The Chesapeake Bay Foundation seeks an Oyster (Gardening and Restoration) Intern to be based at both their Philip Merrill Center Environmental Center headquarters located in Annapolis MD, and their Oyster Restoration Center (ORC) in Shady Side, MD as well as various field locations. This is a paid internship to run from approximately May-August 2017. Exact start and end dates are negotiable.
THE CHESAPEAKE BAY FOUNDATION
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is the largest regional non-profit conservation organization working solely to save the Bay. Established in 1967, CBF has a staff of approximately 185 employees working in offices in Annapolis Maryland; Richmond and VA Beach, Virginia; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; and Washington, D.C., and in 15 field education program locations. Our staff and volunteer corps work throughout the region educating students and adults, advocating for clean water polices, restoring waterways, and litigating when necessary.
CBF's headquarters office in Annapolis, MD 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 in Virginia Beach, VA. The Brock Center is one of the most energy efficient, environmentally smart buildings in the world.
CBF has an annual budget of approximately $21 million and is supported by more than 200,000 members and e-subscribers. For more information on CBF please visit www.cbf.org.
CONTEXT OF THE POSITION
The Oyster Restoration Intern will assist Chesapeake Bay Foundation Oyster Restoration Center staff with several potential projects including but not limited to: oyster gardening events, reef ball events, shelling shaking, setting spat on shell, tank monitoring, deploying reef balls/ spat on shell, cleaning tanks between spat sets, boat maintenance /repair. The Restoration Intern will be assisting in pre-event preparation, working with volunteers during restoration events as well as daily operations and upkeep of the center between events. This is also an outside field position that will include data collection responsibilities. Outreach and education is a vital part of the experience at ORC; applicants should be comfortable addressing groups of 15-30 people. It is important that you have a drive to ‘Save The Bay’ as well as educate and inspire our volunteers. Applicants should be comfortable in and around the water and on large/small vessels.
Essential functions include:
• Assist a minimum of 3 days a week including some weekends with field operations at CBF’s MD Oyster Restoration Center in Shady Side, MD and surrounding field locations, Annapolis, St. Michaels, and Solomon’s Island.
• Assist with on and below deck operations of CBF vessels and maintenance
• Assist with managing volunteer events associated with the program
• Engage volunteers and connect their passion to restore oysters to support the enforcement and implementation of the TMDL (Total Maximum Daily Loads) pollution limits.
• Assist with data collection, analysis and management
• Comfortable working long hours outside in various conditions
• Comfortable working with power tools or a willingness to learn.
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
Successful candidate should be a college student or recent college graduate majoring (or majored) in environmental science, fishery science, aquaculture, marine affairs, or a related field. Self-initiative, the ability to work independently, as well as with a team and excellent written and oral communication skills are required. A candidate with experience with shellfish aquaculture and/or spat-on-shell is preferred. We seek a creative thinker interested in learning about the Chesapeake Bay as well as furthering the Foundation’s mission to "Save the Bay”.
The successful candidate must have reliable transportation for travel to CBF’s MD Oyster Restoration Center in Shady Side, MD, Philip Merrill Environmental Center in Annapolis, MD, and live in close proximity to the Annapolis area.
To apply, please send cover letter & resume no later than April 1, 2017 to:
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.