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PA Staff Scientist

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation seeks a PA Staff Scientist to be based at their Pennsylvania State Office located in Harrisburg, PA.


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


With the Pennsylvania Executive Director, conducts critical technical analysis, summary, and translation of diverse and complex scientific issues, with a focus on issues related to surface and ground water quality, into CBF positions on policy, regulation, legislation, and for general advocacy.  Reviews regulations, actions, programs, policies, and proposed projects for potential impacts upon water quality.  Advocates CBF positions with the media, local/state/federal elected officials, agency staff, partner organizations, the regulated community, and citizens at the direction of the Pennsylvania Executive Director.  Represents CBF on various external and internal committees, workgroups, and at state/regional/national technical conferences.  Prepares fact sheets, white papers, and other materials pertaining to CBF priorities. As appropriate, seeks opportunities for and provides project management of select grant projects.

Essential functions include:

1.Assist with development of CBF policies and positions by providing technical support for the tracking, review, analysis, and comment upon local ordinances, state and federal regulations, permits, policies, legislation, guidelines, projects, and other issues related to water quality.

  • Provide technical analysis, critique, summary, and written/oral comment on new or changing laws, regulations, policies, guidelines, new and renewed permits, and programs with regard to their impact on the water quality and living resources of Pennsylvania Rivers and streams.
  • Provide technical support for the development and advocacy of Pennsylvania office positions on local/state/federal policy, legislation, regulation, and other water quality-related matters.
  • Evaluate and prioritize environmental management options/solutions that may impact on the water quality and living resources of Pennsylvania Rivers and streams.
  • Analyze and synthesize research studies to provide support for CBF positions. Interpret/synthesize for CBF staff.
  • Prepare reports, whitepapers, fact sheets, presentations, and policy documents on specific water quality matters.

2.Internal and external engagement and advocacy 

  • Represent CBF with municipal/industry/development/community leaders, elected officials, partner organizations, and the general public.
  • Advocate CBF positions by testifying at public hearings, serving on state agency workgroups, lobbying public officials, and engaging with organizations, citizen groups, and the general public. 
  • Respond to citizen inquiries related to water quality and living resource issues.
  • Participate in issue-oriented field trips for legislators, CBF members and donors, decision makers, and the general public.
  • Participate in Pennsylvania Office and CBF issue teams, as assigned.


The Staff Scientist should have three to five years of experience in the integration of water quality and watershed science, assessment, policy, regulation, and restoration.  Demonstrated experience in the advocacy of complex environmental issues.  Strong familiarity with federal, state, and local laws, regulations, policies and guidelines governing water quality protection, nonpoint and/or point source pollution necessary.    Detail oriented and creative critical thinking skills with the ability to develop novel solutions is essential.  Proven excellent speaking skills and strong technical writing skills. Should be able to demonstrate a strong amount of initiative have the ability to successfully work independently or within a team environment. Position will deal with the public at times, so must be able to communicate well and engage with target audience. Ability to use GIS software and previous project management preferred.  Graduate level degree in natural resource or environmental sciences such as biology, chemistry, aquatic ecology, environmental science, or related field preferred. 

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and salary history and requirements no later than August 15, 2014 to:

Human Resources/FY15-05-PASS

Chesapeake Bay Foundation

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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