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

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

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
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

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

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)

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

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.
• 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.
- 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
- 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, 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.


  • 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.


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.


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


Please email cover letter, resume, samples of work (3 videos, 1 written) and salary preferences to Margaret Enloe 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
$64,538.00 – $112,476.00 Annually
Job Type:
Silver Spring, Maryland
This is the short link to their employment page:

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