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Nanticoke Watershed Alliance is a potential host site for the 2018-2019 Chesapeake Conservation Corps service term. Please see the position announcement below or download the NWA CCC Position Announcement 2018-19.
Chesapeake Conservation Corps Member to Serve with Nanticoke Watershed Alliance
Nanticoke Watershed Alliance (NWA) is one of many potential Host sites for the 2018-19 Chesapeake Conservation Corps service year. The Corps Program provides hands-on environmental, leadership, and professional training opportunities for young adults through on-the-ground work with their host sites managing projects and programs, attending trainings and conferences, and other opportunities like grant writing. This initiative is supported by the Chesapeake Bay Trust, BGE an Exelon Company, the National Park Service, and the state of Maryland and places young adults 18-25 with nonprofit or government agencies to work full-time in the environmental field for a one-year term of service in the Chesapeake Bay region ($18,000 annual stipend).
The purpose of the Corps is 1) to enable young adults to work with host organizations and communities throughout the Chesapeake Bay region on issues surrounding the Chesapeake Bay, and 2) to provide leadership and green training opportunities for young adults pursuing environmental and conservation careers. Corps members work full-time on projects and programs in the realms of environmental restoration, community engagement, environmental education, energy conservation, sustainable agriculture and forestry that promote and sustain the Bay and its surrounding environment as well as provide young adults with the opportunities to gain career skills and become more engaged through meaningful community service.
If successfully matched with NWA, the Corps Member will have opportunity to play an integral role in the organization and to enjoy a diversity of experiences. The Corps Volunteer will work directly with NWA staff to help administer the various programs of the organization. Projects include a variety of efforts targeted at watershed restoration, environmental education, public outreach, and water quality monitoring. Duties include:
- Assisting with the implementation of a student and teacher environmental education program, including teacher workshops, in-classroom presentations, field days, outdoor learning experiences, and action projects.
- Working with Nanticoke Creekwatchers, an award-winning citizen science volunteer program that monitors water quality in order to identify potential restoration projects, to observe water quality trends, and to engage watershed residents.
- Assisting with access and education related to the Nanticoke River Water trail, a portion of the Captain John Smith National Historic Trail.
- Assisting with the facilitation of homeowner educational workshops, focused on informing and empowering residents to improve water quality and wildlife habitat locally.
- Working with watershed communities to implement watershed restoration projects identified by county/state Green Infrastructure maps and the Nanticoke Watershed Management Plan, including “designer ditches” and rain barrels.
- Assisting with the implementation of public outreach efforts.
- Assisting with continued maintenance of and outreach on the Tom Tyler Nature Trail, which highlights beneficial forestry management and more.
- Developing public outreach and education materials, working with volunteers, and attending events aimed at environmental stewardship and the importance of the Nanticoke River.
- Coordinating a volunteer trash clean up event through Project Clean Stream and assisting at additional trash clean ups in the area, including Coastal Cleanup.
In addition, low-cost housing may be available for the successful Corps candidate placed with NWA.
The Chesapeake Bay Trust anticipates placing around 35-40 Corps Members, young adults 18-25, with nonprofit organizations and government agencies throughout the Chesapeake Bay region for a paid year of service ($18,000) beginning on August 21, 2018. To find the application or view a list of potential Host Organizations go to https://cbtrust.org/prospective/.
Applications must be submitted through the Trust’s online system by April 13, 2018 at 5:00 pm.
For any questions about becoming a volunteer or about the Chesapeake Conservation Corps, contact Senior Program Officer Tara Drennan, email@example.com or 410-974-2941, ext. 102.
The Nanticoke Watershed Alliance seeks an Education Coordinator to join our team. Please see the linked file for the job description, which follows, and please share with any potentially interested candidates.
Nanticoke Watershed Alliance
Annual Salary: $26,500
Benefits: In addition to salary, $3,975 will be provided for health care and retirement. Employees have flexible work schedules (full-time, 35 hours/week) and may work remotely one day a week.
The Nanticoke Watershed Alliance is in search of a smart, creative, self-driven individual to help our organization grow. Upcoming projects consist of environmental education presentations, field trips, and action projects with students. The successful candidate will also be responsible for promoting stormwater pollution reduction programs and assisting in homeowner conservation landscaping projects like rain gardens and designer ditches. The position will also assist with our award-winning volunteer water quality monitoring program as well as special events and a wide variety of other projects as needed.
- Four-year degree in the environmental field or a relevant subject
- Must be very detail-oriented
- Able to work in a team or independently
- Enjoy developing creative outreach programs
- Experience in environmental education
- Familiarity with rain gardens and other nature-based landscaping is a plus
- Ability to work some evening and weekends for special events.
Be a part of a small nonprofit organization getting ready to sprout and grow! The Nanticoke Watershed Alliance works in Maryland and Delaware in partnership with industries, small business owners, government agencies, environmental groups, land trusts, realtors, academicians, fishermen, restoration groups, farmers, and citizen groups to keep the Nanticoke River on the healthiest rivers entering the Chesapeake Bay. Visit www.NanticokeRiver.org for more information.
To apply please submit your resume and a self-made flier/advertisement for yourself by April 15 to Executive Director Lisa Wool at LisaWool@NanticokeRiver.org.
Fostering partnership and progress in conserving the natural, cultural, and recreational resources of the Nanticoke River Watershed through dialogue, collaborative outreach, and education.
The 2018 Nanticoke Creekwatchers Training kicked off on Saturday, March 17. We have one site opening in Delaware–DECR2 (Deep Creek at Old Furnace Rd.). If you’d like to adopt it, please contact Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator Beth Wasden.
Looking for something to entertain your family and friends? Check out our Water Fun Coloring Page and Crossword, soon to be featured in local restaurants in Salisbury, MD.
Answer key available here.
The Nanticoke Watershed Alliance released the 2016 Nanticoke River Report Card on June 10 at the annual Nanticoke Wade In. Both the river and creeks grades dropped to C+, falling from B- and B respectively.
Total nitrogen continues to be the worst indicator, and 2016 was no exception. However, total phosphorus grades broadly dropped, as did chlorophyll a, which indicates runoff pollution and algal blooms. The intense, localized summer storms and more prolonged autumn storms that caused flooding and damaged dams and roads also brought large amounts of rain and runoff info local waterways.
We encourage you to make changes in your home, work, church, community organization, and school landscapes to help reduce the impact of intense rain events, which have increased in this region and are anticipated to continue to increase with climate change.
Join our mailing list to be notified of future Homeowner Workshops and other programs.
Please note that this workshop is now full. Join our mailing list to be notified of future opportunities.
The Nanticoke Watershed Alliance is now recruiting a Chesapeake Conservation Corps Volunteer for the 2017-2018 service term. Chesapeake Conservation Corps Volunteers serve as integral members of staff and assist with a wide range of programs, including the award-winning Nanticoke Creekwatchers Citizen Water Monitoring Program, environmental education, and outreach.
The purpose of the Corps Program is 1) to enable young adults to work with host organizations and communities throughout the Mid-Atlantic region on issues surrounding the Chesapeake Bay, and 2) to provide leadership and training opportunities for young adults pursuing environmental careers including conferences, trainings, grant writing, project management and others. Corps Members help manage programs and projects in the realms of environmental restoration, community engagement, environmental education, energy conservation, sustainable agriculture and forestry that will promote and sustain the Bay and its surrounding environment. This program provides young adults with the opportunities to gain career skills and become more engaged through meaningful community service.
With a staff of three, there will be ample opportunity for the Corps Volunteer to be an integral member of a dedicated team. The Corps Volunteer will work directly with NWA partner organizations and gain professional contacts through various networking opportunities. The Corps Volunteer will learn the inner workings of a small non-profit conservation organization and will be given the opportunity to take ownership of their work as well as understand how it fits into the overall conservation efforts of the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance.
To Apply: The Chesapeake Bay Trust anticipates placing around 30-35 Corps Members, young adults 18-25, with nonprofit organizations and government agencies throughout the Mid-Atlantic region for a paid year of service ($17,000) beginning on August 22, 2017. To find the application go to https://cbtrust.org/prospective/.
For any questions about becoming a volunteer or about the Chesapeake Conservation Corps, contact Senior Program Officer Tara Baker, firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-974-2941, ext. 102. Chesapeake Bay Trust will also provide admission into the Chesapeake Watershed Forum, a Bay-wide conference with ample learning and networking opportunities. Corps Volunteer will receive grant writing experience and plan, implement, and manage a project of their own through a mini-grant offered by the Chesapeake Bay Trust.
For more information about the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance or to submit your resume in advance, contact Beth Wasden at email@example.com or at 443.944.1175. Please see the CCC Position Announcement 2017-18 for more information about the position.