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Want to work for the nation's premier watershed restoration partnership? Check out current and ongoing job openings at the Chesapeake Bay Program Office in Annapolis, Maryland.

Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee Staff

Chesapeake Research Consortium Edgewater, MD

Restoration of the Chesapeake Bay requires talented and passionate individuals and the Chesapeake Research Consortium (CRC) seeks such a person to support the Chesapeake Bay Program’s Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee. Since its creation in December 1984, the Chesapeake Bay Program’s (CBP) Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) has worked to enhance scientific communication and outreach throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed and beyond. STAC provides independent scientific and technical advice in various ways, including (1) technical reports and position papers, (2) discussion groups, (3) assistance in organizing merit reviews of CBP programs and projects, (4) technical workshops, and (5) interaction between STAC members and the CBP. Hence, STAC serves as a liaison between the region's scientific community and the CBP. Through professional and academic contacts and organizational networks of its members, STAC ensures close cooperation among and between the various research institutions and management agencies represented in the Bay watershed. For more information about STAC activities, visit http://www.chesapeake.org/stac.

The candidate selected for this position will be involved in committee activities and will be responsible for organization and support of meetings and workshops, coordination and communication, task tracking, synthesis activities, and additional special projects as assigned. The STAC Staff support position is located at the Chesapeake Research Consortium’s office in Edgewater, Maryland. The position is available immediately and will continue through May 31, 2017.

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

  • A Bachelor’s degree in environmental science, policy, management, or a related field.
  • Strong desire to work with science and policy related to the Chesapeake Bay watershed and its restoration.
  • Attention to detail and organization are essential skills. Strong administrative skills and the ability to multitask are also required.
  • Demonstrated abilities in event/workshop planning, budgeting, coordination, and tracking.
  • Ability to work independently and under tight deadlines, track group tasks and activities.
  • Strong writing and editing skills for technical and non-technical report preparation such as scientific summary reports and factsheets.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to diplomatically communicate with partners at all levels of committee activities. 
  • Experience producing communication content using video, audio, and web-based skills.
  • Familiarity with webinars or online meeting technology a plus.
  • Ability to travel within the watershed.
  • Familiarization with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint Outlook) required; Adobe Acrobat Professional, Photoshop, InDesign, and Internet Content Management Systems a plus. 

Additional information about the Chesapeake Research Consortium is available at http://www.chespaeake.org

Salary & Benefits:

The annual salary is $39,527 plus a very competitive benefits package including medical and dental coverage, paid holidays, vacation and sick leave, short-term disability, and 401K plan. Funding for the position is based upon the availability of cooperative agreement funds from EPA.

How To Apply:

All applications (a detailed cover letter, resume, list of at least three references, and a short writing sample) should be sent to Natalie Gardner, STAC Coordinator, CRC, at gardnern@si.edu. Please include information concerning education, communications, and professional background, as well as immediate and long-term career goals.


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 CRC Staff members are required to successfully complete a federal background check upon hire.

Closing Date : 10/01/2014

Web Writer/Content Manager/Social Media Specialist

The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay
Annapolis, MD

The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay seeks a Web Writer/Content Manager/Social Media Specialist for the Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) Communications Office in Annapolis, Maryland.  This position is an integral part of the overall CBP Communications Office team, is central to our successful online communications efforts and is responsible for the creation, maintenance and marketing of consistent high quality web content for the Chesapeake Bay Program website.  Deadline to apply is October 2, 2014 – see below.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Writing, editing and developing engaging written and visual content for the Chesapeake Bay Program website.
  • Working with subject matter experts and Bay Program partners to create and maintain user-friendly web content that supports the work of the Bay Program partnership.
  • Collaborating effectively with the Multimedia Specialist and Communications Staffer to build content, including blog posts, photos and videos.
  • Upholding content quality standards and maintaining consistent writing style and voice across the site.
  • Promoting web content through social media, a monthly e-newsletter and networking both online and in person.
  • Staying current with social media trends and best practices.
  • Acting as a liaison between the Communications Office and the Chesapeake Bay Program web team.
  • Using analytics and user data to improve web content and market online products effectively.
  • Managing an editorial calendar to schedule and organize timely and relevant annual web content.
  • Responding to public questions and information requests via email and social media.
  • Assisting with other communications projects, as necessary.


  • Excellent written and verbal abilities with high attention to detail.
  • Proficient in social media outreach and other online marketing of products.
  • Strong organizational and storytelling expertise.
  • Solid interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of basic HTML.
  • Proficient in understanding of web technology including content management systems.
  • Proficient in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and Dreamweaver.


  • At least two years experience writing, editing and marketing content for the web.
  • Ability to write concisely and effectively to meet the interest and needs of a general audience (including students, teachers and concerned citizens) and in a manner that moves that audience to take action on behalf of the Bay.
  • Experience in understanding and communicating complex scientific and policy issues or information.
  • Passion for environmental issues, preferably the Chesapeake Bay, water pollution and habitat conservation topics.
  • Understanding of audience analyses with ability to develop and tailor web content that meets the specialized needs of various audiences.
  • Self-motivated, organized, creative, team-player.

Salary & Benefits:

Please send your salary requirements with resume and cover letter.

How To Apply:

Please email cover letter, resume, two writing samples and salary requirements to menloe@chesapeakebay.net by Thursday, October 2, 2014. Include “Online Communications” in subject line. No phone calls, please.


The Chesapeake Bay Program is a diverse federal/state/non-government partnership established in 1983.  It works to restore and protect the Chesapeake Bay and the thousands of streams, creeks and rivers in the watershed through collaborative policy making, scientific assessment and public communication. The Communications Office is managed by the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay under grant funding provided by the Environmental Protection Agency. This position reports directly to the CBP Director of Communications, who is also with the Alliance.

This position is based at the Chesapeake Bay Program office near downtown Annapolis, Maryland, but will travel as necessary throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed (Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, DC). Candidates must be willing and able to pass a federal background check.

Closing Date : 10/02/2014

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