Pennsylvania Senior Scientist

Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Harrisburg, PA, US

About the Chesapeake Bay Foundation

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 VA Beach, Virginia; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; and Washington, D.C., and in 15 field education program locations. Our staff and volunteer corps work throughout the region educating students and adults, advocating for clean water policies, restoring waterways, and litigating when necessary.

CBF’s headquarters office in Annapolis, MD is the Philip Merrill Environmental Center, the world’s first U.S. Green Build Council’s LEED platinum building. In 2014, CBF opened The Brock Environmental Center in Virginia Beach, VA. The Brock Center is one of the most energy efficient, environmentally smart buildings in the world.

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

Context of the Position

The Pennsylvania Senior Scientist leverages broad-based technical expertise in examining issues related to water quality, point and nonpoint source pollution, and emerging issues impacting the rivers and streams in the Commonwealths portion of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. With the assistance of senior and other technical staff, the position undertakes in-depth analysis to formulate and advocate for positions on state legislation, regulations, technical guidance, policies, federal/state funding, permits, and related matters.  The position provides scientific support for all state office endeavors including outreach & advocacy, restoration, education, and litigation.  He or she helps inform and motivate decision-makers, agencies, business/community partners, and the public.  The Pennsylvania Senior Scientist represents the state office on or at various state/regional/national technical committees, workshops, coalitions, and conferences, as necessary.  The position assists with the efficient and productive function of the state office, including participation in internal work groups, project management, and supervision of assigned staff. 

Essential Functions

1.    Expertise—maintain proficiency in the scientific/technical information vital to advancing priorities, programs, and projects.

  • Remain up-to-date on relevant literature, tools & technologies, pollution reduction practices policies, regulations, and technical guidance pertaining to nonpoint source and point sources issues, resource management, and water quality science. 
  • Build and maintain robust relationships with the academic, conservation, regulatory, and regulated communities. 

2.    Analysis—assess information, regulations/guidance/policies, and proposed or renewed projects and permit applications for potential impacts to priorities, programs, and projects.

  • Monitor, assess, and assist in developing positions and responses to state/federal legislation, regulation, guidance, implementation, etc. 
  • Spearhead the technical review of select state/federal permit applications and preparation of comments.
  • Assimilate and summarize scientific data pertinent to state office endeavors.
  • Evaluate emerging issues for potential implications to local and regional water quality.

3.    Application—employ technical/scientific knowledge to advance priorities, programs, and projects.

  • Assist in the development, advocacy, and general support of state office endeavors. 
  • Design and assist in undertaking investigative analysis and assessment of information that supports organizational priorities. 
  • Explore and implement innovative solution-based projects and partnerships.

4.    Communication—effectively inform, engage, and motivate a wide array of audiences on priorities, programs, and projects.

  • Represent state office and its priorities to diverse technical and non-technical entities and audiences, including to media outlets.
  • Advocate decision-makers, agencies, business/community partners, fellow conservation organizations, the public, etc.
  • Actively inform state office staff and others of emerging information. 
  • Develop, revise, and update internal/external reports, whitepapers, fact sheets, and applicable sections of the CBF website, etc. 

5.    Organization—manage staff, projects, issues, and opportunities in a periodically fast-paced and multi-disciplinary setting.

  • Provide efficient and effective project management, including reporting requirements and budget as assigned. 
  • Supervise technical staff, fellows, and/or interns.
  • Lead, coordinate, and/or participate in collaborative multi-disciplinary teams on specified projects, issues, and opportunities among CBF staff.
  • Assist with engaging donors, members, advisory council members, and others as necessary. 

6.    Other duties as assigned.

Professional Experience and Qualifications

A minimum five of years of progressively expanding and relevant post-graduate professional experience is required. A graduate-level degree in watershed resource management, environmental science, or other related field is required. An extensive knowledge of federal and state laws, regulations, policies and guidelines governing water quality science and point and nonpoint source pollution is necessary. Experience in using geographic information and spatial analyst tools, watershed models, and other tools is desired. Demonstrated experience in effective public speaking and written communication is preferred.

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and salary history and requirements no later than November 30, 2017 to:

Human Resources/FY18-018-PSS
Chesapeake Bay Foundation
[email protected]

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.