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PA Watershed Restoration Manager – Harrisburg, PA

Organization: Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Position Title: PA Watershed Restoration Manager

Location: Harrisburg, PA

Hours & Compensation: Full-time.

Application Deadline: March 24, 2013.

Posted On:  March 7, 2013.

Organization Overview:

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is the largest regional non-profit conservation organization working solely to save the Bay. Established in 1967, CBF has a staff of approximately 185 employees working in offices in Annapolis Maryland; Richmond and Norfolk, Virginia; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; and Washington, D.C., and in 15 field education program locations. CBF’s headquarters office is in the Philip Merrill Environmental Center, the world’s first LEED platinum building. CBF has an annual budget of approximately $21 million and is supported by more than 200,000 members and e-subscribers. For more information on CBF please visit


The Pennsylvania Watershed Restoration Program Manager manages CBF’s Pennsylvania restoration program for the benefit of local streams and rivers as well as the Chesapeake Bay. The Manager provides strategic vision and direction of the restoration program, manages Pennsylvania restoration field staff, seeks and manages public and private grants with the assistance of CBF financial, grant management, and development staff, maintains exemplary understanding of state-of-the-art in agricultural and urban stormwater best management practices and in-stream and riparian zone restoration science, practice, and policy. Restoration of riparian buffers (herbaceous and forested) and associated wetlands are a key focus but the Manager will support opportunities for other restoration efforts. The Manager develops and maintains close collaborative partnerships with county, state, and federal agencies, academics and other non-profit organizations, local communities, individual landowners, and businesses to implement and incentivize restoration practices. The Manager is an advocate for strong, scientifically-defensible restoration design standards, maintenance practices, state and federal policies, and robust state and federal funding and technical resources.


  • Provide a strategic vision and plan for the growth and diversification of the Pennsylvania restoration program;
  • Supervise Pennsylvania restoration program field staff;
  • Maintain close collaboration with CBF financial, grant, and development staff to support the PA restoration program;
  • Quantitative tracking of program milestones, deliverables, and deadlines;
  • Participate in report writing, reporting, managing and communication with funders;
  • Establish and maintain robust and diverse relationships with county, state, and federal agencies;
  • Advocate for the Pennsylvania restoration program at the county, state, and federal level, as necessary;
  • Conceive and implement solution-based projects through competitive grants and awards;
  • Coordinate activities with other state office restoration field staff;
  • Represent CBF on state, and perhaps regional, restoration-based committees and organizations and at various state/regional/national conferences;
  • Serve as a spokesperson for the Pennsylvania restoration program with the media, other environmental organizations, the legislature, and the public.


  • Minimum of a BS degree (graduate degree preferred but not a prerequisite) in an appropriately related field and a minimum of five years experience in watershed and stream restoration practices and project management.
  • Strong background and understanding in agricultural and urban restoration practices.
  • Experience in working with a broad array of landowners, especially agricultural community and their partners, and local governments and their consultants.
  • Demonstrated experience establishing and maintaining excellent working relationships is required.
  • Experience designing and implementing complex and diverse projects, coordinating and managing staff, working with contractors, and achieving quality deliverables within budget and within deadlines.
  • Proven interpersonal, communication, and negotiation skills are necessary.
  • Experience and comfort in speaking privately and publicly in front of varied audiences desired.
  • Excellent written communication skills on technical and non-technical issues and audiences necessary.
  • Preferred experience working with FSA and NRCS at the state or local level.
  • Preferred knowledge of NRCS and FSA practices and procedures as well as practice specifications relating to riparian restoration and common conservation practices.
  • Working knowledge of USDA conservation programs (CREP, EQIP, etc.)

How to Apply: To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and salary history and requirements no later than March 24, 2013. Human Resources/FY13-24-PAWRM, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, [email protected]

Contact Information:

Chesapeake Bay Foundation,

Front Street, Harrisburg, PA, 17101

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