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  • New Job Announcement
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    Crew Leader, Montgomery County Conservation Corps, Part Time Job Opening

    The Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) is hiring for a new Conservation Corps in Washington DC. The Part Time Conservation Corps Crew Leader (PTCL) is responsible for ensuring the regular, reliable, and professional field-based implementation of conservation service projects while ensuring the training, safety and quality work performance of corps members.  The PTCL implements a Positive Youth Development (PYD) approach by seizing opportunities to enhance teamwork, self-confidence, problem solving, conflict resolution, trust, and leadership amongst Corps participants.  The PTCL oversees the crew of Corps members in the field, interacts with the public, as well as with LAYC staff, and maintains the integrity of the Conservation Corps program by always demonstrating reliable and professional behavior.

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    2017 Mid-Atlantic Water Resources Conference

    Registration for the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Water Resources Conference has been extended to September 25, 2017.  The conference will be held October 12-13, 2017 at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, WV.

     

    Theme: Water Research: Building Knowledge and Innovative Solutions

    The conference will focus on current water research efforts in the Mid-Atlantic region.

     

    Conference Agenda

    The conference agenda is available online here.

     

    Keynote Speakers include:

    Dr. Thomas Graziano, Director, Office of Water Prediction, National Weather Service

    Austin Caperton, Cabinet Secretary, West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection

     

    Each conference participant will have the opportunity to learn from keynote speakers, directors of the Mid-Atlantic Water Research Institutes on addressing water issues through research, your choice from 55 oral presentations, and 17 poster presenters.  Concurrent session topics include watershed management, stormwater, modeling and forecasting, water monitoring and data management, groundwater, water-energy nexus, and aquatic life resources.  Numerous networking breaks will be provided.

     

    Contact Hours for Continuing Education

    A certificate of contact hours can be earned by those who participate in the breakout sessions at the conference.  There will be five opportunities to earn contact hours, with a total of six hours, forty minutes of contact time possible for participating in the conference.

     

    Registration Information

    Registration covers full access to conference sessions, networking reception, and poster session as well as conference meals and breaks.  Special rates are available for students.  Register here.  Registration closes September 25, 2017.

     

    Questions?

    For more information, see the conference website at http://midatlanticwrc.org/.  If you have additional questions, please contact Andrew Stacy at wvwaterconference@mail.wvu.edu (304-293-7085).

     

    About the Conference Hosts

    This regional conference is a collaborative effort of the Water Resources Institutes of Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington D.C., and West Virginia.  These institutes were established under the Water Resources Research Act (WRRA) of 1964.  Each institute is housed at a land grant university and serves to link water experts in our nation’s universities with those who manage and use water resources.  More information about the institutes can be found here.

     

    Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities

    If you are interested in exhibiting at the conference or sponsoring it, please see the conference website or contact the Conference Coordinator, Andrew Stacy, at wvwaterconference@mail.wvu.edu or 304-293-7085.

     

    Thanks to the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association, ALS, and USGS Virginia and West Virginia Water Science Center for sponsoring the conference.

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    Environmental Science Educator

    About NatureBridge

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

    Summary

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

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

    Position dates are as follows:

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

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

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

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

    How to Apply

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

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

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

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

  • New Job Announcement
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    Greenhouse and Nursery Production Manager

    Mt. Cuba Center

    http://mtcubacenter.org/employment/

    POSITION AVAILABLE

    Greenhouse & Nursery Production Manager (Full-time)

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

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

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

    What you’ll do: 

    Plant Production Management

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

    Effective Plant Operations Management

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

    General Staff & Organization Management Pertaining to the Plant Production Facilities

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

    Qualifications:

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

    Physical Demands & Working Conditions

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

    About Us:

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

    Benefits:

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

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

     

  • New Announcement
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    Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional Training Next Week

    Get certified as a Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional (CBLP)

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

    September 14-15, 2017

    9:00 – 3:30

    Montgomery County, MD

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

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

    Questions? Contact Beth Ginter at beth@cblpro.org

     

     

     

     

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    2017 Mid-Atlantic Water Resources Conference

    The theme of this two-day conference (October 12-13, 2017) is “Water Research: Building Knowledge and Innovative Solutions.”  Each conference participant will have the opportunity to learn from two keynote speakers, a panel discussion, your choice from 55 oral presentations, and 17 poster presenters.  Concurrent session topics include watershed management, stormwater, modeling and forecasting, water monitoring and data management, groundwater, water-energy nexus, and aquatic life resources.

    Registration covers full access to conference sessions, networking reception, and poster session as well as conference meals and breaks.  Special rates are available for students.  Registration closes September 10, 2017.

    For more information and to register, see the conference website at http://midatlanticwrc.org/.  Address questions to Andrew Stacy at wvwaterconference@mail.wvu.edu or 304-293-7085.

    This regional conference is a collaborative effort of the Water Resources Institutes of Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington D.C., and West Virginia.  Thank you to our sponsors: West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection and the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association.

  • New Job Announcement
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    Development and Event Coordinator

    Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy (MRC) seeks a Development and Event Coordinator to join our team and help fulfill our mission to protect and restore our rivers and the living resources they support. The ideal candidate will be an energetic, outgoing individual who is enthusiastic about the environment and the communities we serve.  The position is located in our Easton, Maryland office, soon to be located at the Eastern Shore Conservation Center.

    To learn more about Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy, visit midshoreriverkeerp.org.

    Areas of Responsibilities (Job Duties):

    Fundraising (20%)

    Help Compile and Execute Annual Fundraising Plan

    Annual Appeal—create annual end of the year appeal mailing
    Maintain Calendar of Events

    Membership and Funder Giving

    Stewardship Plan—phone calls, thank you letters, renewal letters, annual appeal
    Manage the Donation Engagement Calendar
    Support Regional Directors—fundraising and outreach activities
    Database management

    Help Manage Special Interest Groups

    Advisory Council—events, meetings, and communications
    Board of Directors—work with Executive Director and Board Chair on board engagement, reports, and stewardship
    Development Committee—planning meetings and agendas, engage committee members to help expand MRC’s programs and initiatives

    Grants (20%)

    Track and help develop proposals and reports—research and coordinate with other staff

    Private Grants

    Private Foundations
    Family Foundations

    Corporate Giving

    Corporations
    Businesses

    Local/State/Federal Government—programmatic giving

    Events (45%)

    Host several community events for fund raising and to communicate our mission. Such as:

    Ride for Clean Rivers
    Wild & Scenic Film Festivals—Easton and Cambridge
    Shaw Bay Raft-Up Concert
    Cinco de Miler
    River Caucus
    State of the Rivers—St. Michaels and Cambridge

     Communications (15%)

    Help Develop Media Plan
    Manage MRC’s Social Media—Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
    Assist with Media Relations and Content of Press Releases
    Assist with Website
    Review Monthly E-newsletter
    Review Semiannual Printed Newsletter
    Review Annual Report

    Experience required:

    College degree and 2 to 3 years of experience in a nonprofit organization or other similar position
    Event planning and community outreach experience
    Computer programs: Microsoft Office—Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc., and database experience

    The Development and Event Coordinator will work with the Executive Director and other staff to complete his or her responsibilities. The successful candidate will be a personable, outwardly social self-starter who is creative and enjoys interacting with the diverse community groups we serve.

    Salary commensurate with experience. Benefits package offered.

    If you are interested please email your resume to:

    Jeff Horstman

    Jeff@midshoreriverkeeper.org

  • New Job Announcement
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    Watershed Coordinator

    The Watershed Coordinator works under the supervision of the Executive Director and collaborates closely with Center staff. The Watershed Coordinator is an experienced planner who develops organizational partnerships that result in leveraged financial resources necessary for the implementation of the Inland Bays Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP).  He/she understands watershed ecology and nutrient cycling, and works with the Science & Restoration Coordinator to ensure that best available science drives plan implementation.  The Watershed Coordinator works with both municipal and agricultural sectors.  They develop operational plans for pollution control and habitat restoration, tracks and reports their progress, and coordinates their revision as necessary.  The Watershed Coordinator has significant grant writing and grant administration responsibilities and will oversee contractors and/or an employee.  The Coordinator has knowledge of watershed pollution models and control techniques, environmental policies and ordinances, and can facilitate agreements.

    Please see https://www.inlandbays.org/about/now-hiring-watershed-coordinator/ for more details and application instructions.

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    Native Plant – Nursery Manager

    Environmental Concern Inc. is a 501(c)3 public not-for-profit, that is dedicated to working with all aspects of wetlands. After more than 40 years of providing wetland services in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and beyond, we continue to broaden our partnership efforts. EC maintains the nation’s first wholesale native wetland plant nursery, established in 1972. In addition to operating as a wholesale nursery to the industry, the nursery is an integral part of EC’s education and research endeavors. Currently, EC cultivates approximately 120 wetland plant species that are native to the Northeast US and has the ability to propagate over 200 species. The nursery department produces 450,000 plugs of wetland plant species per year for habitat restoration projects throughout the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

    The nursery manager is responsible for all aspects of crop production and maintenance. Most species are produced from seed. In order to maintain diversity and purity of regional ecotypes, seed is collected by the nursery manager and nursery staff based on future production goals. Knowledge should extend to the basic processing, cleaning, storage and testing of seed. In addition, skill in the practices for sowing and germination of native wetland plants is highly desired.

    Equipment operation skill is desirable as the nursery is equipped with tractors, skid steers and horticulture flat filler/ mixer. However, operational training can be provided if experience is lacking in an otherwise suitable candidate.

    The nursery manager is responsible for directing staff in general nursery maintenance and production activities. Collaboration with the nursery salesperson and restoration team to produce, pull, and load requested orders are also essential duties.

    The right candidate will be organized and will keep records required for tracking crop production, seed collection and planning raw material purchases. They will also be comfortable working outdoors in all weather conditions and will be able to carry and lift 50 lbs frequently during the completion of tasks. Willingness to work occasional evening and weekend hours when needed to complete assigned responsibilities may be expected.

    Please send resume and cover letter to Jessica Lister at jlister@wetland.org.

    Website: http://www.wetland.org

  • New Job Announcement
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    Restoration Surveyor and Designer

    Environmental Concern Inc. is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit located in St. Michaels, Maryland since 1972. EC’s mission is to promote the public understanding and stewardship of wetlands with the goal of improving water quality and enhancing nature’s habitat through wetland outreach and education, native species horticulture, and the restoration, creation and enhancement of wetlands. EC has restored more than one thousand wetland acres, protecting more than 35 miles of shoreline in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. EC designs, permits, constructs, plants, monitors, and maintains hundreds of wetland habitats, including tidal wetlands, nontidal wetlands, tidal and nontidal buffers, and surface water management facilities.

    We are seeking a motivated Restoration Surveyor and Designer with a background in the environmental field to join our multidisciplinary growing team of ecologists, biologists, construction specialists, CAD and GIS specialists, and project managers. Professional certifications in engineering and surveying are not required.

    Responsibilities of this position include:

    Site Assessment:

    Scoping sites for suitability for living shorelines, stormwater retrofits, habitat enhancements, and wetland restoration projects to aid in implementing WIP projects and meeting TMDL goals.
    Calculating nutrient reductions associated with urban and agricultural BMPs using protocols defined by the Chesapeake Bay Program.
    Meeting with clients and stakeholders.
    Creating project concept drawings.

    Survey:

    Surveying using Trimble Total Station, GNSS and GPS equipment, and processing site surveys using Trimble Business Center and Civil 3D.
    Delineating wetlands (tidal and non-tidal).
    Identifying trees, plants, and other natural resources.

    Design:

    Designing stormwater management projects to MDE stormwater design manual.
    Designing non-tidal wetlands – water budgeting and wetland hydrology.
    Designing living shorelines and shore erosion control projects.
    Designing erosion and sediment control measures.

    Bid Costing:

    Estimating costs of construction projects.
    Analyzing bid documents, specifications, and construction drawings, including material quantity take-offs.

    Construction Support:

    Laying out projects on site using Trimble Total Station, GNSS, GPS, laser levels, and tapes.
    Providing technical assistance to the construction crew.

    Preferred Skills and Qualifications:

    Minimum Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Environmental Science, or similar course of study.
    Minimum 3+ years of experience in field.
    Proficiency in AutoCAD and/or Civil 3D.
    Proficiency in hydrology and hydraulic analysis and design (Autodesk Storm and sanitary analysis, TR-55, Rational Method).
    Experience in site surveying and processing using Trimble Total Station and GNSS equipment.
    Knowledge of MDE wetland permitting, E&SC, stormwater and grading permits.
    Familiarity with products and materials associated with stormwater management and natural resource construction projects.
    Familiarity with construction equipment used to construct stormwater management and natural resource construction projects.
    Experience providing technical support to construction crews.
    Experience reading site plans, calculating material quantities, and estimating construction costs.
    Familiarity with MDE manuals and procedures, and USACE Coastal Engineering Manual, and ACES computer program.
    HEC-RAS.
    SPAW wetland water budget analysis.
    Plant identification.
    Wetland delineation.

    Environmental Concern Inc. offers an exceptional work environment and competitive benefits. Salary is based on qualifications and experience.

    We encourage you to visit our website at http://www.wetland.org.

    Please send resume and cover letter to Jessica Lister at jlister@wetland.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.

  • New Job Announcement
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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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    “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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    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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    Associate- Clean Water Supply

    American Rivers is currently recruiting for an Associate, Clean Water Supply. This is a new position in Pennsylvania – New Cumberland, PA is the preferred office location; however, there is some flexibility for a successful candidate to  work remotely from the Philadelphia area. The Associate helps conduct outreach and communication activity in support of the Clean Water Supply program. S/he will help advance water management policies and practices that promote natural infrastructure, particularly green stormwater infrastructure for Pennsylvania’s municipalities.  Please see https://americanrivers.org/about-us/careers/ for more information.

     

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    Clean Water Supply- Associate Director

    American Rivers is currently recruiting for an Associate Director, Clean Water Supply. This is a new position in Pennsylvania – New Cumberland, PA is the preferred office location; however, there is some flexibility for a successful candidate to  work remotely from the Philadelphia area. The Associate Director manages stormwater programs in support of the Clean Water Supply program. S/he will promote water management policies and practices that advance natural infrastructure, particularly green stormwater infrastructure for Pennsylvania’s urban municipalities. The Associate Director will also conduct research on stormwater management issues pertinent to the Commonwealth, while coordinating outreach and engagement with partners and agency personnel as needed. Please see https://www.americanrivers.org/about-us/careers/ for more information.

     

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    New Event

    TODAY- WEBINAR: Drought and Urban Forests, July 25, 2:00 PM EDT

    Webinar: Drought and Urban Forests
    Tuesday, July 25, 2017 2:00 PM EDT
    Please join the USDA Office of Sustainability and Climate for a webinar about urban forest health in the face of a changing climate.

    Recent droughts have caused stress and mortality in urban forests, reducing the cooling, clean air, and carbon storage provided by trees. Because human populations are growing in most U.S. cities, it will become increasingly important to maintain healthy, productive urban forests. Scientists and urban foresters are working together to quantify recent drought-related stress and find management strategies for sustainable urban landscapes.

    Audio Conference Line: 1-877-369-5243; Access Code: 0288882#
    WO Meeting Room: Civilian Conservation Corps (PNW04)
    Questions? Contact Lois Ziemann, lziemann@fs.fed.us

     

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    The Department of Defense Chesapeake Bay Program Releases its 2017 Summer Journal

    The DoD Chesapeake Bay Program has released the 2017 Summer Journal highlighting stewardship activities conducted by Department of Defense installations throughout the watershed. Available on DENIX at the following link:

    http://www.denix.osd.mil/chesapeake/library/newsletters/dod-chesapeake-bay-program-summer-2017-newsletter/

     

  • New Job Announcement
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    ORISE Fellow: Fostering Technology, Innovation and Sustainability For Clean and Safe Water

    Opportunity Title

    Fostering Technology, Innovation and Sustainability For Clean and Safe Water

    Reference Code
    EPA Water 2017-415

    Description

    A postgraduate research project training opportunity is currently available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Water (OW). The appointment will be served with the Office of Science and Technology (OST) in Washington, DC.

    This project is to design and implement a plan to advance EPA’s understanding and support of water technology and innovation to accelerate progress toward clean and safe water and long term water resource sustainability.

    The intern will be mentored by an EPA OW team focused on water technology innovations, involved with a range of technical, policy and program support activities to assess how OW programs and policies can better foster consideration and integration of sustainability principles and technological innovations into its programs. Under the guidance of the mentor, the intern may be involved in:

    Conducting research activities in areas such as resource recovery and pollution prevention; green infrastructure; sensors for water monitoring and big data; water sustainability operationalization; and research interests of the intern and the team.
    Implementing the 10 market opportunities described in the Water Technology Innovation Blueprints through research and policy priorities (hhttps://www.epa.gov/innovation/water-technology-innovation-blueprints.
    Becoming familiar with water sector affairs/stakeholders and developing water-related research/ practitioner skills.
    Developing and reviewing communication and outreach materials, including white papers, talking points, brochures, website content, and blog posts (https://www.epa.gov/innovation/water-innovation-and-technology).
    Developing metrics and performance measures to assess progress of the market opportunities and innovation in the water sector. Tracking progress to implement water innovation goals.
    Analyzing the opportunities and implications of water technology and innovation through the lenses of infrastructure; economic impact; policy; small systems; equity, affordability, and accessibility.
    Researching innovative technologies and solutions in drinking water, wastewater, stormwater, and ambient water.

    The intern will have the opportunity to attend conferences and meetings regarding technology, innovation, and sustainability.

    Through this project, the intern will develop a sound understanding of water resources management, including the critical challenges facing the U.S. and world, and gain an understanding of initiatives that are currently being implemented and are on the horizon to solve water resource issues. They will be exposed to regulatory, policy, technical, and research experiences related to Water Sustainability.

    This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and EPA.

    The appointment is full time for one year and may be renewed upon recommendation of EPA and contingent on the availability of funds. The participant will receive a monthly stipend. The annual stipend will $54,972. Funding may be made available to reimburse the participant’s travel expenses to present the results of his/her research at scientific conferences. No funding will be made available to cover travel costs for pre-appointment visits, relocation costs, tuition and fees, or participant’s health insurance. The participant must show proof of health and medical insurance. The participant does not become an EPA employee.

    The mentor for this project is Jeffrey Lape (lape.jeff@epa.gov). The desired start date is September 1, 2017.

    Qualifications

    Master’s degree in environmental engineering, environmental science, environmental studies, environmental public policy or a closely related field within five years of the desired starting date, or completion of all requirements for the degree should be expected prior to the starting date.

    How To Apply

    A complete application consists of:

    An application
    Transcripts – Click here for detailed information about acceptable transcripts
    A current resume/CV, including academic history, employment history, relevant experiences, and publication list
    Two educational or professional references

    All documents must be in English or include an official English translation.

    If you have questions, send an email to EPArpp@orau.org. Please include the reference code for this opportunity in your email.

    Number of Openings
    1

    Program
    Office of Water (OW)

    Academic Levels

    Post-Master’s

    Eligibility Requirements

    Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only
    Degree: Currently pursuing a Master’s degree or have received this degree within 60 months.
    Discipline(s):

    Life Health and Medical Sciences

    Biology (General)

    Ecology

    Ecosystem Ecology

    Environmental Health

    Public Health

    Engineering

    Civil Engineering

    Energy

    Engineering (General)

    Engineering Sciences

    Environmental Engineering

    Geophysical Engineering

    Mechanical Engineering

    Other Physical Sciences

    Environmental Chemistry

    Earth and Geosciences

    Environmental Science Studies

    Hydrologic Sciences

    Environmental and Marine Sciences

    Environmental Sciences

    Hydrology

    Marine Science

    Natural Resources

    Social and Behavioral Sciences

    History of Science

    Political Science and Government

    Public Policy

    Risk Analysis

    Science Policy/Science & Society

    Urban and Regional Planning

    Veteran Status: None

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