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.

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 2015-16

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 2014-15

Become a Chesapeake
Conservation Corps Member

The Chesapeake Bay Trust anticipates placing 30-35 Corps Members with nonprofit organizations and government agencies throughout the region to work fulltime for a stipend-support year of service ($17,000) beginning on August 22, 2017.


  1. Corps Members will be between the ages of 18-25.
  2. Each Corps Member will work fulltime at a Host Organization for a period of one year.
  3. Corps Members will participate in training activities and group activities 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 being solicited with a deadline of April 14, 2017 at 5pm. The Chesapeake Bay Trust’s grant applications are all submitted through an online system. If you have not yet registered to use the system before you will have to create an account.

List of Potential Host Organizations:

A list of the potential Host Organizations who applied to the Program and short descriptions of the positions they are offering can be found HERE. The full Host Organization applications will be released to Corps Member applicants after the April deadline.

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 2014-15

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Become a Chesapeake
Conservation Corps Host Site

The Chesapeake Bay Trust anticipates placing around 30-35 Corps Members with nonprofit organizations and government agencies throughout the Mid-Atlantic region to work fulltime for a paid year of service ($17,000) beginning on August 22, 2017.


  1. Host Organizations must be a nonprofit or government agency.
  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.
  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 2015-16 and 2016-17) must provide 10% of the Corps Member stipend ($1,700).
  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, there is a chance that placement may not be made.

How to Apply?:

Applications are currently CLOSED – check back for updates. 

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