University of Maryland Extension

Chesapeake Conservation Corps Opportunity

UMD Sea Grant Extension is one of many potential Host sites for the 2015-16 Chesapeake Conservation Corps service year. The Chesapeake Conservation Corps Program, administered by the Chesapeake Bay Trust, provides service-learning opportunities and green job training for young people through environmental and energy conservation projects. The Trust matches young adults 18-25 with Maryland nonprofits, government agencies, and educational institutions to work fulltime in the environmental field gaining hands-on environmental, leadership, and technical training opportunities for a one-year term of service ($16,000 annually).

The purpose of the Corps is:

1) to enable stipend volunteers to work with host organizations and communities throughout Maryland to implement on-the-ground restoration and energy conservation projects, and

2) to provide leadership and training opportunities for young adults pursuing environmental and conservation careers including conferences, trainings, grant writing, project management and so on. 

If successfully matched with the UMD Sea Grant Extension Watershed Protection and Restoration Program (WPRP), the Corps Volunteer will gain direct, hands-on experience developing and implementing cutting-edge, innovative programming around stormwater management and community engagement. Depending on the skills and interests of the Corps Volunteer, Sea Grant Extension can be flexible about the amount of time spent on these projects and opportunities. The Corps Volunteer will work in conjunction with the WPRP team on the following Extension programs:

1. Stormwater Management and Restoration Tracker (SMART) Tool. The SMART tool quantifies voluntary residential stormwater management efforts toward meeting

local Watershed Implementation Plan goals.

2. Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professionals (CBLP) certification program. The CBLP will provide a standard for consistent training and certification of landscape professionals who design, install, and maintain residential best management practices for stormwater management.

3. Watershed Stewards Academy (WSA) transferability package. The WSA engages community members to lead and implement local water quality improvement efforts.

The Chesapeake Bay Trust anticipates placing around 25-30 Corps Volunteers, young adults 18-25, with nonprofit organizations and government agencies throughout Maryland for a paid year of service ($16,000) beginning on August 25, 2015.

Click here to fill out an application to be a Chesapeake Conservation Corps volunteer. Applications due on April 17, 2015.

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

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