Virginia Water Monitoring Council Conference (Virtual) –
Registration Deadline: September 28, 2021; Conference:
September 30, 2021
– We are offering seven scholarships for college students to attend for free. Scholarship applications are due
September 10, 2021. See the full agenda and register at https://vwmc.vwrrc.vt.edu/conferences/.
Organized by the VWMC with support from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, Henrico County, Virginia Water Resources Research Center, Virginia Tech, and Virginia Lakes and Watersheds Association.
1.) Rappahannock River Roundtable Symposium (Hybrid) – September 8, 2021
2.) James River Week – September 11-18, 2021
3.) Webinar -- Resilient Waters: Making the Clean Water-Climate Change Connection – September 13 & 15, 2021
4.) 2021 Drinking Water Clinics – Various Dates: September 15, 2021-October 27, 2021
5.) RioPalooza: Family-Friendly Bilingual Festival – September 18, 2021
6.) EPA SepticSmart Week – September 20-24, 2021
7.) FY 2022 Grant Opportunity: Marine Debris Removal Projects – Submission Deadline: September 24, 2021
8.) Applications Accepted: Youth Conservation Leadership Institute (YCLI) – Submission Deadline: October 1, 2021; Institute: October 2021-May 2022
9.) Call for Poster Proposals: Chesapeake Watershed Forum (Virtual) – Deadline: October 1, 2021; Forum: November 3-5, 2021
10.) Virginia Water Educators Directory -- https://www.vwrrc.vt.edu/virginia-water-educators/
11.) Doctors Without Borders: Seeking Water and Sanitation Specialists
12.) EPA Sanitary Survey App for Marine and Fresh Waters –https://www.epa.gov/beach-tech/sanitary-surveys-recreational-waters
13.) Job Opportunities
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1.) Rappahannock River Roundtable Symposium (Hybrid) – September 8, 2021 (9am-4pm) – Fredericksburg, VA -- Learn more about current projects across the Rappahannock watershed and hear about research studies. Register for in-person or online participation. In-person participants will receive lunch. For more information and to register, see https://riverfriends.org/event/rappahannock-river-symposium/. Offered by the Rappahannock River Roundtable.
2.) James River Week – September 11-18, 2021 – Featuring a wide variety of events and trips for people of all ages, including paddle trips of all kinds, workshops and webinars, story time, and volunteer opportunities. For more information and a complete list of events, see https://thejamesriver.org/james-river-week/. Offered by the James River Association.
3.) Webinar -- Resilient Waters: Making the Clean Water-Climate Change Connection – September 13 & 15, 2021 -- Learn about three different projects in the Chesapeake Bay watershed that illustrate the intersection of clean water and climate change. A climate change communications expert will provide tips and advice on how to communicate about climate change in work to protect and restore the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers and streams. Learn more and register here. Offered by Choose Clean Water Coalition.
4.) 2021 Drinking Water Clinics -- Anyone with a private water supply system (including wells, springs, and cisterns) may participate. Participation is voluntary and information is kept confidential. To learn more about the clinics, see https://www.wellwater.bse.vt.edu/vahwqp.php. Drinking water clinics are organized by local Extension Agents and Virginia Tech faculty in the Biological Systems Engineering Department. Contact your local Extension office to express interest in a clinic. Pre-register with the appropriate contact person listed here: https://www.wellwater.bse.vt.edu/events.php. Pick up a kit prior to the clinic and collect and return samples as instructed. Upcoming clinics include the following:
++ Fairfax – September 15, 2021
++ Buckingham/Cumberland/Goochland/Powhatan – September 22, 2021
++ Lancaster/Northumberland/Westmoreland/Richmond County – October 6, 2021
++ Madison/Orange/Greene – October 13, 2021
++ Loudoun/ Clarke/Page – October 20, 2021
++ Frederick/Shenandoah/Warren – October 27, 2021
5.) RioPalooza: Family-Friendly Bilingual Festival – September 18, 2021 – Celebrate the Shenandoah River and National Hispanic Heritage Month. Educational booths and displays will help festival-goers learn more about the human connections to the environment and shine a spotlight on the commitment of Latinos in conservation. For more information and to register, see https://www.potomacriverkeepernetwork.org/?event=riopalooza. Offered by Potomac Riverkeeper Network.
6.) EPA SepticSmart Week – September 20-24, 2021 – The purpose is to inform homeowners on proper septic system care and maintenance, assist local agencies in promoting homeowner education and awareness, and educate local decision makers about infrastructure options to improve and sustain their communities. For more information, see https://www.epa.gov/septic/septicsmart-week#sswcurrent.
7.) FY 2022 Grant Opportunity: Marine Debris Removal Projects – Submission Deadline: September 24, 2021 – Awarded projects will create long-term, quantifiable ecological habitat improvements, with priority consideration for efforts targeting derelict fishing gear, abandoned and derelict vessels, and other medium- and large-scale debris. Projects should also foster public awareness of the effects of marine debris. For more information, see https://blog.marinedebris.noaa.gov/now-open-fy-2022-grant-opportunity-marine-debris-removal-projects. Offered through the NOAA Marine Debris Program.
8.) Applications Accepted: Youth Conservation Leadership Institute (YCLI) – Submission Deadline: October 1, 2021; Institute: October 2021-May 2022 -- For Virginia high school students (9th-12th grades) interested in environmental conservation and stewardship. The Institute focuses on volunteer service, environmental stewardship, leadership and connecting students with environmental issues in their local communities. Provides an opportunity to build leadership skills and connect with local mentors involved with environmental issues. For more information and to apply, see https://vaswcd.org/ycli. Offered by the Virginia Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts Educational Foundation (VASWCDEF).
9.) Call for Poster Proposals: Chesapeake Watershed Forum (Virtual) – Deadline: October 1, 2021; Forum: November 3-5, 2021 – Forum Theme -- The Future is Now: Getting to (and Moving Beyond) 2025 – Presenters will upload a PDF copy of their poster as well as an optional pre-recorded video. The posters will be on the event platform for during the Forum, and a lunchtime Q&A session with presenters will be held virtually on November 4, 2021. Posters describing an organization's activities and programs will not be accepted. For more information, see https://www.allianceforthebay.org/2021-watershed-forum-requests-for-proposals-for-poster-sessions/. Hosted by the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay.
10.) Virginia Water Educators Directory -- https://www.vwrrc.vt.edu/virginia-water-educators/ -- Information to help classroom teachers connect with trained educators who help conduct Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs) at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Teachers can use the map to find educators by location or download the directory as an Excel spreadsheet.
11.) Doctors Without Borders: Seeking Water and Sanitation Specialists (WatSans) – Recruiting WatSans for projects in 70+ countries around the world. WatSans manage a team of waste zone operators and hygiene promoters as well as sourcing and delivering clean water to populations in need. Water projects can range from drilling bore wells in remote areas to setting up clean water sources in a refugee camp or managing the emergency provision of drinking water after a natural disaster. Sanitation work can involve building latrines or taking care of waste management in a hospital. To learn more, see https://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/careers/work-field. Applicants interested in additional information should send their CV or resume to Meliss...@newyork.msf.org with the subject line “Water and Sanitation Specialists.” To start the application process, complete the application at: https://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/careers/work-field/how-apply.
12.) EPA Sanitary Survey App for Marine and Fresh Waters – A sanitary survey is a method of investigating the sources of fecal contamination to a waterbody. EPA has updated this app, which helps waterbody managers evaluate contributing waterbody and watershed information including water quality data, pollution source data, and land use data. The data from the App can be exported for use in predictive models and for sharing within or between agencies. More information and instructions can be found at https://www.epa.gov/beach-tech/sanitary-surveys-recreational-waters. Developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
13.) Job Opportunities -- Other sources of job opportunities include:
Chesapeake Network (https://www.chesapeakenetwork.org/groups/chesapeake-network/jobs/), Ecojobs (http://www.ecojobs.com/), Idealist (https://www.idealist.org/en/), SevenSeas Media (https://sevenseasmedia.org/ocean-jobs/), and Southeast Stormwater Association (SeSwA) Job Board (https://www.seswa.org/job-board).
++ Maryland Forest Projects Coordinator, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay – Deadline: September 9, 2021 – Annapolis, MD -- https://www.allianceforthebay.org/get-involved/careers/
++ Outreach and Communications Intern (Chesapeake Working Land and Seascapes), Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) and Virginia Working Landscapes (VWL) – Deadline: September 10, 2021 – Edgewater, MD -- https://serc.si.edu/outreach-intern-working-land-and-seascapes
++ Sustainable Landscape Technician, LandStudies, Inc – Deadline: September 30, 2021 – Manheim, PA -- https://landstudies.com/sustainable-landscape-technician/
++ Landscape Designer, Elizabeth River Project – Deadline: October 1, 2021 – Norfolk, VA -- https://elizabethriver.org/jobs
++ Digital Campaign Coordinator, Appalachian Voices – Open until filled – Multiple Locations/Remote -- https://appvoices.org/2021/08/11/digital-campaign-coordinator/
++ Environmental Business Development Director, Howard EcoWorks – Open Until Filled – Columbia, MD -- https://www.howardecoworks.org/employment
++ Land Use Coordinator, Piedmont Environmental Council – Open until filled – Warrenton, VA -- https://www.pecva.org/about/jobs-internships/land-use-coordinator/
++ Various Positions, Chesapeake Bay Foundation – Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Washington DC -- https://www.cbf.org/about-cbf/jobs-internships/jobs/
++ Various Positions, Chesapeake Bay Trust -- https://cbtrust.org/employment-opportunities/ -- Annapolis, MD
++ Various Positions, Elizabeth River – Norfolk, VA -- https://elizabethriver.org/jobs
++ Various Positions, Environmental Law Institute – Washington, D.C. -- https://www.eli.org/employment
++ Various Positions, James River Association – Richmond/Williamsburg, VA -- https://thejamesriver.org/about-the-james-river-association/employment/
++ Various Positions, National Wildlife Federation – Virginia, Maryland, Washington DC, etc. -- https://www.nwf.org/About-Us/Careers
++ Various Positions, The Neighborhood Design Center – Hyattsville or Baltimore, MD -- https://ndc-md.org/careers.
The VWMC announcements are provided through support by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) with funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and generous VWMC members. Thank you to our sponsors.
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