“The program really surpassed my expectations. I was able to bond with the other Corps Members, experience other Host Organizations, and my mentor was open and supportive in helping me accomplish my goals and satisfy my vision for the year. I gained a ton of networking skills, organizational skills, I learned productivity hacks, the importance of reaching out to others, and the importance of learning on the fly.”Diamonique ClarkStevenson University, 2017-2018
The Chesapeake Conservation Corps prepares young adults to become better professionals and leaders for careers in the green workforce; promotes and protects the local natural resources throughout the Chesapeake Bay region; expands the impact and reach of organizations advancing environmental issues; and increases the diversity and influx of young talent into the green workforce across the Chesapeake Bay.
Each year, the 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 real-world experience managing projects and programs, leadership and professional development training, mentorship, and other skill-building opportunities such as grant writing and networking. Positions offered by host organizations are in the fields of environmental restoration, community engagement, environmental education, sustainable agriculture, energy conservation, and forestry.
Corps Members also develop meaningful connections and friendships with each other creating a network of young environmental professionals that is a powerful resource even after the yearlong term. Ultimately the Corps Program aims to empower young professionals to take action and make impactful change as leaders and experts in their respective career fields.
“I would 110% recommend the Corps experience to everyone. I was able to grow professionally, make important connections, find my passion in the environmental field, and make great friendships. This experience allows you to find your true passion in the environmental field while making important connections along the way.”Rachel ScottU.S. National Park Service, 2019-2020
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 Diversity Fellowship opportunity to assist Corps Members with the financial challenge of a stipend year of service in the Corps. The Diversity 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 Diversity 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 2021 Diversity Fellowship Application Package button 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.
Corps Member Responsibilities:
- 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.
How to Apply?:
Applications are currently OPEN. The deadline is 4pm on Thursday, March 4, 2021.
List of Potential Host Organizations:
A list of the 2021 Host Organization applicants and short summaries of the positions offered can be found here. Note they organized by location and then alphabetical.
Become a Chesapeake
Conservation Corps Host Site
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 paid year of service ($20,000) from August 17, 2021 to August 16, 2022.
- 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.
Host Organization Responsibilities:
- 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 six categories: environmental restoration, community engagement, energy conservation, sustainable agriculture, forestry, 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 2019-20 and 2020-21) must provide 10% of the Corps Member stipend ($2,000).
How to Apply?:
Applications are currently CLOSED. The Host application for the 2022-23 Chesapeake Conservation Corps cohort will likely open in October 2021 with a December deadline.
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I wanted to thank you for the opportunity to have been Corps Member for the past year. I have learned invaluable lessons, developed and built my skill set and made some incredible connections. I know now and even in 10 years when I look back on this experience I will credit where I am then to this program.Kellie Rogers class of 2015-2016
I didn’t expect this placement to have such a significant impact on what I wanted to pursue as a career.Amy Marcus class of 2014-2015
I think that the corps provides a great opportunity to explore many different opportunities and meet some great people. It also connects you to a whole environmental network in the area. I had many opportunities this year, that I would not necessarily have received from a regular job.Christine Burns class of 2014-2015