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    Registration for Wetland Professional Courses now open

    Registration is now open for 2018 Training Courses for Wetland Professionals

    Environmental Concern, located in St. Michaels, Maryland, has opened registration for its professional wetland training courses. All courses are held from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm at EC’s picturesque waterfront campus and include field trips to various project sites for field-keying and practice.

     

    Basic Wetland Delineation  April 30-May 4

    Grasses, Sedges and Rushes  July 23-26

    Wetland Plant ID  August 14-15

    Basic Wetland Delineation  September 10-14

    Evaluating Hydric Soils in the Field  September 24-25

    Winter Woody Plant ID  November 13-15

     

    For more information or to register visit:

    http://www.wetland.org/education_professionalcourses.htm

    or call 410.745.9620

    Pre-registration is required as class size is limited.

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    Nature Journaling the Winter Salt Marsh

    Guided Hike at The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center

    Nature Journaling the Winter Salt Marsh

    Saturday, January 27th 1:00pm

    Globally rare salt marsh habitats are special places to birds and other wildlife, and are indispensable to humans, as well. Let’s invite the sights, sounds, smells, and textures of CBEC’s spectacular salt marsh into our curious minds, as we record our experiences of this unique habitat, throughout the seasons, in our personal nature journals. The hike distance is approximately 3/4 mile and terrain is hard packed trail, boardwalk, and sandy beach. Participants are encouraged to dress for weather and bring along a water bottle, small snack, journal with pencil, 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.

    Pre-Registration if required:  https://www.bayrestoration.org/calendar-of-events/guided-hike-2/

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    WSA’s 7th Annual “Spring into Action” Conference

    Early bird registration for WSA’s seventh annual conference “Spring into Action!” is open now through February 1st. View a draft agenda here.

    Register Here.

    Students and Steward Candidates: $25

    Stewards, Consortium, and Board Members: $50 (Use code EARLYBIRD for $10 off)

    General Admission: $75 (Use code EARLYBIRD for $10 off)
    Our community has grown once again, so this year’s conference will be held in a new venue! With space for everyone, we hope you will join us to learn, network and become inspired to restore our waterways. Whether you are a seasoned Steward, a stormwater professional or just getting started in the wide world of watershed restoration, this year’s conference has something for everyone.

    This year we’ll start the day with the Annual Steward Action Summit and Breakfast. Aside from a delicious way to start a Saturday, this session is exclusively for Certified Master Watershed Stewards and Steward Candidates and will focus on tools and updates created just for Stewards.

    New this year is an expanded Gallery and Exhibit Walk, which includes vendors, Funder Office Hours, Ask an Expert, an update on the GIS mapping application, interactive engagement activities and more!

    Our conference will open with a keynote address from OpinionWorks’ Steve Raabe detailing the results of a recent Bay-wide survey of citizen stewardship behaviors. Steve will unpack trends across the watershed and give a glimpse of how citizens in Anne Arundel County compare.

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    Greenbelt, President’s Day Volunteer Opportunity

    Volunteers are needed for a service-learning event on President’s Day February 19, 2018 to protect trees from beavers and invasive species in Buddy Attick Park from 10:30am – 1pm.

    Be a part of the community effort to protect trees from beaver herbivory and invasive species at Buddy Attick Park. Volunteers will work with Public Works staff to learn how to identify native and non-native trees, as well as the invasive species, English Ivy. Wire caging will be placed around the trunks of native trees to protect them from beaver herbivory, and hand shears will be used to remove English Ivy.

    Reminders:

    Wear weather appropriate clothes and closed-toed shoes

    Bring your reusable water bottle

    High school students: remember your service-learning forms

    Meet inside the Department of Public Works (down the hill through the gate) at 10:30am

    555 Crescent Road Greenbelt, MD 20770

    Contact Jason Martin at jmartin@greenbeltmd.gov

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    Capacity Building Grant opportunity now open

    The Chesapeake Bay Trust is excited to announce that the Capacity Building grant program is currently open.

    The Capacity Building grant program is supported by the Chesapeake Bay Trust (the Trust) and the Chesapeake Bay Funders Network (CBFN), including the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Chesapeake Bay Program, the Keith Campbell Foundation, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, Rauch Foundation, Town Creek Foundation, the Prince Charitable Trusts, MARPAT, the Agua Fund, and the Hillsdale Fund.

    The initiative aims to increase the effectiveness of organizations with missions that focus on natural resources and whose strategic plans contain elements that seek to advance the restoration and protection of the Chesapeake Bay and Coastal Bays. Through this opportunity, grants will be provided to eligible organizations within the watershed to support their ability to accomplish their missions.

    For more information please go to our website and review the 2018 Capacity Building RFP to learn how to apply.

    Deadline: March 23, 2018 at 5pm

    Please contact the program director with questions or for assistance: Kacey Wetzel, 410-974-2941, ext. 104

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    Education Specialist (Administrative Officer III)


    Education Specialist
    Recruitment #18-002247-0003

    The Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Chesapeake and Coastal Service, Center for Conservation Education and Stewardship (CES), is currently accepting applications for a (contractual) Conservation Education Specialist. The overall purpose of this position is to provide administrative, scientific and technical support to CES, in the context of developing, managing, and conducting science education programs and materials. The incumbent will conduct and expand environmental education programs for the Department that involve outdoor science investigations, including primarily the Explore and Restore Maryland Streams program working with K-12 schools on stream study and student action projects; programs engaging teachers and students in studying impacts of climate change on a variety of Maryland natural resources; programs related to wetlands and other coastal environments through the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve – Maryland component sites; and other DNR education activities. For full announcement, see this link. Specific inquiries regarding this recruitment can be directed to Crystal Wilson at crystal.wilson1@maryland.gov. 

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    Seasonal Park Ranger Position

                                                                         NON-CIVIL SERVICE

                                                      Park Ranger (Recreation Arts Instructor)

                                                       (Seasonal approximately 32 hrs/weekly)

                                                                    Salary: $13.00 Hourly

     

    OPENING DATE: 01/22/2018

    CLOSING DATE: 03/30/2018

     

    Position Overview

     

    Park Rangers will serve as uniformed ambassadors representing the Parks Department protecting the cultural and natural resources of the Baltimore City Parks system. The work of the Rangers includes educating the public about and enforcing the park rules and regulations, providing orientation to individual parks, providing basic visitor services and assistance, and educating the public about the parks system’s historical and ecological value.

    Description of Duties
     

    Patrolling assigned parks and other facilities, on foot, bicycle, and occasionally by motorized vehicle;
    Educating the public about and enforcing park rules, city regulations, and codes as they relate to park usage, including compliance with park use permits;
    Greeting visitors and providing them with basic visitor services for, orientation to, and general information about Baltimore’s parks and other City attractions;
    Reporting park maintenance issues or hazardous conditions to park maintenance staff;
    Providing general assistance to the public (directions, lost children, lost or loose animals, etc.);
    Providing emergency assistance as necessary — First Aid/ CPR, conflict resolution — contacting emergency personnel (Police/Fire/EMS) when needed;
    Assisting park staff with special events and festivals;
    Performing other duties under general supervision, with some latitude for independent judgment and action;
    Providing daily reports of park activities, usage, and incidents to supervisors.

    Position Requirements/Education and Experience
     

    Must be available to work evenings and weekends;
    Must be in sufficient physical condition to perform Ranger Duties;
    Must be experienced with mountain bike use and be comfortable walking and biking in Baltimore City Parks (20+ miles a day is average);
    Must possess the ability to lift, or cause to be lifted, objects weighing 75 pounds occasionally, 35 pounds frequently;
    Must possess the ability to deal with the public in a courteous manner, use independent judgment in certain situations, lead others in work related activities, think and act quickly in an emergency.
    Must be willing to work during normal seasonal weather conditions.
    Must be able to pass a drug and alcohol test and physical examination
    Must be at least 21 years of age and have reliable transportation – a valid noncommercial Class C motor vehicle operator’s license is preferred, but not required;
    Must be willing and able to wear and maintain a uniform in a professional manner;
    Must have above average oral and written communication skills, and be comfortable providing customer service and interacting with people;
    Should have some experience and desire working in an outdoor environment, and be comfortable working with and around plants and animals;
    High School Diploma (or equivalent); some college preferred, but will consider experience, special skills, or abilities that would provide enrichment to the Park Ranger Program.

     
    Compensation: $13.00 an hour
     

    Qualified individuals that are interested in applying can obtain and submit a completed and signed application to the address listed below, no later than March 30, 2018. Applications can also be emailed to: parkranger@baltimorecity.gov. Only applicants with a completed application will be contacted to continue the next steps of recruitment. For additional information contact Park Ranger Supervisor at 443-677-9694.

     

    Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks

    Attention: Human Resources Office/Ranger Division

    3001 East Drive

    Baltimore, MD 21217

    410-396-7900

    BALTIMORE CITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER AND PROMOTES DIVERSITY IN THE WORKFORCE

    Catherine Pugh, Mayor

    Mary H. Talley, HR Director

    Reginald Moore Director of Recreation & Parks

  • New Job Announcement
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    Workforce Manager

    Howard EcoWorks (HEW) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to develop a workforce to undertake environmental improvement projects in Howard County, MD.  HEW is seeking a Workforce Manager to assume responsibility for the day-to-day management of human resources operations and administration of HEW workforce programs. The Workforce Manager will be responsible for the personal development of HEW’s workforce who are largely young adults aged 16-25. The Workforce Manager will develop existing and new programming, policies and procedures to ensure competent career readiness and future employment success for HEW program participants. In coordination with HEW staff, the Workforce Manager will proactively manage the workforce for successful fulfillment of HEW’s current environmental work obligations to public and private entities.

    For More Information Contact:

    Lori Lilly, Executive Director

    Email: llilly@howardecoworks.org, ph: 443-518-7666

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    CBL’s FREE Science for Citizens Seminar

    DolphinWatch: Dolphins in the Chesapeake Bay
    Presented by Dr. Helen Bailey
    Little is known about how often dolphins come into the Chesapeake Bay, how long they spend there, what areas they are using and why. Dr. Bailey and her team have been frequently detecting dolphin calls in the Bay and last summer, citizen scientists reported more than 900 dolphin sightings on Dr. Bailey’s newly launched DolphinWatch website. In this talk, Dr. Bailey will present what she has learnt about the Bay’s dolphins so far, describe upgrades to the sighting app, and explain how you can participate in this research effort.

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    CBL’s FREE Science for Citizens Seminar

    DolphinWatch: Dolphins in the Chesapeake Bay
    Presented by Dr. Helen Bailey
    Little is known about how often dolphins come into the Chesapeake Bay, how long they spend there, what areas they are using and why. Dr. Bailey and her team have been frequently detecting dolphin calls in the Bay and last summer, citizen scientists reported more than 900 dolphin sightings on Dr. Bailey’s newly launched DolphinWatch website. In this talk, Dr. Bailey will present what she has learnt about the Bay’s dolphins so far, describe upgrades to the sighting app, and explain how you can participate in this research effort.

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    CBL’s FREE Science for Citizens Seminar

    Solomons Island Bay Grasses
    Presented by Dr. Jeremy Testa
    In the summer of 2017, Bay grasses appeared in front of CBL on Solomons Island for the first time in over four decades. Often considered a ‘canary in a coal mine’, Bay grasses are often an indicator of improving or degrading water conditions and their appearance off Solomons reflects a recent improvement in Chesapeake Bay water quality. Dr. Jeremy Testa will tell the story of Bay grasses in the Patuxent, and will describe how it plays into a wider picture of change in Chesapeake Bay over the past several decades.

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    CBL’s FREE Science for Citizens Seminar

    OysterFutures: A Collaborative Process for Developing Oyster Management Recommendations
    Presented by Dr. Mike Wilberg
    What happens when oyster stakeholders, including commercial water-men, aquaculturists, buyers, environmental advocates, recreational anglers, and agency and academic scientists work together to develop recommendations for oyster restoration and management in the Choptank River complex? Dr. Wilberg will discuss collaborative resource management, the development of a computer model that can forecast the effects of alternative management or restoration options, and its use to inform work-group recommendations.

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    CBL’s FREE Science for Citizens Seminar

    Septic Detectives: Tracing Septic System Wastewaters in Calvert County Neighborhoods
    Presented by Dr. Michael Gonsior
    While there is widespread evidence supporting our understanding of how traditional septic systems transmit nitrogen to groundwater, very little of this work has occurred in Maryland and how much of nitrogen is released by septic systems to the stream network and ultimately to the Chesapeake Bay remains a challenging question to answer. Dr. Gonsior will discuss methods for source tracking of pollutants arising from septic systems using innovative modern analytical approaches.

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