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    Green Neighbor Festival

    GREEN NEIGHBOR FESTIVAL
    REGISTRATION FOR VENDORS & SPONSORS NOW OPEN!
    Save the date and tell your neighbor!

    Saturday May 12, 2018
    10 am – 4 PM
    At Culler Lake in Baker Park, Frederick, MD
    West 2nd Street & College Terrace
    VENDORS CLICK HERE TO READ MORE AND REGISTER FOR A BOOTH SPACE
    Hood College’s Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies (CCWS) and the Friends of Baker Park are once again hosting the Green Neighbor Festival, this year on May 12, 2018. This year the goal of the event is to highlight environmentally friendly living practices by providing education and ideas to the community to live more sustainably, conserve resources and shop at local green businesses in Frederick County. Last year’s event attracted nearly 1000 attendees and we anticipate more this year.

    Event organizers are expanding the day’s activities and entertainment to include live acoustic music, a sustainability bike-ride around Frederick, sustainable-minded vendors, family-friendly environmental education, sustainability living tips, electric vehicle displays and more. Music will be provided during the Festival by Frederick Acoustic Music Enterprise (FAME).

    The festival will again be situated around Culler Lake, in Baker Park, Frederick, MD, close to the Hood College campus, and will occur from 10 am – 4 pm. Additional activities are being planned before and after festival hours and the schedule of events will be announced closer to the event date.

    Vendors from local businesses and not-for-profit organizations promoting sustainable products and practices are sought for this one-day festival. Information on vendor space and online applications are now being accepted until April 2, 2018. Food vendor applications are being accepted by invitation only.

    Special emphasis: Collection of recyclable items. If your organization is willing to be a collection spot for specific items that can been recycled or reused, please let us know so we can advertise a list of items being collected to attendees.  Items could be for re-use for crafts, donated to charities or recycled through other programs.

    Questions on being a vendor can be directed to: brehm@hood.edu

    Sponsorship opportunities are available to support various educational programming throughout the day. Details of sponsorship levels can be found at the GNF registration site: https://secure.hood.edu/GreenNeighborForum/ Contact Linda Norris-Waldt (lindanorriswaldt@gmail.com) of GreenFrederick.org to discuss sponsorship details.

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    Community Outreach Specialist – VISTA Americorp

    Hood College Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies

    Community Outreach Specialist for the Growing for a Healthy Future Program

    Dependent upon final funding authorization, the Hood College Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies seeks expressions of interest in a full time, VISTA-funded position to begin in June 2017 and extend for one year.

    Description

    The Community Outreach Specialist is responsible for project implementation within the Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies to support the Growing for a Healthy Future Program, a program which will provide fresh fruits and vegetables to low income families in our region.   The specialist will initiate, organize, and manage an effort to involve the interfaith community of Frederick County in growing garden vegetables for local, low income families.  This position will be responsible for community relations, facilitating external and internal communications, and planning, organizing, and implementing project events and activities.

    Requirements

    Initiate and administer a partnership between Hood College and the local interfaith community to provide fresh produce for families in need; emphasis will be placed on a needs assessment, recruitment of community members, initiation of gardening activities, and assessment of strategies for sustainable growth of the program.
    Promote and coordinate program-related events such as gardening workshops and demonstrations, food distribution strategies, and cooking/canning activities for community members.
    Actively develop the program through partnerships with the faith-based community, other non-profits, and businesses in the region.
    Actively promote and showcase community gardening activities occurring within the faith-based community of Frederick and assist in developing, marketing, and executing related events. This can take the form of news releases; on-line posts through social media, the Center’s web site, or blog posts; and on-line videos.
    Serve as the primary point of contact for those seeking information regarding the Growing for a Healthy Future program. Act as the Center’s liaison for all stakeholders involved in the program.
    Work with the faith-based community of Frederick to initiate and develop gardening programs/ fresh food production for low income families in the area.
    Research, propose, and help implement the search for financial support to sustain the program. This could include grant-writing and the solicitation of donations.
    Establish goals and benchmarks for the program; capture and monitor data to inform program changes as needed.

    Qualifications

    The qualifications listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    Education and/or Experience

    Minimum qualifications

    A Bachelor’s degree and experience in community or educational program development.

    Specific skills and experiences include: strong oral and written communications skills and experience in grassroots program development; event-planning, fund-raising, and marketing; knowledge and experience with community gardens and gardening; and the ability to organize and prioritize multiple assignments and contingencies.

    Technology Skills

    Proficient in office productivity suite software (such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), e-mail and Internet. Possess the ability to use available instructional technology resources to effectively communicate to stakeholders including, but not limited to, use of audio visual equipment, computer, presentation software, etc.

    Communication Skills

    Possess excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills with strong attention to detail; Able to read, analyze, and interpret general literature, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Possess the ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Able to present information effectively and respond to questions from groups of stakeholders and the general public.

    Mathematical Skills

    Be able to work with and apply simple statistical and mathematical concepts in a timely and accurate fashion, either manually, by using a calculator, or a spreadsheet package (such as Excel).

    Reasoning Ability

    The ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of contingencies in situations where only limited information exists. Be able to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form. Able to hypothesize, draw conclusions, and support conclusions. Able to work independently and as a member of a group in developing and executing project plans.

    To Apply

    Qualified candidates are invited to provide a letter of interest, current curriculum vitae/resume and names of three references. Review of applications will be on-going and continue until the position is filled.

    Materials may be sent to:

    Claire Hudson

    Hood College, Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies

    401 Rosemont Ave.

    Frederick, MD 21701

    hudson@hood.edu

     

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    Green Neighbor Festival

    VENDOR REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!Hood College’s Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies (CCWS) and the Friends of Baker Park are soliciting vendors to be part of the 2017

    Green Neighbor Festival,
    May 20 & 21, 2017 from 12-5 PM

    The 2-day outdoor festival will promote environmental sustainability and “green” practices to protect land, water, and energy resources in our area neighborhoods. Held in conjunction with Celebrate Frederick’s Behind the Garden Gates Tour, the festival will be located around Baker Park’s Culler Lake (Frederick, MD) and will feature an educational walking tour of the newly restored lake structures, eco-friendly vendors, family-friendly activities, a tree tour, a fish release and more is in the works!

    Early Bird Registration Prices $75 For-Profit/$65 Not-for-Profit Organizations until March 31, 2017
    After March 31st Registration Price is $100 For-Profit/$75 Not-for-Profit Organizations
    Final Registration Deadline is April 21,2017

    Click here to learn more and register for this event.

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    The Truth About Sharks

    John_poster

    MARINE BIOLOGIST PRESENTS “THE TRUTH ABOUT SHARKS”

    A marine biologist with more than two decades of higher education teaching experience will speak about shark ecology at Hood College Sept. 30.

    John F. Morrissey, Ph.D., will describe the diversity and varied biology found in sharks and rays from around the world during his talk, entitled “The Truth About Sharks,” on September 30th at 7 p.m. in Hodson Auditorium in Rosenstock Hall. He will also compare the ways in which these unique animals are portrayed by the mass media with the realities of human-shark interactions as collected by scientists.

    He will present sharks in a matter-of-fact way and teach the audience about aspects of shark ecology that might not be shown on TV.

    Morrissey earned his doctorate in marine biology and fisheries in 1991 from the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. After 16 years as a member of the biology department at Hofstra University, he moved to Sweet Briar College in the fall 2007 where he is now professor and chair of the biology department. He has been named Teacher of the Year at both Hofstra and Sweet Briar.

    His research interests concern the natural history of deep-sea elasmobranchs—sharks, skates and rays—including descriptions of new species and investigation of their reproduction, feeding ecology, age and growth, and visual adaptations. Specifically, he and his students have studied a new species of gulper shark from the Cayman Trench between Jamaica and Cuba and maintained a reproducing colony of chain cat sharks in the lab. He is co-author with Jim Sumich of “Introduction to the Biology of Marine Life,” a text used in undergraduate marine biology courses across the country.

    Sponsored by the Hood College Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies, this event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Drew Ferrier at dferrier@hood.edu or 301-696-3660.

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    Research Assistant / Lab Coordinator

    Coastal and Watershed Studies Seeks Corp Intern – August 2016 to August 2017

    The Hood College Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies located in Frederick, MD is acting as a host site for this year’s Chesapeake Conservation Corps program. If you are a CCCV applicant and are looking for field and water quality monitoring experience, we would like to hear from you!  The Chesapeake Conservation Corps is supported by the Chesapeake Bay Trust, Constellation Energy, and the state of Maryland.  The program pairs young adults with organizations that provide hands-on environmental, leadership, and technical training opportunities for a one-year term of service. To find out more about the program visit cbtrust.org.

    If successfully matched with the Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies, the volunteer will act as a research assistant / lab coordinator and take on many duties during this full-time position. You will be involved in many aspects of the Center’s operation.  Currently, we are working on several local projects in which we combine environmental research, science education, service-learning, and citizen science with restoration activities in the central Maryland region.

    The internship will involve such activities as:

    Assisting with environmental monitoring, data analysis, and interpretation of mitigation strategies being implemented for nuisance algal blooms in local watersheds
    Weekly water quality monitoring at various locations throughout the Monocacy watershed
    Organizing events for Frederick area residents to learn about low impact stormwater retrofits that can be accomplished by homeowners
    Assisting in the prioritization and presentation of restoration plans for local urban streams
    Helping to develop protocols for implementation of citizen science water quality assessment activities and helping to train citizen scientists
    Assisting with the development and implementation of an invasive species outreach education curriculum focusing on local aquatic invasive species of concern

    For a good match, we are looking for folks who: preferably have completed an undergraduate degree in biology, chemistry, or environmental science; possess interest and enthusiasm; some experience in environmental education, water quality monitoring, and community outreach.

    Compensation and Benefits
    The Chesapeake Conservation Intern will receive a stipend of $15,500 plus health insurance provided by the Chesapeake Bay Trust.  In addition, the intern will be able to enroll in one course per semester at Hood College tuition-free.  Our Master’s degree program in Environmental Biology may be of special interest to applicants.  For details, consult the college’s web site at http://www.hood.edu.

    How to Apply

    Interested applicants should apply directly through the Chesapeake Bay Trust by following instructions at http://www.cbtrust.org/chesapeakeconservationcorps. Applicants also are encouraged to contact the Center if they have specific questions about this position. Please contact Dr. Drew Ferrier at dferrier@hood.edu or 301-696-3660.  The application deadline is April 15, 2016.

    About our Organization

    The Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies is a newly formed administrative unit within Hood College.  It formalizes a long and on-going tradition of involving college students in service-learning and environmental education outreach to the Maryland region and capitalizes on our relationships among area public schools, local governmental agencies, and homeowner/watershed groups.

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    Green Neighbor Forum

    Green Neighbor Forum
    Frederick, MD
    March 12th 2016

    Are you interested in taking action at home or in your neighborhood to improve our environment? Not exactly sure how to get started? Or maybe you’ve already started but are looking for more ideas? Then register now for the fourth annual Green Neighbor Forum!

    This day-long program, hosted by Hood College’s Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies and the Friends of Baker Park, is dedicated to learning how to take green actions right at home or in your neighborhood. It is an opportunity for homeowners, residents, business owners, and students to come together and learn about ways to improve our local environment, reduce storm water runoff, reduce our carbon footprint, and more. There will be workshops on many different topics, such as energy management, recycling, rain barrels and their construction, green roofs, native tree canopies, and backyard rain gardens.

    The 2016 Green Neighbor Forum will take place on Saturday, March 12, 2016 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (with doors opening at 8:30 am) at Hood College’s Whitaker Campus Center. The $25 registration fee includes coffee breaks, lunch, and attendance to morning lectures and afternoon workshops. Space is limited, register by March 4th.  Contact Hannah Zinnert at zinnert@hood.edu with questions.

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    Expedition for local high school students

    Local teachers – help the non-profit the Society for Ocean Sciences spread the word of their new expedition to Belize this summer for high school aged students. Students will get a crash course in tropical marine biology and experience an ecosystem like no other – the coral reefs here are impeccable due to decades of protection.

    Location: Ambergris Caye, Belize
    Date: June 25th – July 2nd
    All Inclusive: $2,670
    Includes: All flights, accommodation, meals, transportation, snorkeling from boat twice a day, field biologists, cave tubing.
    Deposit deadline ($175): February 29th

    For more information visit: http://societyoceansciences.org/belize.html

    Contact Claire Hudson at hudson@societyoceansciences.org for details and registration forms.

     

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    Research Assistant / Lab Coordinator

    Coastal and Watershed Studies Paid Internship – August 2015 to July 2016

    Research Assistant / Lab Coordinator

    The Hood College Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies located in Frederick, MD is a center of excellence in the Department of Biology. The Centers areas of concentration include research, water quality monitoring, watershed assessment, education and outreach.  We are seeking a one-year full-time (40 hrs / week) Chesapeake Conservation Corps (CCC) Intern beginning August 25, 2015.

    The Chesapeake Conservation Corps is supported by the Chesapeake Bay Trust, Constellation Energy, and the state of Maryland.  The program pairs young adults with organizations that provide hands-on environmental, leadership, and technical training opportunities for a one-year term of service.

    More information about the CCC position can be found here.

    Duties

    If successful, you will be involved in many aspects of the Center’s operation.  Currently, we are working on several local projects in which we combine science education, service-learning, and citizen science with restoration activities in the central Maryland region.

    The internship will involve such activities as:

    Assisting with environmental monitoring, data analysis, and interpretation of mitigation strategies being implemented for nuisance algal blooms in local watersheds
    Assist with research of the native brook trout
    Helping to develop protocols for implementation of citizen science water quality assessment activities and helping to train citizen scientists
    Assisting in the prioritization and presentation of restoration plans for local urban streams
    Organizing events for Frederick area residents to learn about low impact stormwater retrofits that can be accomplished by homeowners

    Qualifications

    The successful applicant will:

    Be between the ages of 18 and 25 years at the start of the internship
    Preferably have completed an undergraduate degree in biology, chemistry, or environmental science
    Possess interest, enthusiasm, and experience in environmental research, education, water quality monitoring, and community outreach
    Have the ability to speak and write clearly and effectively
    Possess the ability to work productively with Center staff, volunteers, and members of partnering organizations

    Compensation and Benefits
    The Chesapeake Conservation Intern will receive a stipend of $15,500 plus health insurance provided by the Chesapeake Bay Trust.  In addition, the intern will be able to enroll in one course at Hood College tuition-free.  Our Master’s degree program in Environmental Biology may be of special interest to applicants.  For details, consult the college’s web site at http://www.hood.edu.

    How to Apply

    Interested applicants should apply directly through the Chesapeake Bay Trust by following instructions at http://www.cbtrust.org/chesapeakeconservationcorps. Applicants also are encouraged to contact the Center if they have specific questions about this position. Please contact Dr. Drew Ferrier at dferrier@hood.edu or 301-696-3660.  The application deadline is April 17, 2015.

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