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Susquehanna Watershed Education Program Educator/ Assistant Manager
2/25/2015

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation seeks an assistant manager/educator for SWEP, a field program based in Harrisburg, PA.

 
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 VA 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, 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 experiences for students of all ages since 1972.  Approximately 30,000 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 experience runs the gamut 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 development, 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 trainings 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 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.  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. 


The Susquehanna Watershed Education Program (SWEP) is a one-day, hands-on, active and educational experience designed to provide 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, creeks and lakes of Pennsylvania, using approximately 20 different sites to reach students in their local watersheds.  

Participants learn about water quality through chemical and biological analysis.  They discuss the effects that pollution, agriculture and poor land use have on the Susquehanna River and its 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 Central PA to canoe some of the most scenic tributaries in the watershed.  This means lots of driving and early morning travel to the canoe sites!

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.  

Essential functions include:

  • Develop and implement, in collaboration with the program manager one-day field experiences based upon curriculum needs and state standards.
  • Contact teachers and plan field experiences according to the needs of the classroom and curriculum.
  • 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, 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.
  • Educators will undergo a background check and participate in a random drug-testing program through the USCG.


To apply, please send resume, cover letter and contact information for three references by February 27, 2015 to:

Laura Burrell Baxter/Director of Education Operations

lbbaxter@cbf.org


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.

 

 

Watershed Restoration Manager
2/17/2015

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation seeks a PA Watershed Restoration Manger to be based at its PA State Office located in Harrisburg, PA.


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 VA 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, 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.


CONTEXT OF THE POSITION 

The Pennsylvania Watershed Restoration Program Manager manages CBF’s Pennsylvania Restoration Program for the benefit of local streams and rivers as well as the Chesapeake Bay.   The Manager supervises Pennsylvania restoration field staff, seeks and manages public and private grants with the assistance of CBF financial, grant management, and development staff, and maintains exemplary understanding of in-stream, riparian zone, and upland restoration science, practice, and policy.   The Manager works closely with the Pennsylvania Senior Agriculture Program Manager and other senior CBF staff to develop diverse and pioneering approaches for accelerating the implementation of pollution reduction practices.  Develops and maintains collaborative partnerships with county, state, and federal agencies, academics and other non-profit organizations, local communities, individual landowners, and businesses to implement and incentivize restoration practices. The Manager is an advocate for strong, scientifically-defensible restoration design and maintenance standards, state and federal policies, and robust state and federal funding and technical resources. 

Essential functions include:

1. Manage and coordinate all aspects of the Pennsylvania Watershed Restoration Program, including staff and grant management. 

  • Supervise Pennsylvania restoration program field staff.
  • With the assistance of CBF support staff, manage and track all aspects of public and private grant awards, including but not limited to program deliverables, deadlines, budgets, contracts, and expenses.  
  • Maintain close collaboration with local, state, and federal agencies and businesses that support the program.
  • Maintain close collaboration with CBF financial, grant, and development staff to support the program.
  • Technical lead on conceiving and developing public and private grant applications. 
  • Participate in report and fact sheet writing and other program-related summary materials, grant reporting, and communication with existing and potential funders, as necessary.


2.  Apply strategic and innovative approaches towards accelerating the implementation of restoration practices.

  • In close collaboration with the Pennsylvania Senior Agriculture Program Manager and other senior CBF staff, seek diverse and pioneering restoration approaches and partnerships with traditional and non-traditional stakeholders.
  • With CBF development and grants staff, continuously seek to broaden and increase the sources of program financial support.
  • Conceive and implement solution-based projects through successful attainment of competitive grants and awards.
  • Collaborate and coordinate with the Pennsylvania Senior Agriculture Program Manager, other CBF state office restoration field staff, and CBF Environmental Protection and Restoration staff, as appropriate.


3. Support efforts to promote the awareness and appreciation of the Pennsylvania Watershed Restoration Program. 

  • Represent the program with public and private funders, the media, members, and the general public, as necessary.  
  • With CBF support staff, develop and maintain promotional materials about the program and its success for state and federal agencies and legislators, the media, agricultural entities, existing and potential funders, and the general public. 
  • With the Pennsylvania Senior Agricultural Program Manager, Pennsylvania Grassroots staff, and others, continuously explore innovative and diverse methods and opportunities to promote awareness of the program. 


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS

Minimum of a BS degree (graduate degree preferred but not a prerequisite) in an appropriately related field and a minimum of five years’ experience in watershed restoration grant and program management.  Experience in programmatic and technical reporting of grant deliverables is essential. Candidates must have experience designing and implementing complex and diverse projects, coordinating and managing staff, working with contractors, and achieving quality deliverables within budget and deadlines.  Demonstrated experience establishing and maintaining excellent working relationships with a broad array of funders, partners, and landowners is desired.  Documented interpersonal, communication, and negotiation skills are necessary. Excellent written communication skills on technical and non-technical issues and audiences necessary.  Preferred experience working with FSA and NRCS staff at the state or local level. Preferred knowledge of NRCS and FSA practices and procedures as well as practice specifications relating to riparian restoration and common restoration practices. Working knowledge of USDA conservation programs (CREP, EQIP, etc.)


To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and salary history and requirements no later than February 27, 2015 to:

Human Resources/FY15-27-PAWRM

Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Cbf_employment@cbf.org


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.

 

 

Senior Agriculture Program Manager
2/17/2015

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation seeks a Senior Ag Program Manager to be based at its PA State Office located in Harrisburg, PA.


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 VA 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, 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.


CONTEXT OF THE POSITION 

The Pennsylvania Senior Agriculture Program Manager provides strategic vision and direction of CBF Pennsylvania office agricultural policy initiatives and Watershed Restoration Program.  The Manager continuously strives to develop pioneering agricultural priorities and initiatives in Pennsylvania.  The Manager maintains an exemplary understanding of agricultural issues, state and federal policies, budgets, and regulations, as well as restoration practices and programs.   Serves as the core strategic advisor to Pennsylvania staff and senior CBF staff in the development and implementation of CBF agricultural initiatives.  Develops and expands close collaborative relationships with a diverse set of stakeholders including, but not limited to, agricultural business leaders, state, and federal agency staff, agricultural associations, legislators and legislative staff, researchers, and other traditional and non-traditional partners.  

Essential functions include:

1.Develop and coordinate agricultural policies and strategies for CBF’s Pennsylvania state office. 

  • With the input and direction of senior CBF staff, form comprehensive agricultural policy priorities and initiatives for the Pennsylvania state office.  
  • Develop and maintain comprehensive relationships and present CBF positions to legislators, state/federal agencies, local officials, lobbyists, farmers and farm groups, agribusiness leaders, and others.
  • Collaborate and assist the Pennsylvania state office, CBF Environmental Protection and Restoration Department, and other CBF departments to develop, communicate, and execute agricultural goals and initiatives. 
  • Participate in select internal and external agricultural advisory committees, task forces, and boards as appropriate. 
  • Strategize and inform advocacy efforts on agricultural initiatives in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Grassroots team, Assistant Director, and other senior CBF staff, as appropriate.


2.Provide a strategic vision and direction for the CBF’s Pennsylvania Watershed Restoration Program.

  • In close collaboration with the Pennsylvania Watershed Restoration Manager and senior CBF staff, spearhead the evolution of the program to unparalleled and pioneering success.
  • Develop robust and diverse relationships and advocates for the program at the local, state, and federal level, as necessary.
  • Represent CBF on state, and regional, restoration-based committees and organizations and at various state/regional/national conferences.
  • Devise and lead efforts to promote the awareness, support, and appreciation of the program.
  • Serve as spokesperson on agricultural issues  with the media, other environmental organizations, members, local, state, and federal elected officials, CBF members, existing and potential funders, professionals, and the public.
  • Collaborate with state office Watershed Restoration Manager and senior CBF staff.


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS

Minimum of a BS degree (graduate degree preferred but not a prerequisite) in an appropriately related field and a minimum of five years’ experience in agricultural policy and comprehensive watershed restoration practices.  The ideal candidate will have experience in working with a broad array of stakeholders, especially agricultural community and their partners, legislators, local officials, and county, state, and federal agencies.  Demonstrated experience establishing and maintaining excellent working relationships is required.  Proven interpersonal, communication, and negotiation skills are necessary.  Experience and comfort in speaking privately and publicly in front of varied audiences desired.  Excellent written communication skills on technical and non-technical issues and audiences necessary.  Preferred experience with FSA and NRCS practices and procedures at the state or local level. Strong working knowledge of USDA conservation programs (CREP, EQIP, etc.)


To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and salary history and requirements no later than February 27, 2015 to:

Human Resources/FY15-26-PAAg

Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Cbf_employment@cbf.org


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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