Restoration of the Chesapeake Bay requires committed, passionate and diverse individuals. The Chesapeake Research Consortium (CRC) seeks such an individual for a three-year appointment to provide support the Chesapeake Bay Program partnership’s Scientific, Technical Assessment and Reporting (STAR) Team.

STAR’s mission is to facilitate productive deployment of scientific resources; to provide timely, quality information to managers; and to expand communication between workgroups. STAR will supply a forum for analysis and synthesis, engaging river commissions, government and non-governmental agencies and organizations and academic institutions. Monthly STAR meetings will foster continuing dialogue between the Chesapeake Bay Program partnership Goal Implementation Teams and data providers, ensuring effective and responsive use of scientific resources in addressing management questions.

Environmental Management Staffer Responsibilities

The candidate selected for this position will be intimately involved with STAR team activities and those of its workgroups such as the the Modeling Workgroup, Status and Trends Team, Criteria Assessment Protocols Workgroup, and Integrated Trends Analysis Team. Candidates should expect to engage in work such as coordination and logistics, data analysis and tracking, literature reviews and communication product development. Candidates can expect to take on independent or team projects that could include analytical work, communication and outreach, or research. Candidates have the opportunity to make presentations on their work or the work of the STAR team and workgroups at a variety of meetings and are encouraged to evolve their work for conference presentations. Candidates will also support STAR’s invovlement in the Strategy Review System process to track progress toward achieving Chesapeake Bay restoration goals and outcomes, including coordinating Chesapeake Bay Program partnership reviews and  consolidating feedback.  The selected candidate will work as a CRC employee at the U.S. EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program Office located in Annapolis, Maryland.

Desired Skills and Qualifications

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

  • A Bachelor’s degree with a focus on natural or environmental science and/or policy (or a related area of study). Familiarity with biology, environmental chemistry, hydrology, climate change, or environmental monitoring programming is a plus.
  • Familiarity with laboratory or field environmental sampling quality control/quality assurance protocols is a plus.
  • Ability to research, organize and synthesize complex science and policy information for use by leadership.
  • Possess skills in any of the following: basic statistical analysis, organizing, conducting and reporting on field or lab research, GIS, coding languages (e.g. R, Python, etc.), or web-development.
  • Ability to collaborate with a range of partners and stakeholders as part of interdisciplinary teams representing a variety of interests, in an environment meant to build consensus.
  • Provide support by independently planning meetings, developing agendas, drafting concise meeting minutes, and tracking action items.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to communicate with diverse partners at all levels of program activities with diplomacy.
  • Ability to work independently and prioritize tasks under tight timelines in a fast-paced office environment.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated ability to problem solve.
  • Ability to manage and update content for group web pages using a content management system.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint is required.  Experience with Microsoft Access is a plus.
  • Familiarity with using remote meeting technologies such as video conferencing (Web-X, Adobe Connect, etc.).
  • Interest in learning how a diverse, governmental-environmental-management partnership makes decisions effectively and sets and achieves goals through collaborative and regulatory processes.
  • A will to explore your career options, passion and enthusiasm for the work and program.

Salary and Benefits

The annual salary is $40,831 and a competitive vacation and benefits package is included for the three-year position. In addition to the experience gained through their work assignments, Staffers, through individual professional development plans, also attend professional conferences, workshops, and training related to their position and identified future career interests.

Application Instructions

Applications (a detailed cover letter, resume, list of at least three references, transcript [unofficial is fine] and a short writing sample) should be sent electronically to Melissa Fagan, Environmental Management Career Development Program Coordinator, at  Please include information concerning education and professional background as well as immediate and long-term career goals.

Application Due Date: November 30, 2018

Additional information about the CRC Environmental Career Development Program is available
at Additional information about the Chesapeake Bay Program partnership is available at

Chesapeake Research Consortium is committed to a diverse workforce. CRC provides equal employment opportunities and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, veteran status or national origin. CRC maintains a drug-free workplace.  All Environmental Management Staffers are required to complete a federal background check upon hire.