Job Opening: Chesapeake Bay Program Stewardship Goal Team Staffer
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 the Chesapeake Bay Program’s Fostering Chesapeake Stewardship Goal Implementation Team. With 17 million people living in the Chesapeake watershed, public participation is a vital piece of the restoration effort. The Fostering Chesapeake Stewardship Goal Implementation Team is charged with to increasing citizen action, supporting environmental education, and assisting citizens, communities and local governments in undertaking initiatives to conserve treasured landscapes. This approach aims to build public support of restoration and conservation efforts and increase citizen engagement and active stewardship of the Bay and its resources.
The candidate selected for this position will be involved in goal team and associated workgroup activities and should expect to engage in work such as drafting policy pieces and decision support documents, developing and reporting on key performance indicators, , and maintaining content on the Bay Backpack website for educators. The Staffer will gain experience in working with natural resource managers from around the Chesapeake Bay watershed and will 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 resource/environmental science, management, education, or policy; land use/community planning; or other relevant area of study.
Experience with engaging state/federal agencies, watershed organizations, local governments/school systems, and/or land trusts and conservation organizations to interpret, educate about, and/or develop solutions for environmental issues.
Experience in developing and delivering briefing, educational and/or outreach materials for government representatives, community leaders, and/or environmental educators.
Ability to perform background research and analysis on scientific, education, and policy related topics.
Ability to write for the web and social marketing platforms, including appropriately tailoring text and graphics for optimal communication effectiveness.
Ability to manage and update content for group web pages using a content management system.
Ability to work with people in a consensus building environment and independently plan meetings, develop agendas, and draft concise meeting minutes.
Ability to problem solve and prioritize tasks under tight timelines in a fast-paced environment.
Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint is required. Experience with Microsoft Publisher and/or graphics software is preferred. 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 $39,245 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 Fostering Chesapeake Stewardship 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: July 14, 2016