Arthur Sherwood Center at Meredith Creek Captain/Educator

Hiring Organization:
Chesapeake Bay Foundation

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Application Deadline:
May 19, 2017

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation seeks a full-time Captain/Educator for the Arthur Sherwood Education Center at Meredith Creek in Annapolis, MD.  This is a fulltime position that is exempt from overtime. 


The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is the largest regional non-profit conservation organization working solely to save the Bay. Established in 1967, CBF has a staff of approximately 185 employees working in offices in Annapolis Maryland; Richmond and VA Beach, Virginia; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; and Washington, D.C., and in 15 field education program locations. Our staff and volunteer corps work throughout the region educating students and adults, advocating for clean water polices, restoring waterways, and litigating when necessary.

CBF’s headquarters office in Annapolis, MD is the Philip Merrill Environmental Center, the world’s first U.S. Green Build Council’s LEED platinum building. In 2014, CBF opened The Brock Environmental Center in Virginia Beach, VA. The Brock Center is one of the most energy efficient, environmentally smart buildings in the world.

CBF has an annual budget of approximately $21 million and is supported by more than 200,000 members and e-subscribers. For more information on CBF please visit

CBF Environmental Education

Approximately 35,000 students and teachers participate each year in CBF’s education field experiences or teacher professional learning.

The Bay and its watershed is our classroom and CBF environmental educators are responsible for bringing the Bay alive to students.  We strive to make a lasting impression about the excitement and vulnerability of the Bay.

Each of CBF’s 15 education programs has its own individual character. The field experience options run the gamut from urban boat programs in Baltimore and Hampton Roads to Pennsylvania canoe programs to remote island-based residential centers.  We use hands-on experiential teaching techniques to educate students about the health of the Bay and connect them back to their local environment.  Educators promote and develop citizen knowledge about the Bay by providing unforgettable, hands-on, student lead experiences that inspire them with a commitment to take action for the restoration of the Bay.

The education department is comprised of field programs, Teacher and Principal Professional Learning, and Student Leadership.  All of these components work closely to encourage and lead students to take action toward “Saving the Bay.”


The Arthur Sherwood Study Center, located on Meredith Creek, is the oldest Chesapeake Bay Foundation environmental education program. The Arthur Sherwood program allows students to gain a more complete understanding and appreciation of the ecosystem combining the resources of a USCG inspected boat, the Marguerite, with the hands-on experience of flatwater canoes. The Captain and Program Manager teach participants on board the Marguerite using water quality testing equipment and biological sampling techniques such as dredging for oysters or pulling a trawl net. Additionally, the Captain and Program Manager use canoes to explore the quiet shallower waters of Meredith Creek, identifying marine and plant species and evaluating water quality.  The Arthur Sherwood program’s work boat, Marguerite, is based and generally conducts education programs on Meredith Creek but is often used at other CBF education programs as well. Program participants range from the primary audience of 4th through 12th grade students, college students, teachers, CBF members & donors, and other adult groups.

Education Program Essential Functions:

  • Safely & professionally serve as Captain and Educator
  • Maintain USCG inspected work boat. Ensure safe operation of the boat.  Inform passengers of safety precautions
  • Maintain/repair boat, equipment, center and educational gear
  • Participate & manage regular inspections and safety checklists
  • Develop and implement one-day field programs using multiple field based methods such as conducting biological sampling and water quality testing for middle and high school aged students, teachers, and other participants
  • Continually adapt program content based upon grade/age level of students, weather, and group dynamics and feedback/evaluations from teachers and supervisors
  • Plan and execute summer courses for Chesapeake Classrooms Teacher Professional Learning program and/or Student Leadership Program
  • Program staff are responsible for the safety of all field participants, ensure that all safety protocols are rigorously followed, and are required to respond to medical emergencies that may arise
  • Complete/submit timesheets, personal expense reports, credit card reports, and all other relevant administrative tasks in a timely manner
  • Provide timely communication and updates about the program to supervisors and other CBF departments
  • Develop and implement one-year program plan that is in alignment with CBF’s strategic plan
  • Attend all safety training and professional development offerings
  • This physically-demanding position involves fairly frequent weekend and evening work, year-round exposure to the elements, and overnight travel for staff trainings and meetings 


Successful Candidate should possess the following:

  • Minimum 25-ton Master of Inland Waters USCG Captain license with a FCC certification
  • 1-3 years’ experience operating & maintaining a USCG inspected passenger carrying vessel
  • 1-3 years’ experience teaching in either a formal or non-formal setting
  • A strong desire to teach in the field/outdoors (under all weather conditions) and work with students on a daily basis
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills
  • Energy, enthusiasm, and passion for students and the environment
  • Creativity, humor and self-confidence
  • Collaborative work style
  • Desire and ability to relate to people of all ages and backgrounds
  • Knowledge of environmental issues facing the Bay
  • Knowledge of Chesapeake Bay Foundation & the Education Department mission, strategic plans & goals is a plus
  • Strong commitment to safety and maintenance

Physical Requirements:

  • Physical ability to lift and carry heavy objects-at least 45 pounds (canoes and other equipment)
  • This physically demanding position involves year-round exposure to the elements
  • Ability to work occasional evenings and/or weekends
  • Ability to work away from home for multiple-day periods throughout the year
  • Ability to travel to attend trainings & meetings
  • Ability to have reliable transportation to travel to other CBF field programs & locations as needed


  • Must pass a criminal background check
  • All education staff participate in a pre-employment & random drug screening program per the requirements of the US Coast Guard

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for (3) references no later than May 19, 2017 to:

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Chesapeake Bay Foundation

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.