Are you an aspiring college student or recent graduate interested in water resources protection and biological monitoring? The Chesapeake Conservation Corps Program is seeking applicants to assist the Maryland Department of Natural Resources! Apply to the Chesapeake Bay Trust by March 12.

The Chesapeake Conservation Corps Program provides an opportunity where young professionals can gain vital green jobs skills and build a network of connections in the environmental field while earning a salary. These one-year opportunities place young adults (ages 18-25) with nonprofits or government agencies to work full-time in the environmental field in the Chesapeake watershed. This program provides hands-on professional and leadership experience. This initiative is supported by the Trust, BGE an Exelon Company, the U.S. National Park Service and the state of Maryland.

Opportunity #1


One CCC member would work with their host to protect and restore Maryland’s state-owned lakes by conducting water quality monitoring, harmful algal bloom assessments, and submerged aquatic vegetation surveys and restoration from powerboats, kayaks and on foot. The CCC member would also receive training opportunities to participate in Chesapeake Bay-wide monitoring and restoration projects. Contact: Mike Naylor

Opportunity #2


One member would work with their hosts as a member of the Maryland Biological Stream Survey, one of the premier biological monitoring programs of its kind in the US. These members will travel to streams around the state to evaluate stream health by surveying fish, macroinvertebrates, habitat, and water chemistry. This Corps member’s Capstone project would focus on monitoring and evaluating stream restoration projects funded by the Department. Contact: Matt Ashton

Opportunity #3

One member’s project would focus on further developing an aspect of the Department’s freshwater mussel restoration and conservation initiatives. Contact: Matt Ashton

The purpose of the Corps Program is 1) to enable young adults to work with organizations and communities on issues impacting the Chesapeake Bay, and 2) to better prepare young adults pursuing careers in the environmental field. Corps Members will work on projects and programs that fall into at least one of six categories (environmental restoration, community engagement, environmental education, energy conservation, sustainable agriculture or forestry), gain career and leadership skills, and become more engaged through meaningful community service.


The Chesapeake Bay Trust anticipates placing around 35-40 Corps Members, young adults 18-25, with nonprofit organizations and government agencies throughout the Chesapeake Bay region for a paid year of service ($19,000) beginning on August 18, 2020. To find the application, go to

Applications must be submitted through the Trust’s online system by March 12, 2020 at 4:00 pm.


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For questions about this potential internship opportunity with Maryland DNR, please contact Program Manager Mike Naylor at

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