Chesapeake Bay Foundation
THE CHESAPEAKE BAY FOUNDATION
Established over 50 years ago, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is the nation’s leading conservation organization dedicated solely to restoring and protecting the Chesapeake Bay, our nation’s largest estuary. With 300,000 members, an annual operating budget of $26 million, and a $55 million endowment, CBF’s 190 full time staff work in offices in Annapolis and Easton, MD; Richmond and Virginia Beach, VA; Harrisburg, PA; Washington, DC; and in 15 field education program locations across the Bay watershed.
CBF's headquarters - the Philip Merrill Environmental Center – in Annapolis is the world’s first USGBC LEED platinum building. In 2014, CBF opened the Brock Environmental Center in Virginia Beach; the Brock Center is the tenth certified Living Building and one of the most energy efficient, environmentally smart buildings in the world.
CONTEXT OF THE POSITION
The Baltimore Oyster Gardening Assistant will assist the Baltimore Program Manager and Oyster Restoration staff with several potential projects. This is an outside field position. The successful candidate will be hired for the beginning of the spring oyster gardening season and assist with Master Gardener workshops.
Essential functions include:
- Assist CBF Baltimore Program Manager and Oyster Restoration staff at CBF’s Oyster Restoration Center in Shady Side, MD and at various locations in Baltimore, MD with the Great Baltimore Oyster Partnership
- Facilitate and organize oyster gardening events, including retrieving oyster shell bags and caring for cages containing juvenile oysters in and around the Inner Harbor of Baltimore
- Lead workshops for new Oyster Gardeners (adults and youth). Teach the importance of oyster restoration in the Chesapeake Bay watershed
- Lead oyster cage maintenance workshops and collecting community science data and receive pat on shell from various locations to be planted on sanctuary reef
- Assist CBF Baltimore Program Manager with student-led oyster restoration. Working with students, teachers and school support staff to lead oyster gardening related activities and engagement through hands on learning.
PREFERRED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
Successful candidate should be a recent college graduate or entry-level professional. Related majors include environmental science, fishery science, aquaculture, marine affairs, or a related field. Self-initiative, the ability to work independently, as well as with a team and excellent written and oral communication skills are required.
We seek a creative thinker interested in learning about the Chesapeake Bay as well as furthering the Foundation’s mission to Save the Bay”. Candidates should be comfortable working with volunteers, speaking in public and engaging diverse audiences.
Candidates must be able to obtain a MD D.O.T certificate. All candidates should be comfortable driving trucks and towing trailers and working around water.
This is a paid position. The successful candidate will be hired for the beginning of the spring oyster gardening season, assist with Master Gardener workshops and oyster plantings, and aid the Maryland Oyster Restoration team with other seasonal activities. The successful candidate must have reliable transportation for travel to CBF’s headquarters in Annapolis, MD; Oyster Restoration Center in Shady Side, MD and locations around Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.
To apply, please send cover letter and resume no later than March 27, 2020.
WE ARE COMMITTED TO DIVERSITY, EQUITY, INCLUSION, AND JUSTICE
Just as biodiversity is the key to a thriving ecosystem, human diversity is the key to saving the Bay. Success depends on people from widely diverse backgrounds, cultures, ethnicities, identities, and races taking collective action. Clean water, clean air, and a safe environment are rights we all share.
To increase diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation will:
- Recruit and retain a staff, board, and membership that reflect the diversity of people living within the Chesapeake Bay region;
- Strengthen and broaden the diversity of our partnerships;
- Celebrate and value the diversity of staff; and
- Fight to ensure that everyone has equal access to clean water, clean air, and a safe environment.
CBF is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.