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Posted: March 19, 2019
Chesapeake Student Recruitment, Early Advisement and Mentoring Internships
Chesapeake Research Consortium
Annapolis or Oxford, Md.
C-StREAM (Chesapeake Student Recruitment, Early Advisement and Mentoring) is a program focused on recruiting, advising, and mentoring college students from typically under-represented groups to prepare them for careers in environmental protection and restoration. We will work with successful applicants to identify internships and mentors and help advise them academically to ensure they are on the best track for success.
There are five different positions through two host institutions:
- Environmental Protection Agency Chesapeake Bay Program Office
- Land Conversion GIS Analysis
- Tidal Water Quality Data Analysis
- Decision Support Tool Inventory
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Chesapeake Bay Office
- Oyster Restoration Strategies Intern
- Chesapeake Bay Restoration and Protection Policy Intern
Learn more about the positions on the C-StREAM webpage.
Each C-StREAM fellow will receive a stipend of either $5,000 or $6,000 (commensurate with the host institution’s program and duration) as well as either free housing or a $1,000 housing allowance. For some cases (dependent on the host institution’s program), additional allowance will be provided for round-trip travel and/or food.
How to Apply
Apply online. There are seven components to the application, which you can get more information about on CRC's website:
- Application form
- Ranked position choices
- One-page cover letter
- One- or two-page statement of interest
- College transcripts (unofficial is fine)
- Two-three letters of recommendation
Closing Date: April 9, 2019
Posted: March 13, 2019
Non-point Source Policy Analyst
University of Maryland
The Non-point Source Policy Analyst will lead the Chesapeake Bay Program Office’s efforts to analyze technical data, programs and policies in an effort to provide tangible recommendations to the Chesapeake Bay Program partnership with the goal of expanding and improving non-point source nutrient and sediment reduction efforts across the watershed.
- Work directly with local, state and federal partners, as well as non-profit groups and various stakeholders to design, review and revise implementation plans to achieve water quality reductions.
- Utilize Chesapeake Bay Program Office data tools and coordinate analysis efforts across a multi-disciplinary team of colleagues to regularly assess implementation plans and recommend potential changes to programs and policies that would result in more cost-effective implementation.
- Provide expert advice to Bay Program's Agriculture Workgroup and other Bay Program workgroups and professional teams concerning agricultural and urban/suburban non-point pollution policy ramifications.
- Collaborate with Bay Program modeling team to inform utilization of the Bay Program's watershed model and relevant inputs as an effective tool for informed nutrient and sediment load reduction planning at state and local levels.
- Bachelor’s degree in agricultural or natural resources management, soil science, environmental science, agronomy with a focus on nutrient fate and transport, nutrient management or closely related field.
- Working knowledge of agriculture and water quality issues.
- Some public policy experience.
- Flexible working hours required; must be available for occasional evening programs. Some overnight travel expected.
- Strong organizational skills and the ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously.
- Excellent written and graphic development and oral communication skills for internal and external presentations at meetings, workshops and conferences.
- The ability to obtain and maintain a federal security clearance.
- Preferred: Advanced degree in agricultural or natural resources management, soil science, environmental science with a focus on non-point source pollution, agronomy with a focus on nutrient fate and transport, nutrient management or closely related field.
- Preferred: Demonstrated teaching (extension/outreach) abilities.
- Preferred: Experience with geographic information systems.
- Preferred: Experience working with policy-makers, local, state, and federal government agencies.
- Preferred: Experience working with water quality computer models, preferably the Chesapeake Assessment Scenario Tool.
How to Apply
Apply through the University of Maryland.
The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The university is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities and admissions.
Closing Date: April 12, 2019
Posted: March 07, 2019
Local Government Advisory Committee Coordinator
Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay
The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, a regional non-profit organization based in Annapolis, Maryland with offices in Virginia and Pennsylvania, seeks a qualified and highly motivated person to provide logistical, technical and staff coordination of the responsibilities of the Chesapeake Bay Program’s Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC).
About the Alliance
The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay was founded in 1971, and since its beginning, has been in the forefront of restoration efforts in the watershed. The Alliance’s core mission is to lead, support and inspire local action to restore and protect the lands, rivers and streams of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. This mission is accomplished through strong partnerships with communities, businesses, NGOs and governments across the watershed states and Washington DC; working to inspire people and communities to be stewards of their local streams and take part in the work of restoration; and through creation and support of innovative local and regional programs that produce measurable results. The Alliance supports the Local Government Advisory Committee under a Cooperative Agreement with the US EPA Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP).
The position oversees and coordinates the activities of the Chesapeake Bay Program’s Local Government Advisory Committee. This unique group of local elected officials provides insights and input to the Executive Council of the Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) and other state and federal decision-makers as well as taking actions to bring important information about environmental policies and action to other elected officials throughout the watershed.
Primary Duties of the Position include
- Organizing and staffing quarterly meetings of the Local Government Advisory Committee.
- Building partnerships with other relevant organizations that provide assistance to local government officials.
- Ensuring an active and engaged LGAC membership with representation from all signatory jurisdictions.
- Communicating timely and relevant information with members and key stakeholders throughout the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.
- Supporting LGAC in meeting its role of advising the Chesapeake Executive Council and the leadership of the Chesapeake Bay Program Partnership.
- Assisting LGAC in engaging their fellow local government officials in key aspects of Bay restoration and informing them about ways local governments can help achieve Bay and local goals.
- Increasing local officials’ knowledge regarding watershed protection and restoration.
- Developing proposals, writing grants and seeking support for LGAC and Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay initiatives.
- Administering grants and budgets and preparing and submitting reports.
- Managing support staff.
Expertise and Skills Required
- General knowledge of local governments, their interaction with state and federal environmental agencies and the environmental issues facing local governments
- Experience and demonstrated skills in outreach and event planning, meeting facilitation, and training
- Outstanding interpersonal skills and positive attitude
- Good writing abilities and verbal communication skills
- Strong organizational skills, ability to juggle multiple tasks and to follow through
- Experience managing programs
- Ability to take initiative and work independently, but also function as a member of a team
- General knowledge of and interest in issues facing the Chesapeake Bay and its restoration
- Ability to articulate the mission and values of the Alliance
A successful track record of building working relationships, forging partnerships, successful grant writing and /or fundraising and communicating among a diversity of partners such as local governments, elected officials, non-profits, scientists, and state and federal agency personnel, are desirable.
Excellent computer skills are necessary: experience with databases, graphics programs, social media and web-interfaces are a plus. Travel within the multi-state Chesapeake Bay watershed is necessary, as well as occasional evening and weekend work.
The successful candidate will have at least a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (public policy, environmental studies, non-profit administration etc.) and 10 years of increasingly responsible positions with comparable responsibilities and a strong understanding of the Chesapeake Bay restoration effort.
The Alliance aspires to be an inclusive multicultural organization that celebrates the rich dimensions of diversity such as race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious and political beliefs.
The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay offers a family and dog-friendly, flexible work environment. We are committed to building a diverse team and strongly encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply. If you meet more than 75% of the qualifications of this description, we encourage you to submit an application.
$60,000+, commensurate with experience, plus benefits.
How to Apply
Please submit cover letter, resume and a list of 3 references (name, title, address, and phone number) to: firstname.lastname@example.org with LGAC Coordinator Application in the subject line or mail hard copy to 501 Sixth Street, Annapolis, MD 21403. No phone inquiries please.
Closing Date: March 22, 2019
Posted: March 07, 2019
Environmental Management Staffer, Healthy Watersheds Goal Implementation Team
Chesapeake Research Consortium
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 to the Chesapeake Bay Program partnership’s Healthy Watersheds Goal Implementation Team.
The Healthy Watersheds Goal Implementation Team (GIT) is a forum for shared learning and collaboration among Chesapeake Bay Program partners to promote the identification, assessment, vulnerability, and protection of waters and watersheds that have high ecological value throughout the greater Chesapeake Bay watershed. The team’s mission emphasizes the strategic use of the Goal Implementation Team forum to foster support for relevant state and local governments and non-government programs. The work of the goal team emphasizes the development and communication of measures to assess, track, sustain and protect state-identified healthy waters and watersheds. Such measures will support an adaptive management approach to the goal team’s strategies. In addition, the Healthy Watersheds GIT places emphasis on public communications, using exemplary case studies of successful local initiatives in order to serve as a forum for shared learning and collaboration.
Environmental Management Staffer Responsibilities
The candidate selected for this position will be involved in goal team activities and should expect to engage in work such as snythesis of policy pieces and decision support documents, development of and reporting on key watershed health indicators, development of a framework for characterizing watershed health and vulnerability information, 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, cross goal team activities related to local action and mapping, grant management, and research and synthesis activities, including reporting on performance indicators such as miles of Riparian Forest Buffer and Tree Canopy cover. This position also supports the Forestry and Federal Facilities Workgroups, both of which focus on water quality improvements in these respective areas. The candidate will also support the goal team’s involvement in the Chesapeake Bay Program’s Strategy Review System process to track progress toward achieving Chesapeake Bay restoration goals and outcomes, including coordinating 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 in natural sciences, environmental management/policy/planning, or relevant field of study. Familiarity with land use/urban/conservation planning, forestry, landscape ecology, and watershed processes preferred.
- Ability to perform background research, analysis, and synthesis on policy and science related topics.
- Skills in data visualization using GIS.
- Some experience with science communications, outreach, and conveying key messages to target audiences desired.
- 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, Zoom, 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.
Additional information about the CRC Environmental Career Development Program is available at www.chesapeake.org. Additional information about the Chesapeake Bay Program partnership is available at www.chesapeakebay.net.
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 successfully complete a federal background check upon hire.
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 individually crafted professional development plans, also attend professional conferences and workshops, and receive training related to their position and identified future career interests.
How to Apply
Applications (a detailed cover letter, resume, list of at least 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 concerning education and professional background as well as immediate and long-term career goals.
Closing Date: March 25, 2019