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Chesapeake Conservation Corps Member

Opportunity for USA Young Adults to Gain
Work Experience in Environmental Stewardship

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Chesapeake Bay Trust

Deadline Date:

03/12/20 4:00 PM


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Opportunity for USA young adults to gain work experience in the field of environmental stewardship. The program provides training, networking, and leadership opportunities. Funding is intended to support a wide range of programs and projects related to the environment including energy conservation, environmental education, restoration, forestry, and community engagement. Corps Members will be placed with nonprofit organizations and government agencies throughout Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay.

Each year, the Chesapeake Conservation Corps Program places young adults (ages 18-25) with nonprofit or government agencies to work full-time in the environmental field for a one-year term of paid service in the Chesapeake Bay region. The Corps Members receive hands-on green job and leadership experience through on-the-ground experience leading and assisting with projects and programs for their host sites, extensive trainings hosted by the Trust and 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.

The purpose of the Corps Program is two-fold: The first is to enable stipend Corps Members to work with Host Organizations and communities to implement a wide variety of environmental projects and programs including those in the fields of restoration, environmental education, forestry, sustainable agriculture, energy conservation, and community engagement. The second is to provide leadership and training opportunities for young adults who may pursue environmental and conservation careers.

The specific objectives of the Corps are to:

  1. Promote, preserve, protect, and sustain local streams, rivers, the Bay, and the region’s other natural resources;
  2. Provide young adults with opportunities to become better professionals, leaders, and citizens through meaningful service to local communities and the Chesapeake Bay region;
  3. Mobilize, educate, and train young adults to work with communities and schools to promote environmental and energy conservation actions needed to preserve, protect, and sustain the environment;
  4. Provide opportunities for young adults, especially disadvantaged young adults, to be trained for careers that will be part of the emerging green economy; and
  5. Advance the diversity and influx of young talent to both increase the accessibility to environmental careers and build the capacity of organizations working on Chesapeake Bay issues. 

Corps Member Activities

Corps Members will be engaged in one or more of a wide array of activities in the fields of environmental restoration, energy conservation, sustainable agriculture, forestry, community engagement, and/or K-12 environmental education. The activities must meet an identifiable public need, with specific emphasis on projects and programs that result in long-term preservation, protection, and conservation of the environment. For more information and for project examples, see:

For requirements and responsibilities, see "Qualifications" section of URL for Full text below, and

For information on the match process, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 187717

Number of Grants:

The Chesapeake Bay Trust anticipates placing 35-40 Corps Members with nonprofit organizations and government agencies throughout Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The individual Corps Member will receive a stipend of $19,000 per year.

Term of Contract:

Duration of Corps Member Service: Fulltime 12 month period, August 18, 2020 – August 17, 2021

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Individuals will be between the ages of 18 and 25 years at the time of enrollment and will include individuals with and without college degrees.
- Corps Members must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident.

Corps Members may not:
- Participate in any partisan political activity while engaged in the performance of duties as stipend volunteers.
- Participate in any regulatory or statutory enforcement activities while engaged in the performance of duties as a member of the Corps Program.
- Undertake a project if the project would replace regular workers or duplicate or replace an existing service in the same locality.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants must submit proposals using the Online System by 4:00 pm on March 12th, 2020.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit at least a few days prior to the deadline given the potential for high website traffic on the due date. The Trust cannot guarantee availability of Online System technical assistance on the deadline date.

Important Dates:
- Dec 2019-Mar 11, 2020: Corps Member applications solicited. Eligible Host Organization applicants will be posted at for potential Corps Member applicants to view.
- Mar 12, 2020 Corps Member application deadline
- Mar 16-Apr 3, 2020: First Round Review of Corps Member applicants
- Apr 8-May 18, 2020: Applications of Corps Member Finalists made available to potential Host Organizations to view.
- TBD April 2020: Corps Job Fair: Opportunity for potential Hosts and Corps Members Finalists to interact. (Optional but strongly encouraged)
- May 18, 2020: All Host Organization applicants required to submit their list of Corps Member applicant placement choices and all Corps Member applicants required to submit their ranking of Host organization applicant placement choices.
- May 26, 2020: Placement offers to Corps Members begin. Host Organizations will be expected to agree to host any potential Corps Member identified in their match lists.
- Mid-June, 2020: Placement offers complete.
- Aug 18, 2020: Service terms begin. All Host mentors and all Corps Members will be required to attend an orientation event on August 18, 2020.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Chesapeake Bay Trust Online System:

Tara Drennan
Senior Program Officer
(410) 974-2941 x102

Grant Coverage Areas:

Corps Members will be placed with nonprofit organizations and government agencies throughout Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay.

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