The Chesapeake Bay Foundation seeks a Chesapeake Oyster Alliance Intern to be based at the Brock Environmental Center located in Virginia Beach, Virginia.


Established over 50 years ago, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is the nation’s leading conservation organization dedicated solely to restoring and protecting the Chesapeake Bay, our nation’s largest estuary. With 300,000 members, an annual operating budget of $26 million, and a $55 million endowment, CBF’s 190 full time staff work in offices in Annapolis and Easton, MD; Richmond and Virginia Beach, VA; Harrisburg, PA; Washington, DC; and in 15 field education program locations across the Bay watershed.

CBF’s headquarters – the Philip Merrill Environmental Center – in Annapolis is the world’s first USGBC LEED platinum building. In 2014, CBF opened the Brock Environmental Center in Virginia Beach; the Brock Center is the tenth certified Living Building and one of the most energy efficient, environmentally smart buildings in the world.



Environmental Protection and Restoration

CBF’s Environmental Protection and Restoration department defends and restores the Chesapeake Bay by protecting the Bay’s natural resources from pollution and other harmful activities by fighting for strong and effective laws and regulations; restoring the Bay’s essential habitats and filtering mechanisms; and involving citizens in CBF’s environmental efforts by recruiting, training, and incorporating them as effective partners and leaders.




This internship will help design, plan, and execute the 2022 Annual Chesapeake Oyster Science Symposium in addition to existing partner outreach and recruitment of potential Chesapeake Oyster Alliance partners.


Essential functions include:


  1. Supporting the Chesapeake Oyster Alliance Manager with outreach to the Chesapeake Oyster Alliance Partners and recruitment of potential COA Partners.
  2.  Assisting with implementation of the Second Annual Chesapeake Oyster Alliance; to include contacting potential presenters for the conference; identifying locations and vendors for the event; conducting event planning meetings; and execution of the program, to be held in early June 2022.
  3. Assisting with distribution of Chesapeake Oyster Science Symposium printed and digital materials as needed to COA Partners, speakers, sponsors, and the general public.
  4. Identifying and contacting targets for promoting the Chesapeake Oyster Science Symposium and other COA initiatives through print, radio, TV, electronic media, special events, and personal presentations.
  5. In addition to the Chesapeake Oyster Science Symposium, similar duties as described related to the planning and execution of our semi-annual Spring Partner meeting may also be required. However, the Spring Partner meeting may be combined with the Chesapeake Oyster Science Symposium.
  6. Working with CBF staff, operating professionally as a point of contact for the Chesapeake Oyster Alliance and associated programs.
  7. Proficiency in MS Outlook, Word, and Excel
  8. Ability to work on Zoom, MS Teams, conference calls, and other platforms




Successful candidate must have self-initiative, the ability to work independently, as well as with a team, and excellent written and oral communication skills. We seek a committed, creative thinker interested in learning about the importance of the Bay oyster to the overall recovery of the Chesapeake Bay region ecosystem and economic health, as well as furthering the Foundation’s mission to “Save the Bay.” Candidates with experience in event production will receive particular attention.



To apply, please send your resume with cover letter no later than February 25, 2022, to:


Human Resources

Chesapeake Bay Foundation





Just as biodiversity is the key to a thriving ecosystem, human diversity is the key to saving the Bay. Success depends on people from widely diverse backgrounds, cultures, ethnicities, identities, and races taking collective action. Clean water, clean air, and a safe environment are rights we all share.


To increase diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation will:


  • Recruit and retain a staff, board, and membership that reflect the diversity of people living within the Chesapeake Bay region;
  • Strengthen and broaden the diversity of our partnerships;
  • Celebrate and value the diversity of staff; and
  • Fight to ensure that everyone has equal access to clean water, clean air, and a safe environment.


CBF requires that all staff be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  The successful candidate will need to submit verification of vaccination or have a valid religious or medical reason not to be vaccinated.


CBF is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.