On Saturday, February 18th 2017, the Maryland Stream Restoration (MSRA) Education Committee hosted the “MSRA Spring 2017 Stream Restoration Seminar & Job Fair” at the University of Maryland College Park, Department of Environmental Science and Technology. 83 students in attendance from over 10 universities were introduced to the Stream Restoration Industry in the State of Maryland by a diverse group of professionals from different educational backgrounds and learned about the various career pathways that are available. With the implementation of the Chesapeake Bay TMDL, the stream restoration industry has been hard at work planning, assessing, designing, constructing and monitoring projects to restore our streams and watersheds. This seminar was intended to express to the students the need that exists for smart, trained and technically-able college graduates across the industry. After the seminar was finished, the students participated in a job fair with Maryland employers who are currently hiring in the various fields.
A special thank you goes to all the volunteers who gave up their Saturday morning to either speak to the students or to represent their respective organizations in the Job Fair. The speakers included: Mike Galvin, Scott Lowe, Sarah Koser, Jai Cole, Jim Morris, Alycia Roberson, Joe Berg, Jeremy Koser and Peter May. The Organizations participating in the Job Fair included: AMT Engineering, Angler Environmental, Biohabitats, EA Engineering, Ecotone, Ecosystem Planning and Restoration (EPR), Environmental Quality Resources (EQR), Johnson Mirmiran & Thompson (JMT), Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE), McCormick Taylor, Stormwater Maintenance and Straughan Environmental.