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The Regional Watershed Restoration Specialist (RWRS) is responsible for planning, organizing, developing, implementing, and evaluating educational programs for the assigned cluster related to the University of Maryland Extension’s (UME) Sea Grant Extension Program. The Sea Grant Extension RWRS will work in the assigned cluster to provide educational programs focused on helping local and county governments and watershed groups plan, develop implement and monitor projects and programs that lead to a quantifiable reduction in nonpoint sources of pollution as outlined in Watershed Implementation Plans developed under the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load. To accomplish this the RWRS will: (1) assist in developing partnerships among state and local governments and organizations; (2) help identify and prioritize the most pressing nonpoint-source pollution challenges in the region (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 for these efforts. The RWRS will act as a critical interface between communities and 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 assigned cluster. These groups include local governments, watershed associations and other groups. The RWRS’s program will be a major component of the Watershed Assistance Collaborative, a partnership of the Department of Natural Resource’s Chesapeake and Coastal Service, the Chesapeake Bay Trust’s Resources Grant Program, the Environmental Finance Center and UME Sea Grant Extension Program.
Specifically, this position will provide leadership and program delivery related to accelerating implementation of behaviors and practices that will result in reduced nutrient and sediment pollution in the area’s watersheds, streams and tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay. At the local level, the RWRS will work closely with local and county governments and watershed and other community organizations, and will link these with State-level programs such as the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the Maryland Department of the Environment. The Educator will coordinate with other UME faculty within the assigned cluster, and be part of the UME Land Use and Watershed Action Team.
It is also the responsibility of the Extension Team within the cluster, including this educator, to work intentionally and collaboratively to increase the visibility and reach of Extension programs through education designed to meet the needs of diverse audiences. The educator will interpret and disseminate the latest research findings using a variety of delivery and communication strategies appropriate for the intended target audience, including but not limited to workshops, classes, webcasts, social media, publications, mass media and community coalitions.
The Extension Educator represents University of Maryland Extension (UME), The University of Maryland, College Park, and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and is looked to for performing an educational function in alignment with UME’s current strategic plan and plan of work, especially as it links to the Maryland Sea Grant Strategic Plan.
In carrying out these duties, the individual is responsible to the Program Leader, Sea Grant Extension for program leadership. For county-specific administrative matters, the individual is responsible to the County or Area Extension Director.
Bachelor’s degree required in the area of natural resource science, environmental science, environmental policy, watershed management, community development, planning, geography or related fields.
Demonstrated leadership and management abilities with evidence of being able to work well with volunteers and diverse clientele.
Extension or similar work experience preferred
Knowledge and use of computer technology for educational programming and management is required.
Personal transportation and valid driver’s license required. Must be willing to travel within the assigned counties and state.
Flexible work schedule required for delivering evening and weekend educational programs and activities as determined by clientele availability and needs.
Preference will be given to individuals with experience working with diverse audiences and all socioeconomic levels.
Evidence of excellent teaching & communication skills.
Master’s Degree in the area of natural resource science, environmental science, environmental policy, watershed management, community development, planning, geography or related fields.
Home Office Location: TBD in Cluster (note – home office location at a University of Maryland location within a Cluster may be flexible depending on the candidate’s preferences and space availability)
Upper Eastern Shore Cluster (Caroline, Cecil, Kent, Queen Anne, Talbot)