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SWEP Program Manager/Educator
2/16/2017

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation seeks a Program Manager/Educator for the Susquehanna Watershed Environmental Education Program (SWEP). This program is based in the Harrisburg, PA region and is a mobile canoe program that travels extensively in central PA. This is a fulltime, salaried position that is exempt from overtime.


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

CBF Environmental Education


Approximately 35,000 students and teachers participate each year in CBF’s education field experiences or teacher professional learning. 

The Bay, and its watershed, is our classroom and CBF environmental educators are responsible for bringing the Bay 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. The field experience options run the gamut from the urban boat programs in Baltimore and Hampton Roads to Pennsylvania canoe programs to remote island-based residential centers.  We use hands-on experiential teaching techniques to educate students about the health of the Bay and connect them back to their local environment.  Educators promote and develop citizen knowledge about the Bay by providing unforgettable, hands-on, student lead experiences that inspire them with a commitment to take action for the restoration of the Bay.

The education department is comprised of field programs, Teacher and Principal Professional Learning, and Student Leadership.  All of these components work closely to educate and empower students to take action towards “Saving the Bay.” 


Context of Position:


The Susquehanna Watershed Environmental 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. Participants learn about water quality through chemical and biological analysis.  They discuss the effects that pollution, agriculture and land use have on the Susquehanna River and its tributaries. The “canoeing classroom” affords students the opportunity to discover how they can take action to help preserve and restore the 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.  The Program Manager and Assistant Manager travel extensively throughout Central PA to canoe some of the most scenic tributaries in the watershed. This requires the ability to work with a changing work schedules/times due to the varied work sites.


Education Program Essential Functions:
• Develop, plan & implement appropriate activities for each one-day field experience using multiple field based methods such as canoeing, seining, conducting biological sampling. water quality testing, and land-based activities for middle and high school aged students, teachers, and other audiences
• Collaborate with the Assistant Manager and participating teachers to plan and deliver one-day field experiences that are tailored to each group attending
 
• Communicate the following items to all participants: safety review, rudimentary boating skills, ecosystem & watershed concepts, wildlife observation, biological sampling, water quality sampling, and other educational activities as appropriate
• Continually adapt program content based upon grade/age level of participants, weather, and group dynamics and feedback/evaluations from teachers and supervisors
• Plan and execute summer courses for Chesapeake Classrooms Teacher Professional Learning program and/or Student Leadership Program
• Complete/submit timesheets, personal expense reports, credit card reports, and all other relevant administrative tasks in a timely manner
• Program Managers oversee the Assistant Manager tasks on a daily basis, debrief field experiences on daily basis, and provide on the job training for new partner/s. Additionally, they are responsible for facilitating team teaching techniques in collaboration with the Assistant Manager
• Program staff are responsible and accountable for performing maintenance in order to keep all education related equipment (buildings, boats, grounds, and/or gear) in proper working order
• Program staff are responsible for the safety of all field participants, ensure that all safety protocols are rigorously followed, and are required to respond to medical emergencies that may arise
• Develop and implement one-year program plan that is in alignment with CBF’s strategic plan
• Provide timely communication and updates about the program to supervisors and other CBF departments
• Attend all safety training and professional development offerings
• This physically-demanding position involves fairly frequent weekend work year-round exposure to the elements
• Other duties, as assigned

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS

Successful Candidate should possess the following:
• Bachelor’s degree in education, environmental science, biology, environmental studies, or related field, or relevant experience required
• 3-5 years’ experience teaching in either a formal or non-formal setting
• Experience canoeing on both flat and moving water, required. ACA certified, preferred
• A strong desire to teach in the field/outdoors (under all weather conditions) and work with students on a daily basis
• Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills
• Collaborative work style
• Energy, enthusiasm, and passion for students and the environment 
• Creativity, humor and self-confidence
• Desire and ability to relate to people of all ages and backgrounds
• Knowledge of environmental issues facing the Bay
• Knowledge of Chesapeake Bay Foundation & the Education Department mission, strategic plans & goals, a plus
• Strong commitment to safety and maintenance

Physical Requirements:
• Physical ability to lift and carry heavy objects-at least 45 pounds (canoes and other equipment)
•  Ability to drive a work truck and safely tow a canoe trailer over long distances with varying work schedule
• This physically demanding position involves year-round exposure to the elements
• Ability to work occasional evenings and/or weekends
• Ability to work away from home for multiple-day periods throughout the year
• Ability to travel to attend trainings & meetings
• Ability to have reliable transportation to travel to other CBF field programs & locations as needed


Other:
• Must pass a criminal background check
• Must supply a driving record
• All education staff participate in a pre-employment & random drug screening program per the requirements of the US Coast Guard

 

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for (3) references no later than February 26, 2017:
SWEP MGR/Education Jobs
Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Educationjobs@cbf.org


The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

PA Restoration Program Manager
2/10/2017

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation seeks a PA Restoration 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 Restoration Program Manager administers CBF’s Pennsylvania Office efforts to restore the health of local streams and rivers that drain into the Chesapeake Bay.   The Manager works closely with the Pennsylvania Senior Agriculture Program Manager and other senior CBF staff, both in Harrisburg and Annapolis, to develop diverse and pioneering strategies for accelerating the implementation of agricultural pollution reduction practices that are consistent with organizational priorities.  The Manager supervises Pennsylvania restoration field staff located throughout the state.  With the assistance of CBF staff, the position seeks to maintain and expand the array of public and private funding sources that support the Pennsylvania Restoration Program, including managing all aspects of public and private grants such as, proposal and budget development, expense tracking, contracts and reporting.   The Manager will also help develop and maintain collaborative partnerships with a wide array of stakeholders to implement and incentivize restoration practices. 


Essential functions include:

1. Manage and coordinate all aspects of the Pennsylvania Restoration Program, including staff and grant management, budgeting, invoicing and staffing.
• 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, expenses, and reporting 
• Maintain close collaboration with local, state, and federal agencies, charitable foundations, 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 that are consistent with organizational priorities. 
• In close collaboration with the Pennsylvania Senior Agriculture Program Manager and other senior CBF staff, both in Harrisburg and Annapolis, seek diverse and pioneering restoration approaches and partnerships with traditional and non-traditional stakeholders that help further CBF’s mission and priorities.
• 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 staff, and CBF Environmental Protection and Restoration staff, as appropriate.

3. Support efforts to promote the awareness, support, and appreciation of the work undertaken by the Pennsylvania Restoration Program.
• Assist in developing messaging about the program for diverse audiences including public and private funders, the media, CBF members, and the general public, as necessary. 
• Assist in the developing and maintaining 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 and others, continuously explore innovative and diverse methods and opportunities to promote awareness of the program.

  
4. Other duties as assigned.

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS

Minimum of a BS degree in an appropriately related field and a minimum of five years’ experience in grant, project, and personnel supervision, and management. Candidates must have experience planning and implementing complex and diverse projects, coordinating and managing staff, working with contractors, and achieving quality deliverables within budgets and deadlines.  Experience managing remote staff is particularly desired.  Proven interpersonal, communication, and negotiation skills are necessary.  Ability to communicate effectively on technical and non-technical issues to diverse audiences, privately and publicly, is necessary.  Preferred experience working with the state and federal agencies. Working knowledge of USDA conservation programs is preferred. 


To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and salary history and requirements no later than February 24, 2017 to:

Human Resources/FY17-012-PARM
Chesapeake Bay Foundation
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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