Pequea Conservation Coordinator
Chesapeake Bay Foundation
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation seeks a Pequea Conservation Coordinator in the EPR Department to be based at our Pennsylvania office located in Harrisburg, PA.
About the Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Established in 1966, 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 ofapproximately 230employees 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 has200,000 members and supportersand an annual budget of approximately $30 million. For more information on CBF, please visit our About CBF page.
About the Hiring Department
Environmental Protection and Restoration (EPR)
CBF's Environmental Protection and Restoration department defends and restores the Chesapeake Bay by protecting the Bay's natural resources from pollution and other harmful activities by fighting for strong and effective laws and regulations; restoring the Bay's essential habitats and filtering mechanisms; and involving citizens in CBF's environmental efforts by recruiting, training, and incorporating them as effective partners and leaders.
Context of the Position
The Coordinator will cultivate and facilitate watershed conservation opportunities with agricultural producers, landowners, agribusinesses, partners, and contractors within the Pequea Creek Watershed. The Coordinator will facilitate delivery of conservation services and projects to landowners, conduct annual engagement events and activities, and work closely with county, state, and federal conservation agencies in delivering conservation cost-share in accordance to CBF’s Pequea Creek Watershed Restoration Project.
1. Create and maintain proactive, collaborative relationships with a network of conservation organizations, federal/state/local agencies, agribusinesses, and the community within the project area.
2. Foster the delivery of project funding to the watershed, including:
a. Private sector contracted conservation engineering, planning, and permitting services.
b. Cost-share reimbursement program to Plain Sect landowners for horse drawn no-till and cover crop crimper equipment rentals.
3. Cultivate a culture of stewardship among the agricultural community in the watershed.
a. Organize conservation educational activities to educate the agricultural producers about conservation funding programs.
4. Proactively and collaboratively work with CBF’s financial and grants management team to accurately and timely process contracts, project invoices, reports, and all other required documents/metrics to achieve project deliverables.
5. Contribute to promoting the awareness and reputation of CBF in the community.
6. Foster and maintain close collaboration with CBF’s Pennsylvania Watershed Planning and Restoration teams and other staff.
Professional Experience and Qualifications
A minimum of an Associate’s degree in Biological Science, Agricultural Science, Forestry, or related field, or equivalent experience. A Bachelor’s degree is preferred, but not required. A successful candidate must have a deep understanding and appreciation of Lancaster County’s agricultural heritage and culture. Candidate must also have a familiarity with the design, installation, and benefits of agricultural best management practices.
While not required, applicants with knowledge of state and federal agricultural cost-share program requirements and private technical service providers is preferred.
Knowledge and experience in sales and marketing principles is desired.
A successful candidate will be a motivated self-starter with strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to network effectively with the agriculture community. Knowledge and experience in sales and marketing principles is desired. The ability to coordinate project activities with external and internal partners is required. Candidates must enjoy working independently, proactively, and coordinating multiple priorities.
The successful candidate is expected to participate in USDA NRCS sponsored Technical Service Provider training opportunities.
This is a fully grant-funded position that will conclude when the grant term ends on January 31, 2028.
Salary Range: $50,000 (negotiable)
How to Apply
Using the link below, please submit a cover letter and resume. This position will remain open until filled.
CBF offers a 36-hour work week, a flexible telework policy, a comprehensive benefits package to include: 20 vacation days, 10 sick days, 2 floating holidays, health, vision, dental, life insurance, and a 403(b) retirement plan with matching contribution. Learn more about CBF Benefits.
We Are Committed to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice
Just as biodiversity is the key to a thriving ecosystem, human diversity is the key to saving the Bay. Success depends on people from widely diverse backgrounds, cultures, ethnicities, identities, and races taking collective action. Clean water, clean air, and a safe environment are rights we all share.
To increase diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation will:
- Recruit and retain a staff, board, and membership that reflect the diversity of people living within the Chesapeake Bay region;
- Strengthen and broaden the diversity of our partnerships;
- Celebrate and value the diversity of staff; and
- Fight to ensure that everyone has equal access to clean water, clean air, and a safe environment.
Studies show that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every qualification listed in a job description. Wondering whether you have the right credentials or background to apply? We value lived experience, are serious about embracing diversity, and are committed to building a team that represents our communities' backgrounds. We encourage BIPOC, women, people from the LGBTQ+ community, and people with disabilities to apply.
CBF does not discriminate based on any identities. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.