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  • New Job Announcement
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    RiverSmart Program Assistant

    The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay is now accepting applications for a part-time position to provide support to the RiverSmart Program in Washington, DC.  Please see attached job description for details.

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    Paddlepalooza at The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center

    JULY 15th, 2017

    REGISTRATION ENDS ON FRIDAY, JULY 7th for CBEC’s first ever Paddlepalooza. Kayak, Canoe, or SUP your way around our 3 mile marsh fringed peninsula.  Following the paddle, participants will enjoy a lively party at our Lakeside Pavilion offering beer and food from Smoke, Rattle, and Roll while listening to live music!

    July 15th, 2017 at 9:00am at The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, Grasonville, MD
    REGISTER HERE:  https://www.bayrestoration.org/paddlepalooza
    Vendor Space available
    All proceeds benefit our Kayak Education Programs

    Kayak’s and SUP’s available to rent
    Not a race
    Safety support provided by Power Squadron and DNR
    Bottomless Beer per participant
    Spectators can enjoy hiking trails and beach
    Live music

    For more information, contact Courtney Leigh at cleigh@bayrestoration.org or 410-827-6694.

    We are looking forward to seeing you there,

  • New Announcement
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    Funding available for clean water and habitat projects in Maryland!

    The Chesapeake Bay Trust is excited to announce a grant opportunity available, in partnership with the City of Baltimore Department of Public Works, the City of Gaithersburg, Charles County Watershed Protection and Restoration Program, Howard County, the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County, and Harford County, to fund projects that both improve communities and improve or create local natural resources like green spaces, parks, tree canopy, and more.

    This grant program funds projects in partner areas as well as throughout Maryland.

    The Outreach and Restoration Grant Program will fund a variety of clean water and improved habitat project types, including but not limited to:

    Constructing stormwater features like rain gardens, bioretention cells, or rain barrels
    Increasing tree canopy and streamside forest buffers
    Greening vacant lots and communicating environmental messages
    Training community members through green jobs training, especially in the stormwater realm
    Engaging workers newly trained in stormwater green jobs
    Promoting environmentally responsible communities through behavior change program development
    Educating community residents about natural resources and stormwater improvement practices, like down spout disconnection or rain barrels, proper waste management, rain gardens, pervious pavement, etc.
    Removing hard surfaces like asphalt and replacing with pervious features or practices
    Creating, restoring, or enhancing wetlands or living shorelines
    Installing agriculture best management practices, including fencing, buffers, and wetlands
    Stormwater Management projects on large scale school property projects that restore habitat, improve water quality, and establish outdoor classrooms on school grounds. (School-based projects should contribute to Maryland Green School certification efforts, should be integrated into classroom curriculum, and must have a plan for continued use of the project area as an outdoor classroom beyond the term of the grant.)

    These types of projects and more are all eligible as part of the Trust’s Outreach and Restoration Grant Program. The grant program is accepting proposals now through September 11, 2017 within three distinct funding tracks:

    Track 1: Outreach: $5,001 – $30,000 for projects focused on education and awareness as project outcomes and $5,001 – $50,000 for behavior change projects.

    Track 2: Restoration: $5,001 – $50,000 for restoration implementation projects.

    Track 3: Outreach and Restoration: $5,001 – $75,000 for projects that combine outreach projects with restoration projects to achieve meaningful and measurable outcomes.

    For outreach project guidance, please contact Kacey Wetzel at kwetzel@cbtrust.org or 410-974-2941 ext. 103. For restoration project guidance, please contact Abbi Huntzinger at ahuntzinger@cbtrust.org or 410-974-2941 ext. 106.

    The Trust looks forward to hearing your project ideas!

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    Seeking focus group participants in the Southern Maryland area

    Sorry for the repost. I just realized the link didn’t work when I posted it last month. Please forward this to others that might be interested.

     

    New Dream is holding a small community gathering to hear your thoughts on gift giving, gift receiving and shopping. The information you share will help New Dream build a winter holiday gift campaign. This research is a precursor to a University of South Florida, Master’s thesis.  New Dream seeks to cultivate a new American dream—one that emphasizes community, ecological sustainability, and a celebration of non-material values

    Date:         Thursday, July 13, 2017

    Time:        6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

    Location: Calvert Library, 850 Costly Way, Prince Frederick, Maryland 20678

    Please RSVP or send inquiries to Kelley Dennings at kdennings@mail.usf.edu or visit Facebook to reply via this link – https://www.facebook.com/events/1336127613169283. If you are unable to attend the event but are interested in a personal interview please contact me also.

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    YOUTH CONSERVATION CORP

    Seeking:
    For summer and or fall 2017: Energetic and physically healthy students (high school age 16+ or college) needed to assist in Forest Stewardship Program for the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy (GVC), a non profit land trust and watershed conservation organization located in Baltimore metropolitan area.

    Conservation Corp will assist primarily to maintain 1,000 native planted trees at Loch Raven Reservoir, but may also conduct trail maintenance, invasive plant removal, rain barrel assembly and stream clean ups throughout the Gunpowder Watershed. Position is voluntary and can earn student service learning credits.

    Required:
    Student must be age 16+; must provide own transportation; and be able to lift up to 40 lbs. Hours will include Saturdays and or Sundays, and some weekdays.

    High school student: 20 hours per month (5 hrs/wk) for a 1 month to 3 month commitment. Signed permission form by parent is required.

    College student: 20- 40 hours per month (5-10 hrs/wk) for a 1 month to 5 month commitment.

    Essential qualities needed include:
    Honest, hard worker; ability to take instruction and apply consistently; eager to learn; willing to work outside in an open field environment with high, flowering and thorny weeds; willing to work in wet fields, the heat as well as cold temperatures; attention to detail; ability to work without direct supervision ; and able to take initiative.

    The ideal candidate will have:
    High school level: Interest in pursuing environmental studies at college level.

    College level: Minimum of 1 year college level course work; working towards degree in environmental science, biology, ecology, botany, or natural history.

    Please send a cover letter and resume to Peg Perry, GVC Program Director at pperry@gunpowdervc.org

    Youth Conservation Corp is made possible by funding from REI, Inc.

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    Certification Coordinator

    Certification Coordinator
    Job Location: Silver Spring, MD
    Position Type: Full time
    FLSA Status: Exempt

    Position Overview
    The Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) promotes and certifies habitat conservation and management on corporate lands through partnerships and education. Its principle vehicle is WHC Conservation Certification (Conservation Certification), which recognizes meaningful wildlife habitat management and conservation education efforts.

    The Certification and Technology Department (Certification Department) manages Conservation Certification including the certification standard, application review process, and the WHC Conservation Certification website (an online application/program management system).

    The Certification Coordinator will conduct day-to-day tasks related to the certification standard, application process, review process, and WHC Conservation Certification website. In addition to day-to-day implementation of the certification, the Certification Coordinator will be involved in the continued development and build out of Conservation Certification. This position reports to the Director, Conservation Certification and Technology.

    Responsibilities

    Serve as the primary point of contact for applicants with questions about Conservation Certification and the WHC Conservation Certification website
    Implement effective processes to maintain accurate records of departmental information such as applications anticipated/received, expenditures, etc.
    Assign applications to external reviewers, monitor application statuses, submit reviewer invoices for processing (as needed)
    Perform quality assurance reviews and answer reviewer questions about the standard
    Track potential changes to the standard and update documents annually
    Coordinate, prepare, and participate in trainings for applicants and reviewers as well as stakeholder engagement events
    Participate in the further development of the certification standard and Conservation Certification website
    Assist other departments with needs relating to certification and certification data

     Qualifications

    Bachelor’s degree in wildlife management, ecology, natural resources, or a related field
    At least 1-2 years of work experience
    Excellent organization skills and attention to detail

    Ability to multi-task and prioritize amid various aspects of a job

    Analytically minded

    Experienced with data entry, management, and quality control

    Strong interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills

    Able to communicate with diverse audiences
    Customer service oriented attitude

    Highly proficient in Microsoft Office and relational databases (CRMs)

    Experience with Drupal, MySQL, and/or ArcMap GIS software preferred

    A passion for WHC’s mission

      Working Conditions

    Environment: This position will be in a typical office environment
    Travel: Occasional domestic travel (1-2 times a year) is expected

      Compensation and Benefits

    The salary range for this position is $35,000-$37,000 (commensurate with experience)
    WHC also offers a generous and comprehensive benefits package

    To Apply

    Please email your resume and cover letter to abethke@wildlifehc.org in the following format:

    Send separate PDF files for resume & cover letter
    Name files as: FirstName LastName – Resume or Cover Letter – Certification Coordinator

    Selected candidates will be contacted, we are unable to respond to additional correspondence regarding this position.

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  • New Event
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    Register Today for Trees for All: Chesapeake Regional Environmental Justice Workshop, 8/8-8/9

    Trees for All: Chesapeake Regional Environmental Justice Workshop
    When: Tuesday August 8, 2017: 12:30 p.m.- 4 p.m.
    Wednesday, August 9, 2017: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Where: Patuxent Wildlife Refuge Visitor’s Center, Laurel MD
    Cost: $25.00
    Don’t miss your chance to attend Trees for All: Chesapeake Regional Environmental Justice Workshop! This two-day event hosted by Lillie Leaf Solutions will bring together diverse stakeholders working to retain and increase healthy tree canopy in their communities. Learn from exemplary regional and national initiatives, including TreeBaltimore, New Jersey Tree Foundation, Miami Parks and Recreation, and Urban ReLeaf in Oakland, California.

     

    Whether you work in government, a nonprofit, the private sector or contribute as a community volunteer, this workshop is designed to help you address environmental injustice as it relates to community trees.

     

    To register, click here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/trees-for-all-chesapeake-regional-environmental-justice-workshop-tickets-34553549597

     

    This workshop is supported through a grant from the USDA Forest Service, in partnership with Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, DC Urban Forestry Administration, Prince George’s County, and Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

     

    Maryland Tree Expert and International Society of Arboriculture CEUs are pending.

    Travel scholarships are available for those who qualify.

  • New Job Announcement
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    Development and Communications Intern

    Blue Water Baltimore, the leading water quality nonprofit in Baltimore, seeks a highly motivated, part time, Development and Communications Intern to assist with our fundraising, marketing and communication efforts. This is a great opportunity to work with the team of a dynamic and effective environmental non-profit. The Development and Communications Intern will report to the Development Manager. The Intern must possess a valid driver’s license and have regular access to a vehicle. The Intern must be available to work some evenings and weekends with a flexible, planned schedule. Blue Water’s mission is to restore the quality of Baltimore’s rivers, streams and Harbor to foster a healthy environment, a strong economy, and thriving communities.

    Blue Water Baltimore is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that takes on and accomplishes a wide range of work, and partners with a diverse mix of organizations to reach its restoration, greening, and advocacy goals. Read more at http://www.bluewaterbaltimore.org.

    Duties include:

    • Event planning administrative tasks for the October 2017 Blue Water Bash, the organization’s largest fundraiser

    • Other administrative tasks- filing, mailing, etc.

    • Data entry

    • Fundraising administrative support

    • Communications administrative support

    • Organizing a photo library

    Qualifications Required:

    • Minimum of 1 year of college coursework completed

    • Strong MS Office Suite skills (Word, Excel)

    • Excellent organizational skills

    • Strong verbal and written communication skills

    • Strong attention to detail, thorough follow-up on tasks, ability to meet deadlines

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Non-profit experience

    • Knowledge of Salesforce or similar database

    The internship is a part-time,10-15 hours/week position. Days/hours per week are negotiable. Position requires consistent commitment and availability. September 2017 will be the busiest month for this position. Length of this position is up to 6 months, July 2017 – December 2017.

    TO APPLY: Please send both a cover letter and resume to employment@bluewaterbaltimore.org. Please include “Development and Communications Intern” in the subject line. Position will remain open until filled.

    Blue Water Baltimore is an equal opportunity employer.

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    Hiring Landscape/Garden Crew Member

    Mondays through Thursdays
    7:45am-5:45pm
    $12- $15/hr
    Seasonal position: March-December
    Glenwood, MD

    Work outside, stay in shape, have fun, 3 days weekends and Jan/Feb off!

    About us:
    We are a small, local, eco-friendly garden company looking for crew members who share similar passions. We focus on eco-friendly practices and install a lot of rain gardens and use native plants. Any interest or knowledge about these subjects is not required but a bonus.

    Responsibilities:
    Crew members weed, edge, prune, plant, mulch, and install landscapes and gardens as well as stone work. We do not do lawn care and mowing.

    Requirements:
    -Must be able to lift 50 lbs and work in various weather conditions
    -Candidates must have their own reliable transportation. We meet in Glenwood, MD (western Howard County) at 7:45 to load up trucks
    -Must be on time for work and detail oriented, listen to instructions and behave professionally

    If you are interested, email your resume to laurensgardens@gmail.com

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  • New Event
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    Webinar: Green Infrastructure- A Lesson in Change, 7/18 12 PM EDT

    Webinar: Green Infrastructure- A Lesson in Change
    Tuesday, July 18th, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    Presented by: Donna Foster, Landscape Architect, US Forest Service, Northeastern Area State And Private Forestry

    Participate in this Penn State Community Forestry Management Webinar and hear a landscape architect’s perspective on engagement and relationship building and explore how past and present views on tree planting and design have merged while cultivating more respect and understanding between three professions as they work to reclaim unused lands, address environmental justice and create livable biologically functioning places in cities and towns across the nation.

    To participate, use this link to access the webinar room starting 15 minutes prior to the webinar start time. Enter the webinar as a guest by typing your name in the name box and click the “Enter Room” button.

    This webinar is part of the Penn State Community Forestry Management Webinar Series. For more information about this webinar and others in the series, go to http://extension.psu.edu/natural-resources/forests/courses/community-forestry-management-webinars.

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    NFWF Project Spotlight: Nonprofit Partnerships in Regional Collaborations – Monday, July 10th

    Please join us Monday, July 10th at noon for a NFWF Project Spotlight, “Nonprofit Partners in Regional Collaborations”

    Join Bryan Hofmann of the Friends of the Rappahannock and Joanna Ogburn of the Chesapeake Conservancy, as they discuss the potential role of nonprofits in creating and sustaining regional-scale programs, and the challenges and opportunities of these collaborations.

    The presentation will be held as a webinar: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3786005946230473986

    Hope to see you there!

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

    This year we are organizing a series of five Spotlights focusing on the unique challenges of regional collaborations:

    July 18th – Stormwater-Focused Collaborations Among Local Government

    July 25th – Diverse Partnerships in Regional Collaborations

    (dates are subject to change) 

    Past Project Spotlights:

    Financing Strategies for Regional Initiatives

    Regional Scale Delivery Models for Agriculture 

    Recordings of these and other Project Spotlights can be found on our website,

    NFWF.org/Chesapeake, under “Our Grantees in the News”

     

    The US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) has a long-standing partnership, through a cooperative agreement, with the National Fish and Wildlife (NFWF) to provide direct financial support to accomplish both:

    –          The Small Watershed Grant (SWG) program that promotes community-based efforts to develop conservation strategies to protect and restore the diverse natural resources of the Chesapeake Bay.

    –          The Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction (INSR) grant program that support efforts with the Chesapeake Bay watershed to accelerate nutrient and sediment reductions with innovative, sustainable, and cost-effective approaches.

    Elizabeth Nellums
    Manager, Chesapeake Programs
    National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
    1133 15th Street, NW – Suite 1000
    Washington, D.C. 20005
    (202) 595-2442
    Elizabeth.Nellums@nfwf.org

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    Youth Conservation Corps

    The Gunpowder Valley Conservancy (GVC), a non-profit land trust and watershed conservation organization located in the Baltimore metropolitan area, is seeking energetic students to assist in its Forest Stewardship Program as members of the Youth Conservation Corps.

    Positions are available for summer and/or fall 2017.

    Duties: Youth Conservation Corps will assist primarily to maintain 1,000 native planted trees at Loch Raven Reservoir, but may also conduct trail maintenance, invasive plant removal, rain barrel assembly and stream clean ups throughout the Gunpowder Watershed. Position is voluntary and can earn student service learning credits.

    Required: Student must be age 16+; must provide own transportation; and be able to lift up to 40 lbs. Hours will include Saturdays and or Sundays, and some weekdays.

    • High school student: 20 hours per month (5 hrs/wk) for a 1 month to 3 month commitment. Signed permission form by parent is required.

    • College student: 20- 40 hours per month (5-10 hrs/wk) for a 1 month to 5 month commitment.

    Essential qualities needed include: Honest, hard worker; ability to take instruction and apply consistently; eager to learn; willing to work outside in an open field environment with high, flowering and thorny weeds; willing to work in wet fields, the heat as well as cold temperatures; attention to detail; ability to work without direct supervision; and able to take initiative.

    The ideal candidate will have:

    High school level: Interest in pursuing environmental studies at college level.

    College level: Minimum of 1 year college level course work; working towards degree in environmental science, biology, ecology, botany, or natural history.

    Please send a cover letter and resume to Peg Perry, GVC Program Director at pperry@gunpowdervc.org between July 1 and July 15, 2017.

    Youth Conservation Corps is made possible by funding from REI, Inc.

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    Maryland Natural Resources Photo Contest Heats Up

    The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is accepting entries for its annual photo contest now through Aug. 31, 2017. 

    Winning entries will be posted online, featured in an issue of the quarterly Maryland Natural Resource magazine and adorn the 2018 wall calendar.

    The best overall photo receives a grand prize of $500 cash, a 2017 Maryland State Park and Trail Passport, a complimentary five-year magazine subscription and five copies of the 2018 calendar. First, second and third place winners will also receive prizes.

    Please send any questions to photocontest.dnr@maryland.gov.

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    2017 MAIPC/SERMA conference

    Registration is open for the 2017 joint Mid-Atlantic Invasive Plant Council / Society for Ecological Restoration, Mid-Atlantic Chapter conference, Invasion Biology: Paths to Conservation and Restoration Success.

    http://www.maipc.org/conferences-workshops/2017-conference/

    You can find the full agenda at that link as well.

     

    We have held the price to the same as in 2015, at $210 for the full conference ($100 for students with ID).

    Lodging is available for $40 per night in the Juniata College dormitory.

    Registration includes continental breakfast and lunch on Aug 1 & 2, coffee at break times, and appetizers during the poster session.

    We are working on securing credits from ASLA, and ISA, and have applied for pesticide licensing CEUs from all states in the mid-Atlantic.

    For the afternoon field session on Day 2, Invasive Plant Control Inc. will lead a demonstration of tools, equipment and treatment methods for common invasive plants, and participants may also tour a riparian restoration site with the local watershed conservation district manager. The site includes invasive plant management in a wetland area, restoration with native plants, and significant tree canopy loss due to the emerald ash borer.

    A limited number of scholarships are available for students to offset the cost of the conference (but not travel and lodging). Students can apply for scholarships by filling out this form.  Scholarships are sponsored by Invasive Plant Control Inc., and Pepco.  Other sponsorship and vendor opportunities are still available, see attached letter.

     

    Thank you,

    Damien Ossi

    President, MAIPC

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    2018 RFP Announcement – Future Harvest CASA Conference

    2018 RFP HERE

    The Future Harvest CASA (Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture) Annual Cultivate the Chesapeake Foodshed Conference will be held January 11-13, 2018 at the College Park Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in College Park, MD. The conference serves the Chesapeake region’s small- to mid-scale farm community (MD, VA, DE, WVA, DC, and southern PA) by providing educational and networking opportunities for beginning, intermediate, and experienced farmers, as well as consumers, small businesses, and government agencies.

    We invite proposals from those who can speak to the topics that fall into one of the following categories:

    Beginning Farming
    Made Local: Value-Added & Artisanal Foods
    Crop Production
    Everybody Eats: Health & Food
    Grassfed: Meat & Dairy
    The Business of Farming
    Environment, Community, & Policy
    Carbon Farming & Regenerative Agriculture

    For a more detailed description of the type of workshops and sessions we have offered in the past, please refer to our 2017 program HERE.
    Submit Your 2018 RFP HERE

    Please contact Shannon Varley with any questions about the form or the conference: shannon@futureharvestcasa.org or 410-549-7878

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    Ecology and Biology of the Chesapeake Bay (offered at College of Southern Maryland starting July 11)

    Biology and Ecology of the Chesapeake Bay, Biology 1080 is a 3 credit hour course. Students will develop an understanding of the structure and function of the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem by examining the physical, chemical and biological processes which together make up the Chesapeake Bay.  The special nature of estuaries will be examined including salinity gradients, tides and water circulation patterns, input from rivers and streams and the ecological relationships of the Bay’s flora and fauna to each other and to the ecosystem at large.  The life cycle of the major groups of organisms will be considered with an emphasis on habitats within the tidal portions of the Bay.  Environmental issues concerning the health of the Bay will be discussed as well as the outlook for current and future utilization of the Chesapeake and its biota.  Students will be required to engage in experienced based learning in the field.  This is a web hybrid course and will require attendance at off campus sites.  The class will meet face to face for four-five hour sessions during the semester.  These sessions will include mandatory visits to the Marine Museum and Chesapeake Biological Laboratory in Solomon’s Island and Morgan State’s Estuarine Research Center in St. Leonard.  In addition, two sessions will be devoted to plant and bird identification off campus.  (Search for BIO-1080 at csmd.edu)

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    Proposals due 8/1: RFP to convene expert panel for nontidal wetland rehabilitation, enhancement and creation

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) through its Expert Panel Management Cooperative Agreement with Virginia Tech (VT) is seeking proposals to assemble an Expert Panel to determine pollution control performance measure estimates for nontidal wetland best management practices (BMPs), including rehabilitation, enhancement and creation (establishment). Wetland restoration (re-establishment) is not included in the panel’s scope of work. Proposals should address the process of developing scientifically-defensible recommendations for nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and sediment reduction performance estimates (i.e. efficiencies) for these practices. The awarded team will deliver a science-based, defensible report on the effectiveness of the BMPs in reducing N and P loads to the Chesapeake Bay. When conducting their business and reporting their findings, Expert Panels are expected to adhere to the process and protocols contained in the current version of the document entitled Protocol for the Development, Review, and Approval of Loading and Effectiveness Estimates for Nutrient and Sediment Controls in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Model, also referred to as the “BMP Protocol.” View the RFP for more details about the scope of work and evaluation process for proposals. The RFP is available online at http://www.chesapeakebay.net/rfps 

    Proposals submitted under this RFP may request funding up to $70,000 in total costs, including any indirect or overhead. Proposals are due by the close of business on August 1, 2017. Proposals should be submitted to Dr. Brian Benham (benham@vt.edu). Questions about this RFP should also be directed to Project Coordinator Jeremy Hanson (410.267.5753; jchanson@vt.edu) or Dr. Benham.

  • New Job Announcement
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    CREP Riparian Buffer Forester

    The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, a regional non profit organization based in Annapolis, MD with offices in Virginia and Pennsylvania, seeks an enthusiastic and creative person to join its Chesapeake Forests staff and lead program outreach and management in its efforts to restore forests throughout the eastern panhandle of West Virginia. This position is supported by grant funding for up to two years.

    Under the supervision of Alliance’s Chesapeake Forests Director and the guidance of West Virginia Division of Forestry (DOF), this position works to increase the Forestry Technical Support for West Virginia’s Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP). This support will be provided to the Farm Service Agency in the eight counties that drain into the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay. Travel will be required regularly throughout the Eastern Panhandle Conservation District area (Jefferson, Berkeley, Morgan Counties) and occasionally throughout the Bay watershed.

    Candidates must be well organized and able to learn and adapt quickly and be able to evaluate and solve problems and complete tasks on time and in a quality manner. Candidates should have the ability to take initiative and work independently, but also function as a member of a team.

    The CREP riparian buffer forester will:

    Provide CREP outreach through the use of the GIS based CREP targeting tool developed by Maryland and adopted by the WV Division of Forestry.
    Provide training to other technical service providers on the use of the targeting tool.
    Provide education to agricultural producers on all aspects of the CREP program with emphasis on Conservation Practices CP22, riparian forested buffers
    Provide technical assistance for CP11 to improve CREP re-enrollments in the next 5 years.
    Provide continued monitoring of all CREP plantings with follow-ups and environmental reviews.
    Reporting all CREP forest buffer activities for Chesapeake Bay BMPs through the (NEIEN) process

    Qualifications:

    Bachelor degree in relevant field such as forestry, ecology, natural resource management, environmental science, wildlife management, agriculture, biology and work experience in the natural resources sector
    Understanding of tree planting and maintenance best management practices
    Knowledge of watershed and natural resource issues and working landscapes
    Effective writing and communications skills

    Other Desirable Expertise, Interests, and Skills:

    Experience working with a variety of environmental stakeholders in the professional setting, including (but not limited to): private woodland owners, agricultural producers, federal, state and local government agencies, academic institutions, local and regional watershed or conservation groups and volunteers
    Knowledge base of natural resources management, forestry, Chesapeake Bay issues and natural resource and conservation funding programs and agencies
    Experience with the design and/or installation of conservation landscapes and best management practices
    Understanding of Chesapeake Bay forest ecosystems, trees, and other native plants
    Experience writing newsletters, press releases, articles, or other outreach materials
    Understanding of basic invoicing and project budgeting

    Location: WV Division of Forestry office, Inwood, WV

    Type of Position: Full time (40 hours weekly) with some flexibility to work from home, but also requires working some nights and/or weekends depending on established project deliverables.

    Salary: $40,000

    Health insurance, life insurance and retirement benefits available.

    Closing Date: July 21th, 2017

    To apply:

    Send an email with the subject line “CREP Forester” and attach PDF copies of the following to forests@allianceforethebay.org

    1. Cover letter indicating your interest and experience

    2. Resume or CV

    3. Names and phone numbers of at least three references

    No phone inquiries, please.

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    Chesapeake Dolphin Watch: Online Dolphin Tracker now available!

    Date: Tue, Jun 27, 2017 at 4:58 PM
    Subject: Chesapeake DolphinWatch

    Online dolphin tracker is now available so you report and view sightings at:
    https://chesapeakedolphinwatch.org
    Please feel free to distribute this to anyone you think might be interested.
    ​[I think Helen said a phone app is also on the way – Tracy]
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    Recent highlights:

    DolphinWatch – Dolphins in the Chesapeake Bay
    http://www.umces.edu/dolphinwatch

    Harbour porpoises in the Maryland wind energy area.
    PLoS ONE 12(5): e0176653.
    https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0176653

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    Director of Major Giving- Hampton Roads

    The Chesapeake Bay Foundation seeks a Director of Major Giving to be based at its Brock Environmental Center located in Virginia Beach, VA. The Director of Major Giving will seek private funding for annual operating needs, special projects, and campaign initiatives. This position will function as an integral and collaborative member of CBF’s Development Department and the Individual Major Gifts team, with a particular focus on the greater Hampton Roads region.

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