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Chesapeake Conservation Corps

The Chesapeake Bay Trust knows that increasing access and opportunities to green careers and educating and training the next generation of stewards on how best to manage and protect our environment is crucial to restoring the Chesapeake Bay and its many rivers and streams. To help meet those needs, the Trust provides young adults with hands-on environmental and leadership experience through its Chesapeake Conservation Corps Program. The 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 purpose of the Corps is to:

1) Enable young adults to work with organizations and communities throughout the Mid-Atlantic region on issues surrounding the Chesapeake Bay.

2) Prepare young adults for future green careers through leadership and training opportunities including on-the-job experience, conferences, trainings, grant writing and project management.

3) Increase the capacity of organizations to develop and implement programs and projects.

 Promote and protect the environment BY providing young adults with opportunities TO gain career skills and become more engaged through meaningful community service 
 

Each Corps participant is provided with a stipend and commits to working fulltime for a one year term of service at their host site which begins in August. During the course of that year, Corps participants manage and assist with projects and programs for their host organizations while also receiving extensive trainings hosted by the Trust, as well as 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.

Be 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.

Qualifications:

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.” For state and federal agencies who are self-insured by law you will have to 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 cannot be made.

How to Apply?:

Please read the RFP here. Applications are currently being solicited with a deadline of March 10, 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. *Please note: The Trust's grant system works best in Internet Explorer, especially when uploading documents.*

 

  
 

*Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply several days prior to the deadline, due to potential for high website traffic on the date of the deadline. Technical assistance for online application cannot be guaranteed on the deadline date.*

Be a Chesapeake Conservation Corps Member

 

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.

Qualifications:

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 4 site visits at fellow Corps Member’s host sites.

How to Apply?:

Applications will be opened in February with an April deadline.

Contact:

Tara Baker

Senior Program Officer

tbaker@cbtrust.org

(410) 974-2941 x102