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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 letgen@allianceforthebay.org or (443) 949-0575.

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

  • New Event
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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 http://www.itreetools.org/.

    PRE-REGISTRATION is required for session in order to provide the most streamlined user experience. PLEASE VISIT https://goo.gl/WsyOj4 TO REGISTER.

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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: https://www.facebook.com/events/995335030600391/

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

    Questions? Please contact Renee Bourassa at rbourassa@icprb.org

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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 lisa@meridianhillpictures.com for more information.

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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 https://experience-learning.org/learn/professional-development/.
    Please contact Kellee Waddell for more details: 304.567.2632 or
    kwaddell@experience-learning.org

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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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    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: https://marylandstreamrestorationassociation.com/

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

    https://www.sesync.org/opportunities/fellowships-postdoctoral-fellowships/sesync-microsoft-postdoctoral-fellowship-big-data

    Apply Link:

    Application Webform

    Deadline:

    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 (www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/project/project-premonition). 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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    General Forestry Course Registration Opens June 1!

    The University of Maryland General Forestry Course is gearing up for the fall 2017 semester.  Registration opens June 1.  This non-credit course is geared towards landowners with an interest in forests and forest management.  There are no prerequisites and the cost is only $150.  The course runs from September 1-December 15 and is offered in both a paper and online format.  For more information, contact Nancy Stewart at nstewar1@umd.edu or phone 410.827.8056, ext. 107.

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    Chickens, IPM and You!

    Thirsty Thursdays!

    May 11   6:30-7:30  $15.00

    Chickens, IPM and You!: Learn how to start a flock of chickens (with baby chickens or by hatching eggs) to naturally control your property’s weeds. Participants will gain helpful tips on chicken breeds, do-it-yourself chicken coop plans, and how to pasture chickens using portable, poultry fencing and more. To register visithttp://www.wetland.org/education_professional_dev.htm or call 410.745.9620. 

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    Millersville in the Landscape Conference Tour – Chestnut Grove Habitat Restoration

    CCLC Members and others, you won’t want to miss this great summer tour

    Field Trip – Chestnut Grove:  Habitat Restoration

    Approved for 4 LACES(landscape architect) credits

    Cost $60 per person. LandStudies, Inc. provided professional services for native ecological habitat restoration relative to the development of the Chestnut Grove Natural Area. The site includes two parcels owned by the Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority, which are being used for soil borrow activities for the future expansion of the Frey Farm Landfill. The project involves restoring native habitats and will ultimately result in a preserved natural area that provides both passive recreation and environmental education opportunities. This field trip will occur rain or shine, be prepared to be outside and dress accordingly. Attendees will learn about designing, installing, and maintaining a variety of native habitat types, learn about design and implementation of a recreational trail system and enhancing/expanding wetlands, and learn about the associated permitting requirements for this type of project.

     

    Folks can register for this session as a stand alone and/or sign up for the main conference (Thursday/Friday) here https://NPILC.regfox.com/npilc-registration

     

    CCLC members can use coupon code CCLC2017 to take 10% off main conference registration (Thursday and/or Friday).

     

    Any questions, feel free to reach out to me.

     

    Wendy Brister

    Conference Coordinator

    Native Plants in the Landscape Conference

    Cell 717-676-1940

    brister@bhwp.org

  • New Event
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    Designing Multifunctional Riparian Buffers: Professional Development Training, May 22-23

    What makes multifunctional riparian forest buffers different from other riparian forest buffers? How can a riparian forest buffer help meet the production goals of the farm? How do you ensure riparian forest buffers are retained after CREP contracts are up? What can you harvest from a buffer system? How do you design productive riparian forest buffers that also achieve conservation functions? How do you get new and different landowners interested in riparian forest buffers?

    This workshop will introduce technical service providers to novel approaches in managed riparian forest buffer systems. The two-day workshop will provide perspective on how to plan for economically and agriculturally viable riparian buffer systems that meet landowners’ conservation and production goals. The training will dive into key topics like site considerations, management, plant functions, and multifunctional systems to discover suites of management practices and tree and plant designs that achieve new conservation and production goals.

    Audience: Technical service providers, including staff from NRCS, FSA, SWCDs and other federal agencies; state forestry and agriculture agencies; extension; and non-profits.

    Registration visit: EVENTBRITE REGISTRATION SITE

    Registration for this two-day training is only $50

    For more information, agenda, accommodations and registration visit: http://www.nemaagroforestry.org/designing-multifunctional-riparian-buffers-professional-development-training/

     

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    Wetland Educators

    Environmental Concern Inc. (EC) is seeking energetic and creative individuals to join our dynamic team of wetland professionals at EC’s Wetland Learning Campus in St. Michaels, MD. EC currently has two educator positions open (one full-time and one part-time).

    The successful candidates will:

    travel to lead teacher trainings in WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands and POW! The Planning of Wetlands and other watershed related curricula throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region;
    design and install schoolyard wetland and rain garden habitats;
    teach a variety of interactive wetland and watershed education programs to youth in grades preK-12;
    schedule and advertise workshops and recruit participants;
    develop partnerships with EE organizations;
    assist with designing and writing thematic lesson plans, materials, and brochures; and
    participate in fund raising and grant writing efforts to support EC’s education initiatives.

    Minimum Qualifications:  Applicant must possess a bachelor’s degree in environmental science, environmental education, natural resource management, science education, or related field.

    Preferred Qualifications: Applicants should have at least one year of experience teaching; experience with habitat creation; and working knowledge and understanding of wetland ecosystems.

    Experience teaching students of all ages is preferred.

    Applicants must also possess strong organizational, writing and communication skills; ability to manage multiple tasks; and the ability to work independently, with prior direction from Supervisor.  Some evening and weekend work is required.  Applicants must have experience in Word, Excel, Power Point and Publisher computer programs. The position includes rigorous outdoor work, and some lifting (up to 25 lbs) on a regular basis. This position also requires a valid driver’s license and current CPR certification.

    Location:  St. Michaels, MD 21663.

    Start Date: Immediate

    Compensation: Commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package.

    Please send a cover letter and resume to Katelin Frase at teachwetlands@wetland.org.

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    Future Harvest CASA Job Opening: Central Chesapeake Field Program Manager

    Job Opening: Central Chesapeake Field Programming Manager

    Future Harvest CASA seeks a full-time, energetic, self-motivated, highly organized, and visionary manager to operate field programming for FHCASA’s Foodshed Field School. Since 1998, Future Harvest, Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture (FHCASA) has been providing education, networking, and advocacy to build a sustainable Chesapeake foodshed from farm and fishery to table. One of its core programs is the Foodshed Field School, which offers peer-to-peer and expert-led education programming on growing and sourcing locally and sustainably produced food and fiber in the Chesapeake region. The school consists of our annual conference, year-long Beginner Farmer Training Program (BFTP), and field programming that consists of about 20 workshops, field days, trainings and other educational events on farms and in food businesses around the region. The position would primarily manage the field programming component of the Foodshed Field School, but also work closely with the BFTP director and conference manager to support those programs. The Central Chesapeake Field Programming Manager will report directly to FHCASA’s Executive Director and work in tandem with the Beginner Farmer Training Program Manager and the Communications and Outreach Manager. She or he will also work with an advisory committee of board members and other stakeholders to help with the development, execution, and evaluation of the programming. The manager has the option of working at home or at our office in Cockeysville, MD.

    Submit résumé, two writing and/or marketing samples, and three references to Shannon Varley at shannon@futureharvestcasa.org . Deadline: May 19, 2017. Salary $43,500, with a 7%-of-salary benefits stipend.

    Required Qualifications:

    Minimum of two years’ work experience in food and farming systems and sustainable agriculture in the non-profit, government, or farming sectors; specific knowledge of the Chesapeake region food and farming community – which covers Central, Western, and Southern Maryland, Northern Virginia, Eastern West Virginia, and Washington DC – is a plus.

    ● A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in education, agriculture, or related field;

    ● Training in small event planning key (the manager is responsible for successful field event planning and execution, which involves a great deal of relationship building over the phone and in person); marketing and communications experience a plus;

    ● Experience with, and demonstrated ability in, easily working with diverse stakeholders in the regional food economy – from farmers and fishers to retailers, wholesalers, chefs, and consumers;

    ● Demonstrated superlative organizational skills to plan and execute about 15 field educational programs per year, which includes parts of the annual conference and overseeing the 10-part winter workshop series in Baltimore;

    ● Demonstrated ability to work in a team, both internal and external, to create and strategically implement a vision for the school’s field programming, step-by-step;

    ● Fundraising and grantwriting experience a plus;

    ● Some exposure/experience with program evaluation via surveys, establishing metrics, and other analytical and evaluative systems; ● Assist with various duties related to our Annual Conference;

    ● Tabling/Exhibiting at regional and local meetings and conferences;

    ● Demonstrated ability to easily pick up and master a variety of online tools for promoting and running the school; we are a virtual team and want to automate systems to keep our overhead low. Important applications: Excel, Word, Drupal, event registrations. InDesign, Photoshop, plus graphic design and/or photography experience a plus;

    ● Demonstrated ability to use traditional and new online communications platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter. Experience with Drupal or other web content systems a plus;

    ● A car for frequent travel, smartphone with unlimited data plan, laptop computer with adequate memory for InDesign; color printer – all kept in good working order;

    ● Willingness to travel and do some weekend work

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    Back to the Bay

    Don’t miss the inaugural Back to the Bay event on June 10th!

    Back To the Bay
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    Celebrate Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week and don’t miss the inaugural Back to the Bay on Saturday, June 10, 2017, at Mason Neck State Park in Northern Virginia. This event is held annually the second Saturday of June. Back to the Bay was created to raise public awareness of the Chesapeake Bay and Virginia’s rivers and streams and to engage the community and local businesses. This special day is also meant to teach families, students and educators about Bay restoration activities while as they enjoy live entertainment, local food and beverages and outdoor family-friendly activities. 

    Saturday, June 10, 2017
    10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    Mason Neck State Park
    7301 High Point Road, Lorton, VA 22079
    Click here for directions and information about the park.

     
    Sponsorship Opportunities
    Has your business, organization, or agency contributed to Chesapeake Bay awareness and restoration efforts that you would like to spotlight? Join us by becoming a Back to the Bay sponsor and let us share and highlight your story as we rally others to support the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed rivers and streams! As a Back to the Bay sponsor, you will help promote Bay restoration and protection and enjoy a unique recognition opportunity at a day of fun that guests will not forget! Back to the Bay Sponsors will receive a 12 month Businesses for the Bay membership for free!

    Deadline for sponsorships: June 1, 2017

    To download information about sponsorship levels and benefits, please click here

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    [Webcast]: Why Watersheds Matter

    In these uncertain watershed times, it is important to take a step back and remind ourselves about the reasons that urban watersheds matter in our communities, what we can expect to happen to them in the coming years and how we can all practice better personal stewardship in our home watersheds. Join Tom Schueler of the Chesapeake Stormwater Network as he makes a persuasive case about why urban watersheds matter, presents peerless future watershed forecasts, and outlines some painless steps you can make to a watershed difference. This interactive webcast will provide abundant time for everyone to add their voice to this important watershed conversation.

    Register Now!

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    Senior Planning Specialist – MS4 Permit Coordinator

    Senior Planning Specialist – MS4 Permit Coordinator (Grade 25)
    Montgomery County Government
    Department of Environmental Protection
    Rockville, Maryland

    Salary Range: $62,195 – $103,177

    The mission of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is to enhance the quality of life in our community by protecting and improving Montgomery County’s air, water and land in a sustainable way while fostering smart growth, a thriving economy and healthy communities. DEP is seeking an experienced professional to be responsible for implementation of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit and Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) compliance. The position resides in the Watershed Planning & Monitoring Section within the Watershed Management Operations Division. If you want to join a team that is highly effective, collaborative, and has leadership that embraces the value of people and the environment, Montgomery County DEP is a good fit.

    The position is responsible for performing complex professional and administrative work in implementing, and coordinating the County’s MS4 Permit; works with the Section Chief and other DEP staff to maintain compliance with MS4 Permit and TMDLs to achieve the County’s permit requirements. Implementation of MS4 permit includes data compilation, progress tracking, preparation of the annual report, Watershed Implementation Plan reporting, and other state and local reporting. TMDL Compliance tracking includes evaluating and documenting progress toward meeting all applicable stormwater waste load allocations included in EPA approved TMDLs.

    In addition, the position will serve as the Department Liaison for the Water Quality Advisory Group, which provides recommendations to the County Executive and the County Council on water quality management goals and policies, program priorities, and funding. The position may also serve as DEP representative or alternate for several committees, including committees organized by Council of Government and other interjurisdictional committees.

    The position will be responsible for supervising staff that supports MS4 implementation.

    The applicant should have a strong understanding of urban water quality challenges, stormwater pollution policy, NPDES MS4 permits, TMDLs, green infrastructure technology, monitoring and data analysis, experience working with large project teams (including contractors and consultants) and the ability to communicate with a diverse group of citizens, businesses, environmental groups and other stakeholders. The successful candidate should have demonstrated ability to deal tactfully, effectively, and equitably with people.

    This position requires possession of a valid driver’s license from applicant’s state of residence, and the ability to drive a County vehicle to attend meetings or perform work at locations outside the office, including attending meetings in Baltimore, Prince George’s County, Annapolis, and Washington D.C.

    Occasional weekend and/or evening work may be required.

    As a manager/supervisor of unionized employees, this position has a responsibility for fostering a positive labor relations environment based on mutual trust, respect, and cooperation.

    MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

    Experience: Thorough (five (5) years) experience in watershed management and implementation of MS4 Permit requirements.

    Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences, Water Resource Engineering, Environmental Sciences, or Natural Resources disciplines.

    Equivalency: An equivalent combination of education or experience may be substituted.

    License: Possession of a valid Class “C” (or equivalent) driver’s license from the applicant’s state of residence when required for job-related duties.
    We offer competitive salaries and excellent benefits.

    To view the complete job announcement and to apply, please visit our website at http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/hr/recruitment/applynow.html and then click on “Apply Now.” Click “Search Jobs” and see the full job description under the “General Professional” Job Category. Interested candidates must create an account in order to submit a resume.

    The requisition number is IRC25138

    This Recruitment Closes May 24, 2017

    All resume submissions must address the preferred criteria for the position,
    which are listed in the full advertisement, preferably in a separate section of the resume.

    Applicants are strongly encouraged to review the *Helpful Hints when Applying for Jobs*
    on the Office of Human Resource’s “Apply Now” webpage for important information about the County’s application requirements and process.

    EOE. M/F/H.

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    MyEarthPledge

    Pledge your commitment to earth friendly living! 

    MyEarthPledge is a call to action for individuals to follow an earth ethic and live in an earth friendly manner by making the right choices throughout our daily lives.  It’s the responsible thing to do and can make a real difference. The power of one can become the power of many with establishment of a widely shared earth ethic.  But it starts with you–now. Print, sign, post, and follow the MyEarthPledge today!

    Visit myearthpledge.net to make your pledge!

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Hey... where's the rest?

As we transfer data from the old platform to the new one, we're taking baby steps. If it seems like something is missing, we'll likely be added it over the next few weeks. If you need something in particular, feel free to ask.