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    Tree Planting in Frederick

    Help Reforest Frederick! Tree Planting Events will be held on:

    October 21

    October 28

    November 11

    [9AM-11AM] at the Waterside Community in Frederick, MD.
    You can also join your local Rotary Clubs on October 14 for tree planting and networking.

    Visit www.streamlinkeducation.org/plantings for more information or email lisa.streamlink@gmail.com to sign-up. Spread the word!  These events are suitable for all ages!

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    Join us at the 11th annual Pesticides & the Chesapeake conference

    11th Annual Pesticides & the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Project Conference
    October 24th, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
     
    5425 Mount Gilead Road, Reisterstown, MD 21136
     
    Please join us as a guest of our Eleventh Annual Conference on October 24th, when we bring together our regions leaders who are committed to protecting the Chesapeake watershed and restoring the Bay.
     
    This year, our nationally ground-breaking project will feature cutting-edge agricultural innovations that sequester carbon while protecting the health of people, pollinators, other wildlife and the Bay, and include the latest in science research and policy impacting our watershed.
     
    Our presenters…
     
    KEYNOTE: “Soil Health, Climate Change and Our Waterways”
    Kristine Nichols, Ph.D., Chief Scientist, Rodale Institute
     
    “New Research on Pesticides and the Bay Watershed”
    Vickie Blazer Ph.D., Fish Ecologist, USGS
     
    “Local and State Actions in Response to Changing Times”
    Jay Feldman, M.A., Co-founder/Executive Director, Beyond Pesticides
     
    “Policy Solutions to Pesticides in Our Waters”
    Betsy Nicolas, J.D., Executive Director, Waterkeepers Chesapeake & Fair Farms
     
    Moderator: Greg Allen, Ph.D., Environmental Scientist, U.S. E.P.A.
     
    Registration is free and organic lunch and snacks will be served.
     
    Space is limited. Given the strong response to date, we encourage you to register soon if you plan to attend. Email your Name, Organization Affiliation, Role, Email and Phone to mdpestnet@aol.com

    If you have colleagues doing work relevant to pesticides, sustainable farming, pollinators, healthy soil and/or restoration of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, please feel free to forward this invitation on to them.

    Robert SanGeorge, Project Director
    Pesticides & the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Project
     

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    Islands Seasonal Educator

    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 upcoming Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 field seasons. The seasonal field educator will live and teach at one of our four island centers. The position includes housing and a monthly stipend.

    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 our urban boat programs in Baltimore and Hampton Roads to Pennsylvania canoe programs to remote island-based 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 educators 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 300 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 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 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 by September 27th to:
    Seasonal_2017/Education Jobs

    Chesapeake Bay Foundation

    Educationjobs@cbf.org

    The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

     

     

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    Growing Native: Get Nuts for Clean Water!

    We are honored to be back at Arlington National Cemetery for our second Growing Native event of the season! We’ll be Getting Nuts for Clean Water by collecting acorns and tree seeds for future plantings!
    Volunteers of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to help collect acorns and other native tree seeds in this important national site and home of three of the nation’s newest champion trees! You don’t have to be a tree expert to participate, we’ll show you what to look for.

    These seeds will go to local nurseries that grow trees for reforesting efforts across the region. Not only will you be creating forests for tomorrow, you will also learn more about the important connection between healthy, forested lands and clean waters.

    What you need:

    Close-toed shoes
    A water bottle
    Sharp nut-spotting eyes

    What we provide:

    Everything else! All tools, drinking water, and supplies will be provided by Potomac Conservancy

    For more information and to sign up for the event, visit our event page here >
     

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    Education Operations Coordinator

    CONTEXT OF THE POSITION

    The Education Operations Team within the Education Department serves a vital and critical role to internal staff as well as Education’s constituents, namely teachers and school administrators.  The Operations Team oversees: the scheduling of approximately 1800 field experiences annually; the management of databases that track teachers, schools, students, and program locations; the annual budgeting process for education (in conjunction with the VP and directors); data and budget sharing with development for fundraising efforts and reporting; public & private grant management; marketing and communication via CBF’s website and print publications; the recruitment and hiring of education staff; safety training, risk management efforts, and the fleet and facilities needs for 15 field programs.

    The Education Operations Coordinator will focus on the areas of grant coordination, accounting and finance. This position will perform accounting services for the department including: public & private grant coordination; billing, overdue billing, coding invoices; reconciling credit card and center checking reports; and expense report approval.  This position requires a conceptual understanding of and professional experience in budgeting, accounting, and financial systems in order to work on both routine oversight of budgets and grants as well as complex assignments. Emphasis will be on grants and contract management, compliance, accurate and timely reconciliation of grant related expenses, and assisting with creating financial reports. Additionally, the Education Operations Coordinator will assist the Operations Scheduling Team with scheduling field experiences, marketing education field programs to various audience. This position reports to the Education Operations Manager.

    Essential functions include:

    1. Education Department Grants Coordination including Public & Private grants and contracts specific to OMB regulations
    • Develop an understanding of the Education Department activities, grants and contracts, along with internal and external financial reporting requirements, to ensure proper data collection and accounting treatment of transactions, and implement recommended changes that will enhance the process
    • Ensure the Federal Grants and contracts as well as private grants are in compliance and reporting is timely and accurate
    • Ensure that grant funds are accounted for properly by restrictions and project codes, (including permanently restricted net assets)
    • Ensure that all grant documentation is received and provided to CBF’s Finance Department for audit and tracking needs
    • Record and account for all multiple year pledges
    • Maintain spreadsheets that track prior, current, and future year grants for Education
    • Meet with members of the Education Senior Management team regularly to report on grant funds secured and expended & project updates

    2. Education Department Operating Accounting Coordination
    • Provide financial information for grant proposals
    • Code invoices on a daily basis
    • Review and approve credit card and center checking reports in accordance with grant deliverables
    • Assist staff in understanding where time and expenses should be coded to appropriately track budget spending on public grants
    • Approve expense reports on a regular basis, also in accordance with grant deliverables
    • Approve check requests and cash advances
    • Streamline processes to ensure efficiency and thoroughness
    • Assist in reporting data to finance and development for grant proposals and reports

    3. Scheduling:
    • Assist in scheduling field experiences for 15 field programs, in collaboration with 2 other scheduling staff.  Input of schedule in database
    • Assist in the scheduling process from:  inquiry → application → assigning dates → confirming date→ pre-trip information → billing →reporting data
    • Establish relationships with veteran teachers and recruit new teachers and other educational personnel
    • Participate in field programs a few times a year in order to understand and communicate the unique features of the 15 programs
    • Maintain the field schedule for fall, spring and summer seasons, with a goal of 90% capacity.
    • Work closely with the other members of the scheduling team on a daily basis.  Most tasks amongst the team are interrelated and interdependent
    • Provide updates to the website to keep information timely and relevant for teachers and those seeking information about our programs
    • Provide information and statistics about education programs, to meet obligations of state funding contracts and reporting requirements from public grants, donors, corporations and foundations

    4. Other:
    • Assist front desk with answering phones and greeting visitors at the Philip Merrill Center (approx.. 2-3 hrs/month)
    • Assist Education VP & Directors with special projects as needed (less than 10% of time)
    • Other duties as assigned

    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS

    Successful Candidate should possess the following:
    • Bachelor’s degree, preference for business management or related field
    • 2-3 years’ experience in grant coordination and basic accounting and finance, preferably for a not-for-profit 501(c)(3)
    • Proficient in the use of databases and MS Office software
    • Experience with customer service
    • Ability to solve problems independently
    • Strong communication skills
    • Ability to talk to variety of audiences
    • Multi-task under pressure
    • Collaborate with multiple program staff, departments and external constituents
    • Knowledge of CBF’s mission and programs, a bonus
    • Sincere interest in Bay efforts and educating children

    Physical Requirements:
    • Ability to travel to attend staff trainings & meetings away from home for multiple-day periods throughout the year

    To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for (3) references no later than September 25, 2017 to:

    Chesapeake Bay Foundation/FY17-011-EOC
    employment@cbf.org

    CBF offers a comprehensive benefits package to include: 20 vacation days, 10 sick days, health, vision, dental, life insurance, and a tax deferred annuity plan.  The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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    Get into Mallows Bay Day Oct. 7

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    Celebrate Baltimore Birds Fest

    Celebrate Baltimore Birds Fest is an open to all ages free fall festival. Come celebrate the outdoors and learn about our local and migratory birds here in Gwynns Falls Leakin Park on October 14th, 2017 from 11:00AM-4:00PM.

    Activities Include:
    Live birds from the Carrie Murray Nature Center featuring a Common Raven, Red-tailed Hawk, and American Kestrel
    Rock Climbing!
    Bird Walks
    Pick and Paint your own Pumpkin
    Marshmallow-tip archery with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
    Face Painting
    and More!

    Food will be provided by an amazing local food truck, the Wilde Thyme.

    Activities and crafts hosted by the National Aquarium, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Lights Out Baltimore, The Maryland Zoo, Friends of Gwynns Falls/Leakin Park, Tree Baltimore, Bee Friendly Apiary, Carrie Murray Nature Center, and Patterson Park Audubon Center.
    Generously sponsored by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

    FAQs

    What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

    There is a large parking lot at the entrance of the park that is free. If using public transportation LocalLink Bus 79 has a stop right outside the park and LocalLink 34 has a stop nearby.
    See here for the schedule for Bus 79 http://baltimorelink.info/images/routes/schedules/LocalLink%2079.pdf

    See here for the schedule for Bus 34 http://baltimorelink.info/images/routes/schedules/LocalLink%2034.pdf

    How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

    Please contact Marlo Atkinson at marlo.atkinson@baltimorewilderness.org for any questions about attending or participating in the event.

    Baltimore Birds Fest Flyer

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    Web Content Specialist

    The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay seeks a Web Content Specialist for the Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) Communications Office in Annapolis, Maryland.  This position is an integral part of the overall CBP Communications Office team, central to our successful online communications efforts and responsible for the creation, maintenance and marketing of consistent high quality web content for the CBP website (www.chesapeakebay.net).  Deadline to apply is September 29, 2017.
    Responsibilities include:

    Planning, writing, editing and developing engaging written and visual content for the CBP website.
    Working with subject matter experts and Bay Program partners to create and maintain user-friendly web content that supports the work of the CBP partnership.
    Collaborating effectively with the Multimedia Specialist and Communications Staffer to build content, including blog posts, photos and videos.
    Development of a content strategy for the CBP website.
    Upholding content quality standards and maintaining consistent writing style and voice across the site.
    Design of fact sheets, brochures and publications.
    Promoting web content through social media, a suite of e-newsletters and networking both online and in person.
    Staying current with trends and best practices for social media and web content.
    Acting as a liaison between the CBP Communications Office and Web Team.
    Using analytics and user data to improve web content, market online products effectively and report trends to the wider Communications and Web Teams.
    Managing editorial calendars to schedule and organize timely and relevant annual web content.
    Responding to public questions and information requests via email, social media, FAQs and blog comments.
    Assisting with other communications projects, as necessary.

    Skills & Requirements

    At least two years’ experience writing, editing and marketing content for the web.
    Proficient in social media outreach and other online marketing of products.
    Understanding of audience analyses with ability to develop and tailor web content that meets the specialized needs of various audiences.

    Basic knowledge of graphic design, with experience using Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.
    Demonstrated knowledge of HTML.
    Proficient in understanding of web technology including content management systems.

    Excellent written and verbal abilities with high attention to detail.
    Strong organizational and storytelling expertise.
    Self-motivated, organized, creative and a team-player.
    Familiarity with AP Style.
    Ability to write concisely and effectively to meet the interest and needs of different audience (including teachers, students, local and state governments and the general public) and in a manner that moves that audience to take action on behalf of the Bay.
    Experience in understanding and communicating complex scientific and policy issues or information.
    Passion for environmental issues, preferably related to the Chesapeake Bay.

    The Chesapeake Bay Program is a diverse federal/state/non-government partnership established in 1983.  It works to restore and protect the Chesapeake Bay and the thousands of streams, creeks and rivers in the watershed through collaborative policy making, scientific assessment and public communication. The Communications Office is managed by the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay under grant funding provided by the Environmental Protection Agency. This position reports directly to the CBP Director of Communications, who is also with the Alliance.

    This position is based at the Chesapeake Bay Program office near downtown Annapolis, Maryland, with occasional travel throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed (Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, DC). Candidates must be willing and able to pass a federal background check.
    Salary Information
    The salary for this position is in the low $50,000s including a comprehensive benefits package.
    How to Apply
    Please email cover letter, resume, writing sample, design sample and references to Rachel Felver, Director of Communications at  rfelver@chesapeakebay.net by Friday, September 29, 2017. Include “Web Content Specialist” in subject line. No phone calls, please.

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    Woody Plants for Landscape Installation Course at AACC

    HOR-329 901    Woody Plants for Landscape Installation
    0.9 ceu hours

    Learn about the use of shade trees, evergreens, shrubs, ornamental trees and native woody plants in a landscape project. Review habitats, soil condition requirements and hardiness restrictions. Discuss bloom sequence, flower color display, coastal and upland landscape features, and the value of ornamentals. Textbook information available at AACC Bookstore. CEUs issued. $137 includes $7 fee.

    November 4 and November 11, 2017      8:00 A.M. TO 12:30 p.m.  Instructor:  Lesley Riddle

    For registration information, go to http://www.aacc.edu/apply-and-register/noncredit-registration/ or call (410) 777-2325.

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    Forest Conservation Qualified Professional Training Course

    Course is running beginning next week!

    OPT-306
    Forest Conservation Qualified Professional Training
    3.8 ceu hours

    Complete state-approved training leading to the Maryland Forest Conservation Qualified Professional license. Study forest stand delineation, tree inventories and how changes in land use affects trees. CEUs issued. $307 includes $27 fee. Note: Students will have to meet Maryland Department of Natural Resources requirements to apply for “Qualified Professional” status. Go to http://dnr.maryland.gov/forest/Pages/programmapps/ FCA-How-to-Become-a-Qualified-Professional.aspx for more information on requirements.  Text is available at the college bookstore–(410) 777-2220.

    For registration information, go to http://www.aacc.edu/apply-and-register/noncredit-registration/ or call (410) 777-2325.

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    Environmental Science Educator

    About NatureBridge

    Founded in 1971, NatureBridge provides environmental science programs for students in the world’s best classrooms—our national parks. Our mission is to foster environmental literacy to sustain our planet. As the largest residential education partner of the National Park Service, NatureBridge serves more than 30,000 students and their teachers each year in seven national parks. In order to further our mission, NatureBridge is committed to supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion and to promoting equal opportunity for students and staff in the field of environmental education. We strive to diversify our workforce and seek applications by individuals from all backgrounds, abilities, cultures, orientations, identities, and communities. For more information, visit: naturebridge.org

    Summary

    This is a multi-campus Environmental Science Educator position beginning in April 2018, ending in November 2018. Educators will work the spring season at Prince William Forest Park in Virginia, transfer to the Golden Gate campus in California for the summer, then return to Prince William Forest Park for the fall season. NatureBridge Environmental Science Educators are skilled professionals with significant post-undergraduate experience and training in environmental education content, curricula, and pedagogy. At Prince William Forest Park, educators teach 3-day, hands-on outdoor science education programs to students from Virginia and Washington DC. Educators work primarily with 5th and 7th graders. At Golden Gate Coastal Camp, educators teach 5-day camp sessions. Coastal Camp combines marine and coastal ecology themes with hands-on educational activities and games in a day camp setting. Coastal Camp educators work primarily with 1st-3rd graders.

    This is an ideal position for experienced educators wishing to expand their knowledge and skill set, work and live in two culturally and ecologically different places, and work with one of the most well regarded outdoor education organizations in the country. Compensation includes housing, some meals, financial assistance in transferring campuses, and benefits.

    Position dates are as follows:

    Spring season (Prince William, VA): April 2nd – June 8th

    Summer season (Golden Gate, CA): June 11th  – August 17th

    Fall season (Prince William, VA): September 4th – November 9th

    *Season dates at Prince William Forest Park are tentative, pending final scheduling.

    How to Apply

    Please review the attached job description. A complete application consists of:

    A cover letter describing why you want to work for NatureBridge at Prince William Forest Park and Golden Gate Coastal Camp
    Your current resume
    Contact information for three references

    When your materials are complete, apply using the online application form at: https://naturebridge.org/environmental-science-educator-application-prince-william

    Please direct questions to midatlanticsearch@naturebridge.org. Priority application deadline is Monday, November 13th, 2017. Applications will be accepted after Nov. 13th until all positions are filled.

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    Intro to Seed Saving in Your Garden

    Learn how to save seeds from your garden this year to use next year!

    Be sure to attend our Plant & Seed Swap following the workshop. RSVP at http://www.parksandpeople.org/events/calendar/details/1267/2017-10-14/

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    Greenhouse and Nursery Production Manager

    Mt. Cuba Center

    http://mtcubacenter.org/employment/

    POSITION AVAILABLE

    Greenhouse & Nursery Production Manager (Full-time)

    We are looking for a passionate and enthusiastic Greenhouse & Nursery Production Manager to oversee and maintain high quality production programs and effective operation of the greenhouse & nursery facilities.

    The Greenhouse & Nursery Production Manager implements and supervises all plant production activities associated with the greenhouse and outdoor production areas, and schedules staff for production. This position works closely with the Propagation Manager to receive propagules to be grown and finished for research, display and various Mt. Cuba Center needs.

    We are seeking highly collaborative team members that put our mission first and will help us deliver remarkable experiences to our guests!

    What you’ll do: 

    Plant Production Management

    Implement best practices and technologies for effective crop production, including sanitation, watering, potting, media, Integrated Pest Management, and beneficial insect program.
    Grow trees, shrubs and perennials in the nursery
    Manage the plant shipment process in accordance with necessary protocols. Work with Propagation Manager to produce gifting list.
    Oversee long-term greenhouse collections.  Manage native display containers in collaboration with Formal Gardens Horticulturist.
    Process plant orders received from nurseries in collaboration with the Collections Department. Maintain database regarding production records. Produce current plant availability to facilitate garden planting.
    Support Propagation Manager in plant conservation projects with local and regional colleagues to produce rare species and assist with research as needed.

    Effective Plant Operations Management

    Responsible for overall effective greenhouse operations management including reporting greenhouse building maintenance issues, ordering production supplies, managing the greenhouse & nursery budget, and staffing the plant production facility to provide continuous care based on production needs.
    Lead initiatives and oversee all projects related to modernizing the greenhouse, including practices as well as production facilities improvements.
    Act as primary back-up to the Propagation Manager to support effective propagation operations, including mist system, seedling care, and raised beds. Manage staff in the absence of the Propagation Manager.

    General Staff & Organization Management Pertaining to the Plant Production Facilities

    Provide knowledge and guidance to support guest and organizational initiatives related to profession.
    Lead, guide, and train employees, interns, and/or volunteers performing related work.
    Lead the planning and execution of department initiatives and budget in alignment with Mt. Cuba Center’s mission and goals, including effective policy and procedural development.
    Work cooperatively with the management team on adopting and implementing organization-wide systems, and help guide and execute the strategic goals of the institution to support Mt. Cuba Center’s mission.

    Qualifications:

    A Bachelor of Science degree in horticulture, botany or related plant science field
    5 years of greenhouse or nursery production experience, or equivilent combination of education and work experience.
    Proficient working knowledge of plant identification, plant growth, plant cultural requirements, and disease/pest recognition
    Skill in all phases of crop production
    Exceptional managerial and teambuilding skills
    Demonstrated ability in the production of native plants and general greenhouse and nursery management practices
    Ability to safely and effectively operate and maintain a wide range of hand tools, power tools, vehicles
    Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and ability to learn and adapt to various software and technology programs to complete work duties
    Demonstrated ability in organizing, managing and motivating employees, contractors and others
    Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively communicate with Mt. Cuba Center staff and the public
    Self-motivated, organized, attentive to details, and the ability to manage time and effectively function without close supervision
    Ability and willingness to work flexible hours including evenings, weekends, holidays and special events as needed

    Physical Demands & Working Conditions

    Requires moderate physical work; Frequent/Significant time spent standing and limited reaching, carrying, and lifting, pushing, or pulling of objects up to 50 pounds

    About Us:

    Mt. Cuba Center, a premier native plant garden, is dedicated to supporting the environment through the practice and promotion of ecological horticulture.  Mt. Cuba Center’s gardens and programs inspire an appreciation for the beauty and value of native plants and commitment to protect the habitats that sustain them.

    Benefits:

    We offer staff competitive pay, access to our employee discount program, a fun atmosphere, a balanced work-life environment, and an AMAZING benefits package (401k matching up to 8%, health, dental, vision, life insurance, paid parental leave, and generous time off amounts).

    HAVING TROUBLE APPLYING? PLEASE EMAIL CAREERS@MTCUBACENTER.ORG FOR HELP!

     

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    Annual Parks & People Plant & Seed Swap

    Fall is a great time to separate your plants and clean out your toolshed. Collect seeds, separate your plants and clean out your storage areas to share with fellow greeners at this first annual event.

    Join us for gardening demonstrations, hands-on activities, giveaways and a great time sharing resources and materials with fellow greeners and organizations supporting the greening community in Baltimore.

    What to bring:

    – Plants, bulbs, seedlings, seeds, tools in good condition, gardening books, greening supplies and accessories. Attendees must bring something to share.

    – Plastic shopping bags for sharing plants and bulbs.

    – Parks & People will provide labels and ways to identify swap items.

    What to expect:

    – Sharing and networking

    – Gardening technique demonstration

    – Kids’ activities

    – More to come!

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    REMINDER: Watershed Assistance Grant Program Deadline is September 22, 2017

    Dear Chesapeake Bay Community Partners,

    The Chesapeake Bay Trust and the Maryland Departments of Natural Resources and Environment welcome requests from local governments and non-profit organizations for assistance with the earliest phases of watershed restoration projects.

    Two tracks are offered within the Watershed Assistance Grant Program: the Project Design track and the Watershed Planning and Program Development track.

    The Design Track provides funding to create buildable designs for specific watershed restoration projects identified in the WIP Milestone commitments submitted or anticipated to be submitted to MDE by local jurisdictions.

    Examples: bioretention cells, large-scale rain gardens, other low impact development stormwater techniques, environmental site designs, stream restoration, wetland and marsh creation, and any of the suite of agricultural water quality best management practices.

    The Watershed Planning and Program Development Track provides funding for specific projects identified in the Programmatic Milestones submitted to MDE by local jurisdictions or anticipated to be submitted to MDE in the 2018-2019 milestones.

    Examples: watershed planning (watershed characterization/assessment phase, watershed action plans), projects addressing legal authority development or enhancement, organizational enhancement, or resource enhancement.

    Funding requests will generally be less than $75,000. Stream restoration design projects may request up to $200,000. The deadline to submit proposals is September 22, 2017, 5 PM. Please visit the Watershed Assistance Grant Program webpage for more information about the program. For project guidance, please contact Emily Stransky at EStransky@cbtrust.org. The Trust looks forward to hearing your project ideas!

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    Native Plant Fall Festival October 7

    Where: Cape St Claire, 1223 River Bay Road, Annapolis, MD 21409

    When: October 7, 9am-12pm

    Many of us are interested in including more native plants in our yards… but it is hard to find them at our nurseries! And the best time to plant in our region is fall … but most plant sales are in the spring. We at the Cape Conservation Corps in Cape St. Claire, Annapolis area are holding a Native Plant Fall Festival, featuring hundreds of native shrubs, perennials and grasses that you can plant right now. We’ll have experts on hand to help with your selection, plus speakers on pollinators and native plants – even an observational bee hive so you can see native bees at work!

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    Food Forests, Water Harvesting and More!

    Howard EcoWorks is a nonprofit organization in Howard County, MD building a workforce to undertake environmental improvement projects.  With funding from the Chesapeake Bay Trust and in partnership with the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, we are hosting the third in a series of educational events about the Green Infrastructure Network.  In this workshop, you will learn about the value of forests in supporting our Green Infrastructure Network, how you can grow your own Food Forest, and how to implement strategies for harvesting water to help make your land more diverse, productive, and ecologically friendly. Pledge to protect forests and take home a free tree or shrub!

    Our main speaker is Michael Judd who has worked with agro-ecological and whole-system designs throughout the Americas for nearly two decades, focusing on applying permaculture and ecological design. His projects increase local food security and community health in both tropical and temperate growing regions. He is the founder of Ecologia Edible & Ecological Landscape Design and Project Bona Fide, an international nonprofit supporting agro-ecology research.

    Visit our web-site to learn more: http://www.howardecoworks.org/home/learn/neighborhood-greenways and to register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe0fDEEP9fvz9Fk0UaRS9Zs6JAGxSKPLKv1iYSDXxzQahXyGg/viewform

    Lori Lilly, CEP
    Director, Howard EcoWorks
    http://www.howardecoworks.org/

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    Ecology for Gardeners with Sylvan Kaufman: Conservation Class at Mt. Cuba Center

    Mt. Cuba Center Class: Ecology for Gardeners with Sylvan Kaufman, PhD

    Thursday, September 21, 2017
    10 am – 2:30 pm
    $60

    Registration link: https://education.mtcubacenter.org/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=173CON231

    Your garden is a critical piece of an ecosystem that supports wildlife, provides important food webs, and contributes to clean water and healthy soil. Through lectures, on-site walks, and outdoor activities, learn how to incorporate basic ecological principles into designed landscapes and link your yard with surrounding plant and animal communities. Leave with a suite of eco-friendly tools to be a more sustainable gardener, reduce maintenance costs, and work in harmony with nature to improve vitally important habitats. Bring your lunch. Rain date for this course is Thursday, September 28, 2017.

    Mt. Cuba Center
    3120 Barley Mill Road
    Hockessin, DE 19707
    302-239-4244
    education@mtcubacenter.org

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    Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional Training Next Week

    Get certified as a Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional (CBLP)

    Join us for the final 2-day Level 1 Training Class of the summer:

    September 14-15, 2017

    9:00 – 3:30

    Montgomery County, MD

    Day 1 is an interactive classroom session in Derwood, MD on conservation landscaping and stormwater topics.  Day 2 is a field-based stormwater BMP maintenance practicum in Rockville. Developed by regional experts and led by instructors David Hirschman and Sara Tangren, this training focuses on collaborative practice and adaptive management strategies.  CBLP candidates who complete the training may take the Level 1 exam in Derwood on November 15, or because CBLP is a Bay-wide credential, candidates may sit for the exam in any location.

    To apply online for Level 1 certification, or to learn more about CBLP, visit cblpro.org

    Questions? Contact Beth Ginter at beth@cblpro.org

     

     

     

     

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    Medicinal Plants

    Hi all,

    About a month ago I posted an announcement for a club we are putting together, we are calling it the Herbal Medicine Club. The subscription deadline is September 24th, so this is a reminder for those of you who are still interested but haven’t gotten around to signing up yet 🙂 The cost below is for the first month, we anticipate the club costs will go down after the first month, since we can re-use some of the materials.

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    Learn about some local medicinal plants! Join us as we explore the science, botany, ecology, folklore and more during our Herbal Medicine Club.

    There is a rich history of the uses of plants, which we will uncover during this 4-week course. We will introduce you to some common herbs found in the Chesapeake region or that are important medicinals; you will enjoy learning the rich history and folklore that accompanies many of these herbs; and you will learn how to gather, grow and prepare your own herbs for your own use.

    Learn about the science; ecology; history; folklore and more of medicinal herbs found in our region. To learn more please visit nadarraleigh.com

    Course start date: October 2nd

    Subscription cost: $160 covers the cost of dried herbs, lectures and labs, lab equipment, podcasts and video instruction. Access to materials for members only. You will receive a parcel from us during the first week full of herbal goodies!

    Registration deadline: September 24th

    Questions? Email us at nadarraleigh@gmail.com

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