Monday, March 24, 2014

March 24 - 28

Welcome back to work folks. As you shed the Monday morning blues let's go ahead and take a look at what's on tap for the week in the environmental education world. MAEOE has a ton going on this week as we enter into the Maryland Green School Program application review period. MAEOE is anticipating 170 applications for this year's Maryland Green School Program, and we need your help reviewing them! If you're interested in furthering environmental literacy in Maryland's schools, this is a great opportunity to pitch in! MAEOE is holding THREE application review sessions as well as two optional but encouraged training sessions. One of the training sessions is THIS TUESDAY at 4:30pm at the MAEOE OFFICE. Check below for a full listing of MD Green Schools related events.


March 25th - MAEOE Office - 4:30-7:30pm
March 27th - Arlington Echo Nature Center - 4:30-7:30pm


April 7th - Brookside Visitor Center - 9:00am-3:00pm
April 8th - Arlington Echo Nature Center - 9:00am-3:00pm
April 9th - MAEOE Office - 9:00am-3:00pm

This week there are also some interesting regional and national professional development opportunities.

1. Green Schools National Conference is being held in Sacramento, California. Check out their website for a full list of speakers and workshops:

Obviously if you haven't registered or booked flights at this point it's too late but at the very least you can explore their website, view some of the speakers, and maybe explore some new ideas in the sustainability and Green Schools movement.  

On a more local level, the Atlantic Estuarine Research Society is hosting their spring conference this weekend in Ocean City, Maryland. Check below for more details.

Atlantic Estuarine Research Society Spring 2014
Back to the Future: Ecological Synthesis and Data Integration to Address Current and Emerging Issues in Coastal Science

March 27th - 29th, 2014
Ocean City, MD

The Spring 2014 AERS meeting will transition from the historical perspective of the Spring 2014 meeting to a future-oriented synoptic approach, emphasizing estuarine data infrastructures/integration.

Synthesis in estuarine and coastal science has recently been defined as “the inferential process whereby new models are developed from analysis of multiple data sets to explain observed patterns across a range of time and space scales”. Understanding and addressing current and emerging issues in coastal and estuarine science will be aided by synthesis of large, distributed data sets. Though datasets are becoming accessible for synthesis in increasing quantity and volume, the infrastructures and best practices for data sharing, management and integration often remain fractured and thus underutilized. In this light, estuarine and coastal researchers, managers, and students will need to be informed about data tools they can use and potential solutions to data issues.

For this AERS meeting, we particularly encourage abstracts for oral and poster sessions from researchers, students, government, and industry that analyze or synthesize large and multiple data sets and/or address best practices, available resources, provide results from data-centric research/synthesis projects, or describe new technologies that can aid data-centric research/synthesis across space and time. We encourage abstracts that focus generally on current and emerging issues in estuarine and coastal sciences.
Keynote speakers include:
  • Walter Boynton (UMCES, Chesapeake Biological Laboratory)
  • Denise Breitburg (Smithsonian Environmental Research Center)
  • Bill Dennison (UMCES, Integration and Application Network)
  • Holly Greening (Tampa Bay Estuary Program)
  • Anne Thessen (Arizona State University)

Our local hosts, Judith Stribling (Salisbury University), Frank Reilly (LMI), Danielle Kreeger (Drexel University), Ben Fertig (CCBC/Program Chair), and Dave Wilson & Carol Cain (Maryland Coastal Bays Program) have planned a fantastic meeting for us!

Visit for more information and to register.

Watershed Academy Webcast Seminars

"Improve Water Quality by Using Cover Crops and Other Conservation Practices"

EPA's Watershed Academy is pleased to sponsor its 82nd free Webcast Seminar on Tues. March 25, 2014.

Local watershed organizations, municipal leaders, and others are invited to sign up for these free, on-line webcast training sessions. Attendees must register in advance to participate in webcasts. During the webcasts, trainees log onto the Web to participate in live training conducted by expert instructors. Your computer must have the capability of playing sound in order to attend the webcasts.  The Watershed Academy offers a certificate to those who attend webcasts. Streaming audio versions of past Webcasts are available below. 
  • Dr. Hans Kok, Coordinator, Indiana Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative
  • Dan Towery, President, Ag Conservation Solutions
Join us for a webcast on using cover crops and other conservation systems to improve water quality in agricultural landscapes. Cover crops are plants used to protect and improve the soil on farm fields, especially at times when cash crops such as corn, wheat and soybeans are not being grown. Cover crops can reduce nutrient losses to watersheds by scavenging nitrates that would otherwise be lost to leaching. In addition, cover crops reduce sediment and phosphorus losses to nearby waterways by acting as a vegetative buffer to slow down surface erosion and increase water infiltration. By using cover crops, farmers can provide environmental benefits while also providing other on-farm benefits, including increased soil health, improved water retention, and increased yield. Cover crops are an important conservation practice that can be used in a system of conservation practices to help improve water quality.
This webcast will introduce nutrient cycling and the importance of soil health in agricultural landscape and discuss how systems of conservation practices such as cover crops can help to improve soil nutrient retention and reduce nutrient losses. The webcast will then discuss common cover crop types and highlight a few cover crops that are being used in the Midwest and why farmers are using these cover crop varieties. This webcast will provide basic information on how cover crops and other conservation systems can be used to provide environmental benefits in watersheds across the US.
The Webcast presentation will be posted in advance at the Watershed Academy Webcast Seminars site.  Also, webcast participants are eligible to receive a certificate for their attendance.
Register here:

And now for what everyone's been waiting for - this weeks...

We're kicking things off with a great potential opportunity here at MAEOE as a member of the Chesapeake Conservation Corps. 

1. Chesapeake Conservation Corps Member - MAEOE/Chesapeake Bay Trust

MAEOE has been selected as a potential host organization for the 2014-2015 Chesapeake Conservation Corps Program, a program that provides service-learning opportunities and green job training for young people through environmental and energy conservation projects. The program is administered by The Chesapeake Bay Trust, which matches young adults 18-25 with Maryland nonprofits and government agencies to work fulltime in the environmental field for a period of one year.  This initiative, supported by the Chesapeake Bay Trust, Constellation Energy, and the state of Maryland, pairs young adults with organizations that provide hands-on environmental, leadership, and technical training opportunities. Not only are placed Corps Volunteers working fulltime in the environmental field for a year, but the Program also includes a number of other components and opportunities such as conferences, trainings, grant funding options, site visits to fellow Corps sites, capstone project and so on all culminating into an array of leadership, networking, experience, skill-building and professional growth. Applications are being solicited through April 18, 2014 and  submitted via email to

As a Chesapeake Conservation Corps member working at MAEOE you will be exposed to a variety of projects that will combine to provide you with a strong foundation for a career in environmental conservation. Your responsibilities will include:

A. Design and implementation of a Habitat Restoration or Conservation project that meets 
the requirement of one of the Maryland Green School or Eco- School Best Management 
These include; Water, Energy, Habitat Restoration, Building Structures for Learning, Healthy School Environment, Waste Reduction, or Responsible Transportation. The Volunteer will select two schools in Prince Georges County and two schools on the Eastern Shore. The CCC will assist the four schools and their student Green Teams by: 

a. Conducting a MDGS/Eco-Schools workshop for the schools’ staff and students
b. Meet regularly with student teams to plan a restoration/conservation project for the
school grounds
c. Assist in the design of the student driven project
d. Assist with finding resources for implementation including using an “All Hands on
Deck” approach and or mini grant funding if applicable
e. Implement the project with the students
f. Guide the students in documentation of the project for the MDGS application
Examples of possible projects include: Planting trees or shrubs, planting rain gardens, shoreline
erosion control plantings, butterfly gardens or meadows, energy audits

B. Design and implement Youth Leadership training and career choice components of the 
2014 Maryland Green Schools Youth Summit.
 The Maryland Green Schools Youth Summit is an annual environmental education event for Maryland schools. The Youth Summit event attendance is approximately 3000 students from schools throughout Maryland. For some
students this is their first visit to the Chesapeake Bay. The CCC will volunteer will plan and
implement an activity with support from his/her line manager, the Eco-Schools representative
and a partner from the Alliance for Climate Education (ACE).
The event includes:
a. Award Ceremonies for schools and centers under the MDGS program
b. Environmental Youth Leadership and Career Development opportunities
c. Environmental Literacy Bazaar – Hands on Learning stations for all ages
d. Celebration – recognizing the impact and achievements of schools and nature centers
C. Assist with aspects of the Maryland Green Schools Program including: 
a. Social media
b. Development of an online library
c. Presentations to schools and potential community partners
d. Represent MAEOE at local and regional environmental events
e. Assist with updating the MAEOE website, databases and online resources for schools.

2. Regional Planner - Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission (A-NDPDC)

The Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission (A-NPDC) is hiring a Regional Planner whose work will be focused on hazard mitigation, climate adaptation, natural resource, environmental, and transportation planning on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. This is a permanent, salaried position that will begin in June 2014.

Based in the Town of Accomac, VA, the A-NPDC has been the Eastern Shore of Virginia’s regional planning organization since 1970. Created by the Commonwealth of Virginia, the County of Accomack and the County of Northampton and joined by the Town of Chincoteague, the A-NPDC is tasked with supporting local planning and community development efforts and providing technical assistance on behalf of the Commonwealth. The A-NPDC focuses on issues of regional importance by working with local, state, and federal governments.

Please see the attached description or visit for more details.

All applications (cover letter & resume) should be submitted to Curt Smith at or 23372 Front Street, Accomac, VA 23301. A-NPDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

3. 2014 Summer Unpaid Legal Internship - Chesapeake Legal Alliance
Overview: Chesapeake Legal Alliance (CLA) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to use the law to protect and restore the Chesapeake Bay.  The Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in North America and one of the most ecologically and economically important marine water bodies in the world.  Its watershed covers 64,000 square miles encompassing parts of Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania and all of the District of Columbia. CLA internships provide current law students with the opportunity to help support communities and organizations that are working towards the protection and restoration of the Bay and its watershed, but cannot afford an attorney. 
Responsibilities:  CLA interns assist in various tasks including conducting legal research, assisting CLA staff in evaluating requests for legal assistance, participating in community events and stakeholder meetings, developing content for our website and newsletter, and thinking creatively and strategically about how to use litigation and other advocacy efforts to enhance water quality in Chesapeake Bay.  There are also opportunities for research projects on a variety of issues, depending on the intern's interests.  The hours and length of the internship are flexible. 
Location:  CLA is located in historic downtown Annapolis, Maryland.  Work will primarily be performed in Annapolis and surrounding areas.  Some work can be performed remotely. 
Qualifications:  Current law students are invited to apply.  Candidates must have excellent writing and research skills and must provide their own transportation.  Experience and/or a demonstrated interest in water quality, land use planning, and/or conservation issues is highly desirable. 
To Apply:  Please send a cover letter and resume to
To find out more, visit us at

4. Virginia Staff Scientist - The Chesapeake Bay Foundation
VA Staff Scientist
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation seeks a Staff Scientist to be based at their VA State Office located in Richmond.  This is a 3-year term, Blueprint funded position.
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is the largest regional non-profit conservation organization working solely to save the Bay. Established in 1967, CBF has a staff of approximately 185 employees working in offices in Annapolis Maryland; Richmond and Norfolk, Virginia; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; and Washington, D.C., and in 15 field education program locations. CBF's headquarters office is in the Philip Merrill Environmental Center, the world’s first LEED platinum building.
CBF has an annual budget of approximately $21 million and is supported by more than 200,000 members and e-subscribers. For more information on CBF please visit
With the Virginia Senior Scientist guides development of Virginia office positions on environmental legislation, regulations, funding, and compliance with existing regulatory programs with a focus on issues related to water quality and point and nonpoint source pollution. Reviews local/state/federal regulations/actions/policies, grant or cost share programs, and proposed projects for potential impacts upon surface and ground waters. Prepares briefing papers and reports that aid in the development of CBF positions on relevant issues; testifies and advocates CBF positions. Interacts with media and concerned citizens at the direction of the Virginia Senior Scientist.  Represents CBF on various committees and at various state/regional/national technical conferences.
Essential functions include:
1. Assist with development of CBF policies and positions through monitoring of local ordinances, state regulations, policies, legislation, guidelines, and funding related to point and nonpoint source pollution.
  • Analyze, critique, summarize, and provide written/oral comment on new or changing laws, regulations, policies, guidelines and funding programs with regard to their impact on the water quality and living resources of the Chesapeake Bay and Virginia rivers.
  • Evaluate environmental management options associated with development, industrial, agriculture, wastewater and municipal projects.
  • Meet with affected municipal/industry/community leaders and other concerned individuals.
  • Analyze and synthesize research studies to provide support for CBF positions.
  • Prepare reports or policy documents on specific water quality matters.
  • Critique the overall functioning of state environmental/water quality programs, including grant and cost share programs.
  • Develop CBF position on issues of concern; prepare reports establishing CBF positions.
  • Prepare fact sheets and other supplementary materials.
  • Advocate CBF position by testifying at public hearings, serving on state agency advisory committees, lobbying public officials on legislative proposals, and educating other organizations, citizen groups and the general public at the direction of the Virginia Senior Scientist.
  • Monitor regulatory/legislative/implementation developments that affect restoration of the Bay.  These developments will generally be those related to water quality protection and restoration, point and non-point source pollution.  Assist in developing CBF positions and establish strategy for achieving an identified solution.
  • Assimilate scientific data that support CBF positions.  Review complex scientific findings/documents and interpret/synthesize for CBF staff.
  • Prepare synthesis/summary of issues and proposed solutions – for the general public as well as regulatory agencies and decision makers.
2. Participate in Virginia Office and CBF issue teams; as appropriate
3. Interact with concerned citizens and the media at the direction of the Virginia Senior Scientist.
  •  Prepare materials for and conduct presentations at workshops, seminars, hearings etc.
  • Respond to citizen inquiries related to water quality issues.
  • Participate in issue-oriented field trips for legislators, CBF members, decision makers, and the general public.
Minimum three to five years experience in water quality issues, including, urban stormwater management, agricultural runoff, nutrient management, municipal wastewater treatment, water quality standards, state/federal water quality reporting requirements, watershed management and Total Maximum Daily Loads. At least three years experience in advocacy of complex environmental issues.  Graduate level degree in natural resource or environmental sciences such as marine science, biology, aquatic ecology environmental science or related field preferred.  Familiarity with federal, state, and local laws, regulations, policies and guidelines governing water quality protection, nonpoint and/or point source pollution and agricultural permitting necessary.    Excellent public speaking and written communication skills.

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and salary history and requirements no later than April 1, 2014 to:

Human Resources/FY14-28-VS
Chesapeake Bay Foundation

That's all for this week's roundup - check back later this week for our next "5 questions with..." segment with a surprise special guest. 

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