Vacancy Announcement

 Chesapeake Research Consortium

Environmental Management Career Development Program Staff Position

in support of

the Chesapeake Bay Program’s Modeling Workgroup and the

Scientific, Technical Analysis, and Reporting Team

Restoration of the Chesapeake Bay requires committed, passionate, diverse individuals.  The Chesapeake Research Consortium (CRC) seeks such an individual for a three-year appointment to the environmental Modeling Workgroup on the Chesapeake Bay Program’s Scientific, Technical Analysis and Reporting (STAR) Team.  The Modeling Group develops, maintains, and applies environmental models in support of decision making by the Chesapeake Bay Program Partnership.  Quarterly Modeling Workgroup meetings provide the Chesapeake Bay Program partnership opportunity to supervise the modeling work.  STAR’s mission is to facilitate productive deployment of scientific resources, to provide high quality and timely information to managers, and to expand communication between workgroups.  STAR supplies a forum for analysis and synthesis, and engaging government, non-governmental organizations, and academic institutions.  Monthly STAR meetings foster continuing dialogue between Chesapeake Bay Program Goal Implementation Teams and data providers, ensuring effective and responsive use of scientific resources in addressing management questions.

The successful applicant will provide support to the Modeling Workgroup, STAR, and selected STAR workgroups, and through coordination, logistics, and documentation will gain hands on experience in working with natural resource managers from agencies and institutions around the Chesapeake Bay.  The successful applicant will also have the opportunity to apply technical knowledge and skills such as Geographic Information Systems proficiencies, computer model code development and maintenance, statistical analysis, and literature reviews in the area of atmospheric, watershed, and estuarine science and modeling.  The selected candidate will work as a CRC employee at the U.S. EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program Office located in Annapolis, Maryland.

The ideal candidate for the position would have the following background and qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in natural, social, or environmental science or engineering, or a related area of study.
  • Technical knowledge and skills such as aptitude with Geographic Information Systems, and/or computer model code development and maintenance, and/or statistical analysis.
  • The ability to research, organize, and synthesize complex information.
  • The ability to do literature reviews in the general areas of atmospheric, watershed, and estuarine science and modeling.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to communicate with partners at all levels of program activities with diplomacy.
  • The ability to work independently and under tight timelines.
  • Demonstrated ability to problem-solve.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • The ability to work with people in a consensus building environment and independently plan meetings, develop agendas, and draft concise meeting minutes.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint required.
  • Interest in learning how a multi-party, governmental-environmental-management partnership makes decisions effectively and sets and achieves goals.
  • A will to explore your career options, develop an extensive network in the field of watershed and estuarine restoration, and the passion and enthusiasm for the work and Chesapeake Bay Program.


The annual salary is $40,030 and a competitive vacation and benefits package is included for the three-year position.  In addition to the experience gained through their work assignments, Staffers, through individual professional development plans, also attend professional conferences, workshops, and training related to their position and identified future career interests.

Applications (a detailed cover letter, resume, list of at least three references, transcript [unofficial is fine] and a short writing sample) should be sent electronically to Melissa Fagan, Environmental Management Career Development Program Coordinator, at faganm@chesapeake.org.  Please include information concerning education and professional background, as well as immediate and long-term career goals.

Additional information about the CRC Environmental Career Development Program is available at www.chesapeake.org.   Additional information about the Chesapeake Bay Program is available at www.chesapeakebay.net.

CRC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, or national origin. CRC maintains a drug-free workplace.  All Staffers are required to complete a federal background check upon hire.

Announcement Close Date: August 20, 2017

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Chesapeake Research Consortium is committed to a diverse workforce. CRC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation or identity, disability, veteran status, or national origin.