The Chesapeake Bay Foundation seeks an Oyster Restoration Specialist to be based at its Brock Environmental Center in Virginia Beach, VA.


Established in 1967, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is the largest regional nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to saving the Chesapeake Bay, its rivers and streams, and the wildlife that call it home through education, advocacy, litigation, and restoration. Since 2010, CBF has engaged in a focused effort to defend and implement the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint, a binding federal and state collaborative agreement aimed at reducing pollution to the science-based, legally-affirmed levels established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Blueprint is expected to be fully implemented by 2025. If the states and the federal government achieve Blueprint goals, the Bay will finally—after decades of failed efforts—be removed from the Clean Water Act’s impaired waters list. Successfully implementing the Blueprint depends on a well-informed, engaged, active, and diverse constituency of members, advocates, and volunteers who speak up and take action to save the Bay.

CBF has a staff of approximately 190 employees working in offices in Annapolis, Maryland; Richmond and Virginia Beach, Virginia; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; and Washington, D.C. as well as 15 field education program locations. Our staff and volunteer corps work throughout the region educating students and adults, advocating for clean water policies, restoring waterways, and litigating when necessary.

CBF’s headquarters office in Annapolis, Maryland 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—one of the world’s most energy efficient, environmentally smart buildings—in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

CBF has an annual budget of approximately $26 million and is supported by 300,000 members and e-subscribers. For more information on CBF, please visit


This position will assist the Virginia Oyster Restoration Manager and have substantial responsibilities for the day-to-day operation of CBF’s Virginia Oyster Restoration Program based out of Brock Environmental Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The position will also assist with the production, setting, and deployment of spat on shell and reef balls to be used as alternative oyster habitats; and a statewide shell recycling program/effort.

Salary: $45,000

Essential functions include:
1. Assist with operational aspects of the VA Oyster Restoration Program.
·Assist with core oyster restoration activities including spat-on-shell production, reef construction, and reef ball construction, among others.
·Operate CBF vessels up to 32’ in length and procure all necessary paperwork to pursue a USCG Captains License.
·Collect biological data related to the program.

2. Oversee the work of volunteers for the VA Oyster Restoration Program.
·Recruit volunteers for CBF’s VA Oyster Restoration Program.
·Manage communications to and from volunteers to ensure both CBF’s and the volunteer’s needs are met.
·Work with outreach staff to ensure there is an advocacy ask at all VA Oyster Restoration Program volunteer events.
·Maintain accurate records of oyster production, monitoring, and volunteer hours, and report hours to headquarters and in LCRM database.

3. Manage the CBF shell recycling program in Virginia in partnership with VA Oyster Restoration Manager.
·Check in regularly with participating restaurants and shell recycling volunteers to ensure shells are being picked up.
·Regularly operate a Ford F-150 truck and regularly tow a utility trailer to collect shells and maintain public oyster bins.
·Work with relevant CBF staff to update the CBF website and promote shell recycling.

4. Promote and support the VA Oyster Restoration Program and the Chesapeake Oyster Alliance.
·Raise the profile of CBF’s Oyster Restoration Program and the Chesapeake Oyster Alliance through public speaking engagements, displays at fairs/festivals, and on-site visits (e.g., decision-maker trips).
·Check oyster team voicemail and answer messages as needed.
·Provide administrative support for the oyster gardening program.
·Assist with GIS needs for oyster reef and living shoreline projects.
·Support the Chesapeake Oyster Alliance and the Making History Campaign as needed.

5. Other
·Work to ensure that systems, organizational culture, and practices are aligned with CBF’s mission, values and commitments related to DEIJ.
·Develop and refine programs and activities to ensure equitable practices and support the development of a diverse and effective team.
·Ensure an inclusive working environments that supports diverse populations.


Bachelor’s degree in biology, marine science, aquaculture, fisheries, and/or environmental science required; GIS experience required; 2-4 years of experience conducting controlled shellfish aquaculture and knowledge of regulatory aspects of aquaculture and fisheries, in particular, oysters, in the Bay desirable; experience operating and maintaining small boats up to 40 feet in length (ability to obtain an OUPV or 25 ton USCG Masters License is preferred); ability to swim and be comfortable working in Bay waters are prerequisites; ability to communicate with public officials, watermen, students, CBF members, and others about CBF’s mission and Restoration Program; ability to learn and implement CBF policies and procedures related to field programs and safety policies; ability to collect and organize data, keep logs and records as necessary, and juggle multiple projects/ responsibilities/schedules while remaining organized and enthusiastic; excellent oral and written communication skills required; must be proficient in MS Office and similar software and able to be trained in LCRM/Salesforce. Must be able to obtain a CPR and Wilderness First Aid certification. Must be reliable, organized, highly motivated, have a positive attitude, hold a valid driver’s license, and have reliable transportation. The position will require some long hours, especially during peak workloads, e.g., summer months, and weekend work will be necessary on occasion.

·Ability to communicate effectively with people from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Ability to receive and give supportive feedback to foster equity and inclusion in working relationships.
·Ability to recognize, nurture, and learn from strengths in co-workers.
·Having flexibility to accomplish job responsibilities in several work environments, whether it be from home, on the road, or in an office.

Please note this is a campaign-funded position that is expected to be funded for multiple years. However, as with any position that is dependent on campaign money, there is the risk of unexpected funding problems and the position can no longer be funded through the campaign. IF that should happen, CBF will review the position at that time to determine if it can then be funded from other sources of income within the organization.


To apply, please send resume and cover letter through job posting on CBF website no later than March 31, 2021

CBF offers a comprehensive benefits package to include: 20 vacation days, 10 sick days, health, vision, dental, life insurance, and a tax deferred retirement plan.


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 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.