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Maryland Watershed Restoration Assistant (Temporary position- Fall 2015)
7/23/2015

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation seeks a Maryland Watershed Restoration Assistant to be based at its Philip Merrill Environmental Center headquarters located in Annapolis, Maryland. This position is a temporary, part-time position that will run from late August until the end of November, 2015 and offers a stipend.


THE CHESAPEAKE BAY FOUNDATION

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 Virginia Beach, Virginia; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; and Washington, D.C., and in 15 field education program locations. Our staff and volunteer corps work throughout the region educating students and adults, advocating for clean water polices, restoring waterways, and litigating when necessary.

CBF's headquarters office in Annapolis, Maryland is the Philip Merrill Environmental Center, the world's first U.S. Green Build Council's LEED platinum building. In 2014, CBF opened The Brock Environmental Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The Brock Center is one of the most energy efficient, environmentally smart buildings in the world.

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 www.cbf.org.


CONTEXT OF THE POSITION

CBF organizes several large-scale restoration projects for volunteers in targeted watersheds each spring and fall. The Restoration Assistant will be responsible for pre-event preparation and post-event organization and data entry, and working with adult and family volunteers at restoration events.

Essential functions include:

Assisting with agricultural, reforestation and riparian restoration events and workshops (throughout Maryland and over the state line in Pennsylvania and West Virginia) by:

  • Loading and transporting trees from CBF's Clagett Farm Tree Nursery (in Upper Marlboro, Maryland) to the restoration sites using a truck and 14-foot trailer (training will be provided- experience is a plus)
  • Loading and transporting equipment to the site (prior to event days)
  • Marking holes for auguring (prior to event days), if necessary
  • Placing tree shelters and mulching trees (if needed) on planting days
  • Re-staking or removing/placing shelters on trees at previous planting sites
  • Assist volunteers on event days (signing in, demonstrating planting and use of equipment)
  • Assist Clagett Farm staff in maintaining tree nursery (weeding, watering, and organizing) AND organize volunteers
  • Clean out and organize restoration storage areas at the Merrill Center and Holly Beach Farm
  • Assist with post-event organization and entering volunteer data into tracking spreadsheets


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS

Successful candidates should have a strong background and interest in ecology, biology, and environmental science, or related field; with a desire to pursue environmental restoration and/or natural resource management as a career. A combination of hands-on outdoor experience and education is a plus. The assistant will be required to work certain weekdays, weekends, and some evenings. Candidate MUST be available at least four days a week, all day and weekends. The assistant must be comfortable lifting at least 40 lbs. In addition, candidate should be familiar with environmental issues and problems facing the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries, and be able to work with the general public and volunteers of all ages and backgrounds.


To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and salary history and requirements no later than August 6, 2015 to:

Human Resources/FY16-05-MWRA 
Chesapeake Bay Foundation
[email protected]

CBF offers a comprehensive benefits package to include: 20 vacation days, 10 sick days, health, vision, dental, life insurance, and a tax deferred annuity plan. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Seasonal Field Educators for Island Residential Programs
7/20/2015

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation seeks two seasonal field educators for the fall field season. This position will begin in mid-August and end in early December (dates can be negotiated). The seasonal field educators will live and teach at one of our four island centers. The position includes housing and a stipend. This is an ideal position for a recent college graduate looking for experience in environmental education.


THE CHESAPEAKE BAY FOUNDATION

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 Virginia Beach, Virginia; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; and Washington, D.C., and in 15 field education program locations. Our staff and volunteer corps work throughout the region educating students and adults, advocating for clean water polices, restoring waterways, and litigating when necessary.

CBF's headquarters office in Annapolis, Maryland is the Philip Merrill Environmental Center, the world's first U.S. Green Build Council's LEED platinum building. In 2014, CBF opened The Brock Environmental Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The Brock Center is one of the most energy efficient, environmentally smart buildings in the world.

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 www.cbf.org


CONTEXT OF THE POSITION

CBF's education program has been operating field experiences for students of all ages since 1972. Approximately 35,000 students and teachers participate each year in field experiences or teacher training.  The Bay and/or its tributaries are our medium and CBF environmental educators are responsible for bringing the watershed alive to students. We strive to make a lasting impression about the excitement and vulnerability of the Bay.

Each of CBF's 15 education programs has its own individual character. We stress patient, careful, and individual observation by participants. The senses — sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch — are the most valuable tools for studying the Bay. Other tools are useful supplements: trawls, seines, cast nets, field guides, binoculars, and water chemistry equipment. We use hands-on teaching techniques to motivate and educate the students. The field experiences take place from the inner cities of Baltimore and Hampton Roads to remote Fox Island and the far reaches of the Susquehanna watershed. The education department is administered from our Annapolis office.

The education department is comprised of field programs, teacher and principal professional learning, and student leadership. All of these components work closely to encourage and lead students to take action toward "Saving the Bay."

There are two field seasons during the fall and spring of the academic year. Summer is reserved for conducting extended trainings and field experiences for teachers and students. The fall and spring field seasons typically entails leading a total of approximately 40 three-day experiences for middle and high school students, decision makers and donors. The summer season typically entails leading at least 10 three-day experiences for teacher groups and student leadership groups.

The staff continually adapts program content based upon grade/age level of students, weather, seasons, and group dynamics. This physically demanding position involves fairly frequent weekend and evening/overnight work, and year-round exposure to the elements.

The program staff is accountable for the safety of all field participants and for keeping all equipment (buildings, boats, grounds, and/or gear) in proper working order. They ensure that all safety protocols are rigorously followed and respond to medical emergencies that may arise. The staff function as a team to plan and facilitate field experiences.

Educators promote and develop citizen knowledge about the Bay by providing unforgettable, hands-on experiences to 800+ students and their teachers each season and inspire them with a commitment to the restoration of the Bay.


The seasonal educator will live and work at one of the following centers:

The Fox Island Education Center is located on a remote salt marsh island in the lower Chesapeake Bay, where the Tangier and Pocomoke Sounds converge. The island is compromised completely of tidal salt marsh, with no trees or high ground. This center provides participants access to some of the Bay's most pristine areas. Two hundred and forty-five acres of unspoiled marshland and surrounding water that teem with life provide opportunities for exploration by foot, canoe and workboat. Access to Fox Island requires a 45-minute boat trip from Crisfield, MD (pop. 2,500). Built in 1929 as a hunting and fishing lodge, the center operates a residential program for 6th - 12th grade students and teachers. This rustic education center houses up to 24 people and is the only structure on an uninhabited island. The lodge's location, history and simple nature make it a truly magical experience for students and teachers. The full-time, on-site staff consists of a Program Manager, Captain, and seasonal educator who are all responsible for conducting all field experiences.

The Smith Island Education Center is located in Tylerton, Maryland, the largest inhabited offshore island in the Bay. It is an 8-mile x 4-mile island consisting primarily of virgin estuarine marsh crisscrossed by a maze of guts, creeks, and thoroughfares. The three island communities have a total population of 500 people. CBF owns two houses in the community of Tylerton, from which we operate a residential environmental education center for groups of up to 30 students and/or adults. The center incorporates canoes, a skiff, and a 40-foot workboat into the program. The full-time, on-site staff consists of a Program Manager, Captain, and seasonal educator who are all responsible for conducting all field experiences.

The Karen E. Noonan Center for Environmental Education at Bishops Head (Crocheron, MD) Bishops Head is a 20-acre site on a peninsula in Dorchester County, south of Cambridge, MD. The site is part of a 2,278-acre parcel of land owned by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The main building was once one of the famous gunning clubs on the Bay and the staff house was transported from its original location on nearby Holland's Island over 100 years ago. The center has a 40-foot workboat, canoes, a pier, and approximately 100 feet of beachfront. The full-time, on-site staff consists of a Program Manager, Assistant Manager, and Captain who are all responsible for conducting all field experiences.

The Port Isobel Education Center is a 250-acre island that is situated in the heart of the Tangier Island archipelago. The island showcases a variety of estuarine habitats such as: marshes, a pine forest, and a ¼ mile beach. The program serves 6th-12th grade students, teachers, and other adult groups. The program is focused on understanding the delicate relationship between the ecosystem and the watermen community of Tangier. There is also a pier, 42-foot workboat and a fleet of canoes that are used with all participants. The center utilizes a dormitory, a dining/meeting hall, and staff housing.  Three environmental educators oversee the program: a manager, assistant manager, and captain.


NOTE: Each field experience varies in content but some of the common activities include:Canoeing, marsh exploration, night paddles or hikes, sunrise activities, fishing/seining/trawling/dredging, interviews with the community members of the area islands, meal preparation, art and journal activities, story-telling, skits, and some free time. Each (3) day experience is planned with the teacher/leader a few weeks before the participants arrive so that classroom content can be incorporated or complemented.


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Ability to live at one of CBF's Island Residential Centers for the term of the position.
  • Conduct three-day ecology and environmental science field experiences for school aged groups (grades 6-12 typically) and adults.
  • Assist in the planning and implementation based upon state standards and the needs of the teacher.
  • Teach aboard a CBF education workboat, in canoes and along the water's edge. The residential island center serves as the base for the program.
  • Teach a wide array of participants (students, teachers, donors, media representatives, politicians, members)
  • Help with routine maintenance, upkeep, cleaning and projects to keep the center in top notch condition.
  • Develop and update field activities and curriculum.
  • Recruit new teachers and schools for program. Promote and market education programs to new audiences.
  • Ensure safe learning environment for participants.
  • Create a fun, experiential environment for all participants.
  • Understand and convey the mission of the Foundation.
  • Be a role model for students and participants.
  • Develop and maintain education materials and equipment.
  • Work as a team within the individual field program and the education department.


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS

Successful candidate should possess:

  • Bachelor's degree (or in the process of completing a BA or BS). Background in education, biology, environmental science, marine biology, or the liberal arts is helpful but not required.
  • A strong desire to teach in the field/outdoors (under all weather conditions) and work with students on a daily basis.
  • Experience working with students preferred
  • Knowledge of aquatic habitats.
  • Canoe/boat and water safety experience.
  • Some travel, evening, overnight and weekend required.
  • Creativity, humor and self-confidence.
  • Energy, enthusiasm, and passion for students and the environment.
  • Strong desire to learn and to teach.
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Initiative, creativity and collaborative work style.
  • Desire and ability to relate to people of all ages and backgrounds.
  • Experience with tools, tractors, and completing small repairs.
  • Knowledge of the natural and cultural history of the Chesapeake.
  • Knowledge of environmental issues facing the Bay.
  • Physical ability to lift and carry heavy objects (canoes and other equipment).
  • Strong commitment to safety and maintenance related to trucks/trailers/boats/center facilities.


Must participate in a criminal history check and drug-testing program. Candidates should have a car for this position as there are times when staff leave the center and transportation is needed. There is no public transportation in these areas.


To apply, please email a resume, cover letter and contact information for three references by July 31, 2015 to:

Claire Jaeger, Assistant Director of Education Operations
Chesapeake Bay Foundation
[email protected]

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Fox Island Education Center: Program Manager
7/10/2015

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation seeks a program manager for the Fox Island Education Center. This position is year-round, for up to two years. It is a residential position and requires the staff to live on-site from March-December (spring, summer and fall field seasons).


THE CHESAPEAKE BAY FOUNDATION

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 Virginia Beach, Virginia; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; and Washington, D.C., and in 15 field education program locations. Our staff and volunteer corps work throughout the region educating students and adults, advocating for clean water polices, restoring waterways, and litigating when necessary.

CBF's headquarters office in Annapolis, Maryland is the Philip Merrill Environmental Center, the world's first U.S. Green Build Council's LEED platinum building. In 2014, CBF opened The Brock Environmental Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The Brock Center is one of the most energy efficient, environmentally smart buildings in the world.

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 www.cbf.org.


CONTEXT OF THE POSITION

The Fox Island Education Center is located on a remote salt marsh island in the lower Chesapeake Bay, where the Tangier and Pocomoke Sounds converge. The island is compromised completely of tidal salt marsh, with no trees or high ground. This center provides participants access to some of the Bay's most pristine areas. Two hundred and forty-five acres of unspoiled marshland and surrounding water that teem with life provide opportunity for exploration by foot, canoe and workboat. Fox Island is reached by a boat trip from Crisfield, MD (pop. 2,500). Built in 1929 as a hunting and fishing lodge, the center operates a residential program for 6th - 12th grade students and teachers. This rustic education center, resting on posts above the water, houses up to 24 people, and is the only structure on the otherwise uninhabited island. The lodge's location, history and simple nature make it a truly magical experience for students and teachers. The full-time, on-site staff consists of a manager and an assistant manager, who also serves as the center's captain. Seasonal staff and/or interns are hired as needed.

The staff continually adapts program content based upon grade/age level of students, weather, seasons, and group dynamics. This physically demanding position involves frequent weekend and overnight work, and year-round exposure to the elements.

The program staff is accountable for the safety of all field participants, and for keeping all equipment/vehicles in proper working order. They ensure that all safety protocols are rigorously followed and respond to medical emergencies.

Educators promote and develop citizen knowledge about the Bay by providing unforgettable, hands-on experiences to 800+ students and their teachers each season and inspire them with a commitment to the restoration of the Bay.

Sample 3-Day Field Experience at Fox

Activities vary greatly and are chosen with respect to the tides, weather, bugs, and the interests of the group.

Day One Activities

  • Board the workboat to set crab pots
  • Canoe from the center or maybe progging (beachcombing)
  • Introduce the conservation challenges at the center
  • Dinner prep and dinner
  • Night activity (stargazing, night hike, games, campfire, etc.)


Day Two Activities

  • AM hours normally devoted to oysters. Start with an activity that gives a historical overview of the fishery, and then dredging aboard workboat
  • Lunch
  • Fish up the crab pots- Discussion of blue crabs/underwater grasses
  • Remainder of afternoon spent focusing on the marsh- may include scavenger hunts, seining (fishing) the marsh guts, camouflage games, marsh mucking, etc.
  • Dinner-prep and dinner
  • Night activities


Day Three Activities

  • Sunrise observation/paddle/appreciation
  • Breakfast
  • The morning may be spent scraping the underwater grasses for soft crabs, testing for water quality, and/or witnessing an oyster dissection
  • Lunch, clean-up, wrap-up activity & reflection — conservation challenge results and group photo


Essential Functions Include:

  • Develop and implement, in collaboration with the captain, multi-day (three day) field experiences based upon curriculum needs and state standards.
  • Contact teachers and plan the experience according to the needs of the classroom and curriculum well in advance.
  • Execute programs, including the following items for all students/teachers: safety, rudimentary canoeing skills, educational activities, wildlife observation, biological sampling, water quality testing, ecosystem and watershed concepts.
  • Continually adapt program content based upon grade/age level of students, weather, seasons, and group dynamics.
  • Collaborate with captain/assistant manager on all facets of program
  • Train and mentor seasonal educators.  Provide feedback on performance and share responsibilities with seasonal staff in order to prepare them for fulltime employment.
  • Develop and implement one-year program plan that is in alignment with CBF's strategic plan.
  • Distribute evaluations to teachers and/or participants. Respond to feedback and make necessary adaptations and changes.
  • Assist other education programs (teacher professional learning/Chesapeake Classrooms, student leadership, principal environmental leadership program and other field programs) as needed.
  • Develop and implement extended field programs for teachers and/or students in the summer months.
  • Work with school administration to recruit teachers.
  • Communicate progress with other CBF staff (this may include communications, development, environmental protection and restoration, or other education programs).
  • Complete/submit timesheets, personal expense reports, credit card reports and all other relevant administrative tasks.
  • Maintain/repair center, docks, boats, safety equipment, educational gear.
  • Attend all safety training and professional development offerings.
  • Participate in a random drug-testing program for the Coast Guard.
  • This physically-demanding position involves frequent overnight and weekend work, and year-round exposure to the elements. Housing is provided during the field seasons of spring, summer, fall.


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS

Successful candidate should possess:

  • Bachelor's degree. Background in education, biology, environmental science, marine biology, or the liberal arts is helpful but not required.
  • At least three years of experience with children/teens in an educational setting.
  • Must have a strong desire to teach in the field/outdoors (in all weather conditions) and work with students on a daily basis.
  • Knowledge of aquatic habitats.
  • General knowledge of environmental legislation and regulations.
  • Canoe/boat and water safety experience desirable.
  • Travel, evening and weekend work required on a regular basis.
  • Creativity, humor and self-confidence are desired qualities.
  • Energy, enthusiasm, and passion for students and the environment are essential.
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills required.
  • Must be able to take initiative, solve problems and work collaboratively with a partner and team.
  • Desire and ability to relate to people of all ages and backgrounds.
  • Experience with tools, tractors, and completing small repairs.
  • Knowledge of the natural and cultural history of the Chesapeake.
  • Knowledge of environmental issues facing the Bay.
  • Physical ability to lift and carry heavy objects (canoes and other equipment).
  • Strong commitment to safety and maintenance related to trucks/trailers/boats/center facilities.


Educators will undergo a background check and participate in a random drug-testing program.

To apply, please Email resume, cover letter and contact information for three references by August 3, 2015 to:

Claire Jaeger, Assistant Director of Education Operations
Chesapeake Bay Foundation
[email protected]


CBF offers a comprehensive benefits package to include: 20 vacation days, 10 sick days, health, vision, dental, life insurance, and a tax deferred annuity plan. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.)


Baltimore Harbor Captain/ Assistant Manager
7/10/2015

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation seeks a Captain/Educator for the Baltimore Harbor education program in Baltimore, Maryland.

THE CHESAPEAKE BAY FOUNDATION

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 Virginia Beach, Virginia; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; and Washington, D.C., and in 15 field education program locations. Our staff and volunteer corps work throughout the region educating students and adults, advocating for clean water polices, restoring waterways, and litigating when necessary.

CBF's headquarters office in Annapolis, MD is the Philip Merrill Environmental Center, the world's first U.S. Green Build Council's LEED platinum building. In 2014, CBF opened The Brock Environmental Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The Brock Center is one of the most energy efficient, environmentally smart buildings in the world.

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 www.cbf.org.


CONTEXT OF THE POSITION

CBF's education program has been operating field trips for students of all ages since 1972. Approximately 35,000 students and teachers participate each year in field experiences or teacher professional learning.

The Bay and/or its tributaries are our medium and CBF environmental educators are responsible for bringing the watershed alive to students. We strive to make a lasting impression about the excitement and vulnerability of the Bay.

Each of CBF's 15 education programs has its own individual character. We stress patient, careful, and individual observation by participants. The senses — sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch — are the most valuable tools for studying the Bay. Other tools are useful supplements: trawls, seines, cast nets, field guides, binoculars, and water chemistry equipment. We use hands-on teaching techniques to motivate and educate the students. The field experience options run the gamut from the inner city boat programs in Baltimore and Hampton Roads to Pennsylvania canoe programs to remote, island-based, residential centers.

The education department is comprised of field programs, teacher and principal professional learning, and student leadership. All of these components work closely to encourage and lead students to take action toward "Saving the Bay."

Field educators are hired as full time, year round staff. There are two field seasons during the fall and spring of the academic year. Summer is reserved for conducting extended overnight trainings and field experiences for teachers and students. Winter provides an opportunity for staff training and development as well as maintenance and repairs to the fleet and facilities. Instructors are hired for one of 15 field programs and work in teams of two or three.

The staff continually adapt program content based upon grade/age level of students, weather, seasons, and group dynamics. This physically demanding position involves fairly frequent weekend and evening/overnight work, and year-round exposure to the elements.

The program staff is accountable for the safety of all field participants and for keeping all equipment (buildings, boats, grounds, and/or gear) in proper working order. They ensure that all safety protocols are rigorously followed and respond to medical emergencies that may arise. The staff function as a team to plan and facilitate field experiences.

Educators promote and develop citizen knowledge about the watershed by providing unforgettable, hands-on experiences to hundreds of students and their teachers each season and inspire them with a commitment to the restoration of the Bay and its tributaries.


BALTIMORE HARBOR EDUCATION PROGRAM

The 46-foot USCG inspected workboat, Snow Goose, provides a unique platform from which to study the historical and present day effects of an urban area on the Patapsco River & Chesapeake Bay. Aboard the Snow Goose, participants access areas surrounding the Port of Baltimore & the Patapsco River investigating water quality by sampling benthic, planktonic, and other aquatic communities. Both staff serve as educators and facilitators of the learning experience.

The program accommodates up to 30 participants (middle school up to college aged students) for one day field experiences. The majority of field experiences take place in the Patapsco River but other northern bay ports are used throughout the year.

The following is a brief list of some of the concepts and activities that may be emphasized during a field experience. The two educators collaborate with teachers to tailor the trip so that it complements classroom content.

  • Human impact on the Bay ecosystem
  • Food webs
  • Oyster dredging
  • Setting crab and eel pots
  • Fishing
  • Trawling
  • Biological sampling
  • Chemical water quality tests


Essential functions include:

  • Safely & professionally serve as Captain and Educator.
  • Maintain USCG inspected work boat. Ensure safe operation of the boat. Inform passengers of safety precautions.
  • Maintain/repair boat, equipment, center and educational gear.
  • Participate & manage regular inspections and safety checklists.
  • Develop and implement, with collaboration from the manager, one and multi-day field experiences based upon curriculum needs, state standards, and that is in alignment with CBF's strategic plans.
  • Co-teach with partner and facilitate hands-on learning experience.
  • Teach participants about equipment (fishing, trawling, dredging, crab potting) aboard boat and how watermen use these tools in their work.
  • Execute programs, including the following items for all students/teachers: safety review, rudimentary boating skills, educational activities, wildlife observation, biological sampling, water quality testing, ecosystem and watershed concepts (such as salinity, turbidity), etc.
  • Continually adapt program content based upon grade/age level of students, weather, seasons, and group dynamics.
  • Share tasks with the manager regarding the planning, logistics, and evaluation of field experiences.
  • Distribute evaluations to teachers and/or trip participants. Respond to feedback and make necessary adaptations and changes.
  • Assist other education programs (teacher professional learning, student leadership and action, and other field programs) as needed.
  • Develop and implement 5 day field programs for teachers and/or students in the summer months.
  • Communicate progress with other CBF staff (this may include communications, development, environmental protection and restoration, administration, or other education programs).
  • Complete/submit timesheets, personal expense reports, credit card reports and all other relevant administrative tasks in a timely manner.
  • Attend all safety training and professional development offerings.
  • Participate in a random drug-testing program for the U.S. Coast Guard.
  • This physically-demanding position involves frequent weekend, evening and overnight work, and year-round exposure to the elements.


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS

Successful candidate should possess:

  • Minimum 25 ton Master of inland waters USCG captain license and FCC certification.
  • One-three years of experience with children in an educational setting, preferable.
  • Must have a strong desire to teach in the field/outdoors (in all weather conditions) and work with students on a daily basis.
  • Knowledge of aquatic habitats.
  • Knowledge of urban effects on water quality and the Chesapeake Bay.
  • General knowledge of environmental legislation and regulations.
  • Canoe and water safety experience.
  • Travel and weekend work required on a regular basis.
  • Creativity, humor and self-confidence.
  • Energy, enthusiasm, and passion for students and the environment.
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Must be able to take initiative, solve problems and work collaboratively with a partner.
  • Desire and ability to relate to people of all ages and backgrounds.
  • Experience with tools and completing small repairs.
  • Knowledge of environmental issues facing the Bay.
  • Physical ability to lift and carry heavy objects (canoes and other equipment).
  • Strong commitment to safety and maintenance related to trucks/trailers/boats/center facilities.

Educators will undergo a background check and participate in a random drug-testing program.


To apply, please send resume, cover letter, salary history and contact information for three references by July 24, 2015 to:

Claire Jaeger, Assistant Director of Education Operations
Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Email application materials to: [email protected]


CBF offers a comprehensive benefits package to include: 20 vacation days, 10 sick days, health, vision, dental, life insurance, and a tax deferred annuity plan. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Virginia Canoe Education Program Educator/ Assistant Manager
7/10/2015

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation seeks a program assistant manager/environmental educator for the Virginia Canoe Education Program based in Richmond, Virginia.


THE CHESAPEAKE BAY FOUNDATION

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 Virginia Beach, Virginia; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; and Washington, D.C., and in 15 field education program locations. Our staff and volunteer corps work throughout the region educating students and adults, advocating for clean water polices, restoring waterways, and litigating when necessary.

CBF's headquarters office in Annapolis, Maryland is the Philip Merrill Environmental Center, the world's first U.S. Green Build Council's LEED platinum building. In 2014, CBF opened The Brock Environmental Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The Brock Center is one of the most energy efficient, environmentally smart buildings in the world.

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 www.cbf.org.


ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION

CBF's education program has been operating field trips for students of all ages since 1972. Approximately 35,000 students and teachers participate each year in field experiences or teacher professional learning.

The Bay and/or its tributaries are our medium and CBF environmental educators are responsible for bringing the watershed alive to students. We strive to make a lasting impression about the excitement and vulnerability of the Bay.

Each of CBF's 15 education programs has its own individual character. We stress patient, careful, and individual observation by participants. The senses — sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch — are the most valuable tools for studying the Bay. Other tools are useful supplements: trawls, seines, cast nets, field guides, binoculars, and water chemistry equipment. We use hands-on teaching techniques to motivate and educate the students. The field experience options run the gamut from the inner city boat programs in Baltimore and Hampton Roads to Pennsylvania canoe programs to remote, island-based, residential centers.

The education department is comprised of field programs, teacher and principal professional learning, and student leadership. All of these components work closely to encourage and lead students to take action toward "Saving the Bay."

Field educators are hired as full time, year round staff. There are two field seasons during the fall and spring of the academic year. Summer is reserved for conducting extended overnight trainings and field experiences for teachers and students. Winter provides an opportunity for staff training and development as well as maintenance and repairs to the fleet and facilities. Instructors are hired for one of 15 field programs and work in teams of two or three.

The staff continually adapt program content based upon grade/age level of students, weather, seasons, and group dynamics. This physically demanding position involves fairly frequent weekend and evening/overnight work, and year-round exposure to the elements.

The program staff is accountable for the safety of all field participants and for keeping all equipment (buildings, boats, grounds, and/or gear) in proper working order. They ensure that all safety protocols are rigorously followed and respond to medical emergencies that may arise. The staff function as a team to plan and facilitate field experiences.

Educators promote and develop citizen knowledge about the watershed by providing unforgettable, hands-on experiences to hundreds of students and their teachers each season and inspire them with a commitment to the restoration of the Bay and its tributaries.


CONTEXT OF THE POSITION

The Virginia Canoe Education Program is a one-day, hands-on, active and educational experience designed to provide middle and high school students with the opportunity to investigate and explore a local waterway and learn about its connection to the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

This mobile canoe program explores central Virginia (Richmond and surrounding areas) as well as the tidewater area (Norfolk, Virginia Beach). Participants learn about water quality through chemical and biological analysis. They discuss the effects that pollution, agriculture and poor land use have on the Bay's tributaries. They will also learn what watershed issues are affecting the waterway they are paddling. They will study the area's plants and wildlife and investigate water quality.

The "canoeing classroom" affords students the opportunity to discover how they can take action to help preserve and restore the watershed. The program manager and assistant manager travel extensively throughout Virginia to canoe some of the most scenic waterways in the watershed. The following list includes some of the concepts that may be covered in the trip: watersheds, biological assessments of water quality, plant types, benthic macro-invertebrates, fishing (seining and cast nets), chemical and physical assessments of water quality, wetlands, urban land use, agricultural land use, suburban land use, map reading, stream/watershed hikes, creative writing and/or art.

The educators work from home or use the CBF Richmond office when not conducting field experiences.

Essential functions include:

  • Develop and implement, in collaboration with the program manager one-day field experiences for 6th-12th grade students based upon curriculum needs and state standards.
  • Contact teachers and plan field experiences according to the needs of the classroom and state curriculum/SOLs.
  • Execute programs, including the following items for all students/teachers: safety review, rudimentary boating skills, educational activities, wildlife observation, biological sampling, water quality testing, ecosystem and watershed concepts (such as salinity, turbidity), etc.
  • Continually adapt program content based upon grade/age level of students, weather, seasons, and group dynamics.
  • Develop and implement one-year program plan that is in alignment with CBF’s strategic plan.
  • Distribute evaluations to teachers and/or participants. Respond to feedback and make necessary adaptations and changes.
  • Assist other education programs (teacher professional development/Chesapeake Classrooms, student leadership, and other field programs) as needed.
  • Develop and implement extended field programs (up to 7 days on length) for teachers and/or students in the summer months.
  • Work with school administration to recruit teachers.
  • Communicate progress with other CBF staff (this may include communications, development, environmental protection and restoration, or other education programs).
  • Complete/submit timesheets, personal expense reports, credit card reports and all other relevant administrative tasks.
  • Maintain/repair all vehicles, boats, safety equipment, and educational gear.
  • Attend all safety training and professional development offerings.
  • Participate in a random drug-testing program for the Coast Guard.
  • This physically-demanding position involves fairly frequent weekend and overnight work, and year-round exposure to the elements.


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS

Successful candidate should possess:

  • Bachelor's degree. Background in education, biology, environmental science, marine biology, or the liberal arts is helpful but not required.
  • At least one-three years of experience with children in an educational setting.
  • Must have a strong desire to teach in the field/outdoors (in all weather conditions) and work with students on a daily basis.
  • Canoe/boat and water safety experience desirable.
  • Ability for frequent travel plus some evening & weekend work
  • Knowledge of aquatic habitats.
  • General knowledge of environmental legislation and regulations.
  • Creativity, humor and self-confidence are desired qualities.
  • Energy, enthusiasm, and passion for students and the environment are essential.
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills required.
  • Must be able to take initiative, solve problems and work collaboratively with a partner and team.
  • Desire and ability to relate to people of all ages and backgrounds.
  • Experience with tools, canoes & trailers, and completing small repairs.
  • Knowledge of the natural and cultural history of the Chesapeake and its tributaries.
  • Knowledge of environmental issues facing the watershed.
  • Physical ability to lift and carry heavy objects (canoes and other equipment).
  • Strong commitment to safety and maintenance related to trucks/trailers/boats/center facilities.

Must participate in a criminal history check and drug-testing program. Training required in Wilderness First Responder, boater safety, canoe training, community water safety and CPR.

To apply, please send resume, cover letter and contact information for three references by July 24, 2015 to:

Claire Jaeger, Assistant Director of Education Operations
Chesapeake Bay Foundation
[email protected]


CBF offers a comprehensive benefits package to include: 20 vacation days, 10 sick days, health, vision, dental, life insurance, and a tax deferred annuity plan. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Virginia Watershed Education Program Educator/ Assistant Manager
7/10/2015

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation seeks a program assistant manager/environmental educator for the Virginia Watershed Education Program based in Charlottesville, Virginia.


THE CHESAPEAKE BAY FOUNDATION

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 Virginia Beach, Virginia; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; and Washington, D.C., and in 15 field education program locations. Our staff and volunteer corps work throughout the region educating students and adults, advocating for clean water polices, restoring waterways, and litigating when necessary.

CBF's headquarters office in Annapolis, Maryland is the Philip Merrill Environmental Center, the world's first U.S. Green Build Council's LEED platinum building. In 2014, CBF opened The Brock Environmental Center in Virginia Beach, VA. The Brock Center is one of the most energy efficient, environmentally smart buildings in the world.

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 www.cbf.org.


ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION

CBF's education program has been operating field trips for students of all ages since 1972. Approximately 35,000 students and teachers participate each year in field experiences or teacher professional learning.

The Bay and/or its tributaries are our medium and CBF environmental educators are responsible for bringing the watershed alive to students. We strive to make a lasting impression about the excitement and vulnerability of the Bay.

Each of CBF's 15 education programs has its own individual character. We stress patient, careful, and individual observation by participants. The senses — sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch — are the most valuable tools for studying the Bay. Other tools are useful supplements: trawls, seines, cast nets, field guides, binoculars, and water chemistry equipment. We use hands-on teaching techniques to motivate and educate the students. The field experience options run the gamut from the inner city boat programs in Baltimore and Hampton Roads to Pennsylvania canoe programs to remote, island-based, residential centers.

The education department is comprised of field programs, teacher and principal professional learning, and student leadership. All of these components work closely to encourage and lead students to take action toward "Saving the Bay."

Field educators are hired as full time, year round staff. There are two field seasons during the fall and spring of the academic year. Summer is reserved for conducting extended overnight trainings and field experiences for teachers and students. Winter provides an opportunity for staff training and development as well as maintenance and repairs to the fleet and facilities. Instructors are hired for one of 15 field programs and work in teams of two or three.

The staff continually adapt program content based upon grade/age level of students, weather, seasons, and group dynamics. This physically demanding position involves fairly frequent weekend and evening/overnight work, and year-round exposure to the elements.

The program staff is accountable for the safety of all field participants and for keeping all equipment (buildings, boats, grounds, and/or gear) in proper working order. They ensure that all safety protocols are rigorously followed and respond to medical emergencies that may arise. The staff function as a team to plan and facilitate field experiences.

Educators promote and develop citizen knowledge about the watershed by providing unforgettable, hands-on experiences to hundreds of students and their teachers each season and inspire them with a commitment to the restoration of the Bay and its tributaries.


CONTEXT OF THE POSITION

The Virginia Watershed Education Program (VWEP) is a one-day, hands-on, active and educational experience designed to provide middle and high school students with the opportunity to investigate and explore a local waterway and learn about its connection to the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

This mobile canoe program explores the rivers of western and central VA (moving and flat water). Participants learn about water quality through chemical and biological analysis. They discuss the effects that pollution, agriculture, and land use have on the Bay's tributaries. They will also learn what watershed issues are affecting the waterway they are paddling. They will study the area's plants and wildlife and investigate water quality.

The "canoeing classroom" affords students the opportunity to discover how they can take action to help preserve and restore the watershed. The program manager and assistant manager travel extensively throughout western, central and northern VA to canoe some of the most scenic waterways in the watershed. The following list includes some of the concepts that may be covered in the trip: watersheds, biological assessments of water quality, plant types, benthic macro-invertebrates, fishing (seining and cast nets), chemical and physical assessments of water quality, wetlands, urban land use, agricultural land use, suburban land use, map reading, stream/watershed hikes, creative writing and/or art.

The educators work from home when not conducting field experiences.

Essential functions include:

  • Develop and implement, in collaboration with the program manager one-day field experiences for 6th-12th grade students based upon curriculum needs and state standards.
  • Contact teachers and plan field experiences according to the needs of the classroom and state curriculum/SOLs.
  • Execute programs, including the following items for all students/teachers: safety review, rudimentary boating skills, educational activities, wildlife observation, biological sampling, water quality testing, ecosystem and watershed concepts (such as salinity, turbidity), etc.
  • Continually adapt program content based upon grade/age level of students, weather, seasons, and group dynamics.
  • Develop and implement one-year program plan that is in alignment with CBF's strategic plan.
  • Distribute evaluations to teachers and/or participants. Respond to feedback and make necessary adaptations and changes.
  • Assist other education programs (teacher professional development/Chesapeake Classrooms, student leadership, and other field programs) as needed.
  • Develop and implement extended field programs (up to 7 days on length) for teachers and/or students in the summer months.
  • Work with school administration to recruit teachers.
  • Communicate progress with other CBF staff (this may include communications, development, environmental protection and restoration, or other education programs).
  • Complete/submit timesheets, personal expense reports, credit card reports and all other relevant administrative tasks.
  • Maintain/repair all vehicles, boats, safety equipment, and educational gear.
  • Attend all safety training and professional development offerings.
  • Participate in a random drug-testing program for the Coast Guard.
  • This physically-demanding position involves fairly frequent weekend and overnight work, and year-round exposure to the elements.


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS

Successful candidate should possess:

  • Bachelor's degree. Background in education, biology, environmental science, marine biology, or the liberal arts is helpful but not required.
  • At least one-three years of experience with children in an educational setting.
  • Must have a strong desire to teach in the field/outdoors (in all weather conditions) and work with students on a daily basis.
  • Knowledge of aquatic habitats.
  • General knowledge of environmental legislation and regulations.
  • Canoe/boat and water safety experience desirable.
  • Travel, evening and weekend work required on a regular basis.
  • Creativity, humor and self-confidence are desired qualities.
  • Energy, enthusiasm, and passion for students and the environment are essential.
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills required.
  • Must be able to take initiative, solve problems and work collaboratively with a partner and team.
  • Desire and ability to relate to people of all ages and backgrounds.
  • Experience with tools, tractors, and completing small repairs.
  • Knowledge of the natural and cultural history of the Chesapeake and its tributaries.
  • Knowledge of environmental issues facing the watershed.
  • Physical ability to lift and carry heavy objects (canoes and other equipment).
  • Strong commitment to safety and maintenance related to trucks/trailers/boats/center facilities.

Must participate in a criminal history check and drug-testing program. Training required in Wilderness First Responder, boater safety, canoe training, community water safety and CPR.  


To apply, please send resume, cover letter and contact information for three references by July 24, 2015 to:

Claire Jaeger, Assistant Director of Education Operations
Chesapeake Bay Foundation
[email protected]


CBF offers a comprehensive benefits package to include: 20 vacation days, 10 sick days, health, vision, dental, life insurance, and a tax deferred annuity plan. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Digital Advocacy and Fundraising Manager
7/1/2015

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation seeks a Digital Advocacy and Fundraising Manager to be based at Philip Merrill Environmental Center located in Annapolis, Maryland.


THE CHESAPEAKE BAY FOUNDATION

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 Virginia Beach, Virginia; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; and Washington, D.C., and in 15 field education program locations. Our staff and volunteer corps work throughout the region educating students and adults, advocating for clean water polices, restoring waterways, and litigating when necessary.

CBF's headquarters office in Annapolis, Maryland is the Philip Merrill Environmental Center, the world's first U.S. Green Build Council's LEED platinum building. In 2014, CBF opened The Brock Environmental Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The Brock Center is one of the most energy efficient, environmentally smart buildings in the world.

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 www.cbf.org.


CONTEXT OF THE POSITION

The Digital Advocacy and Fundraising Manager position resides in the Communications Department, one of four programmatic departments at CBF (the others being Environmental Education, Environmental Protection and Restoration, and Litigation).

At the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Communications Department is a programmatic department. Its role is to market CBF's priorities, including its policy, education, litigation, restoration, fundraising, and member-development programs; engage the public; and mobilize its advocacy and financial support. CBF's Communications activities are broken into five functional areas: Writing and Content Development, Creative Services, Media Relations, Digital Outreach, and Operations and Internal Communications.

Through these five areas of expertise, Communications staff develop narrative, graphic, and video content through all our communications channels; research and write, utilizing storytelling to make stories "sticky;" manage our brand graphically and in messaging; manage all aspects of earned, paid, and public service media (and all the elements which go into it such as relationships with reporters, press releases, other forms of communications, etc.); manage all aspects of digital media, including our mobile optimized website, action alerts, outgoing email program, social media, and any other forms of direct or indirect communications with the public at large or a subset of the public, including our members. Communications also manages CBF's video strategy, internal communications, and public opinion research.

The Digital Advocacy and Fundraising Manager will serve on the Digital Media team and will report to the Director of Digital Media and Community Building.

The Digital Media and Community Building Team is responsible for building and maintaining the organization's online community and programs. The team works closely with the Development, Education, and Environmental Protection and Restoration departments to ensure our online program advances the organization's fundraising, growth, education, restoration, and policy objectives.

The Digital Advocacy and Fundraising Manager will manage and coordinate all aspects of CBF's digital fundraising and advocacy programs. Acting as subject matter expert and project manager, the candidate will work in close collaboration with digital communications, fundraising, grassroots advocacy experts, and outside consultants. His or her main charge will be to design, execute, and analyze multi-channel fundraising and advocacy campaigns that advance the organization's mission to save the Bay.


Essential functions include:

Taking direction and supervision from the Director of Digital Media and Community Building, the Digital Advocacy and Fundraising Manager will:

  1. Collaborate with internal partners and consultants to conceptualize all multi-channel fundraising and advocacy campaigns;
  2. Coordinate and execute fundraising and advocacy campaigns including copy production, layout, approvals, and sends while keeping stakeholders informed of progress;
  3. Evaluate the effectiveness of campaigns to determine what methods are most useful, including using detailed analytics and metrics for assessment against internal and external benchmarks, and report back to key stakeholders;
  4. Stay abreast of the latest trends in digital fundraising and advocacy with an eye toward adopting best practices developed by others;
  5. Educate colleagues in the tools and techniques of digital fundraising and advocacy to help them understand when and where such digital techniques will be effective; and
  6. Perform other appropriate duties as assigned.


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS

CBF is looking for a strategic and creative digital thinker with a solid understanding of the online fundraising and advocacy landscape and strong project management skills. Leading candidates will have at least four years' experience designing and executing successful digital advocacy and fundraising campaigns at an issues-based advocacy organization or campaign. The ideal candidate will be a graduate from an accredited 4-year university or college majoring in Communications, English, Marketing, Policy, or a related field. A passion for digital media as well as the ability to translate complex scientific concepts into lay terms, particularly for fundraising and advocacy communications, is required. Must also demonstrate a knowledge of environmental issues and a commitment to fixing them. Experience with social media and mobile strategies for the purposes of fundraising and advocacy would be advantageous.


To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and salary history and requirements no later than July 23, 2015:

Human Resources/FY16-1-DAFM
Chesapeake Bay Foundation
[email protected]


CBF offers a comprehensive benefits package to include: 20 vacation days, 10 sick days, health, vision, dental, life insurance, and a tax deferred annuity plan. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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