The Chesapeake Bay Trust is excited to announce that the application to become a Corps Member in the 2024-25 Chesapeake Conservation and Climate Corps* cohort is open!

The Chesapeake Conservation and Climate Corps is a one-year term of stipend-supported service that places young adults with nonprofits or government agencies to serve full-time in the environmental field. Throughout the year young professionals receive experience managing projects and programs, leadership and professional development training, mentorship, a support network of young professionals, and other skill-building opportunities including networking and grant writing. Positions offered by the Host Organizations are in the fields of environmental restoration, community engagement, climate change, environmental education, sustainable agriculture, energy conservation, and forestry.

The Chesapeake Bay Trust anticipates placing approximately 50 Corps Members, young adults aged 18-25, at nonprofit organizations and government agencies throughout the Chesapeake Bay Region for a year of stipend-supported service from August 14, 2024 to August 13, 2025. Corps Members will receive a living stipend of $31,200 from the Trust to support their year of service.

All applications must be submitted through the Trust’s online system by Thursday, March 7, 2024 at 4:00 pm EST. To view the list of potential Host Organizations, view the application package, and access the online application visit the Chesapeake Conservation and Climate Corps section of the Trust’s website at

The Chesapeake Bay Trust is holding a virtual Information Session on February 9th, 2024 at 12:00pm where we will be sharing information and answering questions about the Corps Member application process and Corps Program. Register for the virtual session at

For any questions about the Chesapeake Conservation Corps contact Program Coordinator Hayley Rost or 410-974-2941, ext. 119 or Carlton Burns or 410-974-2941, ext. 125.



  • Corps Members will be age 18 to 25 at the start of the program.
  • Corps Members are a citizen of the United States, a permanent resident alien, or have documentation confirming permission to work in the U.S. during the year-long term of service.


  • Each Corps Member will serve full-time (approximately 40 hours a week) at a Host Organization for a period of one year from August 2024 to August 2025.
  • Corps Members will participate in 12 leadership and professional development trainings and three project days provided by the Chesapeake Conservation and Climate Corps program within the service year.
  • Corps Members will complete a capstone project with the support of their Host Organization by the end of the service year.
  • Corps Members will complete at least four peer-to-peer site visit days visiting fellow Corps Members and participating in activities at other Host Organizations throughout the service year.


*In 2022 the Maryland General Assembly enacted the Climate Solutions Now Act, one aspect of which is the expansion of the climate focus of the Chesapeake Conservation Corps and provision of resources to increase the number of Corps placements. These changes allow the Chesapeake Conservation and Climate Corps (Corps) to increase its impact in addressing the complex environmental issues of today in the face of climate change, serving communities disproportionately affected by climate change, and preparing young adults for the demands and needs of the green workforce.