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    Solitary Bee Workshop Series

    Solitary Bees play a key role in our diet. Native solitary bees can improve the productivity of your edible space. Providing these beneficial insects year long habitat and foraging grounds will improve their potential on your property. The Solitary Bee Workshop Series will include an informative presentation and discussion, ‘bee condo’ build, and identification on the class day and a outdoor field identification experience on a date chosen by participants. Learn to invite, host, and identify Mid-Atlantic native solitary bees and congregate with others that share your passion.

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    Upcoming Workshop! – Data to Decisions – Why Your Water Quality Data Matter

    Upcoming Workshop! – Data to Decisions – Why Your Water Quality Data Matter

     Are you part of a monitoring program or citizen science organization that collects water quality data in Maryland? Would you like your data used in decision making?  Does your organization need additional technical resources and advanced training opportunities?  Would you like to learn about submitting your data to Maryland state agencies and federal agencies?

    This FREE workshop is designed to assist NGOs collecting water quality data in Maryland to have their data considered for a variety of regulatory, assessment, modeling, and restoration purposes.  The Maryland Water Monitoring Council has organized presenters from state, federal, and nonprofit organizations that will explain and be available for questions regarding:

    Collecting data, and how is it used by the agencies
    Understanding different levels of data quality
    Determining the basic steps needed for data of known quality
    Finding technical assistance
    Integrating your data into agency databases and assessments
    Maryland’s Integrated Report and TMDLs
    Maryland Biological Stream Survey and Stream Waders

    Food and drink will be provided. Space is limited!

    Please note that this workshop will cover the same material as that presented at the workshop held on October 8, 2016 at Arlington Echo.

    EVENT INFORMATION:

    Date:                  Wednesday, June 21st 2017

    Time:                   6:00-8:00 pm (Social and Sandwiches from 5:30-6:00)

    Location:             Wye Research & Education Center

    124 Wye Narrows Drive

    Queenstown, MD 21658

    Google Map:      https://goo.gl/maps/ZKDNoZV3iiG2

    Additional Info:   Agenda is attached.

    To register:         Registration is required (no walk ins) by June 14th.

    Click here to register.

    Cost:                    FREE

     

    All inquiries should be directed to:

    Matthew Stover

    Matthew.Stover@maryland.gov

    Phone: 410-537-3611

    Science Services Administration

    Maryland Department of the Environment

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    Introduction to Water Quality Monitoring (field workshop)

    In the field workshop, we will visit a stream to practice collecting benthic macroinvertebrates and identifying those we find. Registration is required. Please go to https://anshome.org/adults/ to register.

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    Introduction to Water Quality Monitoring (classroom session)

    The Audubon Naturalist Society sponsors a volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Program for benthic macroinvertebrates. Find out how these small organisms that live on the bottom of our streams help us assess stream health and learn how to identify them to the taxonomic level of order. The classroom session will begin with a PowerPoint presentation, followed by examination of preserved specimens. Registration is required. Please go to https://anshome.org/adults/.

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    Assistant Water Quality Manager

    The City’ of Durham’s Stormwater and GIS Division is seeking a highly qualified and experienced candidate to help manage technical staff and active programs in fast-pace and challenging environment. This position is within the Water Quality Unit. Examples of work produced by the unit include:

    2017 IECA: Evaluation of Pollutants in Wastewater Produced from Air Conditioning Cleaning Operations:  http://www.ieca.org/IECA/IECA%20Events/MS4_Sessions/Baker.aspx

    2016 CWP National Watershed and Stormwater Conference: Illicit Discharges: http://www.cwp.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Illicit_final.pdf

    ACWI: Evaluation of Pollutants in Wastewater Generated by Mobile Car Washing Operations: https://acwi.gov/monitoring/conference/2014/2ConcurrentSessions/F5/F5Raber.pdf

    Algal turf scrubber pilot project: https://youtu.be/-0WsLRdnk3M

    The City of Durham is a dynamic, multicultural city, a destination for food and entertainment as highlighted in a recent article in Vogue magazine.  Home to Duke University and North Carolina Central University, Durham is also a short distance from North Carolina State University, the University of North Carolina, USGS offices, and Research Triangle Park. The Water Quality Unit periodically works with researchers at these institutions on specific issues of concern. Challenges include receiving waters sensitive to nitrogen and phosphorus.

    POSITION DESCRIPTION:
    To maintain compliance with the City’s Stormwater National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit.  This position manages water quality programs, provides advanced technical supervision and assists with the management of the Water Quality Section. This is accomplished by directly and indirectly supervising technical staff, development of the City’s monitoring and assessment programs, preparing reports regarding the monitoring and assessment programs, providing project management of internal and external studies and contracts, supporting and/or developing watershed plans for watersheds and streams in the City, identifying areas needing additional information for regulatory purposes, advanced statistical analysis and water quality modeling, reviewing draft permits, and responding to public inquiries regarding pollution. Other duties include providing support and education to public and City personnel.

    Refer to the job posting on the web site for duties/responsibilities, minimum qualifications, benefits, supplemental questions, and job application information. Position is open until filled.

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    Special Evening Dinner & Lecture: The Foodscape Revolution with Brie Arthur

    Join us for a special evening dinner and lecture featuring horticulturist Brie Arthur as she shares her passion for plants and design and what she deems ‘the foodscape revolution’. Edible landscaping has become more popular, especially in urban areas. Learn how you can pair traditional landscaping with edibles for a more productive garden. Brie’s book, The Foodscape Revolution, will be for sale.

    Date: Thursday, June 1, 2017

    Location: Ladew Gardens

    Time: 5 PM-6:45 PM Dinner in cafe/stroll the gardens;  7 PM Lecture in the Barn Gallery

    Tickets: Members $40, Non-members $50 (Garden admission, dinner/drink & lecture included) http://www.ladewgardens.com/EDUCATION/Adult-Education/Lecture-Series

     

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    Oyster Restoration Volunteers Needed with Phillips Wharf Environmental Center

    PWEC TIGO Planting 2017

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    Maryland Stream Restoration Association Annual Spring Field Trip

    The Maryland Stream Restoration Association will be holding our annual Spring Field Trip on Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 at the Davis Branch Stream in Woodstock, MD. Rich Berkey will be giving a presentation on the recently completed Davis Branch Stream Restoration Project. We will be going to the Bare Bone Grill – 9150 Baltimore National Pike Ellicott City, MD 21042 afterwards for appetizers and refreshments.

    For more information visit our website at: https://marylandstreamrestorationassociation.com/

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    Caminata en el Bosque de Sligo Creek (Guided tour in Sligo Creek Park)

    Friends of Sligo Creek Present: Caminata en el Bosque de Sligo Creek (en Español con Jorge Bogantes Montero)

    Sábado, el 20 de Mayo, 9:30am – 11:30am
    Maple Ave y Sligo Creek Parkway, Ride-On 12, 18 o 25 cerca del Hospital Washington Adventista

    Por primera vez, estaremos ofreciendo una caminata guiada en español acerca de la ecología de Sligo Creek (el Arroyo Sligo), los participantes podrán aprender acerca de las plantas y animales que habitan los bosques protegidos de este arroyo urbano. Jorge Bogantes Montero de la Anacostia Watershed Society será el guía de esta caminata.

    Para mas información, contacta a Jorge: (202) 560-6107.

    Para ver un mapa de nuestro lugar de partida, por favor mire aquí : http://www.fosc.org/Images/caminata.jpg

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    Migrants in Our Midst

    Did you know that May 13th is Migratory Bird Day? In celebration Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary is hosting three presentations reflecting international, national, and local perspectives given by experienced biologists.

    Thank you to our partners Maryland Bird Conservation Partnership and Maryland Ornithological Society for organizing the event! Check out the flyer below for event details and a brief description of each presentation.

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    Port Isobel Environmental Education Center Captain/Educator

    The Chesapeake Bay Foundation seeks a Captain/Educator for our island environmental education center on Port Isobel, next to Tangier Island, VA. This position is residential and the Captain/Educator must stay on site for all field programs during our education season from March through December. This is a fulltime position that is exempt from overtime. 
    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 urban 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 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 is focused on understanding the delicate relationship between the ecosystem and the watermen’s’ community of Tangier.  The full-time, on-site staff consists of a Captain, Program Manager, and Assistant Manager.  All program staff serve as co-educators who plan and facilitate the field experiences for students.  Using a 50-ft USCG inspected vessel, canoes, and the surrounding marshes, the participants explore various ecosystems, examine plant and animal species, analyze water quality, and discuss the socio-economic issues facing residents of the Bay watershed, in general, and the local watermen communities.  The Port Isobel Captain is responsible for maintaining the USCG inspected vessel and providing educational experiences for participants that includes activities such as setting crab pots, dredging for oysters, and scraping the nearby underwater grass meadows.

    During the fall and spring seasons, the Port Isobel Center staff typically lead 3-day field programs for students traveling from within the watershed.  In the summer, and occasionally during the rest of the year, the center hosts a variety of trip participants including adult groups, teacher groups, and student leadership programs.  Housing is provided and the captain must live on-site for education programming during the Spring, Summer, and Fall field program seasons. The centers are winterized from December – February and no housing is provided during that time.

    Education Program Essential functions include:

    Safely & professionally serve as Captain and Educator
    Maintain 50 foot USCG inspected vessel. Ensure safe operation of the boat.  Inform passengers of safety precautions
    Maintain/repair the education programs 6-pack Carolina Skiff, equipment, center buildings, and educational gear
    Participate & manage regular inspections and safety checklists
    Communicate the following items to all participants: safety review, rudimentary boating skills, ecosystem & watershed concepts, wildlife observation, biological sampling, water quality sampling, and other educational activities as appropriate
    Continually adapt program content based upon grade/age level of participants, weather, and group dynamics and feedback/evaluations from teachers and supervisors
    Assist in running summer courses for Chesapeake Classrooms Teacher Professional Learning program and/or Student Leadership Program
    Program staff are responsible and accountable for performing maintenance to keep all education related equipment (buildings, boats, grounds, and/or gear) in proper working order
    Program staff are responsible for the safety of all field participants, ensure that all safety protocols are rigorously followed, and are required to respond to medical emergencies that may arise
    Complete/submit timesheets, personal expense reports, credit card reports, and all other relevant administrative tasks in a timely manner
    Develop and implement one-year program plan that is in alignment with CBF’s strategic plan
    Provide timely communication and updates about the program to supervisors and other CBF departments
    Attend all safety training and professional development offerings
    This physically-demanding position involves frequent weekend work and year-round exposure to the elements
    Housing is provided and the captain must live on-site during education programming in Spring, Summer, and Fall field program seasons. The centers are winterized from December – February and no housing is provided during that time

    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS

    Successful Candidate should possess the following:

    Minimum 25-ton Master of Inland Waters USCG Captain license with a FCC certification
    3-6 years’ experience operating & maintaining a USCG inspected passenger carrying vessel
    Experience with boat maintenance and small repairs
    1-3 years’ experience teaching in either a formal or non-formal setting
    A strong desire to teach in the field/outdoors (under all weather conditions) and work with students daily
    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 fishing/crabbing/oystering, a plus
    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 the Port Isobel Center from March through December
    Ability to work evenings and weekends
    Ability to travel to attend trainings & meetings
    Ability to have reliable transportation to travel to other CBF field programs & locations as needed

    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 May 19, 2017:

    PI_Captain/Education Jobs

    Chesapeake Bay Foundation

    Educationjobs@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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    Arthur Sherwood Center at Meredith Creek Captain/Educator

    The Chesapeake Bay Foundation seeks a full-time Captain/Educator for the Arthur Sherwood Education Center at Meredith Creek in Annapolis, MD.  This is a fulltime position that is exempt from overtime. 

    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 urban 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 encourage and lead students to take action toward “Saving the Bay.”

    CONTEXT OF THE POSITION

    The Arthur Sherwood Study Center, located on Meredith Creek, is the oldest Chesapeake Bay Foundation environmental education program. The Arthur Sherwood program allows students to gain a more complete understanding and appreciation of the ecosystem combining the resources of a USCG inspected boat, the Marguerite, with the hands-on experience of flatwater canoes. The Captain and Program Manager teach participants on board the Marguerite using water quality testing equipment and biological sampling techniques such as dredging for oysters or pulling a trawl net. Additionally, the Captain and Program Manager use canoes to explore the quiet shallower waters of Meredith Creek, identifying marine and plant species and evaluating water quality.  The Arthur Sherwood program’s work boat, Marguerite, is based and generally conducts education programs on Meredith Creek but is often used at other CBF education programs as well. Program participants range from the primary audience of 4th through 12th grade students, college students, teachers, CBF members & donors, and other adult groups.

    Education Program Essential Functions:

    Safely & professionally serve as Captain and Educator
    Maintain USCG inspected work boat. Ensure safe operation of the boat.  Inform passengers of safety precautions
    Maintain/repair boat, equipment, center and educational gear
    Participate & manage regular inspections and safety checklists
    Develop and implement one-day field programs using multiple field based methods such as conducting biological sampling and water quality testing for middle and high school aged students, teachers, and other participants
    Continually adapt program content based upon grade/age level of students, weather, and group dynamics and feedback/evaluations from teachers and supervisors
    Plan and execute summer courses for Chesapeake Classrooms Teacher Professional Learning program and/or Student Leadership Program
    Program staff are responsible for the safety of all field participants, ensure that all safety protocols are rigorously followed, and are required to respond to medical emergencies that may arise
    Complete/submit timesheets, personal expense reports, credit card reports, and all other relevant administrative tasks in a timely manner
    Provide timely communication and updates about the program to supervisors and other CBF departments
    Develop and implement one-year program plan that is in alignment with CBF’s strategic plan
    Attend all safety training and professional development offerings
    This physically-demanding position involves fairly frequent weekend and evening work, year-round exposure to the elements, and overnight travel for staff trainings and meetings 

    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS 

    Successful Candidate should possess the following:

    Minimum 25-ton Master of Inland Waters USCG Captain license with a FCC certification
    1-3 years’ experience operating & maintaining a USCG inspected passenger carrying vessel
    1-3 years’ experience teaching in either a formal or non-formal setting
    A strong desire to teach in the field/outdoors (under all weather conditions) and work with students on a daily basis
    Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills
    Energy, enthusiasm, and passion for students and the environment
    Creativity, humor and self-confidence
    Collaborative work style
    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 is 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 work occasional evenings and/or weekends
    Ability to work away from home for multiple-day periods throughout the year
    Ability to travel to attend trainings & meetings
    Ability to have reliable transportation to travel to other CBF field programs & locations as needed

    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 May 19, 2017 to:

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    Chesapeake Bay Foundation

    Educationjobs@cbf.org

    The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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    Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection Tree Sale at Maryland Agriculture Farm Park

    We are having half price tree sale at the Center for Maryland Agriculture and Farm Park on

    Saturday, May 13, from 9 to 12.

    We will be selling a variety of oak trees

    Tree sizes vary and are approximately 0.5-8 ft. in height in a 2-5 gallon pot. Tree prices are from $2.00 to $15.00, depending on tree sizes.

    Please bring plastic bags or something to put down on your car or truck bed if you want to keep it clean. Smaller tree shelters (4’ tubes) and 4’ stakes will also be available for free.

    These trees cannot be planted for mitigation purposes. All sales are final, and we cannot guarantee tree survival. Cash or check (check written out to Baltimore County). Please bring smaller bills if paying by cash.

     Thank you for your support!

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    Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection- Spring Tree Sales Events

    We are having half price tree sales at our Reforestation Nursery on 

    Thursday, May 11, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm &

    Friday, May 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    Located at:

    7131 Brinkmans road, Middle River, MD 21220. The driveway to the nursery is located opposite the northern entrance to the Chase Fire Station. Do not use the lane south of that with the blue street sign that says Brinkman’s Road (a private road).

    There will be a variety of species available including oaks, maples, and river birch. Tree sizes vary and are approximately 0.5-8 ft. in height in a 2-5 gallon pot. Tree prices are from $2.00 to $15.00, depending on tree sizes.

    Please bring plastic bags or something to put down on your car or truck bed if you want to keep it clean. Smaller tree shelters (4’ tubes) and 4’ stakes will also be available for free.

    These trees cannot be planted for mitigation purposes. All sales are final, and we cannot guarantee tree survival. Cash or check (check written out to Baltimore County). Please bring smaller bills if paying by cash.

     Thank you for your support!

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    SESYNC-Microsoft Postdoctoral Fellowship – Big Data and Socio-Environmental Sustainability

    https://www.sesync.org/opportunities/fellowships-postdoctoral-fellowships/sesync-microsoft-postdoctoral-fellowship-big-data

    Apply Link:

    Application Webform

    Deadline:

    May 18, 2017

    The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) and Microsoft invite applications from early career scholars for 2-year postdoctoral fellowships that begin in August 2017.  Each fellow is in residence at SESYNC in Annapolis, MD, is a full participant in SESYNC’s Postdoctoral Immersion Program, and has a Collaborating Research Mentor from Microsoft.  Depending on the project proposed, the fellow may invite a second mentor of their choosing that extends the fellow’s network of collaborators. This mentor may be affiliated with any organization or institution.  Travel funds are available for the fellow to visit with their mentor(s) and to attend scientific conferences.

    This opportunity is open to applicants who have completed their PhD in a relevant field within the last 2 years (no later than July 15, 2017 and no earlier than August 15, 2015).  Applicants are expected to propose ideas for a data synthesis or modeling project that addresses an important environmental question that makes use of one or more assets of Microsoft related environmental projects and collaborations.  Preference will be given to projects that have the potential to advance understanding of socio-environmental systems and thus projects that involve the incorporation of social, health or any human dimensions aspects in addition to environmental data are encouraged.

    The SESYNC Immersion program is designed to advance the fellows’ understanding of theories and methods foundational to research on socio-environmental (S-E) systems and to advance their understanding of the science-policy nexus. Successful candidates will have made clear in their applications how progress on their proposed projects may benefit from participation in the Immersion program and/or how the program aligns with their specific career objectives.

    Geospatial Socio-Environmental research.

    New land cover data at high spatial and temporal resolution offers the potential to improve understanding of landscape processes and to empower local planners and managers in identifying risks and prioritizing responses. When synthesized with other data and used to drive models, data on land cover change can be used to estimate future impacts, prioritize regions for conservation or restoration, track implementation or enforcement of environmental offset commitments, carry out carbon accounting, etc.  In collaboration with Microsoft, the Chesapeake Conservancy and the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife have pioneered the production of high accuracy, high-resolution (1 m) land cover datasets for the Chesapeake Bay and Puget Sound watersheds. Using government datasets and advanced machine learning techniques, these land cover products have close to a 90% accuracy level (compared to 78% for the 30-m resolution NLCD that is widely used).

    Applications are invited for a two-year postdoctoral project that leverages these high-resolution land cover data to address one or more important socio-environmental research questions. Priority will be given to projects that incorporate other social and environmental data sets, either from previously funded investigator-led studies or from government sources. Projects that make cross-site comparisons between the two regions or can demonstrate potential future applications beyond one region are preferred. While advancing fundamental knowledge should be the primary goal of the project, projects that could simultaneously result in tools or knowledge beneficial to local agencies and stakeholders are encouraged.

    Project Premonition and Socio-Environmental Systems.

    Working with academic partners, Microsoft’s Project Premonition designed mosquito traps with smart cells that can identify mosquito species based on wing movements and then capture those of interest along with key environmental data including time, temperature and light levels (www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/project/project-premonition). Using state-of-the-art metagenomics methods and cloud-scale algorithms, blood from these mosquitos is analyzed to determine animals they have bitten and pathogens they may have encountered.  Researchers are using this system to track the spread of viruses and detect emerging pathogens but there are many other research opportunities this system could enable and that this postdoctoral opportunity is meant to exploit.  Traps have been deployed in several settings and a large amount of data will be forthcoming that can be used to address a very broad range of socio-environmental questions.

    Applications are invited for two-year postdoctoral project that leverage these data.  Particular areas of interest include: exploration of host diversity or population dynamics as they relate to land cover and microclimates, human disturbance gradients, and other factors.  Priority will be given to projects that incorporate other social, human dimensions and environmental data sets, either from previously funded investigator-led studies or from government sources. While advancing fundamental knowledge should be the primary goal of the project, projects that could simultaneously result in tools or knowledge beneficial to the public, local agencies and stakeholders are encouraged.

    Applying is a two-stage process: a qualification step and a proposal submission step. 

    To Qualify to Apply, submit a combined PDF of your C.V. and a detailed cover letter to SESYNC’s webform. The letter should: 1) outline one or more potential research projects (<1 page total for both ideas together); 2) provide in detail the qualifications that make the candidate competitive for this opportunity(< ½ page); and, 3) how the project and an interdisciplinary fellowship will advance the candidate’s career trajectory (½ page).

    Qualifying Applications may be submitted until 5:00 pm Eastern Time on May 18, 2017; applicants will be informed within one week if they are invited to submit a full proposal and if so, will be given instructions.

    Invited full proposals (< 5 pages) are due June 22, 2017 at 5:00 pm ET.

    Invited applicants that have not yet received their PhD are required to submit a letter from their graduate advisor along with the full proposal. The letter should verify expectations for date of degree completion.  Invited applicants will also need to arrange to have two letters of reference sent directly from referee to SESYNC by the June 15 deadline.

    Submission Instructions:

    Click here to apply with SESYNC’s webform.

    The University of Maryland is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities and Women Are Encouraged to Apply.

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    Guided Hike at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center: Introduction to Birding

    Guided Hike on Thursday, May 11th 1pm! Join us for a short Introduction to Birding before we take to the trails to practice our new skills in identifying some of the migratory Passerines that may be stopping through CBEC’s property. Our team of Certified Interpretative Guides and Maryland Master Naturalists along with local expert Birders will help the novice Birder become more equipped as they advance on their Birding Journey. Participants are encouraged to dress for weather and bring along a water bottle, small snack, Bird Field Guides to the Passerine’s, and binoculars. Duration is approximately 2 hours. Trips are subject to cancellation due to weather or low enrollment. Check-in and hike begin at the Visitor Center.

    Cost is FREE to CBEC Members, $5 for Non Members

    Pre-Registration is required as there is a minimum and maximum for this trip: https://www.bayrestoration.org/…/property-tour-guided-hike…

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    Keep Our Creeks Clean! Roadside Clean-Up

    Join Friends of St. Clements Bay in keeping our creeks clean! 

    Meet at the corner of Abell Road and Gerards Cove Road in Abell, MD for a spring roadside cleanup.

    Trash bags and reflective vests will be provided. 

    For more information on this event, please contact Liz Curtz at curtzeli@gmail.com

    Interested in other ways to get involved? Check out our website and May events flyer!

    http://www.friendsofstclementsbay.org/ 

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    Paddlepalooza at The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center

    Come join us for a fun day on the water! Experience the wonders of the
    wetlands that surround CBEC as you circumnavigate our “Horsehead
    Peninsula”. This 3 mile, safety supported paddle through the waters of
    Cabin Creek, Kent Narrows, and Marshy Creek will give you a new
    perspective of the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center.
    Entertainment, food, and brews await the participants at our after party!

    WHEN: July 15, 2017 (Check in starting at 8am; Rolling starts beginning at 9am)
    WHERE: Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, Grasonville, MD
    WHY: To benefit CBEC’s Kayak Wetland Education Programs
    WHO: Kayaks, Canoes, SUPs (Bring your own or rent on site)
    COST: $60 from 4/1-4/30 $65 from 5/1- 6/15 $70 from 6/16-7/1
    (Pre-registration is required)
    For more information and to pre-register visit: https://www.bayrestoration.org/paddlepalooza/

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    General Forestry Course Registration Opens June 1!

    The University of Maryland General Forestry Course is gearing up for the fall 2017 semester.  Registration opens June 1.  This non-credit course is geared towards landowners with an interest in forests and forest management.  There are no prerequisites and the cost is only $150.  The course runs from September 1-December 15 and is offered in both a paper and online format.  For more information, contact Nancy Stewart at nstewar1@umd.edu or phone 410.827.8056, ext. 107.

  • New Job Announcement
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    Land Stewardship Intern

    Summary
    In efforts to preserve the prime farmland, wildlife habitats, and unique natural assets of the Eastern Shore, ESLC assists landowners in exploring and implementing various conservation options for their properties, such as conservation easements. To ensure the ongoing preservation of these special places, ESLC visits landowners and inspects preserved properties on an annual basis. The Stewardship Intern will play an instrumental role by helping ESLC carry out these responsibilities.

    Job Duties: The Stewardship Intern will assist in monitoring our conservation eased properties by making site visits, observing and documenting changes to the properties, and completing and filing monitoring reports for each visit. The Stewardship Intern will also assist the Stewardship Manager with various administrative tasks as needed.

    Training/Benefits: In addition to the satisfaction of knowing that they are contributing to the preservation of the unique farmland on the Eastern Shore, the Land Steward Intern will receive experience in easement monitoring, stewardship management, and land conservation. $2,000 paid stipend, plus mileage.

    Qualifications & Skills Required: The ideal candidate will be pursuing an associates or bachelor’s degree in natural resource management, environmental studies, or a related field. The candidate should possess strong communication and interpersonal skills, enjoy working with people, interest in the land conservation field, and the ability to spend long days in the field hiking and collecting land-based property information. Strong technological skills necessary. Valid driver’s license, proof of insurance, and access to a reliable vehicle required.

    Location: ESLC is located at the Eastern Shore Conservation Center located at 114 South Washington Street, Easton, Maryland.

    To apply, send resume and cover letter to Megan D’Arcy, Stewardship Manager by email at mdarcy@eslc.org by May 19, 2017.

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