Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Maryland Green Apple Days of Service



 Maryland Green Apple Days of Service


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US Green Building Council (USGBC) Maryland Chapter is calling all teachers, parents, administrators, businesses, and supporters to join us in reaching our goal of 50 Green Apple Days of Service projects in Maryland between September and October 18. Green Apple Day of Service is a global initiative of the USGBC Center for Green Schools to organize service projects at schools or in the surrounding neighborhoods.

In Maryland we invite you to implement any project that will work for you in the time frame you choose, be it a few hours, an entire day, one week or over the course of
the full two weeks.  USGBC Maryland can assist you in figuring out a project for your school, connecting you with technical support, volunteers, and some limited funding. Please see this flyer or contact Sabrina Harder sabrina@usgbcmd.org, USGBC Maryland's Community and Development Manager, for more information.



Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Going Back to School Green

This is from the Maryland Coastal Bays Program Column for the week of August 24th, 2014, by Harrison Jackson. The Maryland Coastal Bays Program is a Green Center located on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.  They serve Green Schools in Wicomico, Worcester and Somerset Counties.  Jackson is the Coastal Stewards Coordinator for the Maryland Coastal Bays Program. 

    The dog days of summer are almost over which means that families across the U.S. are gearing up for another school year. Parents and children are going back to school shopping, planning out morning and after school schedules and preparing for the next few busy months. This yearly tradition is a major boon to our economy; August is historically one of the top three shopping months of the year, after November and December, according to the U.S. Census. Undoubtedly, all parents want their children to go off to school with the best materials available, however keeping an eco-friendly conscious in mind while choosing school supplies not only helps to protect our planet but also save some money as well.

    First things first when it comes to back to school shopping is, what supplies do you or you child already have? The best thing to do before going back to school shopping is check to see what you already have and do not have so that way you are not buying extra supplies you or your child may never use. Many families will go out and buy new notebooks and binders, even though last years might only have a few pages of writing. Cut or tear out the used pages and re-use the old notebooks, while supplementing that with new ones, preferably the recycled paper kind. Instead of buying new pens and pencils every year, buy a few decent lead pencils or refillable pens to minimize excess clutter in drawers, save money and reduce the need for new plastic pens and wooden pencils.
  
    Try to pick supplies with a minimal amount of packaging; not everything needs to be individually cellophane wrapped. Specifically picking out eco-friendly products in minimal wrapping will help to reduce the amount of non-recyclable trash entering the landfills ever year.  You can even skip the lines in major retail and department stores by shopping online. It helps to reduce traffic on the road, you can usually still get the same discounts or use coupons and it helps to save a little time as well.
  
    Apart from the typical school supplies, make sure to buy the correct backpack for your child or student. The backpack should be made using recycled and other earth friendly materials if possible, however it should be sturdy and reliable. Over half of all students in America suffer from back, neck or shoulder pain because of the heavy supplies they carry in their backpack so make sure that your child's backpack is suitable and correctly adjusted to fit them as well.

    Apart from “greening up” your back to school shopping, there are also a few other eco-friendly ways to help start of the school year right. Make sure to pack lunches in reusable containers and lunch boxes, you can even use reusable grocery bags. Use tupperware or other washable, reusable containers as opposed to disposable plastic sandwich bags and brown paper bags. This helps to reduce the need for paper and plastic while saving some time and money. Have your child pick out a reusable water bottle to encourage them to drink water throughout the day and help reduce the need for plastic water bottles.

    If the school does not already have a recycling program, encourage your child or students to help start one. Students can also help by creating a rain garden, installing rain barrels, creating a Public Service Announcement about going green or choosing from a plethora of other different eco-friendly projects. Not only will these service projects help the planet, but it also helps the school, helps to teach kids to care about their local environment and looks great on a college or job resume.

    Of course there are also a few ways to help keep your morning routine “green” to. Make sure you and your children turn off the sink when brushing your teeth to help conserve water and save money. In the same vein, try to also encourage your children to take shorter showers if possible in an effort to help save some water, save time and money.

    If your child takes the bus, make sure they are at the bus stop on time so that the bus does not have to idle and wait, which wastes gas and time. If you live close enough to the school, consider having your child walk or bike to school. Not only is this a healthier alternative, but it also keeps the school buses off the road and reduces traffic. When you and your child leave the house for the day, make sure to turn off all non-essential lights in the house and remember to turn off and unplug appliances so that they do not continue to draw electricity when they are not being used.

    Overall, there are many different ways to “go Green” when getting ready to go back to school. Pick and choose strategies that work for both you and your children so that they do not feel any extra stress during this already hectic time period. With so many families buying school supplies and getting ready for the new school year, it is a perfect time to show what smart, informed consumers can do to help our environment and keep our students happy and healthy.

Harrison Jackson is the Coastal Stewards Coordinator for the Maryland Coastal Bays Program.

Monday, June 23, 2014

MAEOE Weekly Roundup 6/23 - 6/27


June 23 - 27, 2014

The "MAEOE Weekly Roundup" highlights the most current professional development events and job opportunities in Maryland for the environmental education and conservation fields. For a full list of events and job openings please visit our professional development calendar and job board at www.maeoe.org.

MAEOE recently unveiled its new website design. You will find a lot of the same features and resources from the old site are still in place, only better organized and more aesthetically pleasing. Our job board, professional development calendar, and Green Schools resources pages were build with the purpose of advancing environmental education in the state of Maryland. Please keep in mind that some of the pages are still under construction. Have questions or comments about the site? Email them to communications@maeoe.org.

And now let's hope right into this week's professional development events. 



USDA Farm to School Webinar: Tying It All Together and Digging In

JUNE 26, 2:00pm
 

Farm To School: Finding, Buying and Serving Local Foods 

From January 2014 through June 2014 the USDA Farm to School Program has hosted two webinars each month showcasing the variety of ways school districts can purchase local foods. Topics have included everything from procurement basics to using geographic preference, to finding local producers, to buying local through DoD Fresh. This Thursday will mark the last webinar in the series. 

All of the old webinars can be viewed online. To view the entire list of topics and for more information click here


Explore and Restore your Schoolshed
Teacher Workshops

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Do you want to get your students outside to a local stream for some challenging and relevant science and action projects? Grab your boots and join us for a free one-day professional development that emphasizes outdoor learning to help meet new Environmental Literacy, STEM, and Next Generation Science Standards – while weaving in elements of social studies and other disciplines. Additional resources will be provided for indoor classroom preparation and reflective extensions.

Join us for a day of field studies offered through the Governor’s “Explore and Restore your Schoolshed Initiative.  Teachers will be introduced to streams investigations and water quality analysis activities to use with students. This workshop will provide teachers with hands-on training, STEM applicable tools, and student resources for launching a student-led stream study at a site near your school.  Participants will learn field techniques to measure water chemistry parameters, identify habitat needs for stream biota, and assess some of the physical characteristics necessary for a well functioning stream.  With this knowledge, teachers and their students will be prepared to determine the overall health of their stream and surrounding watershed. Student data collected will be shared with other students and analyzed using readily accessible technology.   Ultimately, students will use this information to design and carry out their own action projects that will have a positive effect on their local natural resources. Examples of real student projects will inspire ideas for stewardship efforts.

Elementary Edition
Appropriate for elementary and lower middle school grades

October 1 at the Anita C. Leight Estuary Center in Abingdon, MD

Secondary Edition
Appropriate for upper middle school and high school grades

October 10 at the Jug Bay Wetland Sanctuary in Lothian, MD

And, check out this video of some of this year's participants in action:


Questions? Contact:
Amanda Sullivan
Conservation Education Assistant
Maryland Department of Natural Resources
​OR 
Britt Slattery
Director of Conservation Education and Stewardship
Coordinator, Maryland Partnership for Children In Nature
Maryland Department of Natural Resources
580 Taylor Ave., E-2, Annapolis, MD 21401



Summer Professional Development Workshops - Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Chesapeake Bay Foundation - Saving a National Treasure


The Chesapeake Bay Foundation runs a multitude of summer professional development courses for environmental educators and classroom teachers. These five and six-day summer immersion courses provide an experience that equips teachers with the knowledge, tools, skills, and confidence to use the local environment in their classroom. Teachers explore the watershed and examine the connection between land use and water quality through hands-on investigations, standards-based activities and assessments, and action projects. Most of these courses have little to no fee, and some scholarships may be available.

For more information, visit http://www.cbf.org/join-us/education-program/professional-development/summer-courses

June:
Environmental Literacy: The Bay to the Schoolyard (6/22-6/27)
- course open only to middle school educators from MCPS

July:
Teachers on the Bay (7/11)
- teachers for all levels are welcome
- Life Science, Earth Science, Biology, Envi. Sci., Oceanography

Environmental Literacy: Anne Arundel County (7/7-7/11)
Environmental Literacy: Montgomery County (7/13-7/18)
Environmental Literacy and Common Core in Southern MD (7/14)
Environmental Literacy: Anne Arundel County (7/21-7/25)
Environmental Literacy: Harford County (7/28-8/1)
Environmental Literacy: Prince George's County (7/28-8/1)
Environmental Literacy: Carroll County (7/28-8/1)

August:
Our Land and Water: Environmental Literacy Connects Stem and Social Studies (8/3-8/8)

Island Ecology and Geography (8/11-8/15)

Environmental Literacy in Howard County (8/4-8/8)
Environmental Literacy in Western Maryland (8/4-8/8)




And now for this week's edition of...



1. Assistant Director of Outreach - The Alliance for Aquatic Resources Monitoring

About ALLARM:
Housed in the College’s Environmental Studies Department and founded in 1986,ALLARM is a nationally recognized technical and programmatic support center for community organizations interested in watershed assessment, protection, and restoration. The program staff includes a Director, an Assistant Director of Technical Assistance, an Outreach Coordinator/Assistant Director of Outreach, a faculty Science Adviser, and 12-14 undergraduate student staff.
Job Responsibilities:
Program Coordination and Community Outreach:
• Provide capacity-building technical assistance for communities monitoring stream health in the shale-gas extraction (fracking) region.
• Implement capacity-building workshops for community partners in watershed assessments and shale-gas monitoring.
• Provide follow up assistance to communities trained in shale-gas monitoring, including: In-person meetings
o Monthly e-newsletter
o Monthly conference calls
o Online toolkit
• Coordinate equipment inventory, ordering, and dissemination in collaboration with ALLARM Assistant Director of Technical Assistance.
Organizational Outreach:
• Help to market ALLARM’s work.
• Develop organizational outreach materials.
• Maintain ALLARM’s web site and online toolkits.
• Provide editing and design support to ALLARM’s publications.
• Seek out and integrate new outreach technologies for ALLARM to use.
Student Staff Supervision:
• Assist the Director with supervision of 12-14 student staff.
• Develop, delegate, and supervise project tasks.
• Oversee student projects related to community outreach and publications.
The position offers competitive benefits and a salary in the low $30K.
Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree in environmental science, communications, or related field.
• 1-3 years of experience working in environmental, communications, and/or community outreach fields.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills.
• Ability to work with college students and diverse volunteer constituency.
• Ability to handle complicated tasks and projects.
• Detail and deadline oriented.
• Able to work some evening and weekend hours – travel several days/month around the region.
• Experience with community outreach is required.
Ability to drive throughout the Pennsylvania, New York, West Virginia region several days a month. Ability to carry supplies up to 25 pounds.
To apply and for the full job posting, click here


2. Green Schools Assistant - Baltimore City Office of Sustainability
The Green Schools Assistant (GSA) helps students, teachers, and communities in Baltimore City create greener schools. The GSA is part of a team consisting of the Baltimore Office of Sustainability, Baltimore Community Foundation, Baltimore City Public Schools, and other partners who are all working on environmental issues at Baltimore’s schools. The role of the GSA is to work on the ground towards the goal of turning every school in Baltimore into a green school.
In order to achieve this goal, the GSA:
-  Administers the Green, Healthy, Smart Challenge grant program for city public schools,
including promoting the program, helping with applications, reviewing and processing
awards, assisting grantees in meeting their project goals, and tracking reporting results.
- Builds youth environmental leadership by facilitating youth group meetings and coordinating
opportunities for youth to build their environmental knowledge and leadership skills.
- Assists schools in submitting successful applications to the Maryland Green School Awards
Program by providing technical guidance and support.
In addition to these responsibilities, the GSA helps with related initiatives as required.
Candidates for this position must be highly organized, efficient, diligent, and detail-oriented, and must also be comfortable communicating and working with others, including youth of all ages and adults. Some travel to schools throughout the city is required.
Requirements
- Degree in education, environmental education, environmental science/studies, youth
development, community organizing, or a related field preferred.
- Experience in working with government, non-profits, and/or schools preferred.
- Ability to work flexible hours, including some evenings and weekends.
- Interest and comfort in working in diverse city neighborhoods with teachers, students and
volunteers.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- A high level of organization, motivation, and enthusiasm.
- Personal transportation preferred.
This is a full-time, grant-funded position at the Baltimore Community Foundation. The position is housed in and will report to the Baltimore Office of Sustainability within the Baltimore City
Department of Planning (417 E. Fayette St., 8th floor, Baltimore, MD 21202). Compensation is
$32,000 annually, with benefits.
Those interested should send a resume and cover letter electronically to
Abby.Cocke@baltimorecity.gov, no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, July 11, 2014.


3. Multimedia Specialist - Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay
The Chesapeake Bay Program seeks a Multimedia Specialist to produce creative videos and photographs to support the mission of the partnership. The MM Specialist will assist in the marketing and promotion of multimedia content through social media to expand the reach of our messaging. The position will serve as an integral part of the overall CBP Communications Office team and will collaborate with CBP partners across the region to offer the best in educational and scientific information to the public and CBP partners and stakeholders.

RESPONSIBILITIES WILL INCLUDE:

  • Film, edit and produce professional video and photography products for online publication and public use.
  • Work with scientists, policy makers and subject matter experts to develop video content that communicates complex environmental issues to a variety of audiences.
  • Develop new video projects and supporting existing online video/photo initiatives such as Bay 101, Chesapeake Unscripted, Photo Essays and From the Field.
  • Enhance, organize and maintain the CBP image library with professional, high-quality images.
  • Marketing the above multimedia products across the region to enhance the visibility and progress of the partnership.
  • Work with the Communications Office team to develop the overall office workplan and maintain annual editorial calendar.
  • Track online metrics of all CBP video products, and offer recommendations to improve the visibility of our multimedia products.
  • Write quarterly reports that show efforts and successes, both in narrative and numeric form.

REQUIREMENTS:

Successful candidates will possess the following:
  • Two or more years of experience in video production and editing.
  • Two or more years of experience with photography and digital image editing.
  • Some knowledge of online content marketing and distribution.
  • Proficiency in use of all hardware used for DSLR video production (video cameras, microphones, digital cameras).
  • Proficiency in use of software such as the Final Cut, Adobe Creative Suite, Motion and Color software.
  • Experience promoting multimedia content on the web and social media.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, strong written abilities.
  • Self-motivation, creativity, ability to be organized and detail-oriented.
  • A strong interest in environmental science and issues (preferably of the Chesapeake region).
  • Ability to travel to various locations from parts of New York to Virginia, as needed.
  • Ability to pass a background check (required to work at the CBP offices).
  • Must have ability to work within a creative team.
Download the position announcement here.

SALARY & BENEFITS:

This position and the Chesapeake Bay Program Communications Office are funded by grants administered by the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay.

HOW TO APPLY:

Please email cover letter, resume, samples of work (3 videos, 1 written) and salary preferences to Margaret Enloe atmenloe@chesapeakebay.net by July 10, 2014. Include “MM Specialist” in subject line. No phone calls, please.

4. Water Resources Intern - Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments

Position Specifications: COG has an immediate opening for a Water Resources Intern to assist COG project managers and the regional TapIt Metro DC campaign. Our campaign is carried out by local government and water utility Public Information Officers and we are seeking assistance doing outreach to businesses and the public about a campaign to promote tap water, calledTapIt Metro DC. The intern will work closely with a COG project manager on a coordinated and strategic effort to get the word out about TapIt, and in recruiting additional business partners. The TapIt Metro DC campaign is comprised of partners from DC, as well as suburban Maryland and northern Virginia. The responsibilities of the intern may include, but not be limited to:
  • Communications with TapIt business partners via email, phone and occasional in-person visits.
  • Targeted outreach to current and potential partners such as the Smithsonian museums and grocery stores including Whole Foods and MOMs Organic Markets.
  • Delivering signage (and possibly other materials, such as water bottles) to partners.
  • Campaigning about TapIt to health clubs, bike and running clubs, restaurant associations, Yelp, and other venues.
  • Assist with the organization and periodic upkeep of the TapIt database of business partners.
  • Processing and reporting analytics from website and phone Apps related to TapIt Metro DC.
  • Contributing ideas to social media campaigns about TapIt Metro DC. Assist with the creation of a TapIt Metro DC FB page and Twitter handle and periodic website updates.
  • Periodic participation in CEC committee calls or meetings, and reporting to the CEC committee members.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
The position requires an interest in the environment and strong campaign/outreach skills including excellent communication and people skills (polite, energetic, enthusiastic about water), and being a team player. Must be organized and able to problem solve and work independently. Marketing and social media skills are a huge plus. Basic understanding of drinking water utilities and water quality is important. 
Minimum Qualifications:
Enrollment in a bachelor’s degree program in environmental sciences, water resources, marketing, communications, or a related field. Having a reliable car for periodically getting to regional businesses and a valid driver’s license is required (mileage will be reimbursed).
To apply for this job, click here.

5. Natural and Historical Resources Manager - Montgomery County Parks
The Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Montgomery County Parks, Horticultural, Forestry,and Environmental Education Division, is seeking a Natural and Historical Resources Mananger. Under direction, performs difficult program management and development work involving considerable responsibility, complexity and variety. Plans, manages and coordinates Montgomery Parks nature centers and environmental education programs. Represents Montgomery Parks with Maryland’s Children In Nature initiative in meetings and work groups. Coordinates interpretive services through programs, facilities, displays, signs and brochures. Reviews and recommends operating procedures at nature centers. Makes recommendations for new or revised management processes, programs, policies, training or new equipment. Recommends major maintenance and facility and exhibit rehabilitation projects. Directly supervises nature center managers. Oversees and manages operation and revenue budget for nature centers. Meets with citizens, community groups, recreation councils, Montgomery County Public Schools staff, Planning Board, other government agencies, outside professional organizations and other Commission units to plan and promote programs.
Working conditions include considerable pressure to meet deadlines and occasional weekends and evenings
Minimum Qualifications:
1. Bachelor’s degree or four years progressively responsible
experience in Park Administration, Natural Resources
Conservation, or Outdoor Education or related subjects; and
2. Four additional years of park administration or Natural Resources program management experience that includes two years of supervisory experience that relates to functional area of assignments (e.g., park interpretation, historical preservation,
natural resource management, conservation and outdoor educationecology, or physical, natural, or environmental sciences); or
3. An equivalent combination of education and experience.
4. Valid driver’s license or the ability to acquire one
Natural and Historical Resources Manager (11259, Grade J)
Closing Date/Time:
Tue. 06/24/14 11:59 PM Eastern Time
Salary:
$64,538.00 – $112,476.00 Annually
Job Type:
Full-Time
Location:
Silver Spring, Maryland
This is the short link to their employment page: http://agency.governmentjobs.com/mncppc/default.cfm

Tuesday, June 3, 2014


June 2 - 6

The MAEOE "Weekly Roundup" is back in action after a long hiatus while we executed our Green Schools Program and Youth Summit planning. To recap, MAEOE welcomed 59 new schools into our Maryland Green Schools Program while retaining 76 schools through our re-certification process. These schools displayed some pretty innovative projects and a true commitment to developing students with strong environmental ethics. Here is a quick summary of the 2014 Green Schools applications by the numbers:

 40,603: square feet of green roofs installed
5,381: Trees planted
146,000: square feet of riparian buffer installed
    324: storm drains painted
109,044: square feet of rain gardens installed
1,248,178: pounds of paper recycled

The 5th Annual Maryland Green Schools Youth Summit went off without a hitch last Friday, May 30th at Sandy Point State Park. The park was packed with students and teachers eager to learn more about lessening their school's environmental impact. The 40+ learning stations included everything from animal encounters to an energy audit demonstration. The enthusiasm from schools that were being honored for their achievements in this year's Maryland Green Schools Program illustrated that developina generation of environmentally literate earth stewards can make a significant impact in the fight against environmental degradation. 

To top it all off, Governor Martin O'Malley brought down the house when he whipped out a guitar and started jamming. O'Malley discussed a new "Restore Your Schoolshed" initiative that encourages students and teachers alike to clean up streams and creeks in proximity to their schools. 

Thanks to everyone who helped with both programs, we would not be able to pull off these events without our fantastic board members and dedicated volunteers. 

Without further ado, let's hop into some professional development and job opportunities. 

shenandoah.jpgChoose Clean Water Coalition

JUNE 3-4, 2014
STONEWALL JACKSON HOTEL, STAUNTON, VA










The first day of this great conference is...today. So I apologize for the late notice. But below is a copy of the schedule for tomorrow's sessions and it looks like there is a great agenda. Give it a look and see if you can't make it down there: Wednesday, June 4, 2014
8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Breakfast Roundtable Discussions
  • Communicating about climate change
    Moderator: Claudia Friedetzky, Sierra Club Maryland
  • Economic impacts of drilling
    Moderator: Megan Gallagher, The Hillsdale Fund
  • Farm Bureau litigation
    Moderator:  Jon Mueller, Chesapeake Bay Foundation
  • Federal policy update
    Moderator: Peter Marx, Choose Clean Water Coalition
  • Major donor cultivation
    Moderator: Rebecca Neumann, National Wildlife Federation
  • Stormwater success story in Maryland
    Moderator: Brent Bolin, Maryland League of Conservation Voters
  • Sustainable building
    Moderator: Christy Everett
  • Waters of the U.S.
    Moderator: Ally Fields, Environment America
  • Chesapeake Institute for Grassroots Organizing (CIGO)
    Facilitators:  Heather Iliff and Caryn Anthony, Maryland Nonprofits
9:15 – 10:30 a.m.
Plenary
Extreme Weather
  • Panelists: Ivor Van Heerden, Formly of Center for the Study of Public Health Impacts of Hurricanes and former deputy director of the Louisiana State University Hurricane Center
  • Nancy Hotchkiss, National Aquarium in Baltimore
  • Naomi Edelson, National Wildlife Federation
  • Brenna Goggin, Delaware Nature Society
10:45 a.m. – noon
Panels and Workshops
How Can We Reach Out Further to the Agricultural Community For Clean Water?
  • Moderator: Bobby Whitescarver
  • Panelists: Libby Norris, Chesapeake Bay Foundation
  • Jared Parks, Eastern Shore Land Conservancy
  • Matt Royer, Pennsylvania State College of Agricultural Sciences
Hear how organizations are reaching out to the agricultural community to increase conservation practices.
Finding Cost Effective Solutions to Reduce Polluted Runoff
  • Presenters: Dave Hirschman, Center for Watershed Protection
  • Adrienne Kotula, James River Association
The James River Association partnered with the Center for Watershed Protection to identify the most cost effective practices that localities can implement to achieve the necessary polluted runoff reductions to reach local water quality goals. We will discuss finding cost-effective stormwater retrofits in urban or agricultural landscapes. In addition, Dave will provide an update on the Center's Clean Water Optimization Tool for the Eastern Shore, MD. This tool will provide more flexible stormwater management, contains updated cost information, allows user inputs, and provides an optimization step for planning purposes. 
Understanding Storytelling: The What, Why, How and When of Telling True Stories that Support your Organization’s Goals and Mission
  • Presenter: Vijai Nathan, Speakeasy DC
Storytelling has become so popular among business people, activists, fundraisers, change-makers, and thought leaders for this very reason: because relating to other people is how, in the end, you make a difference. In this interactive session, participants gain an understanding of the what, why, how, and when of storytelling: What are the qualities of a well-told story? Why are stories effective? How do you identify story material? Through lecture and demonstration, participants will leave with an understanding of narrative structure, the elements of a well-told story, and how to find story-source material from their own experiences. 
Toxic Challenges and Opportunities to Address the Situation
  • Moderator: Jacob Powell, Virginia Conservation Network
  • Panelists: Peter DeFur, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Ryan Murphy, University of Richmond School of Law
  • Dennis Chestnut, Groundwork Anacostia
12:30 – 1:30
Luncheon
  • Speaker: Kristen Grimm, Spitfire Communications
1:45 – 3:00 p.m.
Panels and Workshops
Water Reporter 2.0
  • Presenters: John Dawes, Jr., Chesapeake Commons
Pulling members from the audience, we will show how a citizen can use version 2.0 of Water Reporter to document pollution, share their report to social media outlets, automatically notify Waterkeepers or state agencies, and ensure the incident is remediated all with a few taps on their smartphone. Following the demonstration our team will share some insight on ways to effectively leverage open-source technologies to catalyze restoration outcomes. Our goal is to demonstrate how collaboration between environmental stakeholders and programmers can result in outcome oriented applications that create transparency, engages citizens, and expedites bay restoration.
Protecting Public Lands from the Impacts of Drilling
  • Moderator: John Dawes, Sr., Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds
  • Panelists: Cindy Dunn, PennFuture
  • Jim Nations, National Parks Conservation Association
  • Sarah Francisco, Southern Environmental Law Center
Building Partnerships with Diverse Communities: Discussing Lessons Learned and Developing a Plan to Move Forward
  • Moderator: Jill Witkowski, Choose Clean Water Coalition
  • Participants: Vernice Miller- Travis, Skeo Solutions and the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council
  • Darryl Haddock, West Atlanta Watershed Alliance
  • Mark Magana, Green Latinos
The Choose Clean Water Coalition and our members struggle to connect with diverse groups and with diverse members of our communities. While we all recognize the importance of reaching new audiences, most of us have little idea of how to start. Vernice Miller-Travis, Mark Magana and Darryl Haddock will begin a conversation with attendees to share their insights of successes and failures “traditional green groups” in partnering with diverse community groups. Attendees will then break into workgroups with our Thought Leaders to develop plans for how individual Coalition members and the Coalition as a whole can begin building effective, long-term partnerships with diverse communities and the groups that already represent them.
3:10 – 4:00 p.m.
Molly Ward, Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources
http://choosecleanwater.org/our-conference/2014 to register...
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Explore and Restore your Schoolshed
Teacher Workshops

Do you want to get your students outside to a local stream for some challenging and relevant science and action projects? Grab your boots and join us for free one-day professional development that emphasizes outdoor learning to help meet new Environmental Literacy, STEM, and Next Generation Science Standards – while weaving in elements of social studies and other disciplines. Additional resources will be provided for indoor classroom preparation and reflective extensions.
Registration is now open through June 30!
The first 60 to register for August workshops will be eligible for a $50 stipend!!
Elementary Edition
Appropriate for elementary and lower middle school grades
Register for one of two workshops:
August 6 at the Lathrop E. Smith Center in Rockville, MD
OR
October 1 at the Anita C. Leight Estuary Center in Abingdon, MD
Spend a day outside learning how you can engage your students in the Governor’s “Explore and Restore your Schoolshed” Initiative. In this training, teachers will be introduced to streams investigation activities to use with students.  Participants will practice student friendly field techniques for measuring water quality, collecting and identifying macroinvertebrates, and understanding physical elements of a stream ecosystem.  Teachers will also have the opportunity to build and use STEM applicable measuring tools. Examples of student stewardship projects will inspire ideas for future action.
Secondary Edition
Appropriate for upper middle school and high school grades
Register for one of two workshops:
August 20 at the Howard County Conservancy in Woodstock, MD
OR
October 10 at the Jug Bay Wetland Sanctuary in Lothian, MD
Join us for a day of field studies offered through the Governor’s “Explore and Restore your Schoolshed Initiative.  Teachers will be introduced to streams investigations and water quality analysis activities to use with students. This workshop will provide teachers with hands-on training, STEM applicable tools, and student resources for launching a student-led stream study at a site near your school.  Participants will learn field techniques to measure water chemistry parameters, identify habitat needs for stream biota, and assess some of the physical characteristics necessary for a well functioning stream.  With this knowledge, teachers and their students will be prepared to determine the overall health of their stream and surrounding watershed. Student data collected will be shared with other students and analyzed using readily accessible technology.   Ultimately, students will use this information to design and carry out their own action projects that will have a positive effect on their local natural resources. Examples of real student projects will inspire ideas for stewardship efforts.
Questions? Contact
Amanda Sullivan
Conservation Education Assistant
Maryland Department of Natural Resources
410-260-8988

Composting Workshop - Evergreen Heritage Center

On Saturday June 14th at the beautiful, historic Evergreen Heritage Center (EHC) in Mount Savage, the EHC Foundation and Allegany College of Maryland are pleased to present a Compostingworkshop where participants will discover how to create "black gold" for their gardens that provides nutrients and improves soil texture. Attendees will also receive a worm composting kit to use at home

In addition to this workshop, which is offered in the morning from 9am to noon, participants may also register for an afternoon workshop (1-4pm) onSmall Spaces Gardening. No space to garden?  Think small and learn small spaces gardening and square foot techniques.  Attendees will also receive agarden kit including plants!

For more information or to register for one or both workshops, call 301-784-5341.  Fees are $34/workshop or $54 for both.  Participants may also bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the EHC grounds.


Chesapeake Water Environment Association Stormwater Seminar




The Chesapeake Water Environment Association (CWEA)'s Stormwater Committee will hold a full-day seminar at MITAGS (Maritime Institute) on June 4, 2014. Table-top exhibit spots are available now at our registration website. 


Final Agenda Click Below

http://www.wwoa-cwea.com/images/cwea/060414.pdf

Last year's stormwater seminar attracted more than 200 stormwater quality professionals from Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia and we anticipate a similar level of attendance for this year's event. 
Confirmed speakers include local government representative from stormwater programs around the Chesapeake Bay region.  This is a great opportunity to display products and services to customers in the stormwater/watershed arena. 

Check the professional development calendar on MAEOE's website for a complete listing of events and opportunities. 

And now for this week's edition of...


1. Bridging the Watershed Coordinator - Alice Ferguson Foundation
JOB POSTED 6/2/2014
The Alice Ferguson Foundation (AFF), a leading environmental education organization in the greater Washington, DC metro area is seeking an experienced, Program Coordinator for the Bridging the Watershed (BTW) program.

BTW is an outreach education program for grades 6-12, of the Alice Ferguson Foundation, in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS) and area schools, designed to promote student academic achievement, personal connections with the natural world, lifelong civic engagement, and environmental stewardship through hands-on curriculum-based outdoor studies in national parks and public lands.

The individual is responsible for day-to-day operations and logistics of this middle and high school education program.  This position supervises field educators and coordinates existing BTW programs and curricula. The BTW coordinator must efficiently collaborate with other coordinators and the education staff within the Alice Ferguson Foundation. This position reports to the Education Manager. The coordinator works to create and maintain relationships with parks, school systems, and other organizations as it relates to program needs for the BTW program.

The Program Coordinator oversees the implementation of student evaluation and data and works with other AFF staff to ensure accurate data entry. The coordinator also serves as a field educator teaching students in national parks. The BTW Program Coordinator inventories and monitors field science equipment used by students.

The successful candidate demonstrates flexibility, maturity, and a good track record of delegating tasks and supervising staff. Reliable transportation is a must.

The Bridging the Watershed Coordinator is a full-time, permanent position with benefits and works within the greater Washington, DC metro area with an office at the Alice Ferguson Foundation's main office in Accokeek, MD.

Education and Skill Requirements:
-    BA/BS in environmental science, environmental studies, education, natural sciences, natural resources/parks, or        closely related field or significant related work experience
-    At least 2 years of experience working in environmental education
-    Proven experience in coordinating group logistics, programs, and scheduling
-    Currently certified in adult First Aid/CPR (or willing to be certified)
-    Subject to criminal background/fingerprinting check due to working with minors
-    Comfort in working in natural, outdoor settings under varying weather conditions
-    Ability to lift at least 25 lbs.

A competitive benefits package and salary, commensurate with experience, along with a dynamic and collaborative working environment are among the advantages of working at the Alice Ferguson Foundation. To apply, email cover letter and resume to HR@fergusonfoundation.org. This announcement will remain active until the position is filled.

2. Chief Civil Engineer - James City County
$72,568 or higher, DOQ + benefits; Full-time Regular; The Engineering and Resource Protection Division is seeking a qualified individual to perform advanced professional work responsible for the engineering and plan of development review functions associated with the County’s Bay Act, BMP certification, erosion and sediment control, drainage standards, stormwater management VSMP, floodplain, dam safety and private street programs. Primary Duties: Supervise and manage division engineers and plan reviewers and coordinate with Division compliance inspection staff; Advanced plan of development case management; Engineering review and assistance for subdivision and zoning ordinance programs; Serves as certified floodplain administrator CFM for County floodplain program team; Communicate with the development community on plan of development reviews; Case interaction with the Board of Supervisors, County Administration, Development Manager, County Attorney, Planning Commission and Development Review Committee; Oversight of BMP record drawing and construction certification review program; Train new engineering and plan of development review staff; Perform public education activities for Division programs; Complete special assignments from the Director of Engineering and Resource Protection. Click on job title to view job requirements. Accepting applications until the position is filled. Visit https://jobs.jamescitycountyva.gov to learn more and apply.

3. Communications Coordinator - Alice Ferguson Foundation

Communications Coordinator

The Alice Ferguson Foundation (AFF) seeks a dynamic, proven communications professional to coordinate the Foundation's website content, social media presence, media relations, publications, and other outreach materials. AFF is an environmental educational non-profit focused on connecting people to the natural world, sustainable agricultural practices and the cultural heritage of their local watershed through education, stewardship and advocacy in the Washington DC metro region.
Position Summary/Requirements
The Communications Coordinator will integrate and coordinate all of AFF's communication platforms with consistent messaging and branding by utilizing the Foundation's website, social media channels, and print publications. The incumbent will also coordinate all media relations and outreach for AFF programs and events and execute an annual communications plan to strategically ensure the Foundation's mission and initiatives are well understood and widely known. Coordination with partners on key initiative such as the Foundation's Litter Prevention Public Service Campaign, Litter Enforcement Month, and a web-based platform for mapping citizen science data will be a key component of the job will be managing the Trash Network, an online volunteer database and data collection tool.
Successful candidates will be self-starters with a demonstrated ability to create and post online content; draft and layout basic printed materials including outreach material, advertisements, activities, newsletters and annual reports; and a proven track record in media relations. A strong commitment to the environment and an understanding of the importance of communication as it relates to fundraising is a plus. Excellent oral, written, and solid relationship building skills are essential. High level of proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Creative Suite are required. Experience working with HTML, a WordPress website, and Constant Contact is desired. Applicants should have a relevant Bachelor's degree and/or a minimum of 2-4 years of experience.
A competitive benefits package and salary, commensurate with experience, along with a dynamic and collaborative working environment are among the advantages of working at the Alice Ferguson Foundation.
To apply, email cover letter and resume to HR@fergusonfoundation.org
Applications will be accepted until June 13, 2014.
This is a full-time position with benefits in the Washington, DC metropolitan region. 

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Clara Elias
Program Manager
Trash Free Potomac Watershed Initiative
Alice Ferguson Foundation
2001 Bryan Point Road
Accokeek, MD 20607
Office: 202-417-3524
Cell: 202-580-5897

4. Assistant Director of Outreach - Alliance for Aquatic Resources Monitoring
Posting NumberS00117
Position TitleALLARM Assistant Director of Outreach
Working Title
Position Number
Pay Grade
Position TypeAdministrative

Division and Department Information

DivisionAcademic Affairs
DepartmentEnvironmental Studies

Posting Information

Job Summary/Basic FunctionAbout ALLARM:
Housed in the College’s Environmental Studies Department and founded in 1986,ALLARM is a nationally recognized technical and programmatic support center for community organizations interested in watershed assessment, protection, and restoration. The program staff includes a Director, an Assistant Director of Technical Assistance, an Outreach Coordinator/Assistant Director of Outreach, a faculty Science Adviser, and 12-14 undergraduate student staff.
Job Responsibilities:
Program Coordination and Community Outreach:
• Provide capacity-building technical assistance for communities monitoring stream health in the shale-gas extraction (fracking) region.
• Implement capacity-building workshops for community partners in watershed assessments and shale-gas monitoring.
• Provide follow up assistance to communities trained in shale-gas monitoring, including:
o In-person meetings
o Monthly e-newsletter
o Monthly conference calls
o Online toolkit
• Coordinate equipment inventory, ordering, and dissemination in collaboration withALLARM Assistant Director of Technical Assistance.
Organizational Outreach:
• Help to market ALLARM’s work.
• Develop organizational outreach materials.
• Maintain ALLARM’s web site and online toolkits.
• Provide editing and design support to ALLARM’s publications.
• Seek out and integrate new outreach technologies for ALLARM to use.
Student Staff Supervision:
• Assist the Director with supervision of 12-14 student staff.
• Develop, delegate, and supervise project tasks.
• Oversee student projects related to community outreach and publications.
The position offers competitive benefits and a salary in the low $30K.
Preferred QualificationsQualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree in environmental science, communications, or related field.
• 1-3 years of experience working in environmental, communications, and/or community outreach fields.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills.
• Ability to work with college students and diverse volunteer constituency.
• Ability to handle complicated tasks and projects.
• Detail and deadline oriented.
• Able to work some evening and weekend hours – travel several days/month around the region.
• Experience with community outreach is required.
Physical DemandsAbility to drive throughout the Pennsylvania, New York, West Virginia region several days a month. Ability to carry supplies up to 25 pounds.

Work Schedule

Advertised Work Schedule
Number of hours/day
Number of hours/week
Proposed Start Date08/04/2014

Posting Detail Information

Posting Date05/27/2014
Open Until FilledNo
Closing Date06/30/2014
Application Review Begin Date06/16/2014
Is this a Temporary Position?Yes
Full-Time/Part-TimeFull Time
If Full-Time, please specify12 month full-time (52 weeks)
If Part-Time, please specifyNot Applicable
EEO StatementThe College is committed to building a representative and diverse faculty, administrative staff, and student body. We encourage applications from all qualified persons.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
  1. How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
    • CareerLink
    • Craigslist
    • CASE (Council for Advancement & Support of Education)
    • Employee Referral
    • HigherEdJobs.com
    • Jobs at Dickinson (http://jobs.dickinson.edu)
    • Monster Jobs (monster.com)
    • Newspaper/publication
    • Patriot News
    • Radio
    • Referral from Dickinson staff, faculty, friend or family member
    • Sentinel Newspaper
    • The Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Yahoo Jobs
    • The Guide
    • ScholarlyHires.com
    • Other Website
    • Other

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application - https://jobs.dickinson.edu/postings/1977 for more information
5. Associate, Clean Water Supply - American Rivers

Job Summary

American Rivers seeks a Conservation Associate for the Clean Water Supply Program in Pennsylvania. The Associate will promote policies and practices to local, state and regional governments to use green infrastructure and increase natural hydrologic function in the management of water resources, particularly stormwater runoff. Specifically, the Associate will support projects in Pennsylvania that demonstrate green infrastructure or serve to increase green infrastructure implementation locally. These projects may include outreach and education, providing technical assistance through workshops, sharing innovations and lessons learned through webinars, developing and disseminating tools such as planning resources on water quality benefits, financing strategies and/or the regulatory framework for water resource management that benefits from green infrastructure practices. The Associate will work closely with American Rivers’ staff, especially the Clean Water Supply Program, and will be guided in the development of these projects by the Director of Clean Water Supply in Pennsylvania. This full-time position is fully funded for one year but may be extended if the existing funding is renewed or new funding is secured.

Principal Responsibilities

  • Work with Clean Water Supply Director in Pennsylvania to carry out Clean Water Supply work plans within the Commonwealth.
  • Conduct research, outreach, and education to promote state, regional and local planning, financing, and implementation of green infrastructure for sustainable water management.
  • Engage community leaders, municipal and state officials; coordinate with project partners from other organizations. Attend and help lead meetings.
  • Assist in the development of strategies to improve local, state and regional green infrastructure practices and stormwater policies. Promote American Rivers’ reports and tools.
  • Coordinate with other American Rivers staff in Pennsylvania and engage other American Rivers’ Programs as needed.
  • Represent American Rivers in public forums and the media.
  • Travel as needed to represent American Rivers and conduct project work.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in policy, planning, engineering, natural or physical science or other discipline(s) relevant to managing water resources.
  • At least 2 to 3 years of experience, expertise or education focused on stormwater or green infrastructure.
  • A passion for clean water, healthy rivers and strong communities.
  • Familiarity with current regulation and guidance for stormwater such as: Municipal Separate Storm Sewer (MS4) permits, Best Management Practice (BMP) Stormwater Manual, Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP), Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL), and Erosion and Sediment Control (Chapter 102.)
  • Familiarity with current and evolving funding and financing mechanisms such as: Clean Water State Revolving Program (SRF) and the Green Project Reserve (GPR), stormwater authorities and impervious fee structures and strategies to promote green infrastructure.
  • Dependable and self-motivated; able to work independently and proactively.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct research, outreach and coordinate projects.
  • Effective advocate with strong written and verbal communications skills.
  • Team player with the ability to work collaboratively with colleagues.

Compensation And Benefits

Salary is commensurate with experience. Full-time employee benefits include health, dental, vision and life insurance, a retirement plan, and generous leave time. This full-time position is fully funded for one year but may be extended if the existing funding is renewed or new funding is secured.

Application Process

Applications will be considered immediately. Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and three professional references to: jobs@americanrivers.org, with “PA Clean Water Supply” in the subject line. No phone calls please.
American Rivers is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

About American Rivers

American Rivers protects wild rivers, restores damaged rivers, and conserves clean water for people and nature. Since 1973, American Rivers has protected and restored more than 150,000 miles of rivers through advocacy efforts, on-the-ground projects, and an annual America’s Most Endangered Rivers® campaign. Headquartered in Washington, DC, American Rivers has offices across the country and more than 200,000 members, supporters, and volunteers.
Rivers connect us to each other, nature, and future generations. Find your connections at AmericanRivers.orgFacebook.com/AmericanRivers, and Twitter.com/AmericanRivers.
- See more at: http://www.americanrivers.org/about/careers/associate-clean-water-supply/#sthash.PKwLDe8e.dpuf

6. Natural and Historical Resources Manager - Montgomery County Parks
The Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Montgomery County Parks, Horticultural, Forestry,and Environmental Education Division, is seeking a Natural and Historical Resources Mananger. Under direction, performs difficult program management and development work involving considerable responsibility, complexity and variety. Plans, manages and coordinates Montgomery Parks nature centers and environmental education programs. Represents Montgomery Parks with Maryland’s Children In Nature initiative in meetings and work groups. Coordinates interpretive services through programs, facilities, displays, signs and brochures. Reviews and recommends operating procedures at nature centers.   Makes recommendations for new or revised management processes, programs, policies, training or new equipment. Recommends major maintenance and facility and exhibit rehabilitation projects. Directly supervises nature center managers.   Oversees and manages operation and revenue budget for nature centers.    Meets with citizens, community groups, recreation councils, Montgomery County Public Schools staff, Planning Board, other government agencies, outside professional organizations and other Commission units to plan and promote programs.

Working conditions include considerable pressure to meet deadlines and occasional weekends and evenings
 Minimum Qualifications:
1. Bachelor's degree or four years progressively responsible
experience in Park Administration, Natural Resources
Conservation, or Outdoor Education or related subjects; and
2. Four additional years of park administration or Natural Resources program management experience that includes two years of supervisory experience that relates to functional area of assignments (e.g., park interpretation, historical preservation,
natural resource management, conservation and outdoor educationecology, or physical, natural, or environmental sciences); or

3. An equivalent combination of education and experience.
4. Valid driver's license or the ability to acquire one
Natural and Historical Resources Manager (11259, Grade J)
Closing Date/Time:
Tue. 06/24/14 11:59 PM Eastern Time
Salary:
$64,538.00 - $112,476.00 Annually 
Job Type:
Full-Time

Silver Spring, Maryland