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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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    LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS: Natural History Society of Maryland Spring and Summer Programs

    Hello Chesapeake Network!

    The Natural History Society of Maryland is looking for program volunteers for the coming spring and summer seasons.

    NHSM is a mostly volunteer-led non-profit organization dedicated to making the wonders of the natural world accessible to every Marylander! We offer a wide-range of public programs including fossil collecting trips, guided nature hikes, lectures, and science cafes (located all around Maryland but mostly in the Baltimore area). Please check out our Facebook page and Meetup page for future and past programs. There are many more future programs to come so stay posted!

    We are looking for volunteers to assist in the running of these programs. Duties would include: signing in participants, making sure presenter/leader stays on schedule, set-up/clean-up, etc. No prior experience is necessary! Volunteers would get to participate in the program for free too!

    Anyone interested, please email Jillie Drutz at

    Thank you for your support!

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    YOUNG NATURE NERDS: Nature Songs with Stina at NHSM: Wetlands, and Meadows, and Forests, Oh My!


    The Natural History Society of Maryland is so excited to be hosting for the first time, nature troubadour, Christina Ayala!

    Join Stina for an afternoon of fun songs about wetlands, meadows, and forests (Oh My!). Come ready to groove and sing along! This event is perfect for families and especially our younger audiences.

    Location: Natural History Society of Maryland 6908 Belair Road

    Cost: NHSM Member Price: $5 per person / Non-Member Price: $7 per person

    Note: “Member” refers to being a member of the Natural History Society of Maryland NOT a member of the Natural History Society’s Meetup page. We hope you consider becoming a member of NHSM, please visit our webpage at to learn more.

    You can pay in person by cash or check, or online at

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    As always this time of year, snow is a possibility! Please check back on Meetup or our Facebook page in the case of cancellation or postponement if snow is a possibility. We will try to make the call the day before at the latest.


    Who is Stina you may ask?:

    Stina (Christina) Ayala is an environmental educator and performing artist living in southern Maryland. She grew up in the beautiful state of Alaska where she first connected to the natural world through endless hours of outdoor play in “the last frontier”. Surrounded by Alaskan Native storytelling, song, and dance, she studied folklore and performing arts at UCLA where she graduated with a B.A. from the Department of World Arts and Cultures. Check out her website for more information!



    The Natural History Society of Maryland is a mostly volunteer-led organization and all fees will go directly to support the programs, the nature collections, and the building that make this kind of nature education possible.  Donate or become a member of the Natural History Society of Maryland by visiting We appreciate your support!

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    MICA Art Course (10 Sessions) at NHSM: The Artist as Naturalist; Drawing in Color

    The Natural History Society of Maryland is so excited to be hosting a MICA community education course!

    “Nature always wears the colors of the spirit,” wrote Emerson. Students in this course, which is suitable for all levels, use colored drawing media such as pencils, markers, watercolor pencils, and ink to draw specimens from the outstanding collection of the Natural History Society of Maryland, which includes beautiful gems, minerals, plants, fossils, seashells and coral, as well as preserved insects, butterflies and moths, reptiles, birds and mammals. On site at NHSM, participants embark on extended projects focused on different aspects of the collection, spending time to closely observe, study and render a variety of fascinating natural forms. Consideration will be given to properties of wet and dry media, mark-making, composition, and the incorporation of text. In addition, students learn how to observe the interaction of color in nature, organize a palette, and establish successful color relationships in their compositions, using layering and blending. Outside of class, students keep weekly nature journals to supplement their inquiry into the natural world.

    Instructor: David Little (MICA ’83, General Fine Arts B.F.A.) is a recipient of the Henry Walter Travelling Fellowship, the Baltimore City Art Grant and the Maryland State Arts Council Grant. His artwork features figurative elements on a large scale using a variety of drawing media, including pastels.

    Dates: February 27, 2018 to May 1, 2018 on Tuesdays from 6:15 PM to 9:30 PM. (NO class on March 13)

    Credits: 1.5

    Cost: $645


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    2018 Maryland Land Conservation Conference

    The Maryland Land Conservation Conference is the largest gathering of its kind in the state of Maryland. This annual conference brings together land trusts, conservancies, local and state government agencies, heritage organizations, members of the agricultural community and other partners for a comprehensive discussion about the future of land conservation in our region. For more details or to register for the 2018 Maryland Land Conservation Conference visit Maryland Environmental Trust’s event page.

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    2018 National Wetlands Awards – Deadline Extended!

    The Environmental Law Institute (ELI) is currently accepting nominations for the 2018 National Wetlands Awards. ELI is pleased to announce a new category this year — Wetland Business Leader.

    The deadline to submit a short-form nomination has been extended until January 22, 2018. It is quick and easy to nominate your favorite wetland hero! Please visit for more details.

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    Choose Clean Water Conference Proposal Deadline

    The deadline to submit proposals for the 9th Annual Choose Clean Water Conference is Friday, January 12 at 5 p.m.

    View RFP and submit your proposals here.

    With questions, please contact Kristin Reilly.

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    River Rally 2018 – Registration Now Open!

    Hosted by River Network | April 29 – May 2, 2018 | Olympic Valley, California
    River Rally is a national conference for river and water champions. Unique in its focus on providing practical education, inspiring courage, and celebrating achievements, River Rally brings together hundreds of people from across the United States and the world who care about rivers and water issues. Join NGO staff and volunteers, academics, agency and foundation representatives, industry innovators, and community leaders for the biggest (and most fun) water-focused event of the year!


    February 1st, 2018 – Last day to apply for scholarships.

    March 30th, 2018 – Early Bird Registration Deadline.

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    Seasonal Field Educator for Island Residential Programs

    The Chesapeake Bay Foundation seeks (1) seasonal field educator for the Spring field season. The position starts at the beginning of February and concludes in December 2018 (there is potential to negotiate dates). The seasonal field educator will live and teach at one of our four island centers. The position includes housing and a stipend. This is an ideal position for a recent college graduate looking for experience in environmental education.


    Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is the nation’s leading conservation organization dedicated solely to restoring and protecting the Chesapeake Bay, our nation’s largest estuary. With over 230,000 members, an annual operating budget of $26 million, a $55 million endowment, CBF’s 185 full time staff work in offices in Annapolis and Easton, MD; Richmond and Virginia Beach, VA; Harrisburg, PA; Washington, DC; and in 15 field education program locations across the Bay watershed

    CBF’s headquarters – the Philip Merrill Environmental Center – in Annapolis is the world’s first USGBC LEED platinum building. In 2014, CBF opened the Brock Environmental Center in Virginia Beach; the Brock Center is the tenth certified Living Building and one of the most energy efficient, environmentally smart buildings in the world.

    CBF Environmental Education

    Approximately 35,000 students and teachers participate each year in CBF’s education field experiences or teacher professional learning.

    The Bay, and its watershed, is our classroom and CBF environmental educators are responsible for bringing the Bay alive to students. We strive to make a lasting impression about the excitement and vulnerability of the Bay.

    Each of CBF’s 15 education programs has its own individual character. The field experience options run the gamut from our urban boat programs in Baltimore and Hampton Roads to Pennsylvania canoe programs to remote island-based centers. We use hands-on experiential teaching techniques to educate students about the health of the Bay and connect them back to their local environment. Educators promote and develop citizen knowledge about the Bay by providing unforgettable, hands-on, student lead experiences that inspire them with a commitment to take action for the restoration of the Bay.

    The education department is comprised of Student Field Programs, Teacher and Principal Professional Learning, and Student Leadership. All of these components work closely to educate and empower students to take action towards “Saving the Bay.”


    The seasonal educators will live and work at one of the following centers:

    The Fox Island Education Center is located on a remote salt marsh island in the lower Chesapeake Bay, where the Tangier and Pocomoke Sounds converge. The island is compromised completely of tidal salt marsh, with no trees or high ground. This center provides participants access to some of the Bay’s most pristine areas. Two hundred and forty-five acres of unspoiled marshland and surrounding water that teem with life provide opportunities for exploration by foot, canoe and workboat. Access to Fox Island requires a 45-minute boat trip from Crisfield, MD (pop. 2,500). Built in 1929 as a hunting and fishing lodge, the center operates a residential program for 6th – 12th grade students and teachers. This rustic education center houses up to 24 people and is the only structure on an uninhabited island. The lodge’s location, history and simple nature make it a truly magical experience for students and teachers. The full-time, on-site staff consists of a Program Manager, Captain, and seasonal educator who are all responsible for conducting all field experiences.

    The Smith Island Education Center is located in Tylerton, Maryland, the largest inhabited offshore island in the Bay. It is an 8-mile x 4-mile island consisting primarily of virgin estuarine marsh crisscrossed by a maze of guts, creeks, and thoroughfares. The three island communities have a total population of 300 people. CBF owns two houses in the community of Tylerton, from which we operate a residential environmental education center for groups of up to 30 students and/or adults. The center incorporates canoes, a skiff, and a 40-foot workboat into the program. The full-time, on-site staff consists of a Program Manager, Assistant Manager, and Captain who are all responsible for conducting all field experiences.

    The Karen Noonan Memorial Environmental Education Center is situated on 20 acres of marsh in southern Dorchester County, Maryland. Participants explore pine forests, underwater grass beds, and native oyster reefs that surround the center. The nearby Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, one of the largest tidal wetlands on the East Coast, also provides opportunities from which to investigate this ecosystem. Once one of the great Chesapeake hunting lodges, the Karen Noonan Center was completely renovated in 1995 to create an environmentally sound, state-of-the-art residential center. Participants in our program can see how a “green building” can function not only as a learning tool but as a home. The center has a 40-foot workboat, canoes, a pier, and approximately 100 feet of beachfront. The full-time, on-site staff consists of a Program Manager, Captain, and seasonal educator who are all responsible for conducting all field experiences.

    The Port Isobel Education Center is a 250-acre island that is situated in the heart of the Tangier Island archipelago. The island showcases a variety of estuarine habitats such as: marshes, a pine forest, and a ¼ mile beach. The program serves 6th-12th grade students, teachers, and other adult groups. The program is focused on understanding the delicate relationship between the ecosystem and the watermen community of Tangier. There is also a pier, 42-foot workboat and a fleet of canoes that are used with all participants. The center utilizes a dormitory, a dining/meeting hall, and staff housing. The full-time, on-site staff consists of a Program Manager, Captain, and seasonal educator who are all responsible for conducting all field experiences.


    Ability to live and work at one of CBF’s residential centers and lead three-day, two-night field experiences for school groups, grades 6-12th typically, and adults
    Assist in planning and teaching three-day ecology and environmental science field experiences for school aged groups (grades 6-12 typically) and adults
    Assist program staff with routine maintenance, upkeep, cleaning, and projects in compliance with Education Center safety checklists
    Ensure safe learning environment for participants

    Create a fun, experiential environment for all participants

    Understand and convey the mission of the Foundation
    Be a role model for students and participants

    Develop and maintain education materials
    Work as a team within the individual field program and the education department

    This physically-demanding position involves frequent weekend work & year-round exposure to the elements

    Housing is provided and the Seasonal Educator must live on-site for the duration of the term


    Successful Candidate should possess the following:

    Bachelor’s degree in education, environmental science, biology, environmental studies, or related field, or relevant experience required
    Experience teaching in either a formal or non-formal setting, preferred
    A strong desire to teach in the field/outdoors (under all weather conditions) and work with students on a daily basis
    Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills while working with participants of all ages and with co-workers
    Collaborative work style
    Energy, enthusiasm, and passion for working with students and teaching about the environment
    Creativity, humor and self-confidence
    Desire and ability to relate to people of all ages and backgrounds
    Knowledge of environmental issues facing the Bay
    Experience on boats & boater safety certification, preferred
    Knowledge of Chesapeake Bay Foundation & the Education Department mission, strategic plans & goals, a plus
    Strong commitment to participant safety and maintaining education equipment

    Physical Requirements:

    Physical ability to lift and carry heavy objects-at least 45 pounds (canoes and other equipment)
    This physically demanding position involves year-round exposure to the elements
    Ability to live on-site at an Island Center for the duration of the term
    Ability to work evenings and/or weekends
    Ability to travel to attend trainings & meetings


    Must pass a criminal background check
    All education staff participate in a pre-employment & random drug screening program per the requirements of the US Coast Guard

    To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for (3) references no later than January 12, 2018:

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    Chesapeake Bay Foundation

    The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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    Webinar: Making Urban Trees Count: Quantifying and crediting stormwater benefits, 1/10 1 PM ET

    Making Urban Trees Count: Quantifying and crediting stormwater benefits
    Wednesday, January 10, 2018 | 1:00 – 2:15pm ET
    Presenters: Karen Cappiella, Center for Watershed Protection; Justin Hynicka, American Forests
    The water quality benefits of forests are widely accepted, yet very few studies have successfully quantified the runoff and pollutant-reducing impacts of trees in the urban landscape. Uncertainty as to how to “credit” urban trees – everything from individual street trees up to small patches of forest – for runoff and pollutant load reduction has hampered their use as a stormwater best management practice (BMP). In this webinar, Karen Cappiella and Justin Hynicka will review the available stormwater crediting systems for urban tree planting and will present a new crediting system that can be integrated into state and local compliance systems for stormwater management, Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs), and other water quality requirements. The presenters will share a case study example of how this crediting framework has been formally adopted by state and federal agencies as part of the Chesapeake Bay TMDL, which covers 64,000 square miles across six states and DC.

    This project was made possible in part by funding from the USDA Forest Service National Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Cost-Share Grant program. The National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council (NUCFAC) sets the categories for this grant program based on the Ten-Year Urban Forestry Action Plan and recommends to the Forest Service innovative urban and community forestry research and projects that should be considered for funding.

    This webinar is open to all. 1.25 CEU with the International Society of Arboriculture.
    Please use the information below to connect to the webinar:

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    Toll-free: 1-877-369-5243 or 1-617-668-3633 Participant code: 0718205

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    Need help with telephone conferencing? Call AT&T Connect Support at 1-888-796-6118.

    Presented by the USDA Forest Service National Urban Forest Technology & Science Delivery Team

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    The Chesapeake Bay Trust Green Streets, Green Jobs, Green Towns (G3) Grant Program is now open!

    The Chesapeake Bay Green Streets-Green Jobs-Green Towns (G3) Grant Program funded by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region III (EPA), Chesapeake Bay Trust (Trust), and the City of Baltimore Office of Sustainability with support from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, welcomes requests for urban green infrastructure proposals. The goal of the Chesapeake Bay G3 Grant Program is to help communities develop and implement plans that reduce stormwater runoff, increase the number and amount of green spaces in urban areas, improve the health of local streams and the Chesapeake Bay, and enhance quality of life and community livability.

    This collaborative effort provides support for local, grassroots-level greening efforts to reduce stormwater runoff from towns and communities in urbanized watersheds. By focusing on “green streets” communities can develop and realize a green vision to design-build and operate and maintain green infrastructure stormwater practices. Green Streets anchor communities and serve as a catalyst for the integration of green practices that support green schools, greening of urban vacant lots, increasing urban tree canopy, and reducing impervious surfaces to improve natural infrastructure. All communities in Maryland and throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed portions of Delaware, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., West Virginia, and Virginia are eligible to apply.

    Up to $15,000 for conceptual plans, $30,000 for engineered designs, $75,000 for implementation projects, and $20,000 for white papers may be requested for this grant program. If selected, charrette applicants will receive technical assistance rather than direct funding.


    Deadline: March 16th, 2018 at 4 pm.

    For more information, please visit the grant webpage:  Green Streets, Green Jobs, Green Towns (G3) Grant Program.

    For questions or to discuss project ideas, please contact Jeffrey Popp, 410-974-2941, ext. 103.

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    Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park Summer Camp Intern

    The Annapolis Maritime Museum annually serves more than 8,000 students. We aim to help construct a connection between people and the environment by leading hands-on activities that foster positive outdoor experiences and help stimulate critical thinking. These experiences can help establish a foundation for future sustainable environmental decision making.

    The Education Center at the Annapolis Maritime Museum seeks summer interns to assist with our summer camp, including before and after care. The Summer Camp Intern position is ideal for individuals who are passionate about leading youth, possess a love for the outdoors, and have prior summer camp experience. Successful interns will be energetic, motivated, responsible, and ready to have fun!

    Participating interns will gain:

    Experience in environmental education and curriculum development
    Knowledge of Chesapeake Bay history, ecology, and maritime culture
    Communication and leadership skills including the confidence and knowledge to guide other volunteers and interns

    Intern Responsibilities:

    Assist with all aspects of AMM’s day camps (K-7th grade), including child supervision, daily set up and clean up, and program material management
    Organize, co-teach, and teach a variety of group activities: crafts, outdoor exploration, games, kayaking, etc.
    Aid in the development of hands-on environmental education lessons
    Ensure the site is kept clean, organized, and free of litter
    Communicate with Lead Staff regarding concerns, challenges, and camper experiences
    Assist in maintaining accurate program records including health logs and daily attendance
    Ensure children’s safety, manage behavior, and act as a role model and mentor

    Skills and Qualifications:

    One year of undergraduate study. Biology, Environmental Studies, Education, History or related field preferred
    Demonstrated experience working with children
    High energy and enthusiasm
    Flexibility and the ability to problem solve
    Strong organizational and time management skills
    Willingness to work outside in all weather conditions
    Ability to lift at least 15 pounds
    CPR/First Aid Certification preferred

    Commitment and Stipend

    6 week term: July 9th-27th  &  August 6th-24th
    Stipend of $200 per week; 40 hour work week
    Employment contingent upon fingerprinting and background check

    Please send a letter of interest and resume to:

    Candice Hilliard –

    Deadline: April 1, 2018

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    Executive Director

    Summary: Since 1995, Canaan Valley Institute (CVI) has been dedicated to providing Central Appalachia with clean rivers and streams. We adamantly believe clean water is vital to encourage healthy, vibrant, and sustainable communities throughout the region. CVI’s main office is located in Tucker County, WV, surrounded by the Monongahela National Forest, two of the best state parks in the Mid-Atlantic, public land open for hunting and fishing, and a treasured network of hiking and biking trails.

    Purpose: Reporting to Canaan Valley Institute’s Board of Directors, the executive director (ED) has overall strategic and operational responsibility for CVI’s staff, programs, and execution of its mission. The ED provides leadership and management to ensure high quality programmatic services, works with staff and the Board of Directors to bring in the necessary financial resources for programs and operations, and leads organizational planning. He/she will have responsibility for the intellectual and programmatic direction of the institution, and will promote our mission and activities to constituents, funders and the broader public.

    Opportunity: An exciting opportunity exists for a passionate, dynamic person to take over this well-established organization with significant resources. In the coming year, the new ED will have the opportunity to reinvent and expand CVI’s mission to match his/her passion that may include issues such as clean water, locally sourced food, land-use planning, wastewater treatment and/or efforts to build sustainable economic development initiatives that help diversify the region’s economy. The new ED also will work with the Board to refine and implement a plan to expand the organization’s visibility and impact.

    Essential Duties:

    Lead strategic planning for long-term sustainability to build a solid financial footing for the organization
    Manage transition of organization to new funding model based on strategic plan
    Develop and implement fundraising programs to support mission and projects
    Strengthen relationships with public agencies and private sector donors
    Oversee financial operations

    Requirements: This position requires at least five years of management experience and the ability to motivate and lead an organization through a transitional period. The right candidate will need an entrepreneurial, inclusive spirit and global perspective to develop self-sustaining, mission oriented programs. Outstanding oral and written communication skills, a history of public advocacy including excellent public speaking skills will also be important. The best candidates will have a track record in attracting financial support from foundations, agencies, private corporations, and individuals and government sources.
    Salary and Benefits: The position will require significant travel throughout the Central Appalachian region but will be based in CVI’s main office in Davis, WV. The salary for this position is commensurate with experience. The position includes health, dental, and disability insurance, paid leave, 403B retirement plan, flexible spending accounts, AFLAC supplemental insurance, and health reimbursement account.

    To Apply: For consideration, send cover letter, resume, and five references by 5:00pm EDT January 22, 2018 to:
    Canaan Valley Institute is an equal opportunity employer.

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    Air Quality Scientist or Engineer

    The Mid-Atlantic Regional Air Management Association (MARAMA), a voluntary, non-profit association of ten state and local air pollution control agencies, seeks an Air Quality Scientist or Engineer. The three key areas of responsibility for this position relate to the three aspects of MARAMA’s Mission: Coordination, Projects, and Training.

    Requires BA/S degree from an accredited four year college or university in related area. Must be capable of working independently and as part of a team and possesses excellent communication skills. Strong skills in the Microsoft Office Suite are a must. Web site, database, statistics, and GIS experience a plus. Experience in air quality management is desired.

    SALARY and BENFITS: Salary is dependent upon the selected candidate’s education and related experience. MARAMA offers a competitive benefits package including: medical and dental insurance, a generous leave package with federal holidays, sick and vacation leave. Other benefits include a 410 K plan with employer contribution, and free parking in a desirable location in Baltimore County.

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    Executive Director


    Rock Creek Conservancy seeks a visionary and innovative leader with proven experience, outstanding management skills, and fundraising expertise to serve as Executive Director. This is an exceptional opportunity for a person deeply committed to environmental work, and in particular the protection and promotion of the Rock Creek watershed and Rock Creek Park as a natural treasure and community resource. The Conservancy has experienced tremendous growth in the past few years in budget, staff, and programs, and is looking for an Executive to continue that growth trajectory.

    Rock Creek Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working to restore Rock Creek and its parklands as a natural oasis for all people to appreciate and protect. Rock Creek Conservancy plays a pivotal and high-profile leadership role in the Maryland/DC environmental and conservation community and has developed important partnerships throughout the region to fulfill its mission.

    Rock Creek Conservancy is governed by a strong and prestigious board of directors of nineteen people with experience in conservation, parks and public lands, fundraising, education and youth programming, communications, and nonprofit management. Board members and other volunteers participate in an active committee structure that guides and supports the executive director and its staff of 9 full-time and more than 50 seasonal employees.


    Provide leadership, vision, and focus for Rock Creek Conservancy as a respected and effective environmental organization.
    As the organization’s lead fundraiser, cultivate and secure support from individuals, foundations, and corporations, with assistance from the Board and development staff.
    Ensure that the Conservancy’s activities help achieve the goals and key performance indicators set forth in our strategic plan.
    Serve as the spokesperson and public face of Rock Creek Conservancy to the media, legislators, volunteers, members, donors, and partners.
    Maintain and deepen a collaborative and strategic partnership with the National Park Service, Rock Creek Park, Montgomery County Parks, as well as other relevant governmental organizations.
    Serve as an inspiring and innovative leader and convener of environmental/parks organizations in the Rock Creek watershed by developing and promoting shared goals.
    Implement a communications strategy that will increase the visibility of Rock Creek Conservancy and its issues.
    Ensure that the Conservancy recognizes and serves a diverse population, reflecting the highly diverse communities adjacent to Rock Creek Park and in the Rock Creek Watershed.
    Manage the day-to-day operations of the organization, including responsibility for financial systems and working with the financial consultants and auditor.
    Attract and retain talented staff to carry out the organization’s programs, fundraising, and communications.
    Manage the Conservancy’s staff, and in particular the ED’s direct reports across the organization’s primary functional areas.
    Support an engaged board of directors as it carries out its fiduciary and governance responsibilities.

    Desired Skills, Experience, and Personal Characteristics

    To be successful, the executive director should be:

    Passionate about the mission of Rock Creek Conservancy, with strong professional experience in the environment, conservation, parks, or a related field.
    An excellent communicator who can both inspire and establish credibility with donors, government officials, leaders of other conservation organizations, the media, the staff, the board, and others.
    Able to think strategically and programmatically in setting priorities, allocating resources, providing follow-through, and evaluating efforts.
    Personally experienced in fundraising from individuals, foundations, federal and local governments, and corporations.
    Knowledgeable about nonprofit management, including best practices in financial management, program management, staff development, and board development.
    Familiar with advocacy and public policy formulation, at the state and county levels of government.

    The Conservancy offers a competitive salary and benefits package.

    To apply, please e-mail the following, attached as word or PDF files, to the search committee at

    Cover letter that explains why you are interested and qualified,
    Resume that conveys your leadership and management accomplishments, and
    Three-year salary history (which will be held in strict confidence)

    The search committee will begin to review applications on January 16, 2018, and will accept applications until this position is filled. All applications will be treated confidentially and acknowledged promptly.

    No phone calls, please.

    Rock Creek Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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    Nature Center Facility Leader I- Robinson Nature Center

    Howard County Recreation and Parks operates the Robinson Nature Center.  This position performs intermediate level recreation services work ensuring the safe and efficient operation of the Center. This position provides support to the Facility Leader II and to full-time staff of the Center.  This position will work closely with the Program Manager for assistance with program marketing including Facebook posts, flyers, posters, and other duties as assigned.  This position will assist in providing customer service and support for center operations. Center hours are Wednesday-Sunday; weekend and occasional evening work is required. This positions is 37.5 hr/week, year-round and non-benefited.


    Assist with ActiveNet membership, entering seasonal programs and program registration
    Performs opening and closing duties as assigned
    Greet all visitors, directs guests around the Center based on their interests or purpose for visiting
    Daily monitoring of Center voicemail and directing messages to appropriate party
    Makes phone calls as directed contacting participants with cancellations, program updates and maintains program wait lists. Performs refunds when necessary.
    Set up and take down of equipment for non-package rentals
    Create and maintain permits for Naturalist Birthday Party rentals
    Answers a multi-line phone and directs calls to the appropriate coordinator
    Use multi-channel scanning County radio
    Provides marketing and program promotion to walk in customers. Create small flyers with event information and keep whiteboards up to date.
    Keep outside and inside kiosks and classrooms stocked with appropriate literature
    Performs data processing including program attendance, rental attendance and special event attendance
    Assists with gift shop sales, product placement, ordering and inventory
    Assists with Touch Tank maintenance and Touch Tank public hours when needed
    Maintains community calendars with RNC programs
    Maintain cleanliness of Discovery Room, Legacy Room and front Lobby
    Communicates clearly and courteously with the public and coworkers including issues that could affect public safety
    Work closely with the Naturalist, Program Manager and Volunteer Coordinator to conduct efficient registration and program/special event check ins
    Work closely with the Program Manager for assistance with program marketing including Facebook posts, flyers, posters and other duties as assigned
    Performs other duties as assigned to ensure the smooth operations of the center
    File permits and other paperwork
    Assists with completing center forms
    Monitors center patrons and enforces center rules
    Wear Recreation and Parks shirt and nametag
    Be trained in the use of the AED, CPR and First Aid

    • Must have basic knowledge of nature center operations
    • Possess good communication skills
    • Be flexible, reliable, responsible and enjoy working with the general public
    • Must be able to lift 40 pounds
    • Must be at least 18 years of age and possess a high school diploma or GED equivalency

    RATE OF PAY: Contingent – Paraprofessional – $11.00-13.00 / hour
    Salary commensurate with experience

    Interested applicants can apply online by visiting Select the ‘I Want to’ tab and select ‘Apply for County Job’. Questions can be emailed to Emily Sizemore at

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    Environmental Humanities Teacher

    The Chesapeake Watershed Semester, operated by the Gunston School, is accepting applications for teachers for the 2018-2019 school year.  Program website:

    The Chesapeake Watershed Semester is a unique opportunity for highly motivated high school juniors or seniors to join a talented community of learners who will immerse themselves in the study and restoration of the Chesapeake Bay for one semester.  Through dynamic and diverse field-study Expeditions, students travel the region meeting with stakeholders and conducting research.  From our waterfront campus, students take honors and AP level classes while maintaining an intense, hands-on engagement with the natural environment.


    We seek a dynamic, energetic, and student-centered lead teacher to help launch the new Chesapeake Watershed Semester.  The primary responsibilities of the position include teaching two courses, American Government Seminar and Literature of the Land and Water during the fall “experiential” semester, and environmental humanities electives for The Gunston School during the spring semester.  We seek candidates who can utilize an array of experiential and student-centered instructional strategies that promote both rigorous intellectual thinking and meaningful engagement.  As one of two lead teachers for the fall program, we seek individuals with strong organizational management skills, willingness to tackle projects large and small, creativity, flexibility, and a passion for both the environment and the humanities.

    Candidates applying for teaching positions should have at least ONE of the following academic qualifications:

    Undergraduate or Master’s degree in a relevant content area (i.e. English, Political Science, Environmental Studies)
    2+ years teaching experience preferred

    Additionally, candidates should possess advanced technical skills and be able to lead in at least ONE of the following activity areas:

    Open water kayaking
    Small craft boating
    Backpacking (5-6 days in remote locations)

    This is a paid, annual position with the opportunity for contract extensions each year.  The teacher will have residential life and expedition duties during the fall Chesapeake Watershed Semester.  During the pilot year, 2018-2019, the Chesapeake Watershed Semester will only run in the fall semester.  Teachers applying for this position will teach at our parent institution, The Gunston School, during the spring semester.  

    Curious about the Chesapeake Watershed Semester?  Check out our website.

    More questions?  Please contact Director, Emily Beck (

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    NHSM 6 Session Course on Understanding Weather and Climate with Martin Schmidt

    Please join us for a fantastic 6 session course about climate and weather with Martin Schmidt this spring! This is a perfect course for beginners.

    We’re immersed in the weather all the time. This class will help you observe and make sense of what’s happening around us.  Weather forecasts abound, but when we look for patterns in our everyday weather we can understand the processes underlying those forecasts.

    During these six classes we’ll look at many sources of information we have today–from local to global.  After examining the systems that create our usual daily weather, we’ll look at extremes like thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hurricanes to see how they form, grow, and dissipate.  And, of course, we will look at what science says is happening in regard to climate change, including what to expect and what actions the data indicate are needed.

    Some of the specific topics that will be covered include:

    Weather features, how they are measured, and what they tell us
    Sources of weather data and forecasts, and how to examine patterns in data.
    Global atmospheric circulation patterns and seasons
    How high and low pressure systems create everyday weather
    Weather extremes and being prepared for them
    Climate – what it has been, what influences it, how it’s changing now

    Instructor: Martin Schmidt, Science teacher at the McDonough School and author of “Maryland’s Geology” (see the rest of his bio at the end!)

    Suggested Resource: The Weather Book, by Jack Williams

    Bring (optional): Materials and supplies for taking notes (including laptop or electronic notebook)

    Cost: $144 – Please pay online at

    We will be meeting every Thursday from April 5, 2018 through May 10, 2018 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Below are the specific dates for each session:

    Thursday April 5

    Thursday April 12

    Thursday April 19

    Thursday April 26

    Thursday May 3

    Thursday May 10

    Martin Schmidt has been teaching grades 9-12 at McDonogh School since 1978, including physics, chemistry, and geosciences over the years.  He is author of the book, Maryland’s Geology, published by Schiffer Publishers, which is designed to give a basic geologic background & then apply it to the state, for students, teachers, and laymen.  He feels fortunate to have been able to travel to the Andes, the Alps, & the Himalayas, and finds it fascinating to see the variety and similarity of geologic features around the world.  He loves maps and can play around with GIS for hours.  Lately he’s been filling his calendar talking to naturalists, teachers, citizens, and park rangers about Maryland geology, and enjoys sharing that information.  And besides looking down at the rocks, he’s just as watchful looking up at the weather and the stars, as he finds all of Earth science absorbing!



    Keep the Natural History Society of Maryland going! We are a mostly volunteer-led organization and every little bit helps. Please consider donating and becoming a member of NHSM. Find out more here:

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    Winter Lecture at Mt. Cuba Center: The Quintessential Shade Garden

    Saturday, January 20, 2018 (snow date: Saturday, January 27)
    11 am – 12:15 pm, $20
    Location: Mt. Cuba Center, Hockessin, DE

    In this richly illustrated lecture, Jenny Rose Carey, Director of Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Meadowbrook Farm, presents the delights and benefits of gardening in shade using her favorite native plants. She provides design ideas for personalizing your own shade garden and making it a peaceful retreat for you, your friends, and visiting wildlife. Tips and techniques specific to gardening in shade round out this presentation.

    Copies of Jenny Rose’s book, Glorious Shade, will be available for purchase and signing after the lecture.

    Jenny Rose Carey was born into a family of gardeners and botanists and is an avid, handson horticulturist. Her property, Northview, serves as her living laboratory and includes a shade garden, moss garden, and stumpery. Her recently published book, Glorious Shade (Timber Press, 2017), is a practical guide to all aspects of shade gardening, including a rich plant palette and a calendar of seasonal tasks. Jenny Rose and her gardens have been featured on the PBS series The Victory Garden, and in The Wall Street Journal, Philadelphia Inquirer, and Pennsylvania Gardener.

    This course is part of the Mt. Cuba Center Lecture Series.

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