The Chesapeake Bay Foundation seeks a Maryland Oyster Gardening Assistant to assist CBF Oyster Restoration staff in Baltimore, MD, Shady Side, MD, Annapolis, MD and Maryland’s Eastern Shore.


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 and Salisbury, Maryland; Richmond and Norfolk, Virginia; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; and Washington, D.C., and in 17 field education program locations. CBF’s headquarters office is in the Philip Merrill Environmental Center, a “cutting edge,” environmentally responsible building located in Annapolis, Maryland.

CBF has an annual budget of approximately $21 million and is supported by more than 226,000 members, volunteers, and other supporters. For more information on CBF please visit


The Maryland Oyster Gardening Assistant will assist Chesapeake Bay Foundation Oyster Restoration staff with several potential projects.  This is an outside field position. Applicants should be comfortable in and around the water and on small vessels.

Essential functions include:
• Assist CBF Oyster Restoration staff at CBF’s Oyster Restoration Center in Shady Side, MD and with the Great Baltimore Oyster Partnership in Baltimore, MD.
• Assist with oyster gardening workshops in Annapolis, Baltimore, Eastern Shore, Southern Maryland and Shady Side, MD.
• Help facilitate and organize workshop materials including wading in to retrieve oyster shell bags, handing out shell bags and materials to Maryland Oyster Gardeners and planting oyster spat-on-shell on local bodies of water.


Successful candidate recent college graduates or aspiring professionals looking for experience in the environmental or conservation field who majored in 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. A candidate with experience with shellfish aquaculture and/or spat-on-shell is preferred.  We seek a creative thinker interested in learning about the Chesapeake Bay as well as furthering the Foundation’s mission to “Save the Bay”.

This is a paid position. The successful candidate will be hired for the beginning of the spring oyster gardening season, assist with spring oyster spat-on-shell returns and oyster plantings. This is a 6-week position, starting in May and ending mid-June. 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. Being available to work on weekends and evenings is a must. Must be able to lift at least 20 lbs.

To apply, please send resume and cover letter with a brief explanation of why you would like to intern with CBF as soon as possible but no later than April 6, 2018:

Human Resources/FY18-016-MDSOGA
Chesapeake Bay Foundation
6 Herndon Avenue
Annapolis, MD 21403

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.