MD Oyster Restoration Intern

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation seeks an Oyster Gardening/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.

About 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 Norfolk, Virginia; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; and Washington, D.C., and in 15 field education program locations. CBF's headquarters office is in the Philip Merrill Environmental Center, the world’s first LEED platinum building.

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

Context of the Position

The Oyster Restoration Intern will be able to shadow and learn from the 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 be attending and working with staff and volunteers during restoration events as well as be included in the daily operations and upkeep of the center between events. It is important that you have a drive to ‘Save The Bay’ as well as be able to educate and inspire our volunteers. Applicants should be comfortable in and around the water and on large/small vessels.

Essential Functions

  • Report to CBF’s MD Oyster Restoration Center in Shady Side, MD and surrounding field locations, Easton and Baltimore in order to learn the CBF Oyster Restoration program.

  •  Learn on and below deck operations of CBF vessels and maintenance

  •  Attend and assist with Oyster Restoration volunteer events.

  •  Engage volunteers and connect their passion to restore oysters to support the enforcement and implementation of the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint

  •  Assist with & learn data collection, analysis and management processes

  •  Comfortable working with power tools or a willingness to learn.

Professional Experience and Qualifications

Successful candidate should be a college student majoring in environmental science, fishery science, aquaculture, marine affairs, or a related field. Applicants must be actively enrolled in college and working toward a degree. 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 Chesapeake Bay Foundation is recruiting for both paid and unpaid MD Oyster Restoration Interns.

The internship will begin in May 2018 and end in August 2018. Exact start and end dates are negotiable. 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.

How to Apply

To apply, please send cover letter & resume no later than May 1, 2018 to:

Human Resources/FY18I-015

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The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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