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    Climate Initiatives in Maryland

    Climate Stewards of Greater Annapolis and Maryland Climate Coalition Speakers Series

    Stop The Potomac Pipeline
    Brooke Harper, Maryland & DC Policy Director, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, will discuss opposition to the proposed pipeline under the Potomac River. TransCanada—the same company behind the Keystone XL pipeline—is threatening Maryland communities and the drinking water of hundreds of thousands with a proposed pipeline. The Potomac Pipeline would transport fracked-gas under the Potomac River and the C&O Canal.

    Maryland Clean Energy Jobs Initiative
    Vincent DeMarco, Board Chair, and Jamie DeMarco, Campaign Co-Manager, will discuss the Maryland Clean Energy Jobs Initiative. The Maryland Clean Energy Jobs Initiative will work to enact legislation to ensure that 50% of Maryland’s electricity comes from renewable sources by 2030. This same legislation will fund clean energy workforce development to establish career pathways for more Maryland workers to fill this growing industry.

    This discussion is great lead-in to Climate in the Pulpits, an initiative to raise up Creation care and climate justice in Maryland congregations from September 15-17, 2017.

    This discussion is free and open to public. All are welcome. Please join us.

    Thursday, September 14, 7-9 PM at Annapolis Friends Meetinghouse, 351 Dubois Rd., Annapolis, MD 21401

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    National Campus Sustainability Day

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    Watershed Stewards Academy is Recruiting

    The Watershed Stewards Academy is currently accepting applications for the 2017-2018 Master Watershed Steward Certification Course.

    Since 2009, WSA has certified over 180 Master Watershed Stewards from Brooklyn Park to Herring Bay!

    Master Watershed Stewards take action with their neighbors to address the problem of storm water pollution and restore local waterways in Anne Arundel County. Our hands-on, research-based certification course gives Stewards the tools to implement change in their communities, turning knowledge into action. Our 10th certification course has been re-designed to include both web-based and in-person sessions that will focus on interactive,  hands-on learning.

    Watershed Stewards may choose to serve within their neighborhood, school, office or house of worship to install projects such as rain gardens or conservation landscapes and to reduce pollution at its source.  Collectively, these small community based actions are improving the health of the larger Chesapeake Bay watershed.

    Attendance at one of our Informational Orientations is required prior to submitting an application. Course schedule, application and Informational Orientation registration may be found here. Application Deadline: September 20th.

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    Guided Stand Up Paddle Board Trip at CBEC

    At the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center:

    Karla Horton from Dragonfly Paddle will guide you through basic SUP instruction and then Courtney Leigh, Certified Interpretive Guide, will lead you on a paddle to explore the watershed of Marshy Creek. While kayaking, you may encounter wading birds, waterfowl, and migratory raptors hunting the marshlands. Other common sightings include otter, muskrat, terrapin turtles, mating cownose stingrays, schooling silversides, undulating jellyfish and slithery water snakes! If nothing else, the ebb and flow of the tide through gently swaying marsh grass is the sure remedy for nature-deficit disorder! This trip is for beginner to intermediate paddlers and include instruction on equipment, paddling/safety techniques, and loading and unloading the vessels. The experience will give you up to two hours of paddling time with a self-provided snack break at the halfway point.  Cost is $25 per CBEC Member and $35 per Non CBEC Member.

    Pre-registration is required by completing the online form:  REGISTER HERE

    Questions can be sent to  Courtney Leigh at cleigh@bayrestoration.org or 443-262-2032.  Space is limited.

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    Youth Educator

    Position Summary

    The Civic Works’ Baltimore Orchard Project seeks an individual with a demonstrated passion for youth education, food justice, community development and the environment to assist with Baltimore Orchard Project’s Youth Education program. School yard orchards require stewardship and student participation to care for and harvest the trees. The Youth Educator will develop curriculum involving science, art, and culture to teach students how to properly care for their orchards. Daily tasks will include teaching classes k12, writing curriculum, designing schoolyard landscapes, collaborating within the BOP team, and developing BOP’s educational partnerships.

    Essential Functions of Position:

    Integrate Orchard Ecosystem Education into Baltimore City schools, after-school programs, community organizations, and youth groups
    Collaborate with BOP’s Youth Education Team (Education Coordinator, Youth Educator, and MICA Community Art Collaborative AmeriCorps Member)

    Support Baltimore City School teachers’ use of the school landscape in their regular teaching hours.
    Assist with Great Kids Farm’s (GKF) ongoing orchard education
    Manage conversations with school administrators and hold activities with students through the pre-planting process
    Organize implementation of landscape adjustments decided upon by school community
    Regularly attend school and neighborhood meetings, block parties, service days
    Provide technical support for the stewardship and enhancement of existing orchard locations
    Collaborate with other BOP Team members on carrying out community-building and awareness events (e.g. Potlucks, Mulberry Madness, Apple-anche etc.).

    Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

    Ability to effectively manage children’s behavioral issues
    Possesses strong communication and interpersonal skills
    Car and valid driver’s license prefered but not required. Mileage is reimbursed.
    Possesses desire and ability to take initiative
    Ability to serve with a wide variety of communities
    Must be able to serve independently and as part of a team

    Hours

    40 hours a week for a completion of a 1700 Americorps term from September 15th, 2017 through August 15th, 2018.

    Terms of Service

    The Americorps member will receive a biweekly stipend of $680 and an educational award of $5,815.00 upon completion of service (that can be used for college, trade school, or to repay qualified student loans). Funding for americorps members to participate in workshops and other professional development opportunities is also available. Additionally, BOP team members are welcome to take extra fruit home from harvest events. In order to be a Civic Works AmeriCorps member, you must be: at least 17 years old; a U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, or “lawful permanent resident alien”; and able to pass a drug test and criminal and sex offender background check.

    As an AmeriCorps member you may NOT participate in the following activities during service hours:

    Political Advocacy: AmeriCorps members cannot engage in political advocacy.  They cannot advocate for legislation or for a political candidate in any way.  They cannot conduct voter registration drives or lobby government officials at any level.
    Religious Instruction: AmeriCorps members cannot engage in religious instruction.  They cannot conduct religious studies, prayer groups, pastoral counseling, or any other activity promoting or providing information about religion. This does not prohibit AmeriCorps members from participating in non-religious activities at religious meetings or services.
    Abortion Referrals: AmeriCorps members cannot provide abortion services or referrals for receipt of such services.
    Clerical Service: AmeriCorps members may engage in clerical activities, such as photocopying, stuffing envelopes or answering phones for their own project.  They cannot engage in these activities in assisting another person.
    Fund Raising: AmeriCorps members cannot seek in-kind donations and assist with fundraising events, mailings, or other activities, write grants (or portions of grants) or participate in capital fund raising activities or campaigns.

    The list above is a summary, for detailed prohibited activities go to the following link: http://www.nationalservice.gov/sites/default/files/documents/acprohibited_activities.pdf

    How to Apply

    First, apply for the position through AmeriCorps by visiting my.americorps.gov to login or create a myAmeriCorps account and search listings for “Baltimore Orchard Project.”

    Next, please send a cover letter, resume, and three references to eric@baltimoreorchard.org

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    Oyster Restoration Project Volunteers Needed at Phillips Wharf Environmental Center

    Volunteers are needed on Saturday, September 9th at Phillips Wharf Environmental Center for “Oyster Delivery Day.”  Volunteers meet at Phillips Wharf at 8:00am, and the project concludes around noon.  During this phase of the oyster restoration project volunteers will begin the day by putting oyster shells seeded with spat (baby oysters) in cages, and then groups of the cages will be delivered to private docks in the Tilghman Island area. Volunteers will be taught how to pack the cages with the spat on shell, and how to tie the cages onto the docks.  Service learning credits are available for students, and volunteers must be at least 10 years old.  Volunteers who are able to provide a vehicle for the transport of the oyster cages (pick up, trailer, or large SUV with tarps) are also appreciated.  Breakfast snacks and lunch will be provided to volunteers.   If you are interested in volunteering with this project, please email Stacy Helgason at stacy@pwec.org.

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    13th Annual Ride for Clean Rivers – Early Registration Discount until Sept. 8

    Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy (MRC) wants you to know that it is not too late to register or create your own team for the 13th Annual Ride for Clean Rivers (formerly Tour de Talbot) bike ride on Sunday, September 17 at Chesapeake College. Fall is a beautiful time to take to the backroads of Queen Anne’s, Caroline, and Talbot Counties, all in support of healthier Midshore rivers. Ride for Clean Rivers is for all ages and levels. Riders can choose from 20-mile, 35-mile, or 63-mile (metric century) routes, which all include SAG support and rest stops with food and drink. At the end of the ride, participants will enjoy a BBQ lunch with cold drinks and live music.

    It is a day filled with fun, friends, fitness, and a bit of fundraising, for those who wish to make a donation. This year, MRC’s goal is to have 500 registered riders and to raise $50,000. We know we can do it with your help! Although it is not required, once registered, we encourage riders to reach out to their friends, families, neighbors, and business associates, and ask them to sponsor their ride. All proceeds support MRC’s work to restore and preserve our local rivers. And did we mention the prize? Don’t miss it—the individual who raises the most money will become the proud owner of a brand new bike. Visit rideforcleanrivers.org for all the details.

    Register now and receive an early registration discount. Discounted registration price is available through September 8. Be sure to register by September 8 in order to be guaranteed your event tee-shirt.

    Thank you to event sponsors Dock Street Foundation, Agency of Record, Bicycling magazine, Bike Doctor, Bay Pediatric Center, The Brewer’s Art, C-Jam Yacht Sales, Chesapeake College, S.E.W. Friel, KELLY Benefit Strategies, The Orthopedic Center, and SweetWater Brewing. Rest stop sponsors are Adkins Arboretum, Chesapeake Bay 4-H Club, Solar Energy Services, and Sprout.

    All proceeds go toward MRC’s ongoing education, restoration, and water quality monitoring programs. To register or learn more, visit rideforcleanrivers.org. For more information, please call at 443.385.0511 or email sarah@midshroeriverkeeper.org.

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    Naturally Latinos Conference

    Do you work in the environmental field or want to work and conserve nature? Join us for the Inaugural Naturally Latinos Conference, September 13, from 9am-6pm! We will have a Job Fair, Young Environmentalist Mentorship Program, and more! Keynote address will be performed by Lisa García, Vice President of Litigation for Healthy Communities, Earthjustice

     

    Free registration/Registración gratis
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    ¿Trabajas en el área ambiental o estás interesado en trabajar y conservar nuestro ambiente? Acompáñanos en la Conferencia Inaugural de Naturally Latinos, September 13, 9am-6pm! Tendremos una feria de empleo, programa de mentoría a profesionales jóvenes, ¡y más! Tendremos también a Lisa García, Vice President of Litigation for Healthy Communities, Earthjustice. ¡No te lo pierdas!

     

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    Job Opening: CRC Staffer with the Chesapeake Bay Program’s Scientific, Technical Assessment and Reporting Team

     

    Restoration of the Chesapeake Bay requires committed, passionate, diverse individuals.  The Chesapeake Research Consortium (CRC) seeks such an individual for a three-year appointment to the environmental Modeling Workgroup on the Chesapeake Bay Program’s Scientific, Technical Analysis and Reporting (STAR) Team.  The Modeling Group develops, maintains, and applies environmental models in support of decision making by the Chesapeake Bay Program Partnership.  Quarterly Modeling Workgroup meetings provide the Chesapeake Bay Program partnership opportunity to supervise the modeling work.  STAR’s mission is to facilitate productive deployment of scientific resources, to provide high quality and timely information to managers, and to expand communication between workgroups.  STAR supplies a forum for analysis and synthesis, and engaging government, non-governmental organizations, and academic institutions.  Monthly STAR meetings foster continuing dialogue between Chesapeake Bay Program Goal Implementation Teams and data providers, ensuring effective and responsive use of scientific resources in addressing management questions.

    The successful applicant will provide support to the Modeling Workgroup, STAR, and selected STAR workgroups, and through coordination, logistics, and documentation will gain hands on experience in working with natural resource managers from agencies and institutions around the Chesapeake Bay.  The successful applicant will also have the opportunity to apply technical knowledge and skills such as Geographic Information Systems proficiencies, computer model code development and maintenance, statistical analysis, and literature reviews in the area of atmospheric, watershed, and estuarine science and modeling.  The selected candidate will work as a CRC employee at the U.S. EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program Office located in Annapolis, Maryland.

    The ideal candidate for the position would have the following background and qualifications:

    A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in natural, social, or environmental science or engineering, or a related area of study.
    Technical knowledge and skills such as aptitude with Geographic Information Systems, and/or computer model code development and maintenance, and/or statistical analysis.
    The ability to research, organize, and synthesize complex information.
    The ability to do literature reviews in the general areas of atmospheric, watershed, and estuarine science and modeling.
    Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to communicate with partners at all levels of program activities with diplomacy.
    The ability to work independently and under tight timelines.
    Demonstrated ability to problem-solve.
    Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
    The ability to work with people in a consensus building environment and independently plan meetings, develop agendas, and draft concise meeting minutes.
    Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint required.
    Interest in learning how a multi-party, governmental-environmental-management partnership makes decisions effectively and sets and achieves goals.
    A will to explore your career options, develop an extensive network in the field of watershed and estuarine restoration, and the passion and enthusiasm for the work and Chesapeake Bay Program.

    The annual salary is $40,030 and a competitive vacation and benefits package is included for the three-year position.  In addition to the experience gained through their work assignments, Staffers, through individual professional development plans, also attend professional conferences, workshops, and training related to their position and identified future career interests.

    Applications (a detailed cover letter, resume, list of at least three references, transcript [unofficial is fine] and a short writing sample) should be sent electronically to Melissa Fagan, Environmental Management Career Development Program Coordinator, at faganm@chesapeake.org.  Please include information concerning education and professional background, as well as immediate and long-term career goals.

    Additional information about the CRC Environmental Career Development Program is available at http://www.chesapeake.org.   Additional information about the Chesapeake Bay Program is available at http://www.chesapeakebay.net.

    CRC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, or national origin. CRC maintains a drug-free workplace.  All Staffers are required to complete a federal background check upon hire.

    Announcement Close Date: August 20, 2017

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    Maryland Water Monitoring Council – 23rd Annual Conference

    The MWMC will hold its 23rd Annual Conference at the Maritime Institute, North Linthicum, Maryland, on Friday, December 8, 2017. Registration will begin at 7:30 AM and the conference will adjourn at 4:30 PM. The conference will include a plenary session, six concurrent breakout sessions, posters and exhibitor tables, and the famous Maritime Institute all-you-can-eat buffet lunch. You’ll also have plenty of time to network and catch up with old friends and colleagues during the long breaks and the post-meeting social (location TBA).

    The challenges of restoring and protecting our aquatic resources are daunting. Stressors related to climate change and population growth will require us to adapt as we move further into the 21st Century. But there are reasons to be optimistic. Enhanced implementation of sound science, supported by robust water monitoring will undoubtedly be essential to ensure healthy aquatic ecosystems in the future. With such challenges in mind, the theme of the 2017 MWMC conference is Managing Water Quality in a Changing World. Concurrent sessions will focus on these challenges and our need to adapt to them. These sessions include Climate Change and Adaptation, Stream Restoration Biomonitoring, Leveraging Data Sources, New Monitoring Technologies, Agriculture and Water Quality, Citizen Science, and Communicating Progress and Successes. The morning plenary session will feature two presentations:

    “The 2016 Ellicott City Flood: A 225-Year-Old Mill Town’s Survival Story” by Jim Caldwell – Director, Howard County Office of Community Sustainability

    “A 10,000 Year Record of Climate, Forests, Land Use, and Chesapeake Water Quality” by Grace Brush – Professor, Johns Hopkins University
    For more information about registration, submitting an abstract, the annual Carl Weber Award and Student Poster Awards, see the Annual Conference web page.

    Questions? Email Dan Boward at dan.boward@maryland.gov

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    Landscape Gardener

    JOB ANNOUNCEMENT:

    LANDSCAPE GARDENER – PERMANENT, FULL-TIME

    Our company is growing.  Grow with us!

    We are an environmentally friendly fine gardening company in Annapolis, Maryland.

    The Landscape Gardener will work outside weeding, pruning, mulching, planting and maintaining gardens. We are looking for someone who is detail oriented, follows instructions well and is versed in the arts of fine gardening.

    Basic knowledge of annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees is required.  Experience with lighting or irrigation is a plus.  Higher pay for bi-lingual Spanish speakers.

    You must have your own reliable transportation and be able to start and end the work day at our workshop in Crownsville.

    A clean driving record and valid Maryland Driver’s License are necessary.  Experience and skill driving trucks with trailers are required for this position. 

    Starting at $13-$18 an hour based on experience.   Paid accrued vacation time & sick days after 3 months.

    Work is Monday-Friday 7:30-4:30.  Work may also be available some Saturdays.

    The work year runs from late March to late December.

    Send resumes to info@goodearthgardeners.com by August 18th, 2017 for consideration.

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    Senior Engineer at Maryland Environmental Service

    Maryland Environmental Service has an opening for a Senior Engineer at our Headquarters facility in Millersville, MD. This position will provide management level engineering review, planning and field verification of stormwater design, construction and maintenance projects. The selected candidate will be responsible for overseeing an inspection team, and certifying stormwater BMP facilities are constructed and/or maintained according to plans and specifications. This position includes office and field activities, such as attending pre-construction meetings, performing inspections, and preparing acceptance and/or maintenance reports for stormwater construction and retrofit projects, primarily in Prince George’s County, MD.

    Qualifications include a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil, Environmental, Geotechnical or other generally recognized field of engineering, plus 8 years of relevant engineering experience; 2 of which must have included direct supervisory capacity, managing technical and scientific staff. A Professional Engineer Certification is required for this position, and can be substituted for 4 years of the required experience. A strong background in stormwater BMP construction and maintenance is a plus, as well as field and contractor management.

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    Jug Bay Eco Challenge Duathlon

    Join Rec Deeds for Special Needs & the Friends of Jug Bay for the first annual Jug Bay Eco Duathlon. Enjoy the forested trails of Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary for a 2 mile run followed by a 1 mile paddle in the Patuxent River. Once back to shore you will finish up the race with another 2 mile run.

    Race as an individual or grab a teammate for the race. You can use your own kayak or stand up paddle board, or rent one of ours.  We have a limited number available for rent.  Please contact us at rpfegl00@aacounty.org for more information.

    The race will take place at River Farm, a property that is managed by and adjacent to Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary. Proceeds will go to support Rec Deeds for Special Needs as well as field trips at Jug Bay.

    Race fees are $60 individual, $80 team. Prices will increase soon so sign up now!

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    Outreach Coordinator

    Summary

    To apply: Please send resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to hr@eslc.org with “Outreach Coordinator” in the subject line.

    Position Overview:
    ESLC seeks a creative, energetic individual to join our team and serve as our Outreach Coordinator. The Outreach Coordinator is responsible for leading all volunteer management, community outreach, and organizational event activities. The Outreach Coordinator supports the outreach needs of all ESLC programs including land protection, land use planning, education, public policy, town projects, coastal resilience, and philanthropy. The Outreach Coordinator will coordinate with ESLC staff on volunteer and outreach needs, and assist in the planning and implementation of all events.

    Responsibilities:
    • Planning and implementing outreach activities to promote goals for
    Advancement and the organizational strategic plan.
    • Lead the planning, promotion, and implementation of ESLC’s annual gala
    celebration, Party to Preserve.
    • Have ownership over the use and content of the ESLC information table.
    • Target new audiences/populations with opportunities for engagement with
    ESLC as identified in the ESLC strategic plan.
    • Collaborate with outside community programs and other non-profits to
    expand understanding and awareness of ESLC and promote membership to a
    broader base of people.
    • Regularly assess organizational needs for volunteers and evolve the program
    accordingly.
    • Provide support for existing volunteer programs, including Land Stewards,
    SEEC, and other programs as needed.
    • Work with staff members to understand their needs and opportunities for
    volunteer support and revise or develop volunteer positions to meet these
    needs.
    • Maintain accurate records of volunteer interests, training, and participation.
    Work in concert with Facilities Manager to keep record of volunteer support.
    • Provide ideas/content to Communications Manager in messaging for the
    general and specific communities.

    Required Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills, and Ability:
    • Bachelor’s degree preferred along with 2-3 years non-profit experience.
    • Strong management and organizational skills to coordinate events with ESLC
    staff, volunteers and other organizations.
    • Event planning experience preferred.
    • Strong interpersonal skills, communicates well with diverse groups of people.
    • Interest in others and respect for different perspectives, while representing
    ESLC and its policies.
    • Able to respond to organizational change productively, maintain a positive
    attitude and take leadership position when appropriate with staff.
    • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office and general computer skills, and
    database experience a plus.

    Personal Attributes:
    • A collegial and collaborative work style, innovative thinking, strong work ethic,
    enthusiastic attitude, and sense of humor
    • Ability to work independently and take direction from others, solve problems
    with limited supervision, prioritize tasks, and meet deadlines.
    • Independent, highly organized, detail-oriented.
    • Principled individual with high ethical standards.
    • Creative problem solver.

    Based in our Easton office, this position offers great opportunity for growth and professional development. Salary is commensurate with experience and includes very competitive benefits.

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    “The Woods in Your Backyard” Online Course from University of Maryland Extension

    The Woods in Your Backyard online course – Fall 2017
    Wednesday, August 30 to Sunday, December 3, 2017
    Online

    Registration is now open for the Fall session of “The Woods in Your Backyard” online course. Our self-paced, non-credit course runs 12 weeks from August 30th to December 3rd, 2017. The course will help landowners convert lawn to natural areas and enhance stewardship of existing natural areas. Based on the guide of the same name, the course provides strategies to landowners of small parcels of land (1-10 acres) that improve the stewardship of their property for personal enjoyment and environmental quality. It uses a hands-on learning approach to help participants develop and implement a plan for their property. Activities include how to map habitat areas, understand basic ecological principles about woodland and wildlife, choose and implement a few habitat management projects, and how to set a timetable and record your progress. Online discussion groups will allow participants to interact with others taking the course.  A certificate of completion is awarded when all assignments are completed.

    The course costs $85.00 per person, which includes the 108-page “Woods In Your Backyard” guide, workbook, and a tree identification guide. The course is limited to 25 participants, so sign up now! For more information, go to https://extension.umd.edu/woodland/woods-your-backyard/online-course. To register through Eventbrite, go to https://wiyb_online_fall2017.eventbrite.com. Registration closes September 4.

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    Executive Director

    South River Federation

    Executive Director Job Description

    About the Position:

    The South River Federation in Annapolis, MD seeks an energetic and visionary leader who is passionate about the mission of the organization. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for the South River Federation’s 8 staff and programs, and management of a $3.5 million annual budget. The ED will be responsible to continue to build on successful partnerships with donors, stakeholders, partners, and funders.

    Leadership & Management:

    Facilitate a strong working relationship with the Board of Directors and its committees. Serve as support staff to Board committees. Provide advice, counsel, and support to staff and the Board of Directors.
    Ensure ongoing programmatic excellence, program evaluation, and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and systems; recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve the strategic goals. The organization’s goals and strategies outlined in the strategic plan can be accessed here.
    Lead, coach, develop, and retain the Federation’s high-quality staff. As the Human Resources coordinator for the Federation, the ED will facilitate staff hiring, professional development, supervision, and implementation of annual performance reviews.
    Oversee implementation of the organization’s programs and activities including: large scale stream and wetland restoration, scientific analysis and research, advocacy for river-friendly policies and legislation at state and local levels, and engagement of volunteers with programs.

    Fundraising & Communications:

    Must bring solid team building and communication skills.       Communication must occur internally and externally.
    In conjunction with the Development Director, coordinate the board and staff to conduct development activity aimed at ensuring the financial viability of the organization. These opportunities include individual donor cultivation, grant writing and implementation, corporate sponsorships, and special event planning.
    Generate creative ideas for, and lead efforts to position the Federation in the community to attract new donors and volunteers.
    Cultivate financial and other community support to sustain the Federation as a thriving grass-roots community-based nonprofit organization.
    Deepen and refine all aspects of communications—from web presence to external relations with the goal of creating a stronger brand. Increase the visibility of the organization by utilizing the solid programs to tell the story of the Federation.

    Planning & New Business:

    Continue to build a pipeline of work that will sustain future growth and expansion of the South River Federation. This work will involve cultivating relationships with existing and new funders, and other for- and non-profit organizations.
    Be an external local presence that publishes and communicates program results with an emphasis on the successes of the local program as a model for regional and national replication.
    Provide leadership for advocating publicly for the health and vitality of the South River to a wide range of constituents including: local media, local residents, elected officials, the business community, researchers, educators and students, watermen, recreational boaters and other resource users, and other stakeholders in the region.
    Act as the spokesperson for the South River Federation. Coordinate the organization’s visibility and public policy positions with the Board of Directors and the South Riverkeeper, and work closely with partners to shape strategic responses and recommendations on public policy issues.

    Qualifications

    The ED will be thoroughly committed to the South River Federation’s mission. All candidates should have proven leadership, coaching, and relationship management experience.

    Specific requirements include:

    Advanced degree with at least 5 years of management experience; track record of effectively leading and regionally and/or nationally scaling a performance-and outcomes-based organization and staff; ability to point to specific examples of having developed and operationalized strategies that have taken an organization to the next stage of growth.
    Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation.
    Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, manage, and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget. Must be able to balance operational needs with organizational growth.
    Past success working with a Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate existing board member relationships.
    Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures.
    Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills.
    Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to business planning.
    Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people.
    Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed. Must be a relationship-builder.

    Salary and Benefits:

    Salary range is $90,000 – $110,000, depending on experience
    Employer contribution to health, dental, and vision benefits
    SIMPLE IRA with 3% employer match
    Paid holiday, sick, vacation, and personal time

    To Apply:

    Please email a cover letter and resume to admin@southriverfederation with your name and “Executive Director Position” in the subject title. Please no phone calls.

    This position will remain open until August 30, 2017.

    The South River Federation is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action.

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    Paddle the Patuxent with PTLT!

    Paddle the Patuxent River with PTLT and the Patuxent River Keeper. Learn the maritime history of the area and see the river through the eyes of an environmental scientist, while learning to kayak! Admission to the event is free. Kayaks are available to rent at a cost and donations to the Patuxent Tidewater Land Trust are appreciated!

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    Mid Atlantic Urban Wood Forum: Applied Practices in Utilization, 08/15-08/16

    Mid Atlantic Urban Wood Forum: Applied Practices in Utilization

    Richmond, VA

    August 15 – 16, 2017, 8 AM – 3:30 PM

    This forum will feature a host of urban wood experts from across the United States. The target audience for this forum includes arborists, tree care companies, forestry professionals, wood crafters, municipality staff, academia and portable sawmill owners. 

     

    Sponsored by US Forest Service, Southern Region, Virginia Department of Forestry, Trees Virginia (Virginia Urban Forest Council), and the Virginia Urban Wood Group.

     

    Cost: $140.00 (includes breakfast and lunch both days, morning and afternoon refreshments, and the field trip)

    CEUs: This event has been approved for a total of 10.75 ISA CEUs (attendance for both days).  This event has also been approved for a total of 11 SHARP Logger Continuing Education Credits

    Register online at: http://www.treesvirginia.org/events/paid/74-mauwf

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    Webinar: The Sustainable Urban Forest: A Step-by-Step Approach, 8/15 12 PM EDT

    Webinar: The Sustainable Urban Forest: A Step-by-Step Approach

    Penn State Extension Community Forestry Management Monthly Webinar Series

    Tuesday, August 15, 2017, 12 PM – 1 PM (Eastern Time)

     

    Several years in the making, this comprehensive and widely anticipated guide was finally released at the Arbor Day Foundation Partners in Community Forestry Conference last fall. Developed as part of a collaboration between the U.S. Forest Service and the Davey Institute, the free handbook is designed to help urban forest managers assess the state of their urban forest, identify issues and opportunities, and chart a path toward long-term sustainability. It presents a scalable approach that can be adapted by any “community” that seeks to pursue a similar path in its realm of responsibility. This could include a county, city, park district, conservation district, university or corporate campus, homeowner association, or any other such entities. An updated self-assessment method, based on the pioneering “Model of Urban Forest Sustainability” first developed by Jim Clark and colleagues in 1997, forms a cornerstone of the guide. The assessment tool enables users to set goals and track progress on numerous targets within three broad categories: Trees and Forest, Community Framework, and Resource Management Approach.

     

    The Sustainable Urban Forest publication is available for download online and will also be accessible for download during the webinar.

     

    Presented by: Michael Leff, author of The Sustainable Urban Forest

    Where: Webinar at https://meeting.psu.edu/pacommunityforestry  

    Use the link above 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.

    Cost:  Free

    Continuing Education Credits: One Continuing Education Credit for Landscape Architects; Society of American Foresters (CFEs); and PLNA Certified Horticulturalist (PCH) will be offered to attendees. One CEU for International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborists will be awarded with 80% or higher score on webinar quiz. Certificates of attendance will be provided after the program.

    For more information, visit http://extension.psu.edu/natural-resources/forests/courses/community-forestry-management-webinars

    or contact Scott Sjolander at 814-350-7749 or sas305@psu.edu

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    Maryland Master Naturalist Opportunities at CBEC

    Maryland Master Naturalist Opportunities at The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center

    Maryland Master Naturalist Certification Program offered at CBEC
     
     
    Engaging the Community Outdoors

    Become a Maryland Master Naturalist at CBEC!
     
    The Maryland Master Naturalist Program is a structured, science-based certificate program that supports Maryland citizens desire to learn more about the natural history of Maryland and who are willing to share the knowledge gained with others. The Program is designed and offered by the University of Maryland Extension through a host site and facilitator. The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center is excited to announce that it will be a host site for the Coastal Plain region with Courtney Leigh, Volunteer/Stewardship Coordinator acting as the Facilitator. The Maryland Master Naturalist Program develops a network of trained volunteers to serve their communities as catalysts for local environmental conservation through education,research and stewardship.

     
    Certified Maryland Master Naturalist Program Details 2017

    Dates: Wednesdays, Sept 6 – Dec 13 9:30am-3:30pm
    (Field Trip: Sept 13)

    Participants must be 18 years or older.

    Course fee: $250/person

    Host site: Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center
    The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center (CBEC) offers opportunities to explore and learn about the natural world. Utilizing CBEC’s beautiful 510-acre waterfront site, staff and volunteers provide exceptional environmental education programs, special events and recreational experiences for students, families, outdoor enthusiasts and organized groups.

    600 Discovery Lane, Grasonville, MD 21638 | 410.827.6694 | Bayrestoration.org

    Course Facilitator: Courtney Leigh, CBEC Volunteer and Adult Education Coordinator

    For more information please contact cleigh@bayrestoration.org

    To apply, click to download the application, complete, and submit to cleigh@bayrestoration.org
    Maryland Master Naturalist Application at CBEC

    University of Maryland Extension Programs are open to all citizens without regard to race, color, gender, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, or national origin.

      

    Maryland Master Naturalist Advanced Training: Introduction to Bird Language

    Tuesday, August 15 8-noon at Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center

    Wednesday, August 16 8-noon at Pickering Creek Audubon Center

    Explore the world of birds beyond identification and classification. Birds and other animals share a language that allows them to safely navigate their world and stay connected to each other. Learn how to “listen” to what birds say through their vocalizations and behaviors in this structured immersive field experience. During this two-day workshop you will learn how to identify the unique patterns of behavior common across many species. Hone your observation skills in the field and awaken your understanding of what birds are saying in real time about the landscape around them. Join us to work closely with fellow naturalists to map out and interpret your observations. Enhance how you share the natural world with others by studying bird language.

    Registration: $20 for one day or $35 for both days by following the link below:

    For more details and or questions contact Courtney Leigh, Volunteer and Adult Education Coordinator at The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center at cleigh@bayrestoration.org

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