Watershed Stewards Academy is one of many potential Host sites for the 2017-18 Chesapeake Conservation Corps service year. The Corps Program provides hands-on entry level experience and leadership opportunities as a stepping stone to a career in their chosen field. Not only are the participants working fulltime at their selected host site, but they also receive extensive leadership and professional development trainings. The Corps Program places young adults 18-25 with nonprofit or government agencies to work fulltime in the environmental field for a one-year term of paid service in the Chesapeake Bay region ($17,000 annual stipend). This initiative is supported by the Trust, Constellation Energy, the National Park Service and the state of Maryland.


If successfully matched with the Watershed Stewards Academy, the Corps Member could be involved in one of two available positions.

 The  RainScaping Corps Member  will work directly with WSA Restoration Coordinator, Brad Deise to support Steward restoration projects. Some highlights of this position include:

  • Assist in the management and development of stormwater restoration projects
  • Residential Site Assessments
  • Monitoring BMPs (best management practices)
  • Coordinating the distribution and installation of buffers
  • WSA Certification Course, Continuing Education, and the Annual Conference

The Outreach and Community Engagement Corps Member will work directly with the WSA Operations Coordinator, Natalia Sanchez.  This individual will be challenged to increase the communications with and collaboration among Master Watershed Stewards.  He/she will help to photo and video document events, drum up excitement about workshops, events and Steward projects, and help build relationships among Stewards.  Some highlights of this position include:

  • Social Media and Communications Support
  • A Picture is Worth a 1000 Words
  • Support Steward Community Engagement and Outreach
  • WSA Certification Course, Continuing Education, and the Annual Conference 
  • Social Events

For full descriptions of the positions and more information, please visit http://aawsa.org/currentoppertunities/ 

The Chesapeake Bay Trust anticipates placing around 30-35 Corps Members, young adults 18-25, with nonprofit organizations and government agencies throughout the Mid-Atlantic region for a paid year of service ($17,000) beginning on August 22, 2017.  To find the application go to https://cbtrust.org/prospective/.

Applications must be submitted through the Trust’s online system by April 14, 2017 at 5:00 pm.

For any questions about becoming a volunteer or about the Chesapeake Conservation Corps, contact Senior Program Officer Tara Baker, tbaker@cbtrust.org or 410-974-2941, ext. 102.