The Chesapeake Conservation Corps places young adults (ages 18-25) with nonprofit organizations or government agencies to work fulltime in the environmental field for a one-year term of paid service. The Corps provides young professionals with experience, leadership and professional development training, mentorship, and a support network with other young environmentalists. Positions offered by host organizations are in the fields of environmental restoration, community engagement, environmental education, climate change, sustainable agriculture, energy conservation, and forestry.
Become a Chesapeake Conservation Corps Host Site
The Chesapeake Bay Trust anticipates placing 30-35 Corps Members with nonprofit organizations and government agencies throughout Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay to work full-time for a paid year of service from August 16, 2022 to August 15, 2023.
- Host Organizations are a nonprofit organization or government agency in Maryland or a designated partner of the U.S. National Park Service in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
- Host Organizations have paid staff and a physical office space.
- Offers a fulltime (approximately 40 hours a week) position for a Corps Member for a period of one year with activities in at least one of the seven categories: environmental restoration, community engagement, energy conservation, sustainable agriculture, forestry, climate change, and preK-12 environmental education.
- Provide a desk or office space, access to a phone and computer with internet access, parking or reimbursement for parking onsite, and mileage reimbursement for program-related travel, including travel to program trainings and required site visits.
- Cover the Corps Member under the organization’s general liability insurance for an aggregate amount of at least $500,000 and list the Chesapeake Bay Trust as an “Additional Insured.” State and federal agencies who are self-insured by law must provide confirmation that Corps Members will be covered.
- Designates an employee to serve as the mentor to provide support and guidance to the Corps Member throughout the year.
- Host Organizations who have been matched with a Corps Member for the past two consecutive program years (Program Years 2020-21 and 2021-22) must provide 15% of the Corps Member stipend.
Become a Chesapeake Conservation Corps Member
The Chesapeake Bay Trust anticipates placing 35-40 Corps Members with nonprofit organizations and government agencies throughout Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay to work full-time for a stipend-support year of service ($20,000) from August 17, 2021 to August 16, 2022.
There is a Equity Fellowship opportunity to assist Corps Members with the financial challenge of a stipend year of service in the Corps. The Equity Fellowship provides an additional $5,000 to 4 Corps Members who demonstrate financial need and identify with an underserved group including but not limited to the list that is provided in the Application Package. The goal of the Equity Fellowship is to increase access to the Corps allowing more young individuals to make the choice to apply an easier one financially. To learn more about this opportunity click on the “Equity Fellowship Application:” panel below.
- Corps Members will be age 18 to 25 at the start of the program.
- Corps Members are a citizen of the United States, a permanent resident alien, or have documentation confirming permission to work in the U.S. during the year-long term of service.
- Each Corps Member will work full-time (approximately 40 hours a week) at a Host Organization for a period of one year from August 2021 to August 2022.
- Corps Members will participate in the six leadership and professional development trainings and three project days provided by the Chesapeake Conservation Corps program within the service year.
- Corps Members will complete a capstone project with the support of their Host Organization by the end of the service year.
- Corps Members will complete at least four peer-to-peer site visit days visiting fellow Corps Members and participating in activities at other Host Organizations throughout the service year.