Wetlands Sanctuary Director

Sanctuary Background
The Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary is a 1,600 acre nature preserve and ecological field station located on the Patuxent River estuary in Maryland. The Sanctuary is operated by the Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks. The Sanctuary is also a member of the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Maryland. A large, biologically-diverse freshwater tidal wetland, one of the largest such wetlands on the East Coast, is contained within the Sanctuary. Established in 1985, the Sanctuary has about 12,000 visitors annually. The staff coordinates a program of educational and research-oriented studies, courses, and activities for the public of all ages and abilities. Citizen science is a key objective of many Sanctuary programs. Every year about 250 volunteers participate in a wide range of activities. Sanctuary staff consist of two full-time employees (Sanctuary Director and Education Coordinator), and five part-time employees (Volunteer Coordinator, Naturalist, Office Manager, and two Maintenance personnel). The Sanctuary has won many awards and honors, and in 2012 was certified as a Green Center by the Maryland environmental education association.

Position Description
The Sanctuary Director is responsible for overseeing Sanctuary operations and programs, and for staff supervision. This person implements the core mission of the Sanctuary consisting of environmental education, ecological research, and environmental stewardship programs.

– Plans, coordinates, implements and evaluates Sanctuary programs.
– Coordinates a cohesive, integrated program of ecological research and environmental monitoring that focuses on Sanctuary habitats (especially tidal wetlands), natural communities, and organisms.
– Enforces policies and regulations, and develops operational guidelines.
– Supervises staff, sets work schedules and evaluates staff performance.
– Sets staff work priorities and provides daily and periodic oversight of staff through instruction, delegation and regular communication.
– Oversees the maintenance of Sanctuary buildings, structures, trails and boardwalks.
– Ensures public safety and assesses potential risks to the public.
– Trains volunteers to assist with education, research and stewardship activities.
– Develops educational materials such as newsletters, reports, brochures, web pages, booklets, species checklists.
– Provides fiscal management involving budget preparation; spending and cost controls; collection of program and entrance fees; purchasing of equipment and materials; bank deposits; record-keeping and preparation of financial reports.
– Reports to and regularly communicates with Department administrators in order to keep them apprised of Sanctuary operations and activities.
– Coordinates regularly and works closely with our state partners at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources to implement the objectives of the National Estuarine Research Reserve.
– Meets regularly with the Friends of Jug Bay, a non-profit, citizen support organization, to inform them about Sanctuary programs and issues.
– Represents the Sanctuary at public meetings, with elected officials, and with citizen groups.

Desired Qualifications:
– An advanced degree in biology, ecology, natural resource management or similar field.  BS required; MS or higher preferred.
– Experience developing, conducting and leading research projects in wetland and estuarine ecosystems, and with the study of ecological relationships, processes, and structure.
– Specific research experience or special knowledge of organisms such as fish, mammals, birds, herps or with plants.
– Demonstrated accomplishments in writing, publishing, or preparing technical reports.
– Teaching experience at the K-12 or college level.
– Supervisory experience and training documented.
– Natural park, refuge or sanctuary resource management experience.
– Experience supervising, training, and mentoring volunteers of all ages.
– Established record of service on professional committees, non-profit boards, research teams, and citizen science involvement.
– Familiarity with the NOAA National Estuarine Research Reserves program [NERR] (as the sanctuary director serves as a Chesapeake Bay NERR Site Manager).
– Keen interest in networking, forming alliances and developing partnerships with science/education/natural history groups of all types.

Visit the Sanctuary website at www.jugbay.org to learn more about our organization.

To apply for this job, follow this link: http://agency.governmentjobs.com/annearundel/job_bulletin.cfm?JobID=567127

For more information, call 410-222-7317.

Lothian, Maryland
Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks
Human Resources