CBF Job Opening on the Eastern Shore

Eastern Shore MD Grassroots Field Specialist

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation seeks a MD Eastern Shore Grassroots Field Specialist to be based on the Eastern Shore of MD. This is a 2 year term position with the possibility of extension.


The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is the largest regional non-profit conservation organization working solely to save the Bay. Established in 1967, CBF has a staff of approximately 185 employees working in offices in Annapolis Maryland; Richmond and Norfolk, Virginia; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; and Washington, D.C., and in 15 field education program locations. CBF’s headquarters office is in the Philip Merrill Environmental Center, the world’s first LEED platinum building. CBF has an annual budget of approximately $21 million and is supported by more than 200,000 members and e-subscribers. For more information on CBF please visit www.cbf.org.


CBF is working on defending and implementing pollution reduction programs in the three major bay states; Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia. We are currently building our capacity to work with local communities. The Grassroots Field Specialist will be responsible for building CBF’s grassroots efforts on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, cultivating relationships with local groups and leaders, and building a strong, educated, and committed group of volunteers. With assistance from the Eastern Shore Director, the Grassroots Field Specialist is responsible for recruiting, engaging, and motivating large numbers of new people to take repeated action which will further CBF’s program goals. He or she will identify and develop volunteers as team leaders to help build grassroots networks. In addition, he or she will identify and build alliances with other organizations which can influence decision-makers. This position will focus on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. With the assistance of the Eastern Shore Director, the Grassroots Field Specialist will be responsible for the coordination and effective implementation of CBF’s organizing goals. They will help create organizational and issue visibility in the local community and participate in activities and services developed by the State office. He or she will track, evaluate and measure success of activities with the Eastern Shore Director to ensure progress towards CBF’s mission and goals and will helps determine changes to strategies needed to reach goals. Essential functions include: Work with Eastern Shore Director to develop strategies for organizing selected local communities and coordinating actions to ensure the effective implementation of the CBF’s TMDL plan. Develop and implement a variety of engagement strategies including on-line, face-to-face, and social networks to support CBF efforts. Engage people and develop volunteer leadership in both social and environmental advocacy activities that will create strong environmental communities and build power at the local level, including identifying and developing volunteers who will work as part of a team and take on the role of team leaders to build our grassroots power and networks. Help those leaders succeed by training and coaching them on how to strategize, organize, inspire, and motivate. Identify opportunities for speaking engagements, tabling events and displays to expand citizen knowledge of and engagement in the campaign goals. Help plan and coordinate events such as town hall meetings. Maintain and develop new partnerships with affinity groups who share common goals and values. Work with regional coalitions to develop mutually beneficial actions that further organizing plan goals. Work with State Communications Coordinators to develop media campaigns for local communities. Perform miscellaneous duties as assigned.


Skills required for a successful candidate include the following: Strong outreach and public speaking skills Strong time management and close attention to detail Ability to work independently and creatively Experience with social media (Facebook, twitter, etc.) Strong writing skills, knowledge of MS Publisher software Ability to track results using MS Excel and MS Access Knowledge of GIS software helpful The successful candidate must possess a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies, political science, communications or a closely related field and a minimum of three years of experience that may include a variety of grassroots organizing, volunteer leadership and training, coalition building, and demonstrated insights and skills. The ideal candidate possesses strong commitment to environmental protection, and local knowledge of community concerns, local leaders, and partnering organizations. Experience with political campaigns and/or legislative or administrative lobbying is not mandatory but will be viewed as a plus. Successful candidates have demonstrated abilities using strong interpersonal skills to motivate the public, volunteers, members and partnering organizations to take action for the environment. The successful candidate must have strong demonstrated written and oral communication skills and demonstrated public speaking ability. A valid driver’s license, satisfactory driving record and proof of auto insurance are required. Travel required. The ability to work from home may be required.

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and salary history and requirements no later than February 22, 2012 to: Human Resources/ MDGRFS Chesapeake Bay Foundation 6 Herndon Avenue Annapolis, MD 21403 Cbf_employment@cbf.org

CBF offers a comprehensive benefits package to include: 20 vacation days, 10 sick days, health, vision, dental, life insurance, and a tax deferred annuity plan. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.