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    1st Annual Little Bobbers Fishing Derby at The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center

    The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center



    WHEN: August 12, 2017 from 10AM-2PM (Check-In begins at 9AM near Visitor Center)

    WHERE: The ponds on-site at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center in Grasonville

    WHO: Children ages 5-12 (Must be accompanied by an adult at all times)

    COST: FREE thanks to our sponsors! (Pre-registration online is required)

    WHAT: All children will receive a goody bag, lunch, snacks, T-shirt and a chance to win awards and prizes.  Awards will be given for each age group to the girl and boy who catch the biggest fish of the Largemouth Bass and Bluegill species. The event will be capped at 100 participants so please register online to save your spot.


    For more information and/or to register a child please visit or call 410-827-6694

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    Friends of Jug Bay Annual Plant Sale

    The Friends of Jug Bay Annual Plant Sale is June 3-4, 10am – 3pm! The sale is located in the Butterfly Garden at the Glendening Nature Preserve.

    FOJB volunteers will help you find native trees, shrubs, grasses and flowers, as well as plants for pollinators – birds, butterflies, and bees. Also you’ll be able to purchase nature related crafts. The volunteers will be easy to spot, as each will be wearing a green apron.

    We have updated our plant lists, so for a list of plants by common name, botanical name and more information about the sale, click here.


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    Guided Bird Hike At The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center

    Guided Hike:  Birding-Call, Behavior,and Habitat

    The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center

    May 23 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

    Birding enthusiasts will love this perspective bird hike around Lake Knapp focusing our observations on bird habitat, calls, and behaviors to shape our identification and appreciation of our avian friends. Participants will be co- led by CBEC’s Certified Interpretative Guide and Naturalist, Courtney Leigh and two Maryland renowned Birders Daniel and Jonathan Irons. Participants should bring their own binoculars, field guide, water bottle, and a small snack for energy. We will meet at the Visitor Center at 8am. Duration is 2 hours with a restroom stop at the halfway point.

    Cost: CBEC Members are Free, Non Members $5

    Pre-Registration is required as their is a minimum and maximum for this event:

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    Sustainability Manager

    The Sustainability Manager is responsible for advancing our mission to teach people of all ages how to become caretakers of the environment.  The manager will identify opportunities within Boxerwood to integrate low-impact conservation best practices into our physical space and our standard operating procedures.  Reaching beyond the boundaries of our facilities at Boxerwood, the manager will drive our “green living” education initiatives through outreach and community partnerships.  The manager will play an important role in fund raising for projects, initiatives and operating budgets.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    Master Plan implementation

    Working with Grounds and Facilities Manager, prioritizes, plans and directs grounds/facilities projects that are included in the Master Plan

    Example: the permeable surface parking lot and driveway project
    Example: installation of interpretive trail stations

    Establishes baselines for measuring Boxerwood’s ecological footprint, develops plans for improvement, monitoring and communicating our efforts

    Example: Improve our internal recycling efforts

    Coordinates project implementation with Grounds & Facilities Manager and Education staff; consults with this team for input and feedback
    Provides progress reports including quantitative and qualitative data

    Community Outreach and Sustainability Education

    Partner with the Education staff to develop and deliver environmental stewardship education programs and initiatives

    Example: a Tree Stewardship program

    Cultivate collaborative partnerships with organizations on a local, regional and national level
    Prepare educational outreach materials to promote sustainable living and our initiatives
    Deliver presentations, workshops, training sessions, classes for people of all ages—Pre-K through Senior Citizen

    Capacity Building

    Seek, identify, and pursue opportunities for revenue generation and grant funding for related to Master Plan implementation and Sustainability Education
    Leverages Boxerwood’s core competencies to strengthen our position as a Center of Environmental Education Excellence
    Collaborates with fellow team members on Boxerwood’s communications, education, grounds/facility needs, events and fundraising efforts

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    Last Call for Presentation Proposals for the Chesapeake Watershed Forum!

    Only 10 days left to submit your presentation proposals!
    The 2017 Chesapeake Watershed Forum Planning Committee is now accepting workshop proposals!

    This year’s theme, Healthy Lands, Healthy Waters, Healthy People, was chosen so that we can explore the connection between the health of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and its effect on those of us living here. Proposals that highlight this connection or engage the health care community will receive strong consideration. Learn more on the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay’s website.

    Click here to read the guidelines.

    For further information or questions about the guidelines please contact Lou Etgen at or (443) 949-0575.

    The submission deadline is May 31, 2017.
    Submit Now!

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    i-Tree Online Workshop: State of the Science, 5/24 1 PM EST

    i-Tree Online Workshop: State of the Science
    This i-Tree Web Learning Session is offered by the Urban Natural Resources Institute, an initiative of the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station.

    Wednesday, May 24, 2017
    1:00 PM (Eastern)
    i-Tree Online Workshop: State of the Science

    This month, please join Dr. David Nowak, US Forest Service, as he discusses the science that is powering i-Tree, and looks at the planned future features of scientific research that i-Tree will offer to users. Plan to join this one-hour, interactive session, and learn about the importance and value of science, as we move forward on bringing urban forest inventory and analysis tools to the marketplace.

    i-Tree 2017 is a state-of-the-art, peer-reviewed software suite from the USDA Forest Service that provides urban forestry analysis and benefits assessment tools. The i-Tree Tools help communities of all sizes to strengthen their urban forest management and advocacy efforts by quantifying the structure of community trees and the environmental services that trees provide. For more information on i-Tree 2017, please visit

    PRE-REGISTRATION is required for session in order to provide the most streamlined user experience. PLEASE VISIT TO REGISTER.

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    Angler Environmental, a RES Company is accepting applications for Restoration Designers with various levels (minimum of 3 – 5 years’ experience) in our Warrenton, Virginia office. The desired candidate’s tasks will include, but are not limited to responsibility for all aspects of fieldwork, writing technical reports and approaches, collecting and organizing data, concept development for stream site restoration plans, site feasibility for restoration potential, and assistance with final stream construction plans.

    The preferred candidate will possess a B.S. in an engineering, ecology, biology or environmental science field (such as but not limited to ecology, botany, geology, soils, etc.) and supplemental training (such as but not limited to Rosgen Level 1-4, NC State Stream Restoration Training Courses, or other sources of relevant graduate coursework or training). Candidates will have excellent technical writing and verbal communication skills. Knowledge of Federal/State/Local environmental regulations is a plus.

    For the full job position description, follow this link: Restoration Designer – Northern Virginia

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    Join ICPRB for a fun and educational hike!

    Join ICPRB June 3rd at Point of Rocks, Md. where we’ll take a short hike while discussing the flora, fauna, and natural and social history of the Potomac River basin, introducing the concepts of watershed management, water resources, and drinking water source protection in a natural, fun environment. The guide for this Walk in the Woods, Potomac Edition is retired ICPRB biologist, Jim Cummins.  Jim is full of great stories and interesting history. You won’t want to miss this Walk in the Woods!

    Learn more or RSVP here:

    We will meet at the boat ramp parking lot at 9:00am.

    Questions? Please contact Renee Bourassa at

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    RiverPalooza Kick Off: Tubing, Rafting & Kick Off Party

    You don’t want to miss our upcoming RiverPalooza Kick Off                                                                        event on June 3rd! We have a day of paddle trips planned in Harpers Ferry followed by a BBQ & Bluegrass Party. Music will be provided by Barefoot Movement, called “the future of Tennessee bluegrass” by Rollling Stone. Sign up online today!

    If you can’t make it that day we have over a dozen other adventures from June through September for all ages and skill levels. While most involve a canoe, kayak, raft, tube or stand up paddle board, there is also a bike trip and snorkeling in Shenandoah.

    Participation in any of these trips gets you a free membership to Potomac Riverkeeper Network and supports our work fighting to keep our rivers clean. Upper Potomac Riverkeeper Brent Walls said it best: “If you’re thinking of getting out on the river this year, RiverPalooza is the best way to do it. You can save a little money while saving our rivers.” There could not be a more relevant time to have such a fun, uplifting and impactful series of events on our rivers. We can’t do our work without the support of our local communities.

    We hope to see you on the river soon!

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    CITY OF TREES Film (Watershed Forum Keynote) is now on Netflix!

    JUST ANNOUNCED: The award-winning documentary film, CITY OF TREES, which was the Keynote Address at our Chesapeake Watershed Forum in 2016 is now on Netflix! If you weren’t able to see it last fall, be sure to ADD IT TO YOUR WATCHLIST and RATE AND REVIEW the film. Also available on iTunes, Amazon Video, and Google Play.

    CITY OF TREES is a deeply personal story about the struggle to create jobs and restore neglected green spaces in our cities. Told through an unflinching verité approach, CITY OF TREES thrusts viewers into the inspiring but messy world of job training and the paradoxes changemakers face in urban communities everyday.

    After streaming the film at home, bring the conversation about environmental justice to your own communities and libraries by purchasing the full community screening kit to screen CITY OF TREES. Email for more information.

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    Guided Hike and Kayak Trips at CBEC This Week

    Guided Kayak Trips

    May 18th at 5:30pm

    May 21st at 1:00pm

    An ACA certified Kayak Instructor and Naturalist will guide you through basic kayak instruction and then lead you on a paddle to explore the watershed of Marshy Creek. While kayaking, you may encounter wading birds, waterfowl, and migratory raptors hunting the marshlands. Other common sightings include otter, muskrat, terrapin turtles, mating cownose stingrays, schooling silversides, undulating jellyfish and slithery water snakes! If nothing else, the ebb and flow of the tide through gently swaying marsh grass is the sure remedy for nature-deficit disorder! Guided trips are offered three times a month from May through October during the 2017 season. These trips are for beginner to intermediate kayakers and include instruction on equipment, paddling/safety techniques, and loading and unloading the vessels. The experience will give you up to two hours of paddling time with a self-provided snack break at the halfway point.

    Cost is $15 per CBEC Member and $20 per Non Member

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

    Guided Yoga Hike
    May 20th at 1:00pm
    Join us for a guided hike on CBEC’s Lake Trail for this unique opportunity to discover some of the natural features and treasures found on our property. Your journey will be co-led by CBEC’s Certified Interpretative Guide and Naturalist, Courtney Leigh with Debbie Roschli, a Certified Yoga Instructor. As we walk the 1.5 mile flat path around the center of our 510 acre peninsula we will take moments of pause, reflection, and be led through gentle Vinyasa Yoga Postures. There is a half-way rest stop with restroom accessibility. Participants are encouraged to dress for weather and bring along a water bottle, small snack, and a Yoga matt. Duration is approximately 2 hours. Trips are subject to cancellation due to weather or low enrollment. Check-in and hike begin at the Visitor Center.

    Cost is FREE to CBEC Members, $5 for Non Members

    Pre-Registration is required as there is a minimum and maximum for this trip by completing the online form:

    Questions can be sent to Courtney Leigh Volunteer and Adult Education Coordinator at or 443-262-2032. Space is limited

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    Appalachian Watershed and Stream Monitors professional development workshop July 10-12

    Appalachian Watershed and Stream Monitors
    Professional Development Workshop July 10-12, 2017
    Investigate the water quality of a headwater stream.
    The AWSM workshop will provide resources and inspiration for educators seeking to engage students and enhance curriculum through outdoor education. 

    This year’s workshop will include:

    Frameworks that work! Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences and U.S. Green Ribbon Schools (Peter M. Mecca and Vicki Fenwick-Judy)
    How to implement a stream study using Save our Streams citizen-science protocols (Glenn Nelson)
    Project Learning Tree training and curriculum (Linda Carnell)
    Optional caving in the Sinks of Gandy, exploring Spruce Knob, astronomy, and more!

    Explore the Sinks of Gandy cave to see the effects of karst topography.

    Workshop Details:

    Cost is $300 and includes room, board and materials.

    Scholarships are available for WV educators.

    Guests (spouse, children, friend, etc) are invited to attend for the discounted rate of $50/person.

    Three continuing education graduate credit hours are available through Marshall University for an additional $365.
    Register on our website
    Please contact Kellee Waddell for more details: 304.567.2632 or

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    Solitary Bee Workshop Series

    Solitary Bees play a key role in our diet. Native solitary bees can improve the productivity of your edible space. Providing these beneficial insects year long habitat and foraging grounds will improve their potential on your property. The Solitary Bee Workshop Series will include an informative presentation and discussion, ‘bee condo’ build, and identification on the class day and a outdoor field identification experience on a date chosen by participants. Learn to invite, host, and identify Mid-Atlantic native solitary bees and congregate with others that share your passion.

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    Upcoming Workshop! – Data to Decisions – Why Your Water Quality Data Matter

    Upcoming Workshop! – Data to Decisions – Why Your Water Quality Data Matter

     Are you part of a monitoring program or citizen science organization that collects water quality data in Maryland? Would you like your data used in decision making?  Does your organization need additional technical resources and advanced training opportunities?  Would you like to learn about submitting your data to Maryland state agencies and federal agencies?

    This FREE workshop is designed to assist NGOs collecting water quality data in Maryland to have their data considered for a variety of regulatory, assessment, modeling, and restoration purposes.  The Maryland Water Monitoring Council has organized presenters from state, federal, and nonprofit organizations that will explain and be available for questions regarding:

    Collecting data, and how is it used by the agencies
    Understanding different levels of data quality
    Determining the basic steps needed for data of known quality
    Finding technical assistance
    Integrating your data into agency databases and assessments
    Maryland’s Integrated Report and TMDLs
    Maryland Biological Stream Survey and Stream Waders

    Food and drink will be provided. Space is limited!

    Please note that this workshop will cover the same material as that presented at the workshop held on October 8, 2016 at Arlington Echo.


    Date:                  Wednesday, June 21st 2017

    Time:                   6:00-8:00 pm (Social and Sandwiches from 5:30-6:00)

    Location:             Wye Research & Education Center

    124 Wye Narrows Drive

    Queenstown, MD 21658

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    Additional Info:   Agenda is attached.

    To register:         Registration is required (no walk ins) by June 14th.

    Click here to register.

    Cost:                    FREE


    All inquiries should be directed to:

    Matthew Stover

    Phone: 410-537-3611

    Science Services Administration

    Maryland Department of the Environment

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    Introduction to Water Quality Monitoring (classroom session)

    The Audubon Naturalist Society sponsors a volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Program for benthic macroinvertebrates. Find out how these small organisms that live on the bottom of our streams help us assess stream health and learn how to identify them to the taxonomic level of order. The classroom session will begin with a PowerPoint presentation, followed by examination of preserved specimens. Registration is required. Please go to

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    Assistant Water Quality Manager

    The City’ of Durham’s Stormwater and GIS Division is seeking a highly qualified and experienced candidate to help manage technical staff and active programs in fast-pace and challenging environment. This position is within the Water Quality Unit. Examples of work produced by the unit include:

    2017 IECA: Evaluation of Pollutants in Wastewater Produced from Air Conditioning Cleaning Operations:

    2016 CWP National Watershed and Stormwater Conference: Illicit Discharges:

    ACWI: Evaluation of Pollutants in Wastewater Generated by Mobile Car Washing Operations:

    Algal turf scrubber pilot project:

    The City of Durham is a dynamic, multicultural city, a destination for food and entertainment as highlighted in a recent article in Vogue magazine.  Home to Duke University and North Carolina Central University, Durham is also a short distance from North Carolina State University, the University of North Carolina, USGS offices, and Research Triangle Park. The Water Quality Unit periodically works with researchers at these institutions on specific issues of concern. Challenges include receiving waters sensitive to nitrogen and phosphorus.

    To maintain compliance with the City’s Stormwater National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit.  This position manages water quality programs, provides advanced technical supervision and assists with the management of the Water Quality Section. This is accomplished by directly and indirectly supervising technical staff, development of the City’s monitoring and assessment programs, preparing reports regarding the monitoring and assessment programs, providing project management of internal and external studies and contracts, supporting and/or developing watershed plans for watersheds and streams in the City, identifying areas needing additional information for regulatory purposes, advanced statistical analysis and water quality modeling, reviewing draft permits, and responding to public inquiries regarding pollution. Other duties include providing support and education to public and City personnel.

    Refer to the job posting on the web site for duties/responsibilities, minimum qualifications, benefits, supplemental questions, and job application information. Position is open until filled.

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    Maryland Stream Restoration Association Annual Spring Field Trip

    The Maryland Stream Restoration Association will be holding our annual Spring Field Trip on Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 at the Davis Branch Stream in Woodstock, MD. Rich Berkey will be giving a presentation on the recently completed Davis Branch Stream Restoration Project. We will be going to the Bare Bone Grill – 9150 Baltimore National Pike Ellicott City, MD 21042 afterwards for appetizers and refreshments.

    For more information visit our website at:

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    Migrants in Our Midst

    Did you know that May 13th is Migratory Bird Day? In celebration Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary is hosting three presentations reflecting international, national, and local perspectives given by experienced biologists.

    Thank you to our partners Maryland Bird Conservation Partnership and Maryland Ornithological Society for organizing the event! Check out the flyer below for event details and a brief description of each presentation.

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    Port Isobel Environmental Education Center Captain/Educator

    The Chesapeake Bay Foundation seeks a Captain/Educator for our island environmental education center on Port Isobel, next to Tangier Island, VA. This position is residential and the Captain/Educator must stay on site for all field programs during our education season from March through December. This is a fulltime position that is exempt from overtime. 
    The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is the largest regional non-profit conservation organization working solely to save the Bay. Established in 1967, CBF has a staff of approximately 185 employees working in offices in Annapolis Maryland; Richmond and VA Beach, Virginia; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; and Washington, D.C., and in 15 field education program locations. Our staff and volunteer corps work throughout the region educating students and adults, advocating for clean water polices, restoring waterways, and litigating when necessary.

    CBF’s headquarters office in Annapolis, MD is the Philip Merrill Environmental Center, the world’s first U.S. Green Build Council’s LEED platinum building. In 2014, CBF opened The Brock Environmental Center in Virginia Beach, VA. The Brock Center is one of the most energy efficient, environmentally smart buildings in the world.

    CBF has an annual budget of approximately $21 million and is supported by more than 200,000 members and e-subscribers. For more information on CBF please visit 

    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 the urban boat programs in Baltimore and Hampton Roads to Pennsylvania canoe programs to remote island-based residential 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 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 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 is focused on understanding the delicate relationship between the ecosystem and the watermen’s’ community of Tangier.  The full-time, on-site staff consists of a Captain, Program Manager, and Assistant Manager.  All program staff serve as co-educators who plan and facilitate the field experiences for students.  Using a 50-ft USCG inspected vessel, canoes, and the surrounding marshes, the participants explore various ecosystems, examine plant and animal species, analyze water quality, and discuss the socio-economic issues facing residents of the Bay watershed, in general, and the local watermen communities.  The Port Isobel Captain is responsible for maintaining the USCG inspected vessel and providing educational experiences for participants that includes activities such as setting crab pots, dredging for oysters, and scraping the nearby underwater grass meadows.

    During the fall and spring seasons, the Port Isobel Center staff typically lead 3-day field programs for students traveling from within the watershed.  In the summer, and occasionally during the rest of the year, the center hosts a variety of trip participants including adult groups, teacher groups, and student leadership programs.  Housing is provided and the captain must live on-site for education programming during the Spring, Summer, and Fall field program seasons. The centers are winterized from December – February and no housing is provided during that time.

    Education Program Essential functions include:

    Safely & professionally serve as Captain and Educator
    Maintain 50 foot USCG inspected vessel. Ensure safe operation of the boat.  Inform passengers of safety precautions
    Maintain/repair the education programs 6-pack Carolina Skiff, equipment, center buildings, and educational gear
    Participate & manage regular inspections and safety checklists
    Communicate the following items to all participants: safety review, rudimentary boating skills, ecosystem & watershed concepts, wildlife observation, biological sampling, water quality sampling, and other educational activities as appropriate
    Continually adapt program content based upon grade/age level of participants, weather, and group dynamics and feedback/evaluations from teachers and supervisors
    Assist in running summer courses for Chesapeake Classrooms Teacher Professional Learning program and/or Student Leadership Program
    Program staff are responsible and accountable for performing maintenance to keep all education related equipment (buildings, boats, grounds, and/or gear) in proper working order
    Program staff are responsible for the safety of all field participants, ensure that all safety protocols are rigorously followed, and are required to respond to medical emergencies that may arise
    Complete/submit timesheets, personal expense reports, credit card reports, and all other relevant administrative tasks in a timely manner
    Develop and implement one-year program plan that is in alignment with CBF’s strategic plan
    Provide timely communication and updates about the program to supervisors and other CBF departments
    Attend all safety training and professional development offerings
    This physically-demanding position involves frequent weekend work and year-round exposure to the elements
    Housing is provided and the captain must live on-site during education programming in Spring, Summer, and Fall field program seasons. The centers are winterized from December – February and no housing is provided during that time


    Successful Candidate should possess the following:

    Minimum 25-ton Master of Inland Waters USCG Captain license with a FCC certification
    3-6 years’ experience operating & maintaining a USCG inspected passenger carrying vessel
    Experience with boat maintenance and small repairs
    1-3 years’ experience teaching in either a formal or non-formal setting
    A strong desire to teach in the field/outdoors (under all weather conditions) and work with students daily
    Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills
    Collaborative work style
    Energy, enthusiasm, and passion for students and 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
    Knowledge of fishing/crabbing/oystering, a plus
    Knowledge of Chesapeake Bay Foundation & the Education Department mission, strategic plans & goals, a plus
    Strong commitment to safety and maintenance

    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 the Port Isobel Center from March through December
    Ability to work evenings and weekends
    Ability to travel to attend trainings & meetings
    Ability to have reliable transportation to travel to other CBF field programs & locations as needed


    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 May 19, 2017:

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    Chesapeake Bay Foundation

    CBF offers a comprehensive benefits package to include: 20 vacation days, 10 sick days, health, vision, dental, life insurance, and a tax deferred annuity plan.  The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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    SESYNC-Microsoft Postdoctoral Fellowship – Big Data and Socio-Environmental Sustainability

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    May 18, 2017

    The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) and Microsoft invite applications from early career scholars for 2-year postdoctoral fellowships that begin in August 2017.  Each fellow is in residence at SESYNC in Annapolis, MD, is a full participant in SESYNC’s Postdoctoral Immersion Program, and has a Collaborating Research Mentor from Microsoft.  Depending on the project proposed, the fellow may invite a second mentor of their choosing that extends the fellow’s network of collaborators. This mentor may be affiliated with any organization or institution.  Travel funds are available for the fellow to visit with their mentor(s) and to attend scientific conferences.

    This opportunity is open to applicants who have completed their PhD in a relevant field within the last 2 years (no later than July 15, 2017 and no earlier than August 15, 2015).  Applicants are expected to propose ideas for a data synthesis or modeling project that addresses an important environmental question that makes use of one or more assets of Microsoft related environmental projects and collaborations.  Preference will be given to projects that have the potential to advance understanding of socio-environmental systems and thus projects that involve the incorporation of social, health or any human dimensions aspects in addition to environmental data are encouraged.

    The SESYNC Immersion program is designed to advance the fellows’ understanding of theories and methods foundational to research on socio-environmental (S-E) systems and to advance their understanding of the science-policy nexus. Successful candidates will have made clear in their applications how progress on their proposed projects may benefit from participation in the Immersion program and/or how the program aligns with their specific career objectives.

    Geospatial Socio-Environmental research.

    New land cover data at high spatial and temporal resolution offers the potential to improve understanding of landscape processes and to empower local planners and managers in identifying risks and prioritizing responses. When synthesized with other data and used to drive models, data on land cover change can be used to estimate future impacts, prioritize regions for conservation or restoration, track implementation or enforcement of environmental offset commitments, carry out carbon accounting, etc.  In collaboration with Microsoft, the Chesapeake Conservancy and the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife have pioneered the production of high accuracy, high-resolution (1 m) land cover datasets for the Chesapeake Bay and Puget Sound watersheds. Using government datasets and advanced machine learning techniques, these land cover products have close to a 90% accuracy level (compared to 78% for the 30-m resolution NLCD that is widely used).

    Applications are invited for a two-year postdoctoral project that leverages these high-resolution land cover data to address one or more important socio-environmental research questions. Priority will be given to projects that incorporate other social and environmental data sets, either from previously funded investigator-led studies or from government sources. Projects that make cross-site comparisons between the two regions or can demonstrate potential future applications beyond one region are preferred. While advancing fundamental knowledge should be the primary goal of the project, projects that could simultaneously result in tools or knowledge beneficial to local agencies and stakeholders are encouraged.

    Project Premonition and Socio-Environmental Systems.

    Working with academic partners, Microsoft’s Project Premonition designed mosquito traps with smart cells that can identify mosquito species based on wing movements and then capture those of interest along with key environmental data including time, temperature and light levels ( Using state-of-the-art metagenomics methods and cloud-scale algorithms, blood from these mosquitos is analyzed to determine animals they have bitten and pathogens they may have encountered.  Researchers are using this system to track the spread of viruses and detect emerging pathogens but there are many other research opportunities this system could enable and that this postdoctoral opportunity is meant to exploit.  Traps have been deployed in several settings and a large amount of data will be forthcoming that can be used to address a very broad range of socio-environmental questions.

    Applications are invited for two-year postdoctoral project that leverage these data.  Particular areas of interest include: exploration of host diversity or population dynamics as they relate to land cover and microclimates, human disturbance gradients, and other factors.  Priority will be given to projects that incorporate other social, human dimensions and environmental data sets, either from previously funded investigator-led studies or from government sources. While advancing fundamental knowledge should be the primary goal of the project, projects that could simultaneously result in tools or knowledge beneficial to the public, local agencies and stakeholders are encouraged.

    Applying is a two-stage process: a qualification step and a proposal submission step. 

    To Qualify to Apply, submit a combined PDF of your C.V. and a detailed cover letter to SESYNC’s webform. The letter should: 1) outline one or more potential research projects (<1 page total for both ideas together); 2) provide in detail the qualifications that make the candidate competitive for this opportunity(< ½ page); and, 3) how the project and an interdisciplinary fellowship will advance the candidate’s career trajectory (½ page).

    Qualifying Applications may be submitted until 5:00 pm Eastern Time on May 18, 2017; applicants will be informed within one week if they are invited to submit a full proposal and if so, will be given instructions.

    Invited full proposals (< 5 pages) are due June 22, 2017 at 5:00 pm ET.

    Invited applicants that have not yet received their PhD are required to submit a letter from their graduate advisor along with the full proposal. The letter should verify expectations for date of degree completion.  Invited applicants will also need to arrange to have two letters of reference sent directly from referee to SESYNC by the June 15 deadline.

    Submission Instructions:

    Click here to apply with SESYNC’s webform.

    The University of Maryland is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities and Women Are Encouraged to Apply.

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