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Job: Water Resources Engineer, MD
Monday, 17 March 2014 00:00

Coastal Resources is currently seeking a Water Resources Engineer located in Annapolis, Maryland to work on various environmental and transportation projects. Work will primarily focus on water resources engineering (hydrology and hydraulics, floodplain analyses, stream restoration, stormwater management and sediment control) pertaining to transportation infrastructure, NPDES and environmental restoration projects. Proficiency with MicroStation or AutoCAD required. Knowledge of HEC-RAS, HY-8, TR-55, TR-20, and GISHydro required. For more information, click here.

Job: Natural Resources Manager, NJ
Monday, 17 March 2014 00:00

Friends of Princeton Open Space located in Princeton, New Jersey seeks a part-time (21-hour work week) Natural Resources Manager to oversee land stewardship in the Mountain Lakes Open Space Area.  This position reports to the Friends of Princeton Open Space Board of Trustees and the Chair of the Natural Resources Committee. Start Date: Immediate. Responsibilities include designing and implementing habitat restoration and enhancement projects, controlling invasive plant species, leading volunteer workdays, conducting plant inventories, and creating community outreach and education programs. Click here for a complete position description.

President Obama Will Sign Flood Insurance Relief Bill
Monday, 17 March 2014 00:00

By Andrew Taylor – Insurance Journal – March 16, 2014

President Barack Obama is set to sign into law a bipartisan bill relieving homeowners living in flood-prone neighborhoods from big increases in their insurance bills. The legislation, which cleared Congress on Thursday, reverses much of a 2012 overhaul of the government’s much-criticized flood insurance program after angry homeowners facing sharp premium hikes protested. The Senate’s 72-22 vote sent the House-drafted measure to Obama. White House officials said he’ll sign it. The bill would scale back big flood insurance premium increases faced by hundreds of thousands of homeowners. The measure also would allow below-market insurance rates to be passed on to people buying homes in flood zones with taxpayer-subsidized policies. For full story, click here.

Job: Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist In Restoration Ecology, CA
Monday, 17 March 2014 00:00

Assistant Specialist in Cooperative Extension (CE). An 11-month, career-track extension position with 100% CE responsibilities located in the Department of Plant Sciences in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the UC Davis campus. This specialist will provide statewide research and extension leadership in restoration and conservation in working landscapes, ranging from natural to managed ecosystems (e.g., grasslands, woodlands, as well as associated freshwater wetlands). The position should address conservation and restoration of Californian plant communities that enhance production, wildlife habitat, fertile soil, erosion control, pollination, air and water quality, or pest management. This CE specialist will bring statewide leadership, visibility, and cohesion to the research and extension efforts of an interdisciplinary team of CE academics and Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) faculty as well as private and public stakeholders. This position will support relevant UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources strategic initiatives and program teams (http://ucanr.edu/About_ANR/). This CE specialist is expected to develop a nationally-recognized research and extension program, secure extramural funding, and publish research results in appropriate refereed journals and extension publications. The appointee will have the opportunity to support departmental teaching and direct graduate research. For more information, click here. Closing date is April 30, 2014.

Job: Staff Scientist, VA
Monday, 17 March 2014 00:00

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation seeks a Staff Scientist to be based at their Virginia State Office located in Richmond.  This is a 3-year term, Blueprint funded position. The VA Staff Scientist helps guides the development of Virginia office positions on environmental legislation, regulations, funding, and compliance with existing regulatory programs with a focus on issues related to water quality and point and nonpoint source pollution. Reviews local/state/federal regulations/actions/policies, grant or cost share programs, and proposed projects for potential impacts upon surface and ground waters. Prepares briefing papers and reports that aid in the development of CBF positions on relevant issues; testifies and advocates CBF positions. Interacts with media and concerned citizens at the direction of the Virginia Senior Scientist. Represents CBF on various committees and at various state/regional/national technical conferences. For more information, click here. To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and salary history and requirements no later than April 1, 2014 to Human Resources/FY14-28-VS, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

BP regains ability to bid on leases for U.S. land, water
Friday, 14 March 2014 00:00

By Steven Mufson – The Washington Post – March 13, 2014

The Environmental Protection Agency and BP have reached an agreement that lifts a ban on BP’s ability to hold government contracts that has barred the company from bidding on oil and gas leases on federal lands and waters because of the massive oil spill triggered by a blowout on a BP well in April 2010. BP, the largest lease-holder and one of the largest oil producers in the Gulf of Mexico, had been pressing for an end to its debarment in order to conduct business more freely and to reassure shareholders that the company could move beyond the accident at its Macondo well. The accident killed 11 workers, sank the half-billion-dollar Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, and spilled as much as 4.2 million barrels into the gulf. For full story, click here.

Center for Food Safety sues USDA over genetically modified alfalfa
Friday, 14 March 2014 00:00

By David Pierson – Los Angeles Times – March 13, 2014

A food safety group filed a lawsuit in hopes of forcing the U.S. Department of Agriculture to release documents in court that could explain why the federal agency approved genetically engineered alfalfa despite its misgivings about environmental safety.  The Washington-based Center for Food Safety said Thursday the USDA may have come under pressure by seed giant Monsanto Co. to grant approval of its Roundup Ready alfalfa, which is designed to withstand multiple applications of herbicide. For full story, click here.

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