Friday, April 23, 2010
2 PAID Internships
40 hours/week, June – August
The Maryland Coastal Bays Program (MCBP) is seeking to fill two Summer Internship positions.
1. Education & Communication Internship
Responsibilities will include assisting with and conducting a variety of environmental education programs & outreach activities designed to engage students, families, community members, and visitors in meaningful outdoor experiences and nature-play in and around Maryland’s coastal bays. Intern will help facilitate a connection with nature, foster understanding of and appreciation for diversity, and encourage environmental stewardship and community-based action for the benefit of the coastal bays and surrounding natural habitats and resources. In addition to conducting programs, the Education Intern will also assist with the organization of Children & Nature initiatives, Delmarva Environmental Educators Network, program preparation and cleanup, social media (Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Blog), written communications, and miscellaneous office tasks – all integral to the success of MCBP education & outreach.
Successful candidates must demonstrate passion for the environment, desire to educate and connect children & adults with nature, commitment to conservation, and ability to work with diverse audiences. Basic computer skills including PowerPoint, Word and Excel are vital. Reliable transportation a must. Excellent oral and written communication skills are needed. Familiarity with social media is also desired. We are looking for upper level undergraduate students, but highly motivated beginning undergraduates who are majoring in education, communication, philosophy, environmental science, biology, environmental studies or related fields will be considered.
2. Science Internship
Responsibilities focus on our science-based activities. We are looking for highly motivated undergraduates who are majoring in environmental science, biology, environmental studies geography or related fields. Duties will include water sampling, fish collections, marsh surveys, sea grass surveys, data entry, data base management and general support for report preparation and office activities. Basic computer skills including PowerPoint, Word and Excel are vital, ArcGIS familiarity a plus. Reliable transportation and punctuality are a must.
Please submit letter of interest and resume (including list of 3 references) by email to:
Carrie Samis, email@example.com for the Education & Communication position
Roman Jesien, firstname.lastname@example.org for the Science position
Application Deadline for both positions is: Friday, May 7, 2010.
Questions? Call Carrie about Education & Outreach – 410.213.2297 ext. 104
Call Roman about Science – 410.213.2297 ext. 108
The Maryland Coastal Bays Program is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and restoring the waters and watershed near Ocean City, Maryland. For additional information about the Maryland Coastal Bays Program visit www.mdcoastalbays.org.
Monday, April 19, 2010
Earth Day Network Wants Your Students to
Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day
on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
On Sunday, April 25, Earth Day Network is expecting 500,000 people to come together on the National Mall to celebrate Earth Day and focus attention on Climate Change. The Climate Rally will include notable speakers Reverend Jesse Jackson, film director, James Cameron, AFL-CIO President, Richard Trumka, Olympic gold medalist, Billy Demong, producer, Trudie Styler, author, Margaret Atwood, NFL player and television personality, Dhani Jones, environmental photographer Sebastian Copeland and many more. The Climate Rally will also feature live music from Sting, John Legend, The Roots, Jimmy Cliff, Passion Pit, Bob Weir, Willie Colón, Joss Stone, Robert Randolph, Patrick Stump, Mavis Staples, Booker T, Honor Society and Tao Rodriguez-Seeger.
Free Busss are available. Contact Ryan Pleune, Green School Coordinator at email@example.com for more information.
Delaware Seashore State Park is seeking a creative and motivated person to help manage interpretive programs and seasonal staff.
Schedule is as follows: Part time schedule for April – October is 37+ hours per week including weekend and evening hours. November – March is 24+ hours per week including weekend and evening hours.
Pay rate: $10.25-$10.75/hour for qualified candidates.
This part-time position has a flexible schedule that will include weekday, evenings, mandatory weekend hours and does notprovide benefits such as vacation, sick leave, medical/dental insurance, or overtime pay.
- Research, develop, schedule, and present interpretive programs
- Primary topics include coastal ecology, marsh ecology, seining, astronomy, water quality, guided hikes, birding, kayaking, fishing, crabbing, etc.
- Assist in other program areas such as historical interpretation, special events, museum tours, craft programs, etc.
- Promote park programs by writing press releases, designing flyers, updating website material, updating bulletin boards, and distributing park brochures around the community
- Assist with training & scheduling of other educators & volunteers
- Organize, schedule, and present scout programs
- Research, order, & maintain all program equipment
- Assist with gift shop and park office permit sales
- Recent graduate of, or working towards, a degree in Biological Sciences, Environmental Science, Environmental Education, or related field
- Minimum 1 year experience presenting interpretive programs designed for people of all ages
- Must be willing to work weekends and 1 night per week
- Excellent customer service skills in a fast-paced environment
- Comfortable on/near the water & ability to swim
- Must have valid driver’s license & be in good physical health
- Knowledge of coastal ecology and the mid-Atlantic region
- Experience in marketing, advertising, or journalism
- Experience with kayaking, fishing, and other water-based activities
- NAI Certified Interpretive Guide or teaching experience
- Current First Aid/CPR certification
CLOSING DATE: when filled
To be considered for this position:
Please send by email, mail or FAX cover letter, resume (including 2-3 references), and completed DE State Parks seasonal employment application to -
Jim Hall, Interpretive Manager
Delaware Seashore State Park
Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum
25039 Coastal Highway
Rehoboth Beach DE 19971
The DE State Parks seasonal employment application is available to pick up in person at any Delaware State Park office or you can print it out on-line at http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/parks/Home/Pages/Employment.aspx .
Thursday, April 15, 2010
LOCATION: Fisheries Service, Annapolis, MD
HOURLY RATE: $14.47
CLOSING DATE: April 22, 2010
CONTRACT PERIOD: May 12 through January 12, 2011
JOB DUTIES: The MD Department of Natural Resources, Fisheries Service, Coastal Fisheries Program is currently accepting applications for Natural Resources Biologist I. This position provides field and technical support to Maryland’s Coastal Bays Finfish Investigation program. The candidate selected will assist the current biologists in monthly trawl surveys throughout Maryland’s Coastal Bays, twice-per-year seine surveys throughout Maryland’s Coastal Bays, and data entry. The position will spend up to three weeks a month conducting field surveys on a 25-foot vessel out of the Fisheries Service office in Ocean City, Maryland.
MINIMUM EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:
Education: Possession of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in biology, biochemistry, environmental science, aquaculture, natural science, natural resources management, botany, marine biology, marine ecology, physical oceanography, ichthyology, fisheries management, wildlife management, zoology, or a natural resources management related field of study.
Experience: Preference will be given to candidates who have up to two years experience trailering and operating small vessels. Experience with Microsoft Access is also preferred.
Note: Additional professional experience conducting research and analysis in the fields of biology, biochemistry, environmental science, natural science, natural resources management, botany, marine biology, marine ecology, physical oceanography, ichthyology, fisheries management, wildlife management or zoology may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the required degree.
Licenses: Persons appointed to positions in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of an automobile or other motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess the appropriate operator’s license valid in the State of Maryland.
TO APPLY: Please e-mail or mail a resume and cover letter by the closing date to the address listed below:
580 Taylor Ave, B-2,
Annapolis, MD 21401
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Executive Director Job Announcement
The Baltimore Water Alliance (working name) is a new organization forming from the merger of five existing watershed organizations in the Baltimore area. The mission of the new organization is to promote clean water in the Baltimore region, which it intends to do by conducting expanded and innovative education, restoration and advocacy programs related to
Baltimore’s streams, rivers and the harbor. The new organization will combine and build on the strengths of the individual watershed organizations and the Baltimore Harbor Waterkeeper to become the leading voice for clean water in the Baltimore region.
The Alliance seeks an experienced, respected and creative executive to help launch and lead the new organization. The ideal candidate must have a demonstrated record in nonprofit management; broad knowledge of environmental issues; ability to develop and implement strategic plans and policies; a track record in fundraising; ability to represent the organization in
political and public arenas; and good staff management skills. The executive director will have the following responsibilities:
Work with the board of directors to set policies for the organization;
Establish strategic plans and priorities in concert with the board and oversee their implementation;
Serve as the spokesperson for the organization;
Provide oversight of the finances of the organization;
Guide the fundraising and development activities of the organization;
Manage and grow the professional staff, including evaluation and hiring;
Oversee volunteer involvement in the organization;
In collaboration with the Finance Director and the Treasurer, prepare and present the annual budget to the Board of Directors for approval;
Represent the organization’s interests in building coalitions, forming partnerships, and other outreach activities;
Serve as the principal liaison to the board of directors.
Candidates for the position must demonstrate the following qualifications:
Commitment to the nonprofit mission of the organization;
Commitment to improving the environmental quality of the Baltimore region;
Bachelor’s degree and ten years experience in environmental management, nonprofit management, or a related field, or a suitable combination of education and experience
Demonstrated leadership capabilities;
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with staff and stakeholders;
Ability to organize and prioritize work and to build those skills in staff;
Strong interpersonal skills;
Excellent communication skills, both oral and written;
Experience in the use of computer technology, especially related to communication and social media;
Knowledge of environmental issues including watershed management and restoration; water policy; and current high profile topics including stormwater management;
Experience in working with government agencies including federal, state and local;
Proven success in fundraising including grants as well as donor gifts and events;
Motivation, integrity, energy and enthusiasm.
Compensation package is negotiable and commensurate with experience. The office for the organization is located in Baltimore, MD.
To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume and three references via email to:
Please address your cover letter to the Search Committee Co-Chairs, Ms. Fran Flanigan and Dr.
Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on April 30, 2010.
Bridging the Watershed Educator
POSITION SUMMARY: The BTW educator facilitates day-long, curriculum-based field studies to middle and high schools students in an outdoor setting at national parks in the Washington, D.C. metro region. The position also includes contacting teachers, pre- and post-field study classroom visits, data recording and reporting.
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Bridging the Watershed (BTW) is an outreach program of the Alice Ferguson Foundation in partnership with the National Capital Region of the National Park Service and area schools. The purpose of BTW is 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. More information about Bridging the Watershed can be found at www.fergusonfoundation.org/btw/btw_index.shtml.
1. Assists in planning and presenting field studies in national parks
2. Provides pre-and/or post-field experiences in school classrooms
3. Attends meetings at schools, parks, etc.
4. Maintains program records (e.g., field study reports, updates)
5. Communicates with BTW partners
6. Provides additional support to BTW program (equipment management, contributions to e-newsletter, teacher and ranger training, other duties as assigned) and to AFF.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES
1. Bachelor’s degree in science (i.e., environmental science, biology, natural resources) or education with major in science
2. Experience working in the out-of-doors
3. At least 1 year experience presenting education programs, preferably to high school students
4. Exhibits understanding of inquiry-based science
5. Experience working with adolescents
6. Dynamic presentation skills
7. Excellent communication skills
8. Good computer skills and ability to work with new technologies (e.g., PC/Windows XP, Microsoft Word, Excel, digital pens and cameras)
9. GIS and other technological proficiency a plus.
10. Good organization and problem-solving skills
11. Reliable, responsible, able to work independently and as part of a team, and able to problem solve creatively
The BTW educator position requires the use of a personal vehicle for commuting to meetings, field studies, etc.
Email cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Use BTW Educator as subject line.
Friday, April 9, 2010
Two Great Opportunities to Get Kids Outside in Honor of Earth Day:
National Coalition Earth Day Tools to Ensure No Child is Left Inside
April 24th Garrett’s Light Earth Day Family Music & Kite Festival Promoting No Child Left Inside
National No Child Left Inside Coalition Call to Action
The National No Child Left Inside Coalition has partnered with Earth Day Network to call on parents, teachers, and schools across the country to take kids outside to learn on the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day, April 22, 2010. Please help us spread the word, in the hope that every student across the country will have the opportunity to learn outside on Earth Day:
1. Click here to post this video on your web site to promote the call to learn outside on Earth Day! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0P46UyKr8Uw)
2. Spread the word: Tell your members, schools, teachers, and parents in your community to remind them to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day by taking students outside to learn on April 22, 2010.
3. Register your own Earth Day event! Visit http://earthday.org/ncli to register your Earth Day event as part of the No Child Left Inside/Earth Day Network national campaign to promote environmental and outdoor learning -- an easy way to gain local support and increase awareness of NCLI legislation. You can also email email@example.com to be registered.
4. Use our easy toolkit! An online toolkit of resources for Earth Day events, including a media advisory, outdoor activities, and other materials can be found online at: www.nclicoalition.org
Garrett’s Light Earth Day Family, Music & Kite Festival Promoting No Child Left Inside
Saturday April 24th, 2010 10:00-5:30
Quiet Waters Park Annapolis, MD 21403
Enjoy a day in nature with family and friends to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day and promote No Child Left Inside! This festival is being presented by Garrett’s Light, a non-profit organization founded in honor of the short life of a small boy who loved playing and exploring outside and whose memory is lighting the way for future generations to love, enjoy and preserve our environment. Supported by a partnership between Garrett’s Light, Anne Arundel County Parks and Recreation, Friends of Quiet Waters Park and 103.1 FM WRNR, the event will feature many state and local organizations and activities including: live music on two stages; kite flying; hot air balloon rides; the Sierra Club 5K race; interactive nature activities; scales and tales, horseshoe crab and native critter displays; presentations of environmental projects by public and private schools, and more! Garrett’s Light kites (10a-4p), hot air balloon rides (11a-4p) and food and beverages will be available for purchase to continue to raise funds to support environmental education within the park and a new park attraction, the Reading and Butterfly Garden. Admission is free and park entrance fees will be waived. For a full list of activities including an event schedule and times, go to www.friendsofquietwaterspark.org or www.garrettslight.org where you can also pre-order an Arlington Echo Rain Barrel and pick it up that day if you order it by April 10. The rain barrels are being sold at a discount, plus $20 for each barrel will be donated back to Garrett's Light.
We hope to see you all outside to celebrate Earth Day 2010 and to encourage teachers, families and communities to make sure that No Child is Left Inside on Earth Day…or any day.
2011 MAEOE Conference Planning Meeting
If you are looking for a way to get involved with Environmental Education at the state level - becoming a part of the MAEOE conference planning team is a great place to start. MAEOE hosts the nation’s largest statewide environmental education conference. Over 700 attendees from more than 400 organizations are expected to attend the 2011 conference scheduled for February 10-13 in College Park, Maryland. MAEOE needs a strong team to create and host this premier professional development event each year. The conference in 2011 is scheduled for February 10-13 at a new location - the UMUC Marriott Inn and Conference Center in Hyattsville.
Want to be involved and can't make the meeting? - email Elena Takaki - firstname.lastname@example.org
Plan on attending the meeting? - email Elena Takaki
Know someone who may be interested? - forward this announcement
Date: Monday, May 3, 2010
Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Location: UMUC Marriott
Street: 3501 University Blvd E
City/Town: Hyattsville, MD
Open Space Management
The Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Maryland protects natural areas for research, stewardship, education, and coastal training. CBNERR is hiring three seasonal (6- to 10-month) contractual positions:
· Research Intern
· Education Assistant
· Coastal Training Program Aide