Water Quality Research Assistant

Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Annapolis, MD, US

About the Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Established in 1967, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is the largest regional nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to saving the Chesapeake Bay, its rivers and streams, and the wildlife that call it home through education, advocacy, litigation, and restoration. Since 2010, CBF has engaged in a focused effort to defend and implement the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint, a binding federal and state collaborative agreement aimed at reducing pollution to the science-based, legally-affirmed levels established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Blueprint is expected to be fully implemented by 2025. If the states and the federal government achieve Blueprint goals, the Bay will finally—after decades of failed efforts—be removed from the Clean Water Act’s impaired waters list. Successfully implementing the Blueprint depends on a well-informed, engaged, active, and diverse constituency of members, advocates, and volunteers who speak up and take action to save the Bay.

CBF has a staff of approximately 190 employees working in offices in Annapolis, Maryland; Richmond and Virginia Beach, Virginia; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; and Washington, D.C. as well as 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, Maryland 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—one of the world’s most energy efficient, environmentally smart buildings—in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
CBF has an annual budget of approximately $26 million and is supported by more than 275,000 members and e-subscribers. For more information on CBF, please visit cbf.org.

Context of the Position

This is a two year term position with the possibility of extension. This position will report directly to the Director of Science and Agricultural Policy. The individual will assist in data compilation and analysis for CBF’s State of the Bay report, as well as help track progress toward implementing the Clean Water Blueprint, including implemented practices, pollution reductions, and financial expenditures. In addition, the candidate will be involved in projects related to evaluating the environmental benefits of agricultural conservation practices. These projects involve computer models to estimate the nutrient load and greenhouse gas emission reductions due to conservation practices as well as some field work. The individual will track and compile relevant information, learn how to input data into the models, generate graphics, and assist with grant tracking and reporting.

Essential Functions

1) Assist with data compilation and analysis on a variety of topics, including:
a. State of the Bay indicators
b. State progress implementing the Clean Water Blueprint, including pollution reductions and best management practices
c. Cost data for implementing the Blueprint

2) Use modeling tools, including on-farm tools and the Chesapeake Assessment Scenario Tool (CAST) to evaluate benefits of best management practices

3) Participate in field work to collect soil, crop and water samples on farms, including sample shipping and handling and management of collected data.

4) Assist with grant reporting for projects related to environmental markets, soil health, and agriculture

5) Attend meetings, draft memos, and assist with other duties as assigned.

Professional Experience and Qualifications

KNOWLEDGE: Undergraduate degree with educational focus on environmental science, agriculture, biology, or related fields; Strong analytical and organizational skills, including Microsoft Office experience, specifically with Excel; Familiarity with Chesapeake Bay Program progress tracking and process-based computer models for agriculture, a plus; Ability to work independently, with minimal supervision; Commitment to environmental protection and the Chesapeake Bay. Strong communication skills. Knowledge of ArcGIS a plus.

PROBLEM SOLVING: Must be able to work independently, anticipate issues, create effective organizational processes for compiling and tracking complex information; Ability to synthesize and summarize complex material.

ACCOUNTABILITY: Attention to detail; Responsible for timely completion of assignments and the accuracy of all work. Responsible for regular communication of status of work, workload and problem encountered.

STRATEGIC IMPACT: Effective, efficient, polite handling of CBF’s relationships, partners, and volunteers is very important to the success of the department’s work, and to CBF’s reputation.

Additional Information

Please note this is a campaign-funded position that is expected to be funded for multiple years.  However, as with any position that is dependent on campaign money, there is the risk of unexpected funding problems and the position can no longer being funded through the campaign.  IF that should happen, CBF will review the position at that time to determine if it can then be funded from other sources of income within the organization.

CBF offers a comprehensive benefits package to include: 20 vacation days, 10 sick days, health, vision, dental, life insurance, and a tax deferred retirement plan.  The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.       

How to Apply

Using the link below, please submit a cover letter and resume no later than August 10, 2018.