Vermont Lake Monitoring and Community Outreach Coordinator position

The University of Vermont is hiring a Lake Monitoring and Community Outreach Coordinator. This is a partnered position between Lake Champlain Sea Grant and the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation. This position is responsible to lead community-driven monitoring of water resources across lakes and ponds in Vermont in support of the Vermont DEC Lakes and Ponds Program and Lake Champlain Sea Grant, to use this information to assess aquatic ecosystem health, and to develop and provide training and assistance to local communities to take the necessary restorative and protective actions. In addition, this position is responsible to provide outreach to stakeholders and local decision-makers to aid the public in addressing lake management challenges, and to help communities become more hazard resilient by understanding and preparing for changing climatic conditions.

The position requires a self-motivated, creative, well-organized person with strong quantitative, organizational and both written and oral communication skills. Applicants should demonstrate ability to work with diverse constituencies.

Applicants should also have the following qualifications (or equivalent):

  • Bachelor’s degree in water resources, natural resources or related field;
  • 2 to 4 years of experience in water resources monitoring, data analyses and report preparation;
  • Strong knowledge of lake ecosystems and field monitoring and laboratory analysis protocols;
  • Experience working with local community groups and decision-makers to address local environmental challenges and to provide training to volunteers;
  • Knowledge of web-based database applications;
  • Program development and evaluation experience;
  • Familiarity and experience using various Internet, video editing, and social media tools (e.g., MS Teams, iMovie/QuickTime, ANR Atlas);
  • Knowledge and experience using the Microsoft program suite;
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing;
  • Ability to work independently and be innovative in solving problems; and
  • Valid driver’s license and access to dependable vehicle

To apply, visit: https://www.uvmjobs.com/postings/43518

The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the institution. Applicants are required to include in their cover letter information about how they will further this goal.

Application review will begin on March 15, 2021

Please reach out to Kris Stepenuck with questions.

Kristine Stepenuck, PhD (she/her/hers)
University of Vermont
Extension Assistant Professor, Rubenstein School
Extension Program Leader, Lake Champlain Sea Grant
81 Carrigan Dr, Rm 312F
Burlington VT 05405
802-868-1048
kstepenu@UVM.EDU

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Hurrah! Wild & Scenic® Film Festival tickets are now on sale. Please visit www.nhrivers.org to learn more and get yours now before they are gone!

If you are a long-time Wild & Scenic Film Festival goer, you know that you have to buy tickets ASAP before they sell out as this event has done for the previous ten seasons! Head on over to www.nhrivers.org and secure your virtual seats for another fantastic
film festival on March 26th. I look forward to “seeing” you there.

For newcomers, this is your chance to get in on the magic of the New Hampshire Rivers Council Wild and Scenic Film Festival and Reception – Virtual Edition Part Two. I had the good fortune to participate in short film selections once again this year and the lineup is eye opening, humbling, inspiring, jaw-dropping, educational, motivational, and a well-balanced mix of media, content, action, science, discovery, athleticism, travel, conservation, protection, restoration, and audio and visual stimulation.

I found that in a time when travel is so limited, this lineup of films allows us all to travel the globe virtually and see parts of it rarely ever seen other than by researchers and extreme adventurers. The Film Festival is a great way to share an evening at home with your family, but feel like you globe-trotted when the end credits roll. I hope that many of you will join me on March 26th to view films you will not see anywhere else. When you purchase your tickets for yourself and your family members, you support the New Hampshire Rivers Council and their ongoing mission to protect and restore over 17,000 stream and river miles in New Hampshire. After you purchase YOUR tickets, I challenge you to forward this invitation to see who can recruit a ticket buyer from the most distant location relative to New Hampshire! It will be great to see them during the virtual reception letting us know where they are tuning in from.

Not available on March 26th in the evening? NO WORRIES, your tickets get you five days of on-demand streaming of the Film Festival content! No excuses. Order tickets now at www.nhrivers.org before they disappear.

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The VTDEC Clean Water Initiative Program has posted an Environmental Analyst position

Title:  Environmental Analyst VI – Clean Water Initiative Program, Limited Service

Overview: The Clean Water Initiative Program (CWIP) is seeking a highly motivated individual who is knowledgeable and passionate about clean water with technical, organizational, and communications skills. CWIP funds, manages, tracks, and reports on projects to restore Vermont’s waters, and communicates progress toward meeting water quality restoration goals. CWIP is leading an innovative collaboration of state agencies, municipalities, local and regional partners to address pollution from agriculture, roads, developed lands, and wastewater and to restore and protect natural resources. Sustaining this collaborative effort is imperative to achieving Vermont’s clean water goals. This position plays a central role in getting State of Vermont clean water dollars on the ground to support grant/contract recipients implementing projects with measurable water quality improvements. This position is responsible for developing and implementing State of Vermont clean water funding initiatives, overseeing implementation of CWIP’s annual Funding Policy and Spending Plan, and ensuring accuracy, transparency, and efficiency in management of these funds.

Specific job responsibilities include:

  • Support CWIP Manager in development and implementation of annual clean water funding initiatives and priorities to restore and protect Vermont’s surface waters, including development and implementation of grant programs required under the Clean Water Service Delivery Act (Act 76 of 2019).
  • Support CWIP Manager in development of CWIP’s annual Funding Policy and Spending Plan, which describes annual funding priorities and initiatives and eligibility requirements.
  • Oversee implementation of funding initiatives in CWIP’s annual Spending Plan, in coordination with DEC Technical Project Managers and Grants Management Specialists. This includes establishing timelines for competitive project procurement and grant/contract agreement development, as well as monitoring funding initiatives to ensure compliance with the CWIP Funding Policy.
  • Oversee effective communication of CWIP funding opportunities and conduct education, outreach, and training on CWIP’s annual Funding Policy to maximize support and participation of clean water project proponents and prospective/current grant/contract recipients.
  • Serve as a clean water Technical Project Manager overseeing grant/contract agreements. This includes establishing scope of work for competitive project procurement and for incorporation in grant/contract agreements, as well as reviewing and approving deliverables for payment.
  • Support CWIP manager in providing staff support to the Vermont Clean Water Board and the annual clean water budget process.
  • Support crosscutting CWIP team functions, including incorporation of improved environmental justice and diversity, equity, and inclusion practices in CWIP’s work, as well as clean water project tracking, communications, and annual reporting.

Link to the job posting:
https://careers.vermont.gov/job/Montpelier-Environmental-Analyst-VI-Clean-Water-Initiative-Program%2C-Limited-Service-VT-05601/711298000/.

Please contact Emily with questions.

Emily Bird | Manager (she/her)
Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation
Water Investment Division, Clean Water Initiative Program
1 National Life Drive, Davis 3 | Montpelier, VT 05602
802-490-4083 cell
Emily.Bird@vermont.gov

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“Rain to Revenue: How Stormwater Utilities Manage Rain to Fund and Protect Flood-prone Communities”

Rain to Revenue:  How Stormwater Utilities Manage Rain to Fund and Protect Flood-prone Communities  — Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 4:30 p.m.

Panel:

  • Jennifer Roberts, former Mayor, Charlotte, NC
  • Charlotte Katzenmoyer, CEO, Capital Region Water, Harrisburg, PA
  • David Cedarholm, City Engineer, Concord, NH

Register here: https://www.resilcities.org/events

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Request for Qualifications – BMP design at Lake Warren

Please see the following link for a Request for Qualifications seeking professional engineering/design assistance for Best Management Practice and road drainage improvements at Lake Warren (aka Warren Lake).  Please follow instructions within the RFQ for submitting questions or statements of qualification.

The Warren RFQ has been posted to the State’s Purchase and Property website.  https://apps.das.nh.gov/bidscontracts/ .  

 This is the direct link to the Warren RFQ  https://das.nh.gov/purchasing/docs/bids/RFQ%20DES%202021-06.pdf . 

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Internship available – Winnisquam Watershed Network

Please see attached posting re an available internship position with the Winnisquam Watershed Network.

Thank you!

Lisa Eggleston
President  www.winnisquamwatershed.org

Cell: 508-259-1137

Water Resources Internship posting

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How to Engage Corporations in Your Watershed Webinar

How to Engage Corporations in Your Watershed
Jan 14, 2021 12:30 pm US/Eastern
Sponsored by: Keeping Forests.
Offered through the Forestry and Natural Resources Webinar Portal

Three US-based corporations – Georgia-Pacific, EY, and Coca-Cola – share why Ecosystem Services are important, how they work with partners to make positive changes in forests and water, and what you can do to engage with them. learn more here…

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Upcoming EPA Transportation Stormwater Permit (MS4) Webinar

Below is an announcement for an upcoming Environmental Protection Agency/Federal Highway Administration webinar. We hope you’re able to attend and please feel free to share with others.

EPA’s Transportation Stormwater Permit (MS4) Compendium
Wednesday, February 3rd, 2:00-3:00 PM EST
Click here to register
Stormwater discharges from roadways, including those within defined urbanized areas, are often covered under the NPDES Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) regulations. State Departments of Transportation (DOTs) may be co-permittees with Phase I MS4s under a Phase I permit or small MS4s under either an individual or general Phase II MS4 permit. These permits typically include requirements related to pollution prevention, public education, public involvement, construction, post-construction for new development and redevelopment, and illicit discharge detection and elimination. Transportation stormwater management differs from traditional MS4 stormwater management in several ways, so transportation MS4 permit requirements are sometimes written differently.
This webinar will discuss EPA’s “Transportation Stormwater Permit Compendium,” a compendium of excerpted permit language from MS4 permits and other resources that can be used and/or tailored for transportation-specific MS4 permits. The webinar will discuss characteristics specific to transportation MS4s and roadway runoff, and will provide example excerpts of State DOT MS4 permits addressing various aspects of stormwater management for linear infrastructure projects.

Presenters:
• Heather Goss, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
• Susan Jones, U.S. Department of Transportation – Federal Highway Administration

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EBC New Hampshire Webinar: New Hampshire’s Changing Precipitation Patterns: Droughts, Floods, and… Oh, My!

When: January 13, 2021 @ 9:00 am – 12:15 pm

Where: VIRTUAL MEETING

Contact: (617) 505-1818

E-mail:  ebc@ebcne.org

This EBC New Hampshire program will focus on how precipitation patterns are changing in New Hampshire, and what this means for everything that depends on water – which is essentially all human and natural activities – and the different future scenarios that Granite Staters will need to prepare for.

The program will feature the state meteorologist and a climate researcher who will talk about the seasonal shifts occurring in the amounts and types of precipitation being experienced in the Granite State and how these shifts are affecting everything from groundwater recharge to water levels and flooding in the state’s rivers, streams, lakes, and ponds. Another researcher will explore the environmental and social justice implications of these growing challenges. The program will also review how the Water Division at the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services is already thinking about these issues and considering how to start to adjust regulatory and management strategies to better ensure and protect the reliability and safety of the state’s drinking water supplies, dams, and natural, recreational and wildlife resources.

A robust panel discussion with the audience, including consideration of how environmental professionals may be able to help their clients to be prepared for these “What If” scenarios, will conclude the webinar.

General Continuing Education Certificates are awarded by the EBC for this program (3.0 training contact hours). Certificates are automatically provided via email link for registered attendees at the conclusion of the webinar.

Agenda Details

Program Chair:

  • Thomas (Tom) Burack, Esq., Shareholder, Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green

Speaker Agenda:

NH’s New Precipitation Normal: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

  • Mary Stampone, Associate Professor, NH State Meteorologist, Earth Sciences Affiliate Faculty, College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, University of New Hampshire

Past and Potential Future Changes in Freshwater Flooding Across New Hampshire

  • Cameron Wake, Research Professor, Josephine A. Lamprey Professor, Earth Systems Research Center, Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space, University of New Hampshire

Implementing Justice in Policy Responses to Flooding

  • Catherine Ashcraft, Assistant Professor, Natural Resources and Environment, College of Life Sciences and Agriculture, University of New Hampshire

Networking Opportunity

The Many Regulatory and Management Challenges of Changing Precipitation Patterns

  • Tom O’Donovan, Director, Water Division, New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

Challenges Facing Drinking Water Systems

  • Brandon Kernen, Administrator, Drinking Water and Groundwater Bureau, New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

Challenges of Water Resource Management

  • Jim Gallagher, P.E., Administrator, Dam Bureau, New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

Moderated Discussion

Registration Details

Webinar: 9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Individual Registration

If registration occurs  ——–> Through January 11 After January 11
EBC Member: $70 $90
Non-Member: $100 $120
Government/Non-Profit: $25 $25

Group Registration
For EBC Members only – register five attendees for the price of four!
Discount will automatically be applied during online registration.

Fine Print
Please note that refunds are not available after January 13, 2020. No-shows will be charged. Please keep in mind that online registration for this webinar will close at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 13.

REGISTER NOW

Subsidized Registration

EBC Members Only – Ascending Professional Rate: $25
Attendees who have worked in the environmental/energy sector for less than 10 years.

Job Seeker Rate: $25
For attendees currently seeking employment, not for those currently self-employed.

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Coastal Training Program Coordinator

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department and the Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve have a full time vacancy for the Coastal Training Program Coordinator (Program Specialist III, Position #43057). The Coastal Training Program Coordinator provides relevant science based information, tools and training to elected municipal officials, volunteer boards, and business and government partners responsible for planning and development activities that could impact coastal natural resources. This includes assessing needs, researching and developing content, and delivering information. An ideal candidate has professional experience in outreach, science communication, and facilitation; has experience working with multiple organizations; and has the ability to analyze complex environmental and social issues. Interested applicants can apply at this link.

 

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