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Chesapeake Conservation Corps

Chesapeake Conservation Corps Program

The Chesapeake Conservation Corps, is a program that provides service-learning opportunities and green job training for young people through environmental and energy conservation projects. This initiative, supported by the Trust, Constellation Energy, the National Park Service and the state of Maryland, pairs young adults with organizations that provide hands-on environmental, leadership, and technical training opportunities for a one-year term of service.

The Chesapeake Bay Trust places 20-25 Corps Volunteers in Host Organizations throughout Maryland for one year terms of service, with this year's service to begin August 25, 2015. Individuals are between the ages of 18 and 25 years at the time of enrollment. Corps Volunteers receive stipends of $16,000 per year administered by the Trust. 

Selected Corps volunteers will have the opportunity to work on a wide range of activities in the fields of environmental restoration, energy conservation, sustainable agriculture, forestry, community engagement and/or K-12 environmental education.

Volunteer applications are currently being reviewed and applicants are asked to not contact host organizations at this time. Applicants will be informed of their selection status by May 13 and given further instruction.

*View a full list of the potential 2015-2016 Chesapeake Conservation Corps hosts here*

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

Chesapeake Conservation Corps Class of 2015

August 26, 2014 marked the beginning of the fifth year of this incredibly popular program which has expanded from an inaugural class of 16 participants to 32 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.






Of the 32 selected participants, eight (8) will work for organizations in Anne Arundel County, six (6) will work in Baltimore City and County, five (5) in Montgomery, three (3) in Prince George’s, two (2) in Frederick, one (1) in Howard, one (1) in Carroll, one (1) in Washington, D.C., and five (5) will work with organizations located on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

The 2015 Chesapeake Conservation Corps class includes the following individuals and their host organizations:

  • Albert Leavell, Chester River Association, Kent County
  • Amelia Marcus, Banner Neighborhoods Community Corps, Baltimore City
  • Ashley McAvoy, Hood College Center for Coastal & Watershed Studies, Frederick County
  • Audrey Pleva, Anacostia Watershed Society, Prince George’s County
  • Audrey Seiz, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Anne Arundel County
  • Augusta Maguire, Morgan State University, Baltimore City
  • Bethany Enyeart, Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center, Anne Arundel County
  • Christine Burns, Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy, Talbot County
  • Daniel Foster, The Nature Conservancy, Montgomery County
  • Daniel Saltzberg, Frederick County Office of Sustainability & Environmental Resources, Frederick County
  • Emily Forinash, William S. Schmidt Outdoor Education Center, Prince George’s County
  • James Rush, National Park Service, Anne Arundel County
  • Joanne Maturana, Nanticoke Watershed Alliance, Dorchester County
  • Julia Poust, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Anne Arundel County
  • Kerry Maguire, Arlington Echo Outdoor School, Anne Arundel County
  • Kyle Hinson, Watershed Stewards Academy, Anne Arundel County
  • Marlo Atkinson, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Anne Arundel County
  • Maura Duffy, National Aquarium in Baltimore, Baltimore City
  • Michael Weitekamp, Latin American Youth Center, Montgomery County
  • Nguyen Le, Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin, Montgomery County
  • Nicholas Ryugo, University of Maryland Environmental Finance Center, Prince George’s County
  • Noelia Roman-Ramos, Montgomery Parks Meadowside Nature Center, Montgomery County
  • Patrice Matthews, Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability, Baltimore County
  • Patrick Ma, Maryland Forest Service, Carroll County
  • Payton Brown, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Anne Arundel County
  • Rebecca Weisberg, Environmental Concern/Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, Talbot County
  • Ryan Gradel, Howard County Conservancy, Howard County
  • Samantha Roth, Audubon Naturalist Society, Montgomery County
  • Shanita Brown, Earth Conservation Corps, Washington, D.C.
  • Shelby Erwin, Pearlstone Center, Baltimore County
  • Skyla Steele, Irvine Nature Center, Baltimore County
  • Zoe Rosenblum, Environmental Concern, Talbot County

The program is funded by both the state of Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay Trust, with a generous contribution provided by Constellation Energy and new funding partnerships with NPS, EPA, FWS, Arlington Echo, and Environmental Concern. 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.