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    Job Opening – Chesapeake Bay Program Healthy Watersheds Staffer

    Restoration of the Chesapeake Bay requires committed, passionate, diverse individuals and the CRC seeks such an individual for a three-year appointment to the Maintaining Healthy Watersheds Goal Team. The Maintaining Healthy Watersheds Goal Team is a forum for shared learning and collaboration among Chesapeake Bay Program partners to promote the identification and protection of waters and watersheds that have high ecological value throughout the greater Chesapeake Bay watershed. The Goal Team’s strategy emphasizes the strategic use of the Goal Team forum to foster support for relevant state, local government, and non-government programs. The work of the Goal Team emphasizes the development and communication of practical measures of watershed health and of progress in ecologically valuable watershed protection. Such measures will support an adaptive management approach to the Goal Team’s strategies. In addition, the Goal Team places emphasis on public communications, using exemplary case studies of successful local initiatives and otherwise advocating state and local action.
    The candidate selected for this position will be involved in goal team activities and should expect to engage in work such as drafting policy pieces and decision support documents, development of and reporting on key performance indicators, research and synthesis activities, and will gain experience in working with natural resource managers from around the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The Staffer will also be responsible for organization and support of meetings, member coordination and communication, tracking team action items, and research and synthesis activities, including reporting on performance indicators. The selected candidate will work as a CRC employee at the U.S. EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program Office located in Annapolis, Maryland.
    The ideal candidate for the position would have the following background and qualifications.
    A Bachelor’s degree in natural sciences, environmental management/policy/planning, or relevant field of study. Familiarity with land use/urban/conservation planning, forestry, landscape ecology, watershed processes preferred.
    Ability to perform background research, analysis, and synthesis on policy and science related topics.
    Skills in data visualization using GIS.
    Ability to work with people in a consensus building environment and independently plan meetings, develop agendas, and draft concise meeting minutes.
    Ability to prioritize tasks under tight timelines in a fast-paced environment.
    Demonstrated ability to problem-solve.
    Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
    Ability to manage and update content for group web pages using a content management system.
    Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint is required.
    Familiarity with remote technologies such as video conferencing (Web-X, Adobe connect, etc.).
    Interest in learning how a multi-party, governmental-environmental-management partnership makes decisions effectively and sets and achieves goals through collaborative processes.
    A will to explore your career options and your passion and enthusiasm for the work and program.
    The annual salary is $38,475 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.
    Applications (a detailed cover letter, resume, list of at least three references, transcripts (an unofficial copy is fine) and a short writing sample) should be sent electronically to Mrs. Melissa Fagan, Environmental Management Career Development Program Coordinator, at faganm@si.edu.  Please include information concerning education and professional background, as well as immediate and long-term career goals.
    Additional information about the CRC Environmental Career Development Program is available at http://www.chesapeake.org.   Additional information about the Chesapeake Bay Program and the Healthy Watersheds Goal Implementation Team is available at http://www.chesapeakebay.net.
    CRC is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, or national origin. CRC maintains a drug-free workplace.  All Staffers are required to complete a federal background check upon hire.
    Announcement Close Date: June 12, 2016

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