Chesapeake Conservation Corps Member Needed for 2019-2020 Season

Nanticoke Watershed Alliance is one of many potential Host sites for the 2019-20 Chesapeake Conservation Corps service year. In the Chesapeake Conservation Corps young professionals can gain vital green jobs skills and build a network of connections in the environmental field. This one-year term of paid service places young adults (ages 18-25) with nonprofits or government agencies to work full-time in the environmental field in the Chesapeake watershed. Throughout the year the Corps provides hands-on professional and leadership experience through on-the-ground work leading and assisting with projects and programs, extensive trainings, and other service-learning opportunities including grant writing. This initiative is supported by the Trust, BGE an Exelon Company, the National Park Service and the state of Maryland.

The purpose of the Corps Program is 1) to enable young adults to work with organizations and communities on issues impacting the Chesapeake Bay, and 2) to better prepare young adults pursuing careers in the environmental field.  Corps Members will work on projects and programs that fall into at least one of six categories (environmental restoration, community engagement, environmental education, energy conservation, sustainable agriculture or forestry), gain career and leadership skills, and become more engaged through meaningful community service.

If successfully matched with Nanticoke Watershed Alliance, the Corps Member will:

  • Assist with an award-winning, Tier 3 volunteer water quality monitoring program,
  • Help teach seventh graders in classrooms, at field trips, and with stewardship activities,
  • Work with the Cambridge Residential Stewardship Initiative (CRSI) to install rain gardens and other conservation practices,
  • Assist with a new river grass volunteer survey program, seed collection, and seed dispersal or grow-out,
  • Help educate and empower communities about conservation actions,
  • Coordinate trash clean-ups and other activities,
  • Explore recreational opportunities on the river and its creeks, including drafting new paddling itineraries for the Paddle the Nanticoke website, and
  • Learn about small nonprofits and become an integral member of the team.

Low-cost housing may be available for the successful applicant.

The Chesapeake Bay Trust anticipates placing around 35-40 Corps Members, young adults 18-25, with nonprofit organizations and government agencies throughout the Chesapeake Bay region for a paid year of service ($18,500) beginning on August 20, 2019.  To find the application go to https://cbtrust.org/prospective/.

Applications must be submitted through the Trust’s online system by March 14, 2019 at 4:00 pm.

For any questions about becoming a part of the Chesapeake Conservation Corps, contact Senior Program Officer Tara Drennan, tdrennan@cbtrust.org or 410-974-2941, ext. 102