Agent Associate (Regional Watershed Restoration Specialist)

University of Maryland

MD, United States 🇺🇸

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:The Regional Watershed Restoration Specialist (RWRS) will work in their respective University of Maryland Extension Programming County Cluster to provide education and coordinate technical assistance focused on helping local and county governments and watershed groups plan that lead to a quantifiable reduction in nonpoint sources of pollution.  To accomplish this the RWRS will: (1) assist in developing partnerships among local governments and organizations; (2) help identify and prioritize the most pressing nonpoint-source pollution challenges in watersheds within the cluster (3) assist these partners in implementing on-the-ground projects that result in measurable improvements in water quality on a small watershed scale, and (4) assist in realizing funding opportunities and technical support for these efforts.  The RWRS will act as a critical interface between communities and technical service providers and other sources of knowledge — with the expressed intent of building local capacity and targeted outcomes of nonpoint source pollution reduction.

The RWRS will work closely with existing and developing organizations within the state and watershed.  These groups include Watershed Implementation Plan teams, the, local governments, watershed associations and Riverkeeper groups.  The RWRS program will be a major component of the Watershed Assistance Collaborative, a partnership between the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Chesapeake and Coastal Services, the Chesapeake Bay Trust, the Environmental Finance Center, and University of Maryland’s Sea Grant Extension Program.

The RWRS will be a member of University of Maryland’s Land Use & Watershed Action Team consisting of faculty members with similar education responsibilities in other regions of the state and with a variety of expertise related to watershed restoration issues.



  • The candidate must have a B.S. degree in a natural resource or environmental sciences, natural resource management, environmental policy, community development, planning, geography, landscape architecture, or related field.
  • The individual must possess the ability to work independently, to function as part of interdepartmental and multi-institutional teams, and to secure funding for programs related to the position function. 
  • Strong oral, written and electronic communication skills are essential.
  • Experience working with communities, local government, and NGO’s; teaching a broad range of audiences in both formal and informal settings; and utilizing a variety of social media to reach diverse audiences.
  • The employee should be willing to travel locally and occasionally work nights and on weekends.
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • This position is subject to a Criminal History Record Check.  Employment is contingent upon successful completion and clearance of the Criminal History Record Check.


  • Practical work experience in natural resource management, extension, and planning or community development is desired.
  • M.S in a related discipline.

Salary & Benefits:

Base salary is $50,000 with increments allowed for additional experience and education. The University of Maryland offers an extensive benefits package.

Application Process:

All candidates must apply online at A complete application packet includes a cover letter, resume or CV, copies of transcripts, and three (3) professional references, including name, mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address.

Closing Date: For best consideration applications will be accepted through December 15, 2016.  Open Until Filled.

The University of Maryland, College Park, actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, marital status, genetic information, political affiliation, and gender identity or expression. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.