The Patapsco Heritage Greenway is a non-profit 501c3 organization dedicated to preserving, protecting, interpreting, and restoring the environment, history and culture of Maryland’s Patapsco Valley between Daniels and Elkridge. The organization seeks an experienced, goal-oriented individual to serve as Executive Director. The successful candidate will have proven leadership abilities and strong communication skills, and assist the Board of Directors to develop and implement initiatives, working under the approved Management Plan for the Patapsco Heritage Area.

Community outreach is of paramount importance and the selected individual will be expected to cultivate, develop and maintain strong, positive, collaborative community relations among a broad scope of stakeholders including representatives from key advisory organizations, community and corporate partners, government entities, grantors and grantees, and volunteers.

This is a full time, salaried position, salary range $53,000-$63,000, which requires some weekend and evening hours. The work schedule is flexible and some duties may be performed from a home. The Executive Director reports to the Patapsco Heritage Board of Directors and immediately to the Board chair.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Developing strategies and mechanisms to implement the Patapsco Heritage Area Management Plan in concert with the Board of Directors,
  • Pursuing grant opportunities for the organization and overseeing collection of grant applications and performance data for evaluation, strategic review and reporting purposes.
  • Overseeing implementation of a marketing plan to brand the organization and the Heritage Area. Overseeing, coordinating and/or creating the promotional efforts and materials that raise awareness of the organization, its activities and the Heritage Area through a variety of communication mediums.
  • Developing and implementing fundraising strategies that include recruitment and retention of corporate sponsors and members, as well as planning and coordinating special event campaigns.
  • Managing the daily operation of the organization working, overseeing preparation and submission of required legal and tax documents, maintenance of official records and documents, and preparing regular reports to the Board.
  • Maintaining regular communication with stakeholders including updates to the organization’s website and social media outlets, and writing media releases.
  • Overseeing recruitment and development of staff, volunteers and intern programs to support the Management Plan
  • Overseeing and managing the State Heritage area management grant.

Minimum Qualifications:

Five years of experience in a leadership position. Past responsibilities should include a combination of organizational development and experience with fundraising, grant writing, fiscal management, government and community relations, and marketing and promotional planning. Knowledge of cultural heritage, historic preservation, environmental sustainability and stewardship, land use, planning, and State and other grants is desired. A familiarity with northern Howard County and southwestern Baltimore County will be considered beneficial.


To Apply:

Interested individuals should email a resume along with a cover letter to Patapsco Heritage Greenway Director Selection co-chair Kathy Younkin at

All applications must be emailed by October 25, 2017. Applications received after this deadline will not be considered.








The Patapsco Heritage Area (PHA), a certified heritage area encompassing parts of Baltimore and Howard County, announces its mini-grant program for projects to be completed in FY18.

PHA is offering competitive mini-grants from $500 to $2500 for heritage sites, non-profits and local governments for programs and projects within the boundaries of the Heritage Area. Eligible projects will include new and innovative programs, exhibits, tours, events and other heritage tourism-related initiatives consistent with the goals of the Management Plan (available at

PHA will host a workshop for prospective mini-grant and Maryland Heritage Area (MHAA) grant applicants on Thursday September 28, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at our offices located at 3748 Old Columbia Pike, Ellicott City Maryland 21043. Letters of Intent are due for MHAA grants in January. MHAA awards up to $50,000 in matching funds for non-capital grants and up to $100,000 in matching funds for capital grants. More information about these grants is available on their website.

At the workshop, we will review eligibility, the application process, and tips for creating a competitive application. Attendance by organizations submitting grants is strongly encouraged. Click here to register for this event.

The grant guidelines and application are posted online at, or click here for more information. Applications are due to PHA on October 23, 2017.

PHG is hiring for seasonal event coordinators and assistants for the Environmental Stewardship Program.

Are you passionate about the environment? Do you love being outside and working with volunteers? The Patapsco Heritage Greenway, Inc. (PHG) is recruiting for a seasonal, part-time program coordinator and a seasonal part-time program assistant to help manage volunteers and run watershed stewardship activities including cleanups, invasive species, removals, tree plantings, and educational activities. Each year, PHG manages over 1000 enthusiastic volunteers in activities designed to protect and restore the Patapsco Valley watershed. Seasonal activities are held predominantly during spring and fall weekends and may require occasional weekday or summer engagement. Activities occur at different sites throughout the Patapsco River Valley. Required documentation or correspondence for each activity may be conducted on site, home and/or at the PHG office.

Program Coordinator: Summary of Job Description: Under the leadership of the Program Manager, lead and document programs and events throughout the Patapsco River Valley. Manage and coordinate staff, Stream Team and volunteers. Plan, coordinate, and lead service-learning projects, corporate retreats, stream cleanups, invasive plant removals, tree plantings, and tree maintenance and other programs as assigned. Complete any necessary follow-up work after events. Assist or lead workshops and education programs. Weekends and some weekdays and/or evenings required. Environmental experience required. Compensation: $15-$18 per hour commensurate with experience. Hours: 10-20 hours per week during the fall event season (mid- September to mid-November).

Program Assistant: Summary of Job Description: With the coordination of the Program Coordinator and Program Manager, plan, coordinate and lead stream cleanups, invasive plant removals, tree plantings, tree maintenance and other programs. Program Assistants may also be required to assist or lead workshops and education programs. Weekends and some weekdays and/or evenings required. College degree preferred, environmental experience preferred. Compensation: $12-$14  per hour commensurate with experience. Hours: 5-10 hours per week during the fall event season (mid-September to mid-November)

(Job opportunities may extend to the following season dependent upon grant funding.)

For questions or more information about these positions, please email Program Manager, Hannah Zinnert at or call 410-696-1328.

To apply, please email resume and cover letter by September 1 to

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