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    Grant Opportunity: Community Engagement Mini Grant

    The Community Engagement Mini Grant Program is designed to engage a diverse array of organizations in activities that both benefit your communities and raise public awareness of and engagement in natural resources issues.
    Funding: Grant requests up to $5,000

    Deadline: Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis until funds for this fiscal year are exhausted.

    Project examples (include but are not limited too): Community clean-ups, tree plantings, installation of pollinator habitat/native gardens/community gardens, educational workshops, and water quality monitoring.

    Our goals are:
    1. To provide funding to groups that have traditionally been under-engaged with environmental issues, but who have a project idea that benefits both their communities and natural resources (such as local parks, rural or urban forests, streams, rivers, and other natural spaces)
    2. To engage residents in community-based restoration and protection
    3. To provide to applicants who may not be experienced in applying for grants an introduction to the grant life-cycle

    To apply, visit the Trust’s website – https://cbtrust.org/community-engagement/

    For questions and assistance, contact Bre’Anna Brooks at (410) 974-2941 ext. 112 or bbrooks@cbtrust.org.

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    Environmental Impact Bonds Project Coordinator

    The Chesapeake Bay Foundation seeks an Environmental Impact Bonds Project Coordinator to be based at its Philip Merrill Environmental Center headquarters located in Annapolis, MD. This is a one-year term position, renewable for an additional year contingent upon funding.  It will be located at CBF’s Merrill Center headquarters in Annapolis, MD.  Travel within Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia is required.

    THE CHESAPEAKE BAY FOUNDATION

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

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

    CONTEXT OF THE POSITION

    Under federal/state municipal water pollution permits and other legal requirements, many public sector agencies in the Chesapeake Bay watershed – including local governments and water/stormwater utilities – must substantially reduce pollution from stormwater runoff into nearby waters.  To date, most attempts to undertake this remediation have employed standard, heavily-engineered “grey infrastructure” practices to hold and slowly release water. While these practices can reduce peak flows from storm events, they are costly, require long timeframes for implementation, and may not result in sufficient pollution reductions to meet new pollution reduction obligations.

    “Green infrastructure,” which utilizes and mimics natural processes of ground infiltration and plant “uptake” to reduce run-off and pollutants, is generally less expensive and is now being deployed widely. However, green infrastructure is still considered by some to be “experimental” at scale in urban environments.  Additionally, while green infrastructure is “less expensive,” it still requires up-front capital investment to implement, as well as funding for ongoing maintenance. To alleviate some of these expenses and address the perceived risk of using green infrastructure to meet regulatory obligations related to reducing polluted runoff, CBF and its contractual partner, Quantified Ventures (QV), will assist up to four municipalities/utilities in identifying, designing, structuring and obtaining access to private capital for public green infrastructure solutions. CBF and QV will structure these investments through a “pay for success” model called “environmental impact bonds” (EIBs). In this model, private capital is used to fund the projects, and public sector stakeholders will repay investors based on environmental outcomes achieved, thereby allowing the public sector to access new capital and to transfer project risk to private investors.

    The Project Coordinator will help manage this grant-funded project.  This individual will:

    Assist with project planning, and project budget and task management;
    Help conduct research for, and outreach to, municipalities including educating about EIBs;
    Review proposals from municipalities;
    Manage internal contracts and workload;
    Work with other staff to perform regular grant reporting;
    Provide coordination, communication, and meeting support among consultant(s), other contractor(s), municipal partners, and CBF;
    Provide general project task support as needed;
    Provide support and assistance to municipalities or utilities that become project partners who provide CBF with expertise, data, studies and plans, etc.;
    Assist with the preparation of educational materials and the development of other reports and presentations, as needed; and
    Serve as spokesperson on project as needed.

    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS

    Bachelor’s degree in business administration, economics, management, engineering, or related field.
    5-7 years’ experience in project management in investment banking, conservation finance, stormwater management, or related local government project-level analyses and management. Master’s degree in similar fields as above may substitute for 1-2 years of experience.
    Knowledge of/exposure to public finance and impact investing, public infrastructure implementation, and environmental management issues at the local government level.
    Knowledge of the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint (Total Maximum Daily Load and Watershed Implementation Plans) is helpful.
    Proven problem-solving and analytic skills.
    Excellent interpersonal and oral and written communication capabilities.
    Experience managing complex projects and workloads with multiple actors and objectives.

     To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and salary history and requirements no later than July 21, 2017 to:

    Human Resources/FY18-001-EIBPC

    Chesapeake Bay Foundation

    employment@cbf.org

     

    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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    Sunrise Sunset Susquehanna Paddle & Play

    Show your love for your Mighty Susquehanna River and Chesapeake Bay on Saturday, July 22! There’s something here for everyone: environmental awareness paddle along an old logging run, live music of Don Shappelle, yoga by the riverbank and qi gong under the treetops, yoga on SUP on the Susq, water drumming with Grammy-award winner percussionist Steve Mitchell (think Charlie Brown/Peanuts gang specials), storytelling, environmental and outdoor education exhibits and family-friendly activities, balloon art (and responsible balloon and plastics disposal), nature photography workshop, and a cruise on the Hiawatha Paddlewheel Riverboat for bird watching (with Audubon Society), river gazing, song singing, and sweet-treat Susquehanna River sundae eating. Need more? Check out the event webpage, reserve your spot for the paddle and cruise, and find your way to Williamsport to show your love for the Mighty Susq and support the work of your Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper. See you on/in/near/by the river! P.S. If you can’t be there but would like to show your support, you can sponsor a paddler. One of the goals of the event is to get underserved youth on the river. We’d love your help. For more information: http://www.middlesusquehannariverkeeper.org/sunrise-sunset-susquehanna.html

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    2018 MAEOE Conference Presentation Proposals are Needed!

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    2018 MAEOE Conference Presentation Proposals are Needed!

     Expand Your Influence! 
    Empowering Citizen Action for the Environment 

    33rd Annual MAEOE Conference
    February 1-4, 2018
    Princess Royale, Ocean City, MD

    Calling all Educators, Teachers, Organizations, Researchers, Scientists, Farmers, Artists, and more 

    Share your expertise, great ideas, lesson plans, or favorite and/or NGSS activities! 

    All RFPs must be submitted by 5 PM on August 1, 2017. The RFPs will be submitted via a Google form. To submit a proposal: https://goo.gl/forms/4O9QW9siCRTEFgtc2.

    For more information about conference strands and seating arrangements please check out http://maeoe.org/conference_2018/.

     

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    Future Harvest CASA Hiring Chesapeake Field Programming 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: July 21, 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.

    Submit résumé, two writing and/or marketing samples, and three references to Shannon Varley at shannon@futureharvestcasa.org. Deadline: July 21, 2017. Salary $43,500, with a 7%-of-salary benefits stipend.

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    Milkweeds for Monarchs

    July 26  6:30-7:30  Milkweeds for Monarchs: Participants will learn about the Monarch butterfly, and the dependence of the Monarch caterpillars on native milkweed for survival. Tips for plant selection and habitat creation techniques will be discussed. These important tips will support the creation of Monarch habitat restoration projects on the Eastern Shore.  

    Pre-registration is required a week before event as space is limited. For more information call 410-745-9620 or visit our website at http://www.wetland.org.

                                  

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    Legislative Coordinator

    Deadline: NCEL will be accepting applications on a rolling basis

    Start Date: August 21st

    Compensation: $40,000/year plus health and retirement

    Hours: Full-time

    Location: Washington, D.C.

    Summary: The National Caucus of Environmental Legislators (NCEL) seeks a highly motivated employee who will coordinate legislative outreach and track legislation around the country. This position will have an emphasis on energy policy, but will occasionally support other issue areas including water quality and chemical policy.

    NCEL is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization working with environmentally minded state lawmakers to advance pro-environment initiatives and defend against the rollback of environmental safeguards. The organization comprises a nationwide network of over 1,200 state legislators with membership in all 50 states and from both major parties. We conduct both issue-focused and regional projects, and our forums provide an opportunity for legislators to learn about emerging environmental issues and collaborate with their colleagues from other states. For more information, visit http://www.ncel.net.

    Ideal applicants must be able to thrive in a fast-paced work environment, manage multiple projects with minimal supervision, have good time management skills and display strong interpersonal skills. This is a one-year contract, with the potential for extension.

    Responsibilities

    The Legislative Coordinator will work with the Program Director to support state legislators across the country and achieve program goals. The position will include outreach and communications, database management, and event coordination. Duties include:

    Conducting research on topics including energy efficiency and financing, renewable energy, environmental equity, and other climate issues.
    Develop and proofing communication content, including emails, fact sheets, and reports for legislators.
    Contact state legislators and staff to organize meetings and invite Caucus members to events.
    Collaborate with NCEL staff to identify and recruit presenters for the state visits and forums.
    Develop and prepare event materials as necessary.
    Track the progress of various environmental legislation in the states.
    Some travel will be required.
    Update legislative profiles and other database files.

    Qualifications:

    A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree at an accredited college or university in a relevant discipline.
    A minimum of one year experience working on energy and/or environmental issues.
    Must have experience in Microsoft Office Suite products, Google applications, and basic database management.
    Salesforce experience preferred, but not required.
    Strong written and verbal communication skills.
    Ability to work independently and within a team setting is essential.
    Volunteer experience or familiarity with nonprofit organizations preferred.

    How to Apply:

    Please submit a cover letter and resume as a single PDF detailing your qualifications to Nick Anda at nanda@ncel.net. Include “NCEL LEGISLATIVE 2017” as the subject line. Please no calls or walk-ins.

    NCEL is an equal opportunity employer and gives equal consideration to all applicants without regard to sex, age, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual preference, gender identity or gender expression.

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    Monarchs & More Curriculum Workshop

    Please join the Monarch Sister Schools Program (www.monarchsisterschools.org) at our annual Curriculum Workshop on Saturday September 9th, 2017 from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm.

    This is a once-a-year opportunity to:
    Gain new ideas and insights from veteran science teacher, Louise Hill, in using hands-on lesson plans from ‘Monarch and More’ curriculum guide to teach students about the habitat, life cycle and migration of the Monarch butterfly.
    Receive teaching materials that you can use immediately, including:
    1. A packet of lesson plans and hand-outs, aligned with Next Generation Science Standards
    2. A butterfly cage that you build during the workshop.
    3. Live Monarch larvae to take back to your classroom for students to raise.
    4. Butterfly tags with a data sheet to mail in to Monarch Watch (a citizen science project).
    Sign up for support to create a Garden Club to help your school maintain its habitat garden.
    Meet & exchange ideas with other teachers participating in the Monarch Sister Schools Program
    Learn about our annual trip to Mexico’s “Monarch Country”

    Workshop details:
    Date: September 9, 2017
    Time: Breakfast & Sign-in: 8:30-9:00am
    Workshop: 9:00 am-12:30 pm (with garden & coffee breaks)
    Location: Springhill Lake Elementary School
    6060 Springhill Dr.
    Greenbelt, MD 20770

    To register please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/monarch-sister-schools-program-curriculum-workshop-2017-tickets-35516423579

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    Maryland’s Night Flyers: Natural History and Ecology of Bats

    Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary is hosting a presentation on bats this Sunday, from 10am-12pm.

    Bats are extraordinarily interesting mammals of significant ecological and economic importance. Join Stan Herman to learn about the physiology and behavior of Maryland’s most common bats and interesting examples of others found in other parts of the world. 

    We will dispel commonly held myths and misunderstandings about bats and discuss how bats fly, capture their prey, echolocate, and provide the ecological services of pest control and pollination. We will also explore threats to the existence of bats, with suggestions for how citizens can advocate for their conservation. We’ll conclude with a discussion of best practices for building, siting, and installing bat houses to attract these valuable mammals to your community.

    When: July 9th, 10am-12pm
    Where: Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, 1361 Wrighton Rd, Lothian MD 20711
    Ages: 7 and older
    Fee: $6/vehicle entrance fee. Call 410-741-9330 to register.

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

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

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

     

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    You’re invited! Register now for the 2017 Chesapeake Sojourn: Paddling the Patuxent River

    The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay is reviving the Chesapeake Sojourn this year! Register Today!
    The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay invites you to join us for the 2017 Chesapeake Sojourn along the Patuxent River in Calvert County and St. Mary’s County, Maryland from August 11th to 13th.

    During Alliance Sojourns, families and individuals enjoy on-the-water recreational and educational activities. Evening programs focus on historical, cultural, and environmental topics related to the rivers and the Chesapeake region. Each trip is designed to highlight that particular river’s beauty while exploring an issue or issues germane to the local waterway.

    If you are interested in being a safety boater for our trip or have kayak safety training already, please let me know via email: cstephens@allianceforthebay.org. (New safety boaters are required to attend a training and can join our sojourn for free!)

    LOCATION: Calvert County and St. Mary’s County, Maryland along the Patuxent River

    PRICE: Registration is $150 per adult, and $50 per youth

    EQUIPMENT: Registration does not include kayak rental

    ITINERARY: We will paddle approximately 22 miles, spread throughout two days, and camp out overnight.

    Visit this website for more info and to register: https://www.allianceforthebay.org/news-and-events/2017-chesapeake-sojourn 

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    Maryland Master Naturalist Opportunities at CBEC

     
    Maryland Master Naturalist Opportunities at The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center

    Maryland Master Naturalist Certification Program offered at CBEC
     
     
    Engaging the Community Outdoors

    Become a Maryland Master Naturalist at CBEC!
     
    The Maryland Master Naturalist Program is a structured, science-based certificate program that supports Maryland citizens desire to learn more about the natural history of Maryland and who are willing to share the knowledge gained with others. The Program is designed and offered by the University of Maryland Extension through a host site and facilitator. The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center is excited to announce that it will be a host site for the Coastal Plain region with Courtney Leigh, Volunteer/Stewardship Coordinator acting as the Facilitator. The Maryland Master Naturalist Program develops a network of trained volunteers to serve their communities as catalysts for local environmental conservation through education,research and stewardship.

     
    Certified Maryland Master Naturalist Program Details 2017

    Dates: Wednesdays, Sept 6 – Dec 13 9:30am-3:30pm
    (Field Trip: Sept 13)

    Participants must be 18 years or older.

    Course fee: $250/person

    Host site: Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center
    The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center (CBEC) offers opportunities to explore and learn about the natural world. Utilizing CBEC’s beautiful 510-acre waterfront site, staff and volunteers provide exceptional environmental education programs, special events and recreational experiences for students, families, outdoor enthusiasts and organized groups.

    600 Discovery Lane, Grasonville, MD 21638 | 410.827.6694 | Bayrestoration.org

    Course Facilitator: Courtney Leigh, CBEC Volunteer and Adult Education Coordinator

    For more information please contact cleigh@bayrestoration.org

    To apply, click to download the application, complete, and submit to cleigh@bayrestoration.org
    Maryland Master Naturalist Application at CBEC

    University of Maryland Extension Programs are open to all citizens without regard to race, color, gender, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, or national origin.

      

    Maryland Master Naturalist Advanced Training: Introduction to Bird Language

    Tuesday, August 15 8-noon at Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center

    Wednesday, August 16 8-noon at Pickering Creek Audubon Center

    Explore the world of birds beyond identification and classification. Birds and other animals share a language that allows them to safely navigate their world and stay connected to each other. Learn how to “listen” to what birds say through their vocalizations and behaviors in this structured immersive field experience. During this two-day workshop you will learn how to identify the unique patterns of behavior common across many species. Hone your observation skills in the field and awaken your understanding of what birds are saying in real time about the landscape around them. Join us to work closely with fellow naturalists to map out and interpret your observations. Enhance how you share the natural world with others by studying bird language.

    Registration: $20 for one day or $35 for both days by following the link below:

    For more details and or questions contact Courtney Leigh, Volunteer and Adult Education Coordinator at The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center at cleigh@bayrestoration.org

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    Guided Hike: Intro to Birding at CBEC

    Guided Hike:  Introduction to Birding at The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center

    July 27th at 1:00pm

    Join us for a short Introduction to Birding before we take to the trails to practice our new skills in identifying some of the migratory Passerines that may be stopping through CBEC’s property. Our team of Certified Interpretative Guides and Maryland Master Naturalists along with local expert Birders will help the novice Birder become more equipped as they advance on their Birding Journey.  Participants are encouraged to dress for weather and bring along a water bottle, small snack, Bird Field Guides to the Passerine’s, and binoculars.  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:

    https://www.bayrestoration.org/calendar-of-events/property-tour-guided-hike-9/

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    Guided Ecology Hike at CBEC

    Guided Hike:  Ecology Tour at The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center

    July 22nd 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. A docent will lead participants on a journey to explore topics of Hummock Succession, Oyster Reef Ecology, Salt Marsh Plants, Lake Knapp Bird Residents, and Resident Raptors all while walking a 1.5 mile flat path around the center of our 510 acre peninsula.  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 binoculars.  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:

    https://www.bayrestoration.org/calendar-of-events/property-tour-guided-hike-10/

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

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    ORISE Fellow: Fostering Technology, Innovation and Sustainability For Clean and Safe Water

    Opportunity Title

    Fostering Technology, Innovation and Sustainability For Clean and Safe Water

    Reference Code
    EPA Water 2017-415

    Description

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Qualifications

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

    How To Apply

    A complete application consists of:

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

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

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

    Number of Openings
    1

    Program
    Office of Water (OW)

    Academic Levels

    Post-Master’s

    Eligibility Requirements

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

    Life Health and Medical Sciences

    Biology (General)

    Ecology

    Ecosystem Ecology

    Environmental Health

    Public Health

    Engineering

    Civil Engineering

    Energy

    Engineering (General)

    Engineering Sciences

    Environmental Engineering

    Geophysical Engineering

    Mechanical Engineering

    Other Physical Sciences

    Environmental Chemistry

    Earth and Geosciences

    Environmental Science Studies

    Hydrologic Sciences

    Environmental and Marine Sciences

    Environmental Sciences

    Hydrology

    Marine Science

    Natural Resources

    Social and Behavioral Sciences

    History of Science

    Political Science and Government

    Public Policy

    Risk Analysis

    Science Policy/Science & Society

    Urban and Regional Planning

    Veteran Status: None

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    Guided Stand Up Paddle Board Trip at CBEC

    Stand Up Paddle Board Guided Tour at The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center

    July 23rd 9:30am

    Karla Horton from Dragonfly Paddle will guide you through basic SUP instruction and then Courtney Leigh, Certified Interpretive Guide, will 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! This trip is for beginner to intermediate paddlers 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 $25 per CBEC member and $35 per Non CBEC member.  Pre-registration is required by required by completing the online form:  REGISTER HERE 

    Questions can be sent to  Courtney Leigh at cleigh@bayrestoration.org or 443-262-2032.  Space is limited.

  • New Announcement
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    Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay Announces New Executive Director

    The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, a regional leader in Chesapeake Bay watershed restoration since 1971, announced today that its Board of Directors has selected Kate A. Fritz as the organization’s new Executive Director. The announcement follows a six-month nationwide search undertaken to replace current Executive Director, Al Todd, who will be retiring in August 2017. Ms. Fritz currently serves as the Executive Director of the South River Federation in Annapolis, Maryland. She will assume her new role with the Alliance on August 1st .

    Ms. Fritz has over 15 years of leadership experience focused on building and fostering partnerships and collaborative teams engaged in the work of watershed restoration and protection. She has worked in the environmental sector as a scientist, local planner, project manager, sustainability coordinator, and for the last 3+ years as the Executive Director of the South River Federation where she grew the organization into a well-respected advocate for water quality. Ms. Fritz is a certified Master Watershed Steward and a founding member on the Board of Directors for the Anne Arundel County Watershed Stewards Academy, where she remains a leader. Most recently, while at the South River Federation, Kate helped build a multimillion dollar stream restoration and stormwater reduction program and led a highly regarded monitoring program that tracks the health of the South River.

    “We are excited about the new energy and ideas and strong sense of mission and leadership Kate will bring to the organization”, said Bob Paul, Board Chair. “At this critical time for Chesapeake restoration, the Alliance is confident that Kate will build on our successes and prepare the organization to meet the challenges of the future.”

    Ms. Fritz stated, “The opportunity to grow my impact from a 66 square mile watershed to the 64,000 square mile Chesapeake Bay watershed is incredibly exciting for me both professionally and personally.  I am confident that the work I have done with the South River Federation will lead to great successes for the Alliance and the Chesapeake Bay watershed as a whole.”

    Ms. Fritz earned an Executive Master of Natural Resources focused on Leadership in Sustainability degree from Virginia Tech, as well as a masters degree in Environmental Management from the University of Maryland University College. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and is also a certified Maryland Qualified Professional Forester and a LEED Green Associate certified professional.

    “After over 25 years working on the Chesapeake restoration effort and an amazing 6 years as Alliance Director, I am delighted to see Kate take over leadership. I look forward to staying involved with the Alliance during the transition and as needed over the coming year,” said Al Todd.

    The public is invited to the Alliance’s Taste of the Chesapeake on September 14 th in Annapolis to meet and welcome Ms. Fritz in her new role and say farewell to Al Todd. Taste tickets are available at: http://www.allianceforthebay.org/taste

  • New Event
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    Guided Kayak Trip at The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center

    Guided Kayak Tour at The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center

    July 13th at 5:30pm

    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.

    Pre-registration is required by required by completing the online form:  https://www.bayrestoration.org/guided-kayak-tours/

  • New Announcement
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    Environmental Education July Offerings at CBEC

    PADDLEPALOOZA on July 15th 8:00am-3:00pm

    There will be no Kayak Rentals on July 15th due to Paddlepalooza!

    Please join us for the 3 mile paddle and enjoy the lively after party at the Lakeside Pavilion.  Food from Smoke, Rattle, and Roll.  Live Music.  Beer Truck.

    All proceeds benefit CBEC’s Kayak Wetland Education Program!

    Sign up by Friday, July 7th:

    https://www.bayrestoration.org/paddlepalooza/

    Can’t commit to the paddle but want to join in the dry land fun….meet us at the Lakeside Pavilion between 11am-2pm…have lunch and listen to the band:  What’s Her Face And The Stuff.  Beer and Food are available for purchase!

    Guided Kayak Trips

    July 13th at 5:30pm

    July 16th at 1:00pm-SOLD OUT

    July 23rd 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.

    Pre-registration is required by required by completing the online form:  https://www.bayrestoration.org/guided-kayak-tours/

    Stand Up Paddle Board Guided Tour

    July 23rd 9:30am

    Karla Horton from Dragonfly Paddle will guide you through basic SUP instruction and then Courtney Leigh, Certified Interpretive Guide, will 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! This trip is for beginner to intermediate paddlers 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 $25 per CBEC member and $35 per Non CBEC member.  Pre-registration is required by required by completing the online form:  REGISTER HERE 

    Questions can be sent to  Courtney Leigh at cleigh@bayrestoration.org or 443-262-2032.  Space is limited.

    Guided Hike:  CBEC Ecology Tour

    July 22nd 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. A docent will lead participants on a journey to explore topics of Hummock Succession, Oyster Reef Ecology, Salt Marsh Plants, Lake Knapp Bird Residents, and Resident Raptors all while walking a 1.5 mile flat path around the center of our 510 acre peninsula.  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 binoculars.  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:

    https://www.bayrestoration.org/calendar-of-events/property-tour-guided-hike-10/

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

    Guided Hike:  Introduction to Birding 

    July 27th at 1:00pm

    Join us for a short Introduction to Birding before we take to the trails to practice our new skills in identifying some of the migratory Passerines that may be stopping through CBEC’s property. Our team of Certified Interpretative Guides and Maryland Master Naturalists along with local expert Birders will help the novice Birder become more equipped as they advance on their Birding Journey.  Participants are encouraged to dress for weather and bring along a water bottle, small snack, Bird Field Guides to the Passerine’s, and binoculars.  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:

    https://www.bayrestoration.org/calendar-of-events/property-tour-guided-hike-9/

    Creepy Crawlers Gardening Preschool Program:  

    Members:  $3  Non Members:  $5

    Friend or Foe?

    July 17th at 10:00am

    Discover which bugs are helpful and which are not.  Help us start pumpkin vines for Halloween!

    https://www.bayrestoration.org/preschool-gardening/

  • New Job Announcement
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    New Job Announcement

    RiverSmart Program Assistant

    The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay is now accepting applications for a part-time position to provide support to the RiverSmart Program in Washington, DC.  Please see attached job description for details.

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