay watershed.  State highway departments have varying rules on mowing and cutting-back trees.  Most subdivisions, business parks, and shopping centers, have stormwater management “ponds” that are regulated, often to prevent tree planting.  What is the balance between the need for increased tree canopy versus tree clearing to ensure reliable power, safe traffic, and dependable stormwater management areas?
     
    (4.25 ISA CEU’s available.)
     
    For the PWP,
    Frank F. Rodgers
    Executive Director, Cacapon Institute
    304-258-7657 (office)
    304-240-2721 (cell)
    http://www.potomacpartnership.org
    PWP-2016-Information-Agenda-Extended.pdf

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    VA Citizens For Water Quality Summit

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    We still have plenty of space available but you must reserve your space before Wednesday December 7th! Visit: http://bit.ly/VCWQ16-Registration to register. The cost is $20 and $15 for students.

    Saturday, December 10, 2016
    9 am to 3 pm
    Randolph Macon College
    Copley Science Center (#38 on campus map)
    Calhoun St
    Ashland, VA 23005

    Please click here to see the agenda.

    This summit is intended to be a space for volunteer monitors across Virginia to come together, swap stories, network, gain some new skills, and hear about how volunteer monitoring is contributing to the larger picture in the state. This year will include workshops on how to calibrate your probes, how to ID aquatic bugs to the family level, storm water BMPs of Ashland, and expanding monitoring networks in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

    Please join us!

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    READY Program Manager (Restoring the Environment and Developing Youth

    READY is a nationally recognized green jobs program for teens and young adults in Howard County, MD. Through the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, READY hires and trains young adults each summer and employs a crew throughout the year to build and maintain green infrastructure practices to address stormwater runoff and improve local natural resources. The program is a unique partnership between the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Howard EcoWorks, Howard County Government, and People Acting Together in Howard (PATH) as part of a region-wide campaign on creating green jobs.

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    Future Harvest CASA Community Night at Gertrude’s Restaurant in Baltimore

    Join us on Thursday, Dec 8 for our Community Night at Gertrude’s Restaurant at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

    Gertrude’s will be donating a portion of their evening sales to Future Harvest CASA to help build a sustainable Chesapeake Foodshed. It’s a chance for everyone to dine out and support Future Harvest CASA at the same time.

    Gertrude’s is a Baltimore treasure and its beautiful location at the BMA makes it a spectacular evening out. Please call 410-889- 3399 to make a reservation.

    Visit our event page and please share! Thanks!

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    Seminar TOMORROW @ Noon ET: Applications of Climate Extremes and Variability in Chesapeake Bay

    OneNOAA Science Seminar Series – please forward to folks who might be interested; thanks.

    Title:
    Applications of Climate Extremes and Variability in Chesapeake Bay

    Speakers:
    Kari St.Laurent, Ph.D., Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science; and Sasha Land, Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve-Maryland​. Both presenting in person at NOAA Silver Spring.

    When:
    TOMORROW, 11/​30 at Noon ET

    Where:
    NOAA SSMC4, Room 8150 or via webinar – see login below

    Sponsor:
    NOAA’s National Ocean Service Science Seminar; seminar host is tracy.gill@noaa.gov

    Webinar Login:
    Mymeeting webinar uses phone for and internet. Audio is only available over the phone: dial toll-free from US or CAN: 1-877-708-1667. Enter code 7028688#

    For the webcast, go to http://www.mymeetings.com. Under “Participant Join”, click “Join an Event”, then add conf no: 744925156. No is code needed for the web. Be sure to install the correct plug‐in for WebEx before the seminar starts, the temporary plugin works fine.

    Abstract:
    From an ecological standpoint, climate extremes and variability are often more pertinent to the physiological thresholds and environmental boundaries of specific organisms than mean annual changes. Thus, we sought to assess how climate variability and extreme change will affect Chesapeake Bay’s shallow water ecosystems. In this study, we calculated the 26 climate extreme indices defined by the Expert Team on Climate Change Detection and Indices which determine the absolute intensity, duration, and frequency of temperature- and precipitation-based events. Our goals were to 1) reconstruct climate extreme patterns and variability from the observed record using 18 weather stations from the Global Historical Climatology Network-Daily data, 2) establish a present day baseline, and 3) and use this historically-referenced data to assess an ensemble of near-future global climate model projections under two emission scenarios using the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 5 model output. This climate extreme synthesis was then used to provide insight on targeted ecological problems which were iteratively identified in collaboration with researchers, educators, and managers from Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserves (CBNERR) of Maryland and Virginia. Collectively, we have targeted four ecological ‘vignettes’: 1) frequency of warm summer days and nights with submerged aquatic vegetation diebacks, 2) annual precipitation frequency with total nitrogen load in Chesapeake Bay tributaries, 3) changes in the start and end of the thermal growing season length, and 4) extension of Vibrio vulnifericus and Vibrio cholerae probability due to warming. By focusing on observed climate events that resonate in the public memory, we can develop educational materials and exhibits which support and encourage coastal stewardship, decision-makers, and the general public to contemplate and create adaptation plans and mitigation strategies that will enhance their resilience to future climate changes and events.

    About the Speakers:

    Kari St.Laurent (Kari.StLaurent@state.de.us) is the Research Coordinator for the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve. She recently finished her post-doctoral research at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (Horn Point Laboratory) investigating climate extremes and variability in Chesapeake Bay. She got her Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island studying black carbon in the Subtropical Atlantic Ocean.

    Sasha Land is the Coastal Training Program Coordinator for the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve-Maryland.Sasha graduated from St. Mary’s College in Maryland with a BA in Biology and has worked over for over a decade on Chesapeake Bay conservation and policy issues.

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    Watershed Coordinator

    The Watershed Coordinator’s primary responsibility is to coordinate with partner organizations the implementation, tracking, and progress reporting for the Maryland Coastal Bays Program’s Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP). This position requires an individual with broad watershed science experience, and the technical skills required for planning, implementing and monitoring program activities throughout the watershed.

    Applications will be received until January 13, 2017.

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    Project WILD Workshop – January

     

    Bear Branch Nature Center, located in Westminster, MD will be holding a training for Project WILD on Saturday, January 7th from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

    Advance registration is required.  To sign up visit http://www.ccrecpark.org and click on the links for “Online Program Registration”.  You can also call Carroll County Recreation and Parks at 410-386-2103 to register over the phone.

    Questions?  Please use the contact information below.

    Thanks!!

    Bear Branch Nature Center / Hashawha Environmental Center
    300 John Owings Rd.
    Westminster, MD 21158
    410-386-3580
    bearbranch@ccg.carr.org

     

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    Free Webinar: Enlisting Citizens to Report Illicit Discharges – December 6th at 1pm Eastern

    Free Informational Webinar:
    Enlisting Citizens to Report Illicit Discharges
    When: Tuesday, December 6th at 1pm Eastern

    Registration Link: http://www.waterwordsthatwork.com/environmental-outreach-updates/discharge-webinar

    With a fresh MS4 permit in hand, New Castle County found themselves with a dilemma. The Education and Outreach Minimum Control Measure required the county to generate at least 250,000 advertising impressions and to use before-and-after surveys to demonstrate a “statistically valid” increase in stormwater awareness.

    NCCDE chose to meet this requirement by setting up an illicit discharges hotline — and promoting that hotline heavily.

    On December 6th at 1:00 p.m. Eastern, join us for a free informational webinar to hear how the effort turned out!

    Learn the answers to these and other questions:

    How much did it cost to generate 250,000 advertising impressions?
    Did the county actually measure a “statistically valid” increase in stormwater awareness?
    How many discharges did county residents report? Were the reports any good?
    What would they do differently if they could do it over again?

    Speakers:

    Michael Harris, New Castle County Department of Special Services
    Eric Eckl, Water Words That Work, LLC

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