Tuesday, March 4, 2014


March 3-7 2014

Yesterday Winter provided Maryland with what will hopefully be the last storm of the season. Spring's coming arrival can only mean one thing, Maryland Green School Applications are rolling in! The deadline for applications is April 1st, and MAEOE anticipates over 170 applications from new and recertifying Green Schools and centers. MAEOE has certified 225 schools since the programs inception in 1999. 

Check out some professional development opportunities coming up this week, and look below for the latest jobs and internships added to our job board:

Healthy Schools - Healthy Children Conference

March 6, 2014

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

School District of Philadelphia's Education Center

Philadelphia, PA

Welcome and Opening Remarks
Tracy Enger, U.S.  EPA HQ

Diana EsherDirector, Air Protection Division, U.S. EPA Region 3

Dr. William R. Hite Jr., Superintendent, Philadelphia School District

Kevin Stewart, Director of Environmental Health, American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic

Keynote - Claire Barnett, Healthy Schools Network

Taking Action for Healthy Indoor Environments in Schools is important to providing a healthy learning and working environment.  IAQ is a key component of creating and maintaining schools facilities that support the goals and mission of school districts and parents.   The Healthy Schools Network will showcase its efforts to educate and create proactive engagement to improve all places of learning.

Featured Sessions -  

Making Your School a Healthy School – The What, Why and the How
Tracy Enger, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – Indoor Environments Division

Learn why green and healthy schools are important for all students, teachers and staff, how school districts throughout the country have built sustainable, effective, green and healthy schools’ practices.  Participants will understand the Framework for Effective IAQ Management Programs, how it can be used to develop and sustain comprehensive indoor air quality programs (IAQ), improve IAQ and create healthier indoor environments. This interactive session will enlist attendees to share ideas of how they can start, reenergize and enhance current IAQ programs, how they can work together and support the common goals of improving IAQ. All will learn how they can apply proven and successful strategies to identify and address IAQ issues in their schools.

Clean, Green and Healthy Schools – Current Activities, Get Assistance, Be Recognized
Lori BraunsteinDelaware Valley Green Building Council
A green school is one that creates a healthy environment that is conducive to learning while saving energy, resources and money.  By promoting the design and construction of green schools, and by greening the operations and maintenance of existing schools, we can make a tremendous impact on student health, school operational costs and the environment.  This session will highlight DVGBC’s Green Schools Campaign, Delaware Valley Green Building Council’s Center for Green Schools, the US Department of Education’s Green Ribbon (GRS) recognition program and the newly created PA Green & Healthy Schools Partnership.

Other Sessions:

It’s Healthy Being Green - Marilyn BlackGreenGuard
Asthma Management in Schools - Dr. Tyra Bryant-StephensThe Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Radon in Schools - An Avoidable Risk, the Myths and Realities - Matthew ShieldsPA Department of Environmental Protection
NIOSH Dampness & Mold Assessment Tool - Dr. Ju-Hyeong Park, National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health
Fresh Air:  Optimal HVAC for Improved Health - Ian HaddenUniversity of Arkansas at Little Rock


To register and for more information, click here: http://www.epa.gov/reg3artd/Indoor/schoolsconf.html

Permaculture Design Course - Weekend 4

Permaculture Design Course - Weekend 4
March 8-9, 2014 (10 am to 6 pm each day)
Location:  Cromwell Valley Park
Cost:  $75/day to audit
Note:  Auditors participate in classroom sessions and hands-on activities but they do not earn a permaculture design certificate.
Click here register online http://www.heathcote.org/cms/content/permaculture-design-course-weekend-4
 (Note:  You can pay online with a credit card or you can send us a check or pay at the door.  To send us a check or pay at the door you must click on "Show other payment options" when you are filling out the registration form.)
The March weekend focuses on:
  • Natural Building
  • Passive Solar Energy Design/Retrofitting
  • Alternative Energy 
  • Waste/nutrient Recycling (greywater, compost toilets, etc.)
  • Urban Permaculture
Our guest speaker will be active solar energy engineer, Rich Lewis from Sunnyside Solar at 4:30pm Saturday.
We typically do hands-on activities both Saturday & Sunday.  In March our hands-on activites will include:
  • A "wild design" team exercise
  • Starting seedlings of perennial veggies, native flowers & annuals in the greenhouse at TALMAR
  • Planting a soil-boosting cover crop at our Pear Guild
  • Building a survival shelter & a garden structure with kids at the Cromwell Valley Park Children's Garden

1 - Urban Conservation and Education Internship - Sponsored by The National Aquarium, The Living Classrooms Foundation, and The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The Urban Conservation and Education Internship is a work-study program in partnership with the National Aquarium, U.S. Fish and 
Wildlife Service and Living Classrooms Foundation. This internship promotes career development in the conservation sciences through 
a unique environmental education opportunity for undergraduate students from the Baltimore area.

Students will work with staff from the National Aquarium, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Living 

Classrooms Foundation on Chesapeake Bay wetland ecology and environmental education. Students will 
participate in the restoration of tidal wetland habitat at various sites throughout the Bay, engage local school 
students, community members and their families in education Bay activities, and learn more about their 
surrounding habitat through hands-on experiences. Students selected for the internship will receive a stipend.

WHEN - This eight-week internship will take place from June 9 to August 1, 2014. 

HOW - For more information, please contact the conservation department at 410-576-1508 or conserve@aqua.org. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2014.

2. Environmental Educator/Naturalist - Audobon Naturalist Society (Woodend Nature Sanctuary)
The Audubon Naturalist Society, the largest and oldest independent environmental organization in the Washington, DC region seeks a seasonal, part-time naturalist to work with our environmental science programs in the Environmental Education Department. Position located at the Woodend Nature Sanctuary in Chevy Chase, MD. Casual, friendly work environment.
Position Responsibilities:
Teach and lead ANS Environmental Science Programs
Serve as ANS contact for programs including afterschool, school programs, camps, birthday parties, and family programs
Experience working with children a must (Ages 4-13)
Experience leading informal environmental education lessons/programs
Must have own transportation
Desired Qualities:
Experience with natural history of Maryland
Experience working/teaching in an outdoor setting
Ability to work independently
Outgoing and friendly
Organized and ability to multitask
Excellent communication skills
General Schedule: Averages 10-35 hours/week seasonally depending upon availability
Pay: $14/hour; this position does not offer additional benefits.
How to Apply:
Please send a cover letter and resume by email to:
Jen Wolfe jen.wolfe@anshome.org or James Robey james.robey@anshome.org
For more information about ANS please visit our website – www.anshome.org
Application Deadline: March 5, 2014
Audubon Naturalist Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

3. Director of Education and Exhibits - Delmarva Discovery Center
Director of Education and Exhibits
Delmarva Discovery Center
Pocomoke City, Maryland
Duties at the Delmarva Discovery Center (DDC) will include, but are not limited to, the following: 
Manage all environmental education and heritage programs
·           Supervise all staff, interns, and volunteers related to educational and heritage programming
·           Oversee training, delivery, and scheduling of educational programming to ensure that they are implemented with the highest performance standards, in accordance with curricula and meet the scheduling needs of the DDC
·           Develop and maintain partnerships with local, state, and federal organizations
·           Oversee development of interpretive and outreach programming, both on site and off site.
·           Oversee development and delivery of the DDC’s environmental education and heritage curriculum content
Serve as the coordinator of exhibits, including aquaria, heritage, living, and  non-living exhibits
· Oversee all animal care including the development, care, and maintenance of all aquaria and their inhabitants, and the center’s live animal collection
· Care and maintenance of museum collections
· Develop a board approved collections policy regarding art, artifacts, and historical objects and apply those criteria to possible donations
· Coordinate the design, development, and installation of exhibit elements and materials
· Direct and supervise curatorial, technical, and student staff, and volunteers
· Oversee acquisition of all new living specimens and maintain appropriate permits/records.
· Procure vendors for changing exhibit room and establish start and take down dates
Develop, coordinate, and implement events, outreach, and marketing of DDC programs and materials
· Oversee and coordinate educational and heritage events held at the DDC
· Oversee and coordinate the outreach programs of the DDC
·           In concert with the DDC’s Marketing Committee, work with local media outlets and organizations to market the DDC and its educational programs
·           Responsible for seeking, writing and administering grants which pertain to exhibits, educational programming, environmental science, STEM, and other related funding areas.
Supervise interns, volunteers, and staff involved with exhibits and educational programming
·           Assist the DDC’s Volunteer Maryland Coordinator
·           Supervise and coordinate the training and placement of volunteers, interns, and staff working with live animals, exhibits, and educational programming
·           Work with local educational institutions to foster internship and service learning opportunities
In addition, the Director of Education and Exhibits will ensure that the DDC is aware of the most current best practices and educational trends; attend appropriate conferences and briefings; and serve as a DDC Representative on appropriate educational committees, as required and as funding allows.
NOTE:  This job description is not meant to be all inclusive.  Employee may perform other duties to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.
This is a full- time exempt salaried position.
·        Bachelor degree in Education, Biology, Zoology, or related field preferred
·        Previous experience working with audiences of all ages
·        Minimum one year experience working with reptiles, amphibians, and fish
·        Experience working with freshwater and saltwater aquariums
·        Certified SCUBA diver through a reputable dive organization preferred
·        Must be computer literate (at a minimum, e-mail skills and a working knowledge of Basic Word, Excel, and Internet) 
TO APPLY:  Send email cover letter and resume to Delmarva Discovery Center at admin@delmarvadiscoverycenter.org  Attention: Search Committee. Application deadline March 14, 2014 or until position is filled.
START DATE:  April 14, 2014 (or before if qualified candidate is found sooner.)

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