Chesapeake Bay Monitoring Outreach Coordinator

The Chesapeake Monitoring Outreach Coordinator will provide support for a Chesapeake Bay watershed-wide project focused on integrating citizen-based monitoring groups into the Chesapeake Bay Program partnership.   This project, also known as the Chesapeake Monitoring Cooperative, is the result of a collaborative partnership between the organizations throughout the Chesapeake Bay region, later referred to as the project team. The goal of the Chesapeake Monitoring Cooperative is to increase the amount of water quality monitoring data available to make management decisions and track progress of Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts. In order to achieve this goal, project partners will provide technical, logistical, and outreach support for the integration of volunteer citizen-based and other non-governmental monitoring networks into the Chesapeake Bay Program partnership.

The Izaak Walton League is a lead partner on the project, the organization where this position will be housed and directly supervised, and a sub-awardee of the grant reporting to the Alliance. More information on the Izaak Walton League is available on the About Us page. 

The mission of the Izaak Walton League of America, founded in 1922, is to protect and conserve our shared heritage of wildlife, clean air and water, forest and soils.  Our members and staff combine hands-on conservation action, policy work with legislatures and resource agencies, and public education to pursue our conservation goals at the local, state and national levels.  As a strong responsible voice representing outdoor recreationists, we occupy a special niche in the conservation community.

SUMMARY OF POSITION

The Outreach Coordinator will support the project by coordinating a broad group of partners, including federal, state, and local government agencies; national, regional, and local nonprofit organizations; universities and research institutions; and other partners to integrate volunteer and other non-governmental water quality monitoring data into the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Chesapeake Bay Program’s system for tracking progress toward Bay restoration goals. The coordinator will assist with recruiting, training, and managing volunteers to collect water quality data to fill temporal and spatial gaps in existing state and federal agency datasets. In addition, the position also will gather data and information to help develop new, scientifically-rigorous water monitoring protocols. The Outreach Coordinator will also work closely with the Chesapeake Bay Program partnership to identify and capitalize on new opportunities for collaboration with volunteer citizen-based and other non-governmental monitoring networks.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES


Project Coordination

  • Work with Chesapeake Bay Program staff and the project team to identify spatial and temporal gaps in water quality data currently collected by professionals and citizen-based and non-traditional monitoring partners.
  • Assist with coordination and facilitation of conference calls, webinars, and/or meetings of monitoring groups that focus on citizen monitoring program integration.
  • Represent the Izaak Walton League and the project team at meetings of the Chesapeake Bay Program’s Scientific, Technical Assessment, and Reporting (STAR) workgroups.

Recruit, Train, and Support Volunteer Monitoring Programs in Chesapeake Bay Region

  • Recruit, train, and manage networks of volunteers to monitor water quality, primarily in Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. This will include training volunteers to conduct water quality monitoring following the Izaak Walton League’s Save Our Streams and Virginia Save Our Streams protocols.
  • Develop website content in the way of tools, resources, and announcements for monitoring groups.
  • Provide data management and quality assurance oversight as needed for volunteer monitoring groups participating in this project including the Izaak Walton League’s monitoring networks.
  • Coordinate resources such as equipment loan and grant programs for local monitoring programs.
  • Assist with development/refinement of scientifically-valid and user-friendly water quality protocols to meet needs identified by program partners.

Promote Project and Track Progress

  • Assist Clean Water Program Director in identifying and applying for program development opportunities.
  • Track and manage tack and funding obligations for Izaak Walton Leagues related to this project.
  • Promote volunteer monitoring through conference presentations, local media, partner organization email lists, and social media.
  • Track and draft reports on program accomplishments.

Other

  • Travel throughout Chesapeake Bay Watershed (MD, VA, PA, DE, WV) in connection with and support of the above.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree in natural sciences or related field.
  • A minimum of three years of experience with project management, community outreach and volunteer coordination.
  • Demonstrated experience in water quality assessment and stream monitoring including benthic macroinvertebrate monitoring.
  • Experience with following quality assurance protocols.
  • Public speaking and teaching experience.
  • Possess a valid driver’s license and own a car for travel throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently.
  • Ability to work constructively and cooperatively with a diverse array of audiences and partners.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to comprehend and communicate scientific information to different audiences.
  • Ability to set priorities, organize, and manage multiple tasks.
  • Computer proficiency in word processing and database programs.
  • Experience with social media.
  • Familiarity with and dedication to conservation.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

  • Work involves both physical exertion and sedentary activities and includes work that involves exposure to the outdoors, including various biological and chemical elements, especially those that are water based, and periods of standing and walking on rough terrain.
  • Must be able to sit or stand for up to eight hours at a time while performing work duties.
  • Must be able to travel.
  • Must be able to bend, stoop, push, and pull, and to lift up to 50 pounds, in the performance of both office-related and field duties.
  • Must be able to use fingers bilaterally and unilaterally to operate office equipment.
  • Must have vision and hearing corrected to be able to perform essential job functions.
  • Must be able to maintain punctuality and attendance as scheduled.
  • Must be able to perform essential job functions in an environment that will sometimes include increased levels of work-related stress. 

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

Compensation for the Chesapeake Bay Monitoring Coordinator is based on experience. A comprehensive package of employee and health benefits is available.

HOW TO APPLY

Please email cover letter with salary history, resume and writing sample to the attention of the Clean Water Program Director at sos@iwla.org. Please submit all materials no later than July 12, 2017.

The Izaak Walton League of America is an equal opportunity employer.