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Chesapeake Conservation Corps Program

The Chesapeake Bay Trust is proud to announce the fourth year of a partnership with the State of Maryland and Constellation Energy to administer a Chesapeake Conservation Corps Program (the Corps Program). The purpose of the Corps Program is two-fold: the first is for stipend Volunteers to work with Host Organizations and communities throughout Maryland to implement on-the-ground restoration and energy conservation projects. The second is to provide leadership and training opportunities for young adults pursuing environmental and conservation careers.

The Chesapeake Bay Trust is currently reviewing submitted volunteer applications for the 2014-2015 class of Corps volunteers.

See a full list of the potential host organizations here.

For any questions about the Chesapeake Conservation Corps, contact Tara Baker, 410-974-2941, ext. 102. 

Chesapeake Conservation Corps Class of 2014

The Chesapeake Bay Trust is proud to announce the fourth class of its Chesapeake Conservation Corps, a program that provides career and leadership training for young people interested in environmental careers and Chesapeake Bay protection. This initiative, established by the Maryland Legislature in 2010, matches young people, ages 18-25, with organizations throughout the state for paid, one-year terms of service. In its inaugural year, 16 Corps Volunteers worked on a variety of environmental initiatives including energy efficiency programs, restoration activities and clean-ups, water quality monitoring programs, reforestation projects and job training programs for youth.

August 27, 2013 marked the beginning of the fourth year of this incredibly popular program which has expanded from an inaugural class of 16 participants to 21 in its second year to now 25 exceptional young people. The Corps Volunteers are between the ages of 18 and 25 and bring diverse experience and backgrounds to their host organizations, ranging from habitat assessment and fisheries management to environmental justice efforts and rainforest ecology. Notably, almost 30 percent of previous Corps participants have been hired by their host organizations during the first three years of the program, most in newly created positions, thus providing sustained employment for young people in Maryland and capacity building for host organizations.





This year’s class includes the following individuals and their host organizations:

  • Amanda Anastasia, Nanticoke Watershed Alliance, Dorchester County
  • Candice Hilliard, Annapolis Maritime Museum, Anne Arundel County
  • Caroline Rodriguez, South River Federation, Anne Arundel County
  • Chase Bergeson, Anne Arundel Watershed Stewards Academy, Anne Arundel County
  • Christopher Hirsch, Blue Water Baltimore, Baltimore City
  • Elizabeth Armitage, Audubon Naturalist Society, Montgomery County
  • Elliot Wiedow, Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability, Baltimore County
  • Emily Starnes, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Anne Arundel County
  • Jennifer Lee, Chester River Association, Kent County
  • Jillie Drutz, National Aquarium in Baltimore, Baltimore City
  • Kathleen Cullen, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Anne Arundel County
  • Magdalena Nowosadko, Baltimore Community ToolBank, Baltimore City
  • Marion Clement, Maryland Department of Natural Resources Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Anne Arundel County
  • Max Ruehrmund, Hood College, Frederick County
  • Michael Frederick, Echo Hill Outdoor School, Kent County
  • Michelle Schmidt, Lower Shore Land Trust, Worcester County
  • Philip Gross, American Chestnut Land Trust, Calvert County
  • Rebecca Long, Potomac Conservancy, Montgomery County 
  • Ricardo Ledbetter, W.S. Schmidt Outdoor Education Program, Prince George’s County
  • Samuel Hartman, West/Rhode Riverkeeper, Anne Arundel County
  • Seyi Adebayo, Dundalk Renaissance Corporation, Baltimore County
  • Shanita Brown, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Anne Arundel County  
  • Suzanne Sullivan, Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy, Talbot County
  • Stephanie Fong, Water Stewardship
  • Taylor Schuman, Frederick County Office of Environmental Sustainability, Frederick County
  • Virginia Vassalotti, Department of Environmental Protection, Montgomery County

The program is funded by both the State of Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay Trust, with a generous contribution provided by Constellation Energy. Volunteers are provided with a stipend for one year in addition to on-the-job experience and technical training provided by the Chesapeake Bay Trust.