Chesapeake Conservation Corps Member Sought
Nanticoke Watershed Alliance is a potential host site for the 2018-2019 Chesapeake Conservation Corps service term. Please see the position announcement below or download the NWA CCC Position Announcement 2018-19.
Chesapeake Conservation Corps Member to Serve with Nanticoke Watershed Alliance
Nanticoke Watershed Alliance (NWA) is one of many potential Host sites for the 2018-19 Chesapeake Conservation Corps service year. The Corps Program provides hands-on environmental, leadership, and professional training opportunities for young adults through on-the-ground work with their host sites managing projects and programs, attending trainings and conferences, and other opportunities like grant writing. This initiative is supported by the Chesapeake Bay Trust, BGE an Exelon Company, the National Park Service, and the state of Maryland and places young adults 18-25 with nonprofit or government agencies to work full-time in the environmental field for a one-year term of service in the Chesapeake Bay region ($18,000 annual stipend).
The purpose of the Corps is 1) to enable young adults to work with host organizations and communities throughout the Chesapeake Bay region on issues surrounding the Chesapeake Bay, and 2) to provide leadership and green training opportunities for young adults pursuing environmental and conservation careers. Corps members work full-time on projects and programs in the realms of environmental restoration, community engagement, environmental education, energy conservation, sustainable agriculture and forestry that promote and sustain the Bay and its surrounding environment as well as provide young adults with the opportunities to gain career skills and become more engaged through meaningful community service.
If successfully matched with NWA, the Corps Member will have opportunity to play an integral role in the organization and to enjoy a diversity of experiences. The Corps Volunteer will work directly with NWA staff to help administer the various programs of the organization. Projects include a variety of efforts targeted at watershed restoration, environmental education, public outreach, and water quality monitoring. Duties include:
- Assisting with the implementation of a student and teacher environmental education program, including teacher workshops, in-classroom presentations, field days, outdoor learning experiences, and action projects.
- Working with Nanticoke Creekwatchers, an award-winning citizen science volunteer program that monitors water quality in order to identify potential restoration projects, to observe water quality trends, and to engage watershed residents.
- Assisting with access and education related to the Nanticoke River Water trail, a portion of the Captain John Smith National Historic Trail.
- Assisting with the facilitation of homeowner educational workshops, focused on informing and empowering residents to improve water quality and wildlife habitat locally.
- Working with watershed communities to implement watershed restoration projects identified by county/state Green Infrastructure maps and the Nanticoke Watershed Management Plan, including “designer ditches” and rain barrels.
- Assisting with the implementation of public outreach efforts.
- Assisting with continued maintenance of and outreach on the Tom Tyler Nature Trail, which highlights beneficial forestry management and more.
- Developing public outreach and education materials, working with volunteers, and attending events aimed at environmental stewardship and the importance of the Nanticoke River.
- Coordinating a volunteer trash clean up event through Project Clean Stream and assisting at additional trash clean ups in the area, including Coastal Cleanup.
In addition, low-cost housing may be available for the successful Corps candidate placed with NWA.
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 ($18,000) beginning on August 21, 2018. To find the application or view a list of potential Host Organizations go to https://cbtrust.org/prospective/.
Applications must be submitted through the Trust’s online system by April 13, 2018 at 5:00 pm.
For any questions about becoming a volunteer or about the Chesapeake Conservation Corps, contact Senior Program Officer Tara Drennan, firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-974-2941, ext. 102.