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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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    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 http://www.nationalwetlandsawards.org 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!

    https://www.rivernetwork.org/events-learning/river-rally/about/

    IMPORTANT DATES:

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

    March 30th, 2018 – Early Bird Registration Deadline.

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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:

    1. FIRST TIME USERS: MAKE SURE YOU CAN CONNECT
    If you have never attended an Adobe Connect meeting before, test your connection before the webinar. Go to: https://usfs.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm

    2. CONNECT TO THE WEBINAR ON YOUR SYSTEM
    Go to: https://usfs.adobeconnect.com/ucf/

    3. AUDIO
    Broadcast audio through your computer or use the information below to connect via telephone conferencing:
    Toll-free: 1-877-369-5243 or 1-617-668-3633 Participant code: 0718205

    4. TROUBLESHOOTING
    Unable to join the meeting? Call Adobe Connect at 1-800-422-3623.
    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 – community@amaritime.org

    Deadline: April 1, 2018

    To learn more about the museum visit amaritime.org

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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: personnel@canaanvi.org.
    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

    Executive Director WASHINGTON, D.C., METROPOLITAN AREA

    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.

    PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES

    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 edpost@rockcreekconservancy.org:

    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.

    http://www.rockcreekconservancy.org/

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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: https://www.chesapeakewatershedsemester.org/

    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.

    ENVIRONMENTAL HUMANITIES: GOVERNMENT/ENGLISH TEACHER POSITION:

    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 (ebeck@gunston.org)

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    Business for Water Stewardship Project Bank – Potential Funding Available for Restoration Projects!

    Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF) and River Network have teamed up to offer the Business for Water Stewardship Project Bank (BWS Project Bank), a new online clearinghouse to support growing corporate interest in projects that restore river flows and recharge ground water, and to expand funding opportunities for dues-paying River Network member organizations and their river restoration projects.

    The BWS Project Bank offers an opportunity for organizations to represent their watershed restoration projects on a national platform. BEF uses the Project Bank to share and learn about organizations and restoration projects and to represent specific projects to corporations seeking opportunities to support environmental water stewardship. Where there is a match between corporate interest and restoration projects, companies may elect to provide funding to support those efforts. In a few very instances, BEF may have corporate funds available for immediate investment.

    Click here for eligibility guidelines and instructions on submitting a project to the BWS Project Bank.

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    Summer Internships: Horticulture, Plant Science, Ecology

    Come study at Mt. Cuba Center, a premier botanical garden that embraces ecological gardening and celebrates native plants. Gain hands-on experience in your specific internship area while working one-on-one with our professional staff. Participate in group projects, educational programming, plant identification classes, and trips to other local horticultural organizations.  Each intern will maintain a field notebook throughout the summer for review. The program runs from May 21 – August 10, 2018. Visit http://mtcubacenter.org/employment/internship-program/ for more information and to apply online.

    The three positions detailed below are available for the summer of 2018.

    Ecological Gardening Internship – Formal Gardens

    The Ecological Gardening – Formal Gardens Intern will learn how to maintain native plantings in formal garden designs and in decorative containers. The Formal Gardens surround the Main House at Mt. Cuba Center and showcase native flora incorporated into historical, non-native plantings in a traditional setting.  The intern will work along-side our experienced horticulture staff with the opportunity to interact with guests as they explore our newly planted South Garden and other formal areas.

    Ecological Gardening Internship – Naturalistic Gardens

    The Ecological Gardening – Naturalistic Gardens Intern will enjoy a rotation through Mt. Cuba Center’s naturalistic gardens and train in the cultivation and maintenance of woodland, woodland edge, and pond gardens. In addition, the intern will learn about native plants and the wildlife that depend on them; understand sustainable management strategies used in mature naturalistic gardens; and be exposed to pest/disease management practices, weed identification, and design concepts.

    Greenhouse Internship

    The Greenhouse Intern will participate in all aspects of greenhouse maintenance, plant propagation, and production techniques of woody and herbaceous plants collected from the eastern United States and grown for use in our gardens and research programs. In addition, the intern will become familiar with our Plant Evaluation and Introductions Program.  Daily activities in the greenhouses and hoop houses will include watering, weeding, planting, and transplanting.

    Qualifications

    Mt. Cuba Center’s summer internship program is designed for individuals who have completed at least their junior year of college in programs in natural resources, horticulture or plant sciences.

    Compensation

    On-site housing is available at no cost to the intern and pay is $11/hour for a 40-hour work week.

    Application Process

    Please visit http://mtcubacenter.org/employment/internship-program/ to apply online. Application deadline is March 1, 2018. Apply early because interviews will begin in January 2018, as applications are received, and will continue until positions are filled, possibly before the March 1 deadline. For more information email internships@mtcubacenter.org or call 302-239-8886.

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    One Year Internships: Horticulture, Arboriculture, Curation, Public Engagement, Visitor Experience

    Come study at Mt. Cuba Center, a premier botanical garden that embraces ecological gardening and celebrates native plants. Gain hands-on experience in your specific internship area while working one-on-one with our professional staff. Participate in group projects, educational programming, plant identification classes, and trips to other local horticultural organizations. Each intern will complete a special project culminating in an in-house presentation of the results. The program runs from May 21, 2018 to May 10, 2019. Visit http://mtcubacenter.org/employment/internship-program/ for more information and to apply online.

    The four positions detailed below are available for 2018-2019.

    1.   Arboriculture Internship

    The Arboriculture Intern will learn first-hand how Mt. Cuba Center manages our extensive collection of trees. The intern will work in our gardens and natural lands areas on a full range of tree care tasks including planting, pruning, and removals. In addition, the intern will become proficient at using the tools of the trade such as ropes, knots, pole saws, and pruners. Additional arboricultural skills learned in the program include identification of native trees, plant health care, and groundwork.  Advanced training in tree climbing and the operation of a chain saw and brush chipper will also be included in the internship.  The intern will take the lead on a special project to develop a formal process for tree assessment in our gardens. Through inspections, data collection, and prioritization, the intern will learn how to identify and evaluate the maintenance needs of the tree. By assessing safety risks, tree health, tree structure and aesthetic concerns, corrective solutions can be recommended. This internship presents an excellent opportunity for an individual who plans to pursue a career in arboriculture. Qualifications include attention to detail, self-direction, and the ability to lift 25 pounds.

    Public Engagement Internship

    The Public Engagement Intern will learn how to successfully promote and raise the profile of a public garden through print and digital marketing, outreach, and communications. In addition, the intern will design, implement and review marketing, outreach, and communications strategies that promote our conservation mission and extend our public reach. The intern project involves researching, writing, and editing Mt. Cuba Center’s Native Plant Finder, an online plant profile database.  The intern will develop a portfolio of professional copywriting, commercial photography, and social media management and take native plant classes that enhance an understanding of ecology and conservation.  Successful candidates will have an interest in ecology, enthusiasm for thorough research, and strong writing skills.

    Native Plant Curation Internship

    Immerse yourself in the study of native plants at Mt. Cuba Center!  The Native Plant Curation Intern will work closely with the Plant Recorder and Director of Collections as part of the Collections team. This year-long position explores all aspects of living collections management and offers a rare opportunity for an individual to gain insights into the skills required for professionals in this field. The selected intern oversees a project focusing on creating a Collection Development Plan for Mt. Cuba Center’s native Orchidaceae, the orchid family, the outcome of which will have a lasting impact on Mt. Cuba Center’s curatorial program.  In addition, the intern assists in plant documentation and reporting, participates in collections assessments and learns a variety of skills, including inventorying, plant labeling, mapping, and nomenclature verification.  This hands-on internship training is intended to develop essential skills for future collections managers and public garden professionals.

    Visitor Experience Internship

    The Visitor Experience Intern will learn to create remarkable experiences at a public garden by assisting in the development and implementation of on-site interpretation, public programming, and seasonal events. In addition, the intern will develop project management skills through cross-department collaboration and external communication skills in relaying key messages to the public. The intern project involves participation in Mt. Cuba Center’s first-ever interpretive planning process through the production and evaluation of our newly developed interpretive suite of products, such as tours, demonstrations, signage, and publications. Qualifications include a strong knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and InDesign, organizational skills, attention to detail, and the ability to interact with the public.

    Qualifications

    The one year internship is designed for individuals with a degree in horticulture, forestry, ecology, environmental studies, associated plant fields, or museum studies who want to become professionals in public gardens.  Through this internship, individuals with limited experience in the horticultural industry will also gain basic employment skills.  Mt. Cuba Center, while very scenic, is remote and has no public transportation, walking, or bike lanes, so a car is highly recommended.  [The use of Mt. Cuba Center’s vehicles for personal use is not permitted.]

    Compensation

    The internship pay is $11/hour for a 40-hour work week, medical benefits included. Housing is available on site at beautiful Mt. Cuba Center at no cost to the intern.

    Application Process

    Please visit http://mtcubacenter.org/employment/internship-program/   to apply online. Application deadline is March 1, 2018. Please apply early because interviews will begin in January 2018, as applications are received, and will continue until positions are filled, possibly before the March 1 deadline. For more information, email internships@mtcubacenter.org or call 302-239-8886.

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    Chesapeake Conservancy Hires Vice President and Director of Programs

    (Annapolis, MD) – Today, Chesapeake Conservancy announced that Susan Shingledecker has joined the Conservancy’s staff as the organization’s vice president and new director of programs. Shingledecker brings more than 15 years of professional experience in consulting, public policy, state government and nonprofit management.

    In her new position, Shingledecker manages the partnership with the National Park Service and oversees Chesapeake Conservancy’s programs, which include community-based conservation initiatives throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed. She also provides leadership to the organization as a whole, working with the Annapolis-based nonprofit’s president and board of directors to determine and administer the organization’s strategic direction in accomplishing its mission.

    Shingledecker has worked in a number of positions for BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety & Clean Water since 2005. Most recently, Shingledecker served as vice president, where she oversaw day-to-day operation of the nonprofit and led environmental efforts at BoatU.S. and GEICO Marine Insurance. She also supervised the Foundation’s boating safety and clean boating programs including the development of interactive online learning courses, boater outreach and fundraising.

    Shingledecker has also worked on renewable energy at the Maryland Energy Administration as the assistant director,  and the challenge of  climate change policy for the National Governors’ Association.

    “I am excited by Chesapeake Conservancy’s partnership model working with federal state and local agencies and conservation organizations throughout the watershed. Chesapeake Conservancy’s use of the latest technology to drive data-based decisions yields measurable and significant conservation results.,” Shingledecker said. “Much of my career has been spent building partnerships and helping people enjoy our waterways while reducing their impact. I am excited to bring these efforts closer to home to drive meaningful conservation and access improvements throughout the Chesapeake –my home for more than 20 years.”

    “In our search for a new vice president and director of programs, the Chesapeake Conservancy has sought a creative, solution-focused architect that could take our partnerships and our work in the Chesapeake to the next level. We have most definitely found that in Susan,” Chesapeake Conservancy President and CEO Joel Dunn said. “Nonprofits require work in so many different areas and Susan brings a vast array of skills and experience to Chesapeake Conservancy that make her well suited to run our programs and provide great leadership.”

    Shingledecker also serves as a panel member on the NOAA Hydrographic Services Review Panel and Federal Advisory Committee. She is the chair of the American Boat and Yacht Council’s Technical Committee for Preventing the Spread of Invasive Species Through Boat Design She is an avid sailor since the age of 10 on the Great Lakes and the Chesapeake Bay, and a member of Severn Sailing Association.

    She holds a Master of Environmental Management from Duke University and a Bachelor of Arts in international studies from American University.

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    Chesapeake Conservancy Hires Vice President and Director of Programs

    (Annapolis, MD) – Today, Chesapeake Conservancy announced that Susan Shingledecker has joined the Conservancy’s staff as the organization’s vice president and new director of programs. Shingledecker brings more than 15 years of professional experience in consulting, public policy, state government and nonprofit management.

    In her new position, Shingledecker manages the partnership with the National Park Service and oversees Chesapeake Conservancy’s programs, which include community-based conservation initiatives throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed. She also provides leadership to the organization as a whole, working with the Annapolis-based nonprofit’s president and board of directors to determine and administer the organization’s strategic direction in accomplishing its mission.

    Shingledecker has worked in a number of positions for BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety & Clean Water since 2005. Most recently, Shingledecker served as vice president, where she oversaw day-to-day operation of the nonprofit and led environmental efforts at BoatU.S. and GEICO Marine Insurance. She also supervised the Foundation’s boating safety and clean boating programs including the development of interactive online learning courses, boater outreach and fundraising.

    Shingledecker has also worked on renewable energy at the Maryland Energy Administration as the assistant director,  and the challenge of  climate change policy for the National Governors’ Association.

    “I am excited by Chesapeake Conservancy’s partnership model working with federal state and local agencies and conservation organizations throughout the watershed. Chesapeake Conservancy’s use of the latest technology to drive data-based decisions yields measurable and significant conservation results.,” Shingledecker said. “Much of my career has been spent building partnerships and helping people enjoy our waterways while reducing their impact. I am excited to bring these efforts closer to home to drive meaningful conservation and access improvements throughout the Chesapeake –my home for more than 20 years.”

    “In our search for a new vice president and director of programs, the Chesapeake Conservancy has sought a creative, solution-focused architect that could take our partnerships and our work in the Chesapeake to the next level. We have most definitely found that in Susan,” Chesapeake Conservancy President and CEO Joel Dunn said. “Nonprofits require work in so many different areas and Susan brings a vast array of skills and experience to Chesapeake Conservancy that make her well suited to run our programs and provide great leadership.”

    Shingledecker also serves as a panel member on the NOAA Hydrographic Services Review Panel and Federal Advisory Committee. She is the chair of the American Boat and Yacht Council’s Technical Committee for Preventing the Spread of Invasive Species Through Boat Design She is an avid sailor since the age of 10 on the Great Lakes and the Chesapeake Bay, and a member of Severn Sailing Association.

    She holds a Master of Environmental Management from Duke University and a Bachelor of Arts in international studies from American University.

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    Job Opening – CRC Communications Staffer at the Chesapeake Bay Program Office

    Restoration of the Chesapeake Bay requires talented, diverse and passionate individuals and the CRC seeks such an individual for a three-year appointment to the Chesapeake Bay Program’s Communication Office.  The Communications Office supports efforts to restore and protect the Chesapeake Bay by providing information to the public, working with the media, branding and promoting the Chesapeake Bay Program, and facilitating communications between state and federal agencies. Special emphasis is placed on using multimedia content and online tools in the office’s daily work.

    The Communications Office Staffer is responsible for supporting the Communications Office by working with subject matter experts to create, maintain and market consistent, high-quality web content for the Bay Program website that supports the work of the partnership. The Staffer will assist in writing content for the Bay Program’s website (e.g., blog posts), compile e-newsletters, assist in the running of social media accounts, staff the partnership’s Communications Workgroup and assist in the planning of the annual meeting of the Chesapeake Executive Council.

    The selected candidate will work as a CRC employee at the U.S. EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program Office facility located in Annapolis, Maryland.

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

    A Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, marketing public relations, environmental communications, or other relevant area of study. Individuals possessing a degree in natural or environmental sciences and/or management with an interest in environmental communications are also encouraged to apply.
    Solid writing skills and a strong interest in writing for a variety of formats, including press releases, newsletters, blogs and the web.
    Ability to use online social networking tools such as Facebook and Twitter to distribute information, engage audiences and spur action.
    Ability to perform background interviews, research and analysis, ensuring that communication products are complete and technically accurate.
    Strong attention to detail and organizational skills.
    Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) is required and experience with graphic design software (Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign) is beneficial.
    Familiarity with using remote technologies such as video conferencing (Web-X, Adobe Connect, etc.) a plus.
    Ability to work with people in a consensus-building environment and independently plan meetings, develop agendas and draft concise meeting minutes.
    Interest in learning how a diverse, governmental-environmental-management partnership makes decisions effectively and sets and achieves goals through collaborative and regulatory processes.
    A will to explore your career options, passion and enthusiasm for the work and 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: January 1, 2018

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    Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional Winter 2018 Training

    Registration is open for 2018 Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional (CBLP) certification classes. CBLP is a voluntary, regional credential for professionals who design, install, and maintain landscapes in the Bay watershed.  Visit http://cblpro.org/get-certified/ for information, and to apply for certification.

    CBLP offers two levels of training and certification:

    Level 1 is a baseline certification in design, installation, and maintenance of sustainable landscapes, emphasizing proper maintainence of stormwater best management practices (BMPs)
    Level 2 is an advanced credential in design or installation, focusing on stormwater BMPs

    Level 1 training consists of one two-day class that combines classroom learning about conservation landscaping and stormwater best management practices, with a field-based maintenance practicum. CBLP’s active learning program focuses on critical thinking, problem solving, and collaborative practice. Beginning in 2018, Level 1 candidates will also include training on BMP inspection and verification. Candidates receive unlimited access to CBLP’s online webinar series on sustainable landscaping topics and a copy of CBLP’s sustainable landscape maintenance manual. Additional resources are available for free download. The Level 1 fee $425 includes training, materials, and examination.

    Level 1 certification exams will be given in multiple locations. Because this is a Bay-wide credential, candidates may take the class or exam in any location.

    Several classes are planned for early 2018:

    January 25-26, Lancaster, PA
    February 20-21, Arlington, VA
    March 13-14, Norfolk, VA
    March 19-20, Columbia, MD

    Dates for the next Level 2 Intensive Seminar will be announced shortly.

    A searchable, online directory of over 100 CBLP-certified landscape professionals is available at http://cblpro.org/directory/

    Candidates for Level 1 must have a degree, certificate, or certification in a related field, or have professional experience in landscape design, installation, or maintenance. In order to qualify for Level 2, professionals must complete Level 1 and demonstrate experience designing or installing stormwater BMPs.

    For more information, visit http://cblpro.org or contact: Beth Ginter, CBLP Coordinator, beth@cblpro.org

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