Chesapeake Conservation Corps

Izaak Walton League of America is one of many potential Host sites for the 2017-18 Chesapeake Conservation Corps service year. The Corps Program provides hands-on entry level experience and leadership opportunities as a stepping stone to a career in their chosen field. Not only are the participants working fulltime at their selected host site, but they also receive extensive leadership and professional development trainings. The Corps Program places young adults 18-25 with nonprofit or government agencies to work fulltime in the environmental field for a one-year term of paid service in the Chesapeake Bay region ($17,000 annual stipend). This initiative is supported by the Trust, Constellation Energy, the National Park Service and the state of Maryland.

The purpose of the Corps Program is 1) to enable young adults to work with host organizations and communities throughout the Mid-Atlantic region on issues surrounding the Chesapeake Bay, and 2) to provide leadership and training opportunities for young adults pursuing environmental careers including conferences, trainings, grant writing, project management and others.  Corps Members help manage programs and projects in the realms of environmental restoration, community engagement, environmental education, energy conservation, sustainable agriculture and forestry that will promote and sustain the Bay and its surrounding environment. This program provides young adults with the opportunities to gain career skills and become more engaged through meaningful community service.

If successfully matched with Izaak Walton League the Corps Member will be involved in all aspects of Save Our Streams and Creek Freaks Programs:

Training Program Leaders to Continuously Deliver Environmental Education to Students

The Conservation Corps Volunteer will recruit, train and support Izaak Walton League members, after-school program, summer camp staff, and community volunteers to serve as Creek Freaks program leaders for children. Training program leaders is an important focus of the position because it will create a network that can engage children year after year. The Corps Volunteer will conduct these trainings for adult program leaders who will then deliver the program to an additional audience of children throughout Maryland. These trainings serve as exceptional networking opportunities for the Corps Volunteer, as they engage and interact with educational professionals throughout Maryland.  The Corps Volunteer will have the opportunity to deliver environmental education and outdoor exploration activities to children of all ages and their families, working with the League’s Conservation Education staff and local League chapters. This position will require 60% office time and 40% field time.

Program Promotion and Materials Development

The Corps Volunteer will create materials and content as needed to enhance Creek Freaks program delivery to children and adult program leaders in Maryland. The Corps Volunteer may also develop new water-based educational and outdoor exploration activities for use with children and their families. He or she will use social media avenues, including Facebook and Twitter, to engage program participants and the public in a discussion of water quality issues and to promote the program throughout Maryland. The Corps Volunteer will have the opportunity to write articles that will be featured in the League’s blog, national magazine and other publications.

Stream Monitoring Activities with Adults and Students

The Corps Volunteer will become well versed in the Izaak Walton League’s stream monitoring protocols, and will help monitor the water quality of Maryland streams with volunteers and partner organizations. The Corps Volunteer will gain technical skills needed to perform stream monitoring, including biological, chemical and physical monitoring protocols used by the League’s Save Our Streams program. The Corps Volunteer will enter water quality data into an online database and will track vital information about the number of volunteers participating and the number of stream sites monitored.

The Corps Volunteer will also have the opportunity to work with the Chesapeake Monitoring Cooperative (CMC). The CMC is a group of leading organizations that provide technical, programmatic, and outreach support for the integration of water quality and benthic macroinvertebrate monitoring data into the Chesapeake Bay Program partnership. The main objective of this cooperative is to enable the use of all data of known quality to inform watershed management decisions and restoration efforts. The CMC works with diverse partners to collect and share new and existing water quality data as well as train and engage new volunteers to monitor the health of the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

The Chesapeake Bay Trust anticipates placing around 30-35 Corps Members, young adults 18-25, with nonprofit organizations and government agencies throughout the Mid-Atlantic region for a paid year of service ($17,000) beginning on August 22, 2017.  To find the application go to https://cbtrust.org/prospective/.

Applications must be submitted through the Trust’s online system by April 14, 2017 at 5:00 pm.

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