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Current Job Openings with the Chesapeake Bay Trust

The Chesapeake Bay Trust seeks a qualified candidate to serve as a restoration specialist on our grants administration team, and will consider applications at the Senior Program Officer level. The Senior Program Officer-Restoration Specialist is responsible for leading three of the Trust’s watershed restoration grant programs and participating in new related grant programs as they are developed. Duties will include assisting potential applicants with ideas and proposal generation; identifying new potential grant applicants and applications; soliciting, reviewing, and administering restoration grant applications/awards from non-profit organizations, governments, and schools that are committed to restoring and protecting the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers; and managing partnerships that advance the Trust’s portfolio of restoration grant programs. The position will require frequent site visits to proposed and completed project sites. This person will be a key member of a fourteen-person staff and will report to the Director of Programs and Partnerships.

Established in 1985, the Chesapeake Bay Trust is non-profit grantmaking institution dedicated to promoting public awareness and participation in the restoration and protection of the Chesapeake Bay. In the past decade, the Trust has increased its grantmaking four-fold through new partnerships, with current annual awards totaling $8-10 million. The Senior Program Officer-Restoration Specialist will be a key member of the staff, and his/her programs will be critical components in a portfolio of grant programs primarily focused on K-12 environmental education, citizen engagement, and on-the-ground restoration.


  • Serve as the lead for three of the Trust’s restoration grant programs focused on stormwater, water quality, and/or habitat restoration projects and new ideas and technologies in those fields.
  • Identify project opportunities that advance the Trust’s and partners’ restoration and stewardship goals, and work with potential applicants to the Chesapeake Bay Trust as they develop their project ideas and grant proposals.
  • Work with applicants on conceptual design of watershed restoration projects.
  • Lead the analysis and review of grant applications received by the Chesapeake Bay Trust.
  • Help refine and/or develop Requests for Proposals and other program materials for the restoration programs in which he/she is involved.
  • Prepare grant summary reports and analysis for Technical Review Committees, the Grants Policy Committee, and Board of Trustees.
  • Administer restoration grants, including organizing technical review of proposals, assisting grantees with project issues, reviewing status and final reports, reviewing change requests, and more.
  • Help manage relationships with the Trust’s funding partners, including taking the lead on partner reporting.
  • Contribute to partnership and project development with other funding sources which may include directly leading or managing restoration projects.
  • Serve as the Trust’s resident expert on one or more aspects of watershed restoration. Participate in and/or lead presentations on aspects of watershed restoration at conferences, seminars, symposia, and/or in publications.

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Minimum five years professional experience in the environment, natural resources, and/or policy fields.
  • Minimum bachelor’s degree in environment, natural resources, natural or physical sciences, engineering, or other related field. Work experience in one or more of these fields can be substituted. Graduate degree or professional license preferred. Specific coursework at the undergraduate or graduate levels in engineering, restoration science, stormwater, or closely-related fields a plus. 
  •  Demonstrated expertise in a field of watershed restoration, including watershed assessment or planning, low impact development practices, stormwater best management practices (e.g., bioretention design or implementation), wetlands restoration, agricultural best management practices, or other related field. Experience in restoration project management a plus.
  • Ability to conduct site visits to project locations submitted by grant applicants.
  • Proficiency in the Microsoft Office suite of programs.
  • Ability to tackle multiple tasks in a timely and effective manner.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work both independently and in team settings in an office environment.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Personal vehicle and valid driver’s license required to facilitate site visit travel.

Position Salary and Benefits:

Annual compensation is $65,000-$75,000 with an excellent benefits package and opportunities for related professional development through workshops, training programs, and conferences.

Application Instructions and Deadline:

Applications will begin to be reviewed on June 8, 2015, though the position will remain open until filled. Please send a resume and cover letter via email to hadams@cbtrust.org and place job title “Senior Program Officer-Restoration Specialist” in the subject line of the email. In your cover letter, please address your ability, based on your skills and experience, to accomplish the duties of the position, especially to work with potential grant applicants and funding partners.

The Chesapeake Bay Trust provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age or disability in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. We encourage applications from people of color.