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Maryland Outreach Coordinator
9/24/2014

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation seeks a MD Outreach Coordinator to be based at their Philip Merrill Environmental Center headquarters located in Annapolis, MD.

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 Norfolk, Virginia; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; and Washington, D.C., and in 15 field education program locations. CBF's headquarters office is in the Philip Merrill Environmental Center, the world’s first LEED platinum building.

CBF has an annual budget of approximately $21 million and is supported by more than 200,000 members and e-subscribers. For more information on CBF please visit www.cbf.org.

CONTEXT OF THE POSITION

Working with the Maryland Grassroots Manager, Maryland  Restoration Scientist, Maryland  Oyster Restoration Specialist, and Clagett Farm Team to coordinate constituent outreach for the MD Farm Stewardship, Grazing Network, Oyster Restoration and Clagett Farm with an emphasis on developing opportunities for volunteers, including hands-on events,  that promote increased engagement and citizen activism on legislative and regulatory issues pertaining to the Clean Water Blueprint. Promote CBF’s restoration efforts assisting with publications, events, e-mail, one-on-one interactions and other outreach tools. Represent CBF through speaking engagements and other interactions with partner and constituent groups. Work in coordination with other CBF staff to carry out the CBF mission and promote Farm Stewardship & Habitat Restoration, the Grazing Network, Oyster Restoration, and Clagett Farm and how these activities relate to the Clean Water Blueprint.

The Maryland Outreach Coordinator spends time at CBF’s headquarters as well as at remote field locations and CBFs Oyster Restoration Center (ORC) in Shady Side, MD, and Clagett Farm in Upper Marlboro, MD.  


Essential functions include:

1) Assist in coordinating volunteer involvement in restoration efforts in concert with other appropriate CBF staff. Serve as the main point person for MD Restoration, as it pertains to volunteers for all of restoration events.

Farm Stewardship & Grazing Network and Clagett Farm Assisting with agricultural and living shoreline restoration events and workshops  (throughout Maryland and over the state line in PA and WVA)

  • Coordinate the loading and transporting trees from CBF’s Clagett Nursery (in Upper Marlboro, MD)  to the restoration sites using a truck and 14’ trailer (training will be provided)
  • Coordinate the loading and transporting equipment to the site (prior to event days)
  • Assist volunteers on event days (signing in, demonstrating planting and equipment, direct volunteers in planting)
  • Assist Clagett Farm staff in maintaining Clagett tree nursery (weeding, watering, organizing)

Buy Fresh, Buy Local

  • Facilitate and maintain partnership with national organization Food Routes Network, LLC
  • Represent BFBL Chesapeake chapter at fairs and/or festivals, speaking engagements, farmers’ markets, and local food events
  • Submit annual chapter fee, participate in chapter calls and , write up quarterly progress report of all activities

Oyster Restoration Work with the Oyster Restoration Specialist to plan restoration projects and events, including Oyster Gardening

  • Help plan oyster restoration projects and events
  • Recruit and foster volunteers for oyster restoration projects and advocacy actions
  • Work with the Oyster Restoration Specialist and others to develop and maintain the oyster volunteer database and outreach materials
  • Assist in establishing the CBF Oyster Corps as an energized constituency for the Bay and work with CBF staff to involve the Oyster Corps in other activities to advance the CBF Mission

2) Assist in developing opportunities to involve volunteers and grassroots in CBF state and federal policy and legislative campaigns

  • Assist in outreach efforts for all legislation of environmental concern
  • Help write and disseminate letters to the editor for our volunteers and members to submit
  • Recruit citizens to participate in regulatory hearings and public meetings
  • Help respond to public concerning Bay issues and CBF positions
  • Update citizen involvement in the Raiser Edge (or other) database

3) Develop promotional opportunities for the Restoration Program

  • Assist in promoting restoration inside and out of CBF
  • Work with Communications on specific promotional activities and materials
  • Document restoration activities
  • Update CBF web site with restoration events
  • Catalog and transfer restoration photos to CBF’s Image Library

4) Manage the seasonal Watershed Restoration Assistant and Chesapeake Conservation Corps Volunteer

  • Complete hiring process for seasonal restoration assistant each spring and fall
  • Supervise the restoration assistant during their seasonal term
  • Serve as a mentor and supervisor for Chesapeake Conservation Corps Volunteer

5) Other duties as assigned


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS

Bachelor’s degree required. One year experience required in environmental protection, including experience motivating and managing volunteers. Ability to learn and implement CBF policies/procedures related to legislative and regulatory advocacy, grassroots and public communications. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Excellent people skills. Proficient in computer applications, including MS office software. Experience in Raisers Edge database and Web content management a plus

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and salary history and requirements no later than October 8, 2014 to:

Human Resources/FY15-13-MOC
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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