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The Nanticoke Watershed Alliance seeks a Half-time (900 hours, preferred) or a Quarter-time (450 hours) AmeriCorps Member to serve as a Programs Assistant through August 31, 2016. The AmeriCorps Programs Assistant will work extensively with NWA staff to deliver programming throughout the watershed. Candidates should have an interest in environmental education and in working with diverse populations, including volunteers. Please see the NWA AmeriCorps Position Description and the AmeriCorps Information Sheet 2015-2016 for full details about the position and its requirements.
AmeriCorps Programs Assistant
Background: The Nanticoke Watershed Alliance (NWA) is a consortium of organizations working together to conserve the natural, cultural, and recreational resources of the Nanticoke River watershed. The mission, goals, and objectives of the NWA are developed by consensus with our partnership. Partners include organizations and businesses from Maryland and Delaware, including representatives from agriculture, industry, environmental, business, community, and state, local and federal governmental organizations. www.nanticokeriver.org
Responsibilities: The Nanticoke Watershed Alliance (NWA) seeks a Half-time (900 hours) or Quarter-time (450 hours) AmeriCorps member to serve as a Programs Assistant through August 31, 2016. Hours per week will vary according to the NWA’s needs and the AmeriCorps Member’s schedule. (Please see ShoreCorps/PALS: The AmeriCorps Program at Salisbury University for a complete overview of the AmeriCorps program and a description of AmeriCorps-related requirements.) The AmeriCorps Programs Assistant will work directly with NWA staff to help administer the various programs of the NWA. Projects include a variety of efforts targeted at water quality monitoring, environmental education, and public outreach. The NWA operates in Maryland and in Delaware, and the AmeriCorps member will be expected to travel and to deliver programming in both states. The AmeriCorps Programs Assistant will:
- Work with Nanticoke Creekwatchers, a citizen science volunteer program that serves to monitor water quality in order to identify potential restoration projects and to engage watershed residents,
- Assist with the implementation of a student and teacher environmental education program, focused on meeting local environmental literacy requirements, including teacher workshops, in-classroom presentations, field days, outdoor learning experiences, action projects, and more,
- Assist with the facilitation of homeowner educational workshops, focused on water quality and stormwater best management practices (BMP),
- Assist with access and education related to the Nanticoke River Water trail, a portion of the Captain John Smith Trail,
- Recruit for and manage at least one river clean-up in conjunction with Project CleanStream or Coastal Cleanup,
- Assist with continued maintenance of and outreach on the Tom Tyler Nature Trail, which highlights forestry BMPs, and
- Perform other tasks and duties as needed.
Training and Benefits: AmeriCorps ShoreCorps/PALS is a federally-funded program that aims to benefit vulnerable populations in counties on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The AmeriCorps program provides a living allowance and a post-program education award (amounts vary based on the amount of time served). Federal student loan forbearance and reduced accrued-interest payments may also be available while serving as an AmeriCorps Member.
The AmeriCorps Member will receive work skills and training in water quality monitoring techniques, delivering and developing environmental education programs, performing community outreach and improving public speaking, and recruiting, training and managing volunteers.
With a full-time staff of three at the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance, there will be ample opportunity for the AmeriCorps Member to be an integral, highly-participatory member of a dedicated team. The AmeriCorps Member will work directly with NWA partner organizations and gain professional contacts through various networking opportunities. They will learn the inner workings of a small non-profit conservation organization and will be given the opportunity to truly take ownership of their work as well as understand how it fits into the overall conservation efforts of the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance.
Qualifications: The preferred candidate will possess and demonstrate excellence in the following areas: verbal and written communication, public speaking, computer skills, problem solving, leadership, and commitment to the Chesapeake Bay. Experience in environmental education, website development (WordPress), graphic design, or GIS is a plus. A background in science or the environment is not required, although the candidate should have an interest in these areas and in conservation issues. Candidates must have reliable transportation and a valid driver’s license.
Start Date: November 2015 or later
To Apply: Application and more information about the ShoreCorps/PALS Program at Salisbury University is available at SU’s AmeriCorps page
For more information about the position and the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance, contact Beth Wasden at 443.944.1175 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), along with the Delaware Nature Society (DNS), Nanticoke Watershed Alliance, Town of Blades, and the Nanticoke River Watershed Conservancy, invite residents to come to Chapel Branch Nature Area in Seaford Delaware where the ROR partnership will be celebrating Delaware’s efforts throughout the series and providing fun outdoor activities for the whole family.
For a $5 registration fee (plus $1.12 credit card fee), participants can enjoy food, drinks, and informational exhibits by the ROR partnership, as well as a nature walk where guides will be discussing native wildlife. There will be hands-on activities exploring the creek critters of Chapel Branch with DNS as well as demonstrations on how to test water quality with the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance’s Creekwatchers.
Local Boy Scouts and other volunteers will be lending a hand to the nature area by working on trail maintenance to reduce erosion into the creek. Volunteers are needed to help maintain the beautiful nature area. Some tools will be available although volunteers are encouraged to bring additional items such as clippers, shovels, saws, and wheelbarrows which may be in short supply. Building trail steps to reduce erosion will be the focus of this service project.
This event is sponsored by Del-Coast Design & Build and Dogfish Head Brewery. Raffle items provided by sponsors include a $500 value trash and recycling storage shed from Del-Coast Design & Build as well as hats, t-shirts and other items from Dogfish Head Brewery. The Chapel Branch Nature Day will educate residents on techniques used to improve water quality by reducing nutrient and sediment pollution entering Delaware’s waterways.
The event will take place on October 3, from 9AM – 1PM at Chapel Branch Nature Area located at 492 Woodland Road, Seaford, DE 19973. More information can be found at this address: http://delawarewatersheds.org/
Due to reduced staff and the schedule, the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance office will be closed on a number of dates during the month of September. We encourage you to call before visiting.
The office will be closed on September 1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 15, 22, 24, 25, 28, and 29.
We are hopeful that our office hours will return to normal in October.
NOTE: This position is now CLOSED. Thanks for your interest in the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance.
The Nanticoke Watershed Alliance is seeking an Education Coordinator to lead the Environmental Education program in Wicomico and Sussex Counties. In addition, the Education Coordinator will assist with the Nanticoke Creekwatchers program, outreach programs, and administrative tasks. Please see the job description for full details.
Candidates should e-mail a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references prior to August 28, 2015, to Shelly Baird at email@example.com. No phone inquiries please.
Due to our current staffing level and staff schedules, the office will be closed on several dates during the next couple of weeks. Please check this post for updates prior to visiting the office.
The office will be closed on August 3, 4, 5, 7, 11, 12, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, and 31.
The 2014 Nanticoke River Report Card is now available online! If you’d prefer a hard copy, drop by our office in Vienna or visit us at an upcoming festival, including:
- Great Eastern Shore Tomato Festival on August 22
- Woodland Ferry Festival on September 12
- Reclaim Our River EcoPaddle on September 13
- Reclaim Our River EcoHike on October 3
If you missed our Wade In and Report Card launch, check out some of the media coverage related to the event:
Thanks to all of our Creekwatchers and to our program partners for their hard work and support!
The Nanticoke Watershed Alliance is now accepting registrations for Homeowner Workshops that will be held in Blades, DE, in July, August, and October! Please see our Blades Homeowner Workshop page for more information and to register.
The Nanticoke Watershed Alliance will be hosting the first of three Homeowner Workshops tomorrow, June 6 at Christ Church Hall in Cambridge, MD. Workshops are free, but space is limited. Please visit www.nanticokeriver.org/programs/outreach/cambridge for more information and to register for the workshops!
The Nanticoke Watershed Alliance Seeks Chesapeake Conservation Corps Volunteer
Looking to get job experience in the environmental field? Interested in living and working on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and protecting one of Chesapeake’s major tributaries? The Nanticoke Watershed Alliance is recruiting for an exciting opportunity for people ages 18-25! The Chesapeake Conservation Corps program is an innovative effort by the Chesapeake Bay Trust to educate and train young environmentalists in preparation for a variety of “green jobs.” We are looking for a good match for the NWA to host for the CCC year 2014-15. Please see position description (linked below) and pass along to anyone interested.
Position Description: See full position description here
Position Start Date: August 25, 2015
To Apply: For more information on the Chesapeake Conservation Corps Program and to download the application, click here. You can view the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance’s Host Application by clicking here.
For more information about the position or to submit your resume in advance (recommended), contact Lisa Baird at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-443-8878.
Application Deadline: April 17, 2015 at 5:00 pm
The Delaware Nature Society will be hosting three SmartYard Workshops in the Delaware portion of the Nanticoke River watershed this spring. All workshops are free to attend, but registration is required.
Learn how to create a beautiful yard that benefits birds and butterflies while helping to reduce pollution in our local waterways by attending a FREE workshop.
Workshop topics will include: native plants to suit your yard; creating a bird friendly habitat; supporting beneficial pollinators; rain gardens: plants for wet areas and storm water run-off; and low maintenance & healthy lawns.
Participants will have the option to certify their yard as a NWF “Wildlife Habitat.”
Contact Alice Mohrman to learn more: 302-422-0847 x100 email@example.com