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Resource Analysis Program Assistants - Seasonal (M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks)

Position 1 - Resource Analysis Program Assistant (Technician): March 2024 – October 2024
Position 2 - Resource Analysis Program Assistant (Summer Internship): May 2024 – August 2024

Are you ready to get your feet wet with stream condition studies, stormwater mitigation strategies, and ecological restoration science? Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission, is hosting two paid, part-time seasonal employment opportunities based in the Wheaton Headquarters located at 2425 Reedie Drive, Wheaton, MD 20902.

Candidates eager to monitor stream health and protect waterways from pollution will work alongside specialists in the Resource Analysis section to implement a variety of biological monitoring, ecological restoration, stormwater management, and GIS projects.

Positions average 24-32 hours per week, scheduled between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and involve considerable time outdoors collecting data in streams and wetlands and along stormwater infrastructure. Candidates will receive specialized training and work to grow skills conducting water quality assessments and pollution investigations, processing biological samples, calibrating and maintaining equipment, reviewing and analyzing datasets, and communicating results to an array of audiences.

Salary range is $18.50 - $21.00 per hour, based on education and experience. Applications will be accepted until both positions are filled. Interested candidates should review position details and apply as soon as possible at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/mncppc/jobs/4365685/resource-analysis-program-assistant-seasonal​

Environmental Scientist (KCI Technologies, Inc.)

KCI’s Natural Resource Practice is seeking a mid-level biologist or environmental scientist to join our talented team of engineers, planners, and scientists in our Sparks, Maryland headquarters. Our Natural Resources staff works in a variety of environmental, natural resource, and water resources subject areas for private clients and state and local governments in the mid-Atlantic region.

The selected applicant will work as a team member with potential to grow into a team leader in our stream assessment group. This position will also support a variety of projects and assignments, including those organized in the following major subject areas:

  • Stream Assessment
  • Ecological Restoration
  • Watershed Planning
  • Natural Resources Permitting
  • General
For more information or to apply, see the full job posting.

The link for the full job posting: https://careers-kci.icims.com/jobs/5090/environmental-scientist/job​

MS4 IDDE Program Manager (Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection)

DEP is seeking a Program Manager I for the Watershed Restoration Division, Planning Outreach and Monitoring Section to manage and coordinate the Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination (IDDE) Program. The position is responsible for ensuring compliance with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) to detect and eliminate pollutants from discharging into the County’s waters. A key function of this position is working collaboratively with residents and businesses to prevent pollution.


MWMC Webinars

The Information Management and Communication Committee proudly presents two data quality webinars:

January 30​
Quality Assurance in the Office of Water, EPA: Perspectives on Best Practices to Ponder
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February 27
The Three Rs of QAPPs – wRiting, Reviewing, and Realization (Implementation)
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The webinars will feature speaker ​Joe Beaman, Quality Assurance Manager from the Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Water.

Mr. Beaman is a Senior Biologist and the Quality Assurance Manager for the Office of Water in the Office of Science and Technology (OST). He is responsible for implementation of the Office of Water Quality Management Plan as well as the aquatic life criteria lead for pollutants such as mercury, selenium, and zinc.

​Prior to being appointed to the position of OW QA Manager in June 2022, Joe served as the Quality Assurance Officer for the Office of Science and Technology and the Quality Assurance Coordinator for the Health and Ecological Criteria Division in OST over the previous six and a half years. Joe also served as a Senior Biologist in the Ecological Risk Assessment Branch (ERAB), working full time on aquatic life criteria, assisting with Endangered Species Act consultations and serving as the EPA HQ technical liaison supporting criteria and standards implementation assistance to EPA Regions, States, and Tribes. Earlier in Joe’s career at EPA, Joe served as the Branch Chief for ERAB, as well as its Criteria Team Leader. Prior to Joe coming to the EPA, in 2006, Joe served as a Toxicologist, Section Head and Division Chief for the Maryland Department of the Environment (2000-2006), leading efforts in developing nutrient criteria for the Chesapeake Bay as well as the Fish Consumption Advisory Program. Joe also served as an Army contractor for Geo-Centers Inc. (1992-2000) working on aquatic toxicology projects at the US Army Center for Environmental Health Research. In the US Army (1985-1992), Joe served as a Biological Sciences Assistant (01H), performing research on mosquito and tick-borne viruses and anthrax, and served as the Team Leader for the Aeromedical Isolation Team at USAMRIID (Fort Detrick) for the Ebola Outbreak in Reston VA (1989. Joe earned a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science from Hood College, Frederick, MD, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Forest Biology from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse University.

Joe lives in Virginia with his wife and two high school-aged boys and is the proud grandfather of two elementary-aged granddaughters living in Virginia also.

Check back for more information as it becomes available.

​Environmental DNA (eDNA) Workshop:
State of the Science and its Application in Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

Date: December 8, 2023
Location: USGS MD-DE-DC Water Science Center Conference Room, Catonsville, MD
Format: This is a hybrid meeting.
Time: 9 AM to 3:30 PM (check in at 8:30 AM)​

Agenda with links to presentations available​.​

MWMC eDNA Workshop took place on Friday, December 8, 2023 at the USGS Water Science Center in Catonsville, MD. Six eDNA researchers shared their experiences, knowledge, and wisdom on a range of topics that included development of eDNA as a monitoring tool, field and lab best practic​es, eDNA results interpretation and how to communicate them, and case studies of how eDNA is/can be used for natural resource management.​

Interim Update to Maryland’s Water Quality Standards

The Maryland Department of the Environment is proposing several revisions to Maryland Water Quality Standards. In the recent Triennial Review of Water Quality Standards which was approved in June of 2023, the Department updated the freshwater aquatic life water quality criteria for ammonia. These ammonia criteria were derived from recent toxicology studies and represent the best available science. After these changes to the ammonia water quality criteria were finalized, several errors were noted in three tables and for one equation in the regulation (in Code of Maryland Regulations). In addition, a table footnote related to Pentachlorophenol (PCP) required revision for clarity. The purpose of this current action (2023 Interim Update to Water Quality Standards) is to correct these issues in COMAR

MDE will publish a notice of proposed action in the November 17, 2023 issue of the Maryland Register. The public comment period for this regulation change will be open from November 17, 2023 to December 22, 2023. The Department of the Environment will hold a virtual public hearing on the proposed action on December 13, 2023 at 3 p.m. Interested persons are invited to attend the public hearing and express their views. To attend the virtual public hearing, please register using the following online form, linked here.

All comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. on December 22, 2023. Comments may be sent to Melinda Cutler via email at melinda.cutler@maryland.gov or via mail at the following address:

Ms. Melinda Cutler
Watershed Protection, Restoration, and Planning Program
Maryland Department of the Environment
1800 Washington Boulevard​​
Baltimore, MD 21230-1720

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The Green Life: How to Be Environmentally Conscious in College

College is a time of discovery. If you’re like many students, you’re starting to understand the things you are truly passionate about. Whether it’s social justice or political change, college can be a great time to start making a difference. If you’re driven to make our planet a greener place, you don’t have to wait until graduation to start making a real impact. You can start advocating for environmental change right from your college campus. In big ways and in small ways, there are countless steps you can take to make your contribution to environmental conservation in college. With more colleges doing their part to go green, you can even make a positive impact simply by enrolling. Between picking an environmentally friendly campus, educating others, and advocating for your cause, your little actions can make a big change. Learn what you can do to become a green student and find out how you can do your part to help slow climate change one day at a time. - https://www.edumed.org/resources/going-green-in-college/

Get Involved in a Committee!

The Groundwater Committee is re-forming after a period of inactivity. This committee will promote and facilitate collaboration on issues related to the monitoring and assessment of the quality and quantity of groundwater. It will consider the current state of groundwater monitoring, and will explore the need for documenting and disseminating information on groundwater monitoring activities. The Committee may promote the sharing and accessibility of groundwater quality data, and may consider and make recommendations on the needs, protocols and quality standards for monitoring in relation to specific threats or stressors to groundwater. If you are interested in bringing your ideas for improving the understanding of groundwater in Maryland, please contact Jason Dubow (​ jason.dubow@maryland.gov)​ or Matthew Pajerowski (​mgpajero@usgs.gov).​​