“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 organizations or government agencies to work full-time in the environmental field for a one-year term of paid service in the Chesapeake Bay region. The Corps Members receive hands-on job and leadership experience and skills in the environmental field by managing and supporting projects and programs for a Host Organization, participating in a schedule of professional development trainings, and taking advantage of other offered program 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 (approximately 40 hrs a week) for a stipend-support year of service ($20,000) from August 17, 2021 to August 16, 2022.


  1. Corps Members will be age 18 to 25 at the start of the program.
  2. Corps Members are able to work fulltime from August 2021 to August 2022.

Corps Member Responsibilities:

  1. Each Corps Member will work full-time (approximately 40 hrs a week) at a Host Organization for a period of one year.
  2. Corps Members will participate in the six leadership and professional develops trainings and three project days provided by the Chesapeake Conservation Corps program within the service year.
  3. Corps Members will complete a capstone project with the support of ther Host Organization by the end of the service year.
  4. 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 CLOSED. The deadline will tentatively be on 4pm on Thursday, March 4, 2021.

List of Potential Host Organizations:

A list of the 2020 Host Organization applicants and short summaries of the positions offered can be found here. An updated list will be provided after the 2021 Host Organization application deadline in December.

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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 (approximately 40 hrs a week) for a paid year of service ($20,000) from August 17, 2021 to August 16, 2022.


  1. 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.
  2. Host Organizations have paid staff and a physical office space.

Host Organization Responsibilities:

  1. Offers a fulltime (approximately 40 hrs 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.
  2. 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. Designates an employee to serve as the mentor to provide support and guidance to the Corps Member throughout the year.
  5. 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 OPEN. The deadline is 4pm on Thursday, December 3, 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