“Overall, I had a wonderful experience as a Corps member with the Neighborhood Design Center. NDC has exceeded my expectations in the program and I feel like I’ve grown so much professionally and personally. It’s great to see all the progress that I’ve made since the beginning of my service year and I’m glad I can say that I finally feel confident in my leadership skills as a result. I definitely credit NDC and the Chesapeake Conservation Corps program in my professional and personal development. Everyone has been wonderful to work with and I’m grateful for the experience and connections I’ve made during my service year.”

Natalia BezerraNeighborhood Design Center, 2015-2016


Each year, the Chesapeake Conservation Corps Program places young adults (ages 18-25) with nonprofit or government agencies to work fulltime in the environmental field for a one-year term of paid service in the Chesapeake Bay region. The Corps Members receive hands-on green job and leadership experience through on-the-ground experience leading and assisting with projects and programs for their host sites, extensive trainings hosted by the Trust and other service-learning opportunities including grant writing and project management.

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.

“The program was more than I expected. I didn’t come into the program with any specific expectations but I gained so much during the year. I greatly enhanced my communication skills this past year. This will help tremendously in my next job.”

Keitasha RoyalMidshore Riverkeeper Conservancy, 2016-2017

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 ($19,000) beginning on August 18, 2020.


  1. Corps Members will be age 18 to 25 at the start of the program.
  2. Each Corps Member will work approximately full-time (40 hrs a week) at a Host Organization for a period of one year.
  3. Corps Members will participate in at least one conference, six trainings, and three project days within the service year.
  4. Corps Members must complete a capstone project by the end of their service year.
  5. Corps Members must complete at least four site visits at fellow Corps Member’s host sites.

How to Apply?:

Applications are currently CLOSED. The deadline was at 4pm on Thursday, March 12, 2020.

List of Potential Host Organizations:

A list of the 2020 Host Organization applicants and short summaries of the positions offered can be found here.

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Become a Chesapeake
Conservation Corps Host Site

The Chesapeake Bay Trust anticipates placing around 35-40 Corps Members with nonprofit organizations and government agencies throughout the region to work approximately full-time (40 hrs a week) for a paid year of service ($19,000) beginning on August 18, 2020.


  1. Host Organizations must be a nonprofit or government agency in Maryland or a partner of the U.S. National Park Service in the Chesapeake Bay region.
  2. Have office space and 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Host Organizations who have been matched with a Corps Member for the past two consecutive program years (Program Years 2017-18 and 2018-19) must provide 10% of the Corps Member stipend ($1,900).
  5. By submitting an application, Host Organizations are committing to participate in the matching process and agree to accept a Corps Member if a mutual match is made. Please be aware that given demand this is a competitive process with only 35-40 placements made.

How to Apply?:

Applications are currently CLOSED. The deadline was 4pm on Thursday, January 9, 2020.

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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

Tara Drennan
Senior Program Officer
(410) 974-2941 x102