The Chesapeake Research Consortium (CRC) is seeking an individual for a three-year Environmental Management Staffer position within its Environmental Management Career Development Program. All CRC Staffers in the Environmental Management Career Development Program support the work of the Chesapeake Bay Program. The Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) brings together leaders from state, federal and local government, as well as academia and the watershed’s many communities, to collaborate on creating the best strategies and tools for cleaning up the Bay and the rivers and streams that flow into it and engaging with diverse communities to restore habitat health for living resources and promote stewardship for an environmentally and economically sustainable Chesapeake Bay. The Chesapeake Bay Program is fueled by science and driven by partnership.
The Environmental Management Staffer in this position will support the CBP’s Habitat Goal Implementation Team (Habitat GIT). The Habitat GIT works to restore, enhance, and protect a network of land and water habitats to support native fish and wildlife populations, and to afford other public co-benefits, including water quality, recreational uses, and scenic value across the watershed. It does this by convening habitat experts from federal, state, local and non-governmental organizations to identify priorities, seek funding for projects, and leverage resources to facilitate projects that restore degraded and/or conserve high-value habitats. These habitats include wetlands, submerged aquatic vegetation, and streams. There are two Habitat GIT Staffers who provide support to workgroups associated with these habitat types and workgroups for species that depend on these habitats such as migratory fish and birds, Eastern brook trout and American black duck. This Staffer position will co-support the Habitat GIT and be the primary support for the wetland, submerged aquatic vegetation workgroups, and the black duck Action Team.
Environmental Management Staffer Role and Opportunities
As the Environmental Management Staffer in this position, you will work closely with the Habitat GIT chairs, coordinator, and workgroup chairs and will assist them with the coordination, communication, and tracking of collaborative team actions. The activities of all CRC Environmental Management Staffers generally fall into three categories: coordination and administrative support, projects and substantive assignments employing scientific and technical skills, and professional development. As Staffer for the Habitat GIT and designated workgroups, you will work with the team to plan meetings and other important interactions, prepare briefing materials, track deliverables, and support workgroup member needs. The Habitat GIT Staffers assist the chairs and coordinator in translating and implementing Bay Program policies and priorities such as diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice; social science; and ecosystem services to the workgroups. Additionally, you will be engaged in the Chesapeake Bay Program’s innovative Strategy Review System process, which tracks progress towards the Chesapeake Bay Program partnership’s restoration goals by learning from past actions. While these vital coordination and administrative support functions can comprise a large portion of each Staffers experience (40-60%), they are balanced with consistent access to more substantive work such as working with the team to draft plans, strategy documents, and project proposals; data management; tracking progress toward performance targets; developing success stories; and representing this work at various forums. As part of the Environmental Management Career Development Program, you will also spend time on activities to support your own professional growth and development by engaging in activities such as attending training sessions, participating in workshops and conferences, taking a course to develop and enhance a particular skill, volunteering, and more.
As an Environmental Management Staffer in this program, you would have a unique opportunity to develop up to 3-years of professional experience through your day-to-day work activities while having dedicated time and support focused on your individual professional growth. This position offers an opportunity to work with a broad team of partners from across the Chesapeake Bay watershed representing a vast network of government (federal, state, and local) and nongovernment entities. The skills and network gained from this position will be valuable to someone seeking further education and/or career development in the environmental policy and scientific field with a focus on habitat and natural resources management.
Environmental Management Staffers work a hybrid work schedule, dividing time each week between in-office work and telework. The selected candidate will work as a CRC employee at the U.S. EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program Office located in Annapolis, Maryland.
Summary of Responsibilities
The following provides some specific responsibilities that are likely to be assigned to the person accepting this position. This list is not exhaustive, and not all activities are concurrent.
- Provide meeting support by developing meeting agendas, setting up remote technologies such as video conferencing (training provided), drafting concise meeting minutes, and tracking and following-up on action items.
- Manage and update content, contacts, and calendar items on workgroup webpages (content management system training provided). Maintain internal workgroup email distribution lists.
- Update, track, and consolidate feedback on documents or resources as necessary from workgroup members, leadership, and other experts.
- Assist with grant funding processes and management responsibilities and project oversite.
- Participate in the Strategy Review System (SRS) process for the habitat-related outcomes, including the review and development of management materials, action plans, presentations and associated materials.
- Participate as needed to write reports and communication pieces, perform analysis, consolidate data, report on performance indicators and other tasks as assigned, or as desired for professional growth.
Desired Skills and Interests
The ideal candidate for the position would have the following background and interests however if you meet more than 75% of the qualifications of this description, we encourage you to apply. We welcome inclusion of nontraditional or nonformal education and experiences, volunteer, and lived experience that contributes to your fit for the position.
- Bachelor’s degree with a focus on natural or environmental science, fisheries, wildlife, forestry, or conservation biology degrees are encouraged to apply if those applicants have an interest in living resources management and/or policy. Candidates with an educational background in living resources management and/or policy are also welcomed to apply.
- Knowledge of ecosystem management concepts including its physical, biological, social, and economic components as they relate to a large watershed restoration program is also desirable.
- Experience working with wetlands, Submerged Aquatic Vegetation or Black Duck preferred but not necessary.
- Ability to compile, track and assess environmental and natural resource data.
- Basic knowledge and application of GIS a plus.
- Provide support by independently planning meetings, developing agendas, drafting concise meeting minutes, and tracking action items.
- Familiarity with using remote meeting technologies such as video conferencing (Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Webex, etc.).
- Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint is required.
- Experience with or interest in collaborating with a range of partners and stakeholders as part of interdisciplinary teams representing a variety of interests, in an environment meant to build consensus.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail and problem-solving skills.
- Ability to prioritize tasks under tight timelines in a fast-paced environment.
- Self-motivated and a team-player.
- Interest in learning how a multi-stakeholder, regional governmental-environmental-management partnership sets and achieves goals through collaboration, adaptive management, and science-based decision making.
- A willingness to explore career options and interest in engaging in professional development activities.
All Environmental Management Staffers are required to successfully complete a federal background check upon hire.
Chesapeake Research Consortium is committed to a diverse workforce and encourage people from all backgrounds to apply. CRC recruits, employs, trains, compensates, and promotes regardless of race, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, gender identity (including gender nonconformity and status as a transgender individual), sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law.
Salary and Benefits
The annual salary for all Environmental Management Staffer positions is $47,500. Our competitive benefits package includes paid vacation, sick, and personal leave; affordable health, dental, and vision insurance options; 14 paid holidays; and access to retirement saving options with an employer contribution. In addition to the experience gained through your work assignments, CRC can support your attendance at professional conferences, workshops, and trainings related to your position, identified future career interests and individual professional development plan.
Applications (cover letter, resume, list of three references, transcript [unofficial accepted] and a short writing sample) should be sent electronically to Melissa Fagan, Environmental Management Career Development Program Coordinator, at email@example.com. Please include information about your immediate and long-term career goals as part of your cover letter.