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Grassroots Outreach Intern (Unpaid)

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation seeks a Grassroots Outreach Intern to be based at its Virginia State Office located in Richmond. This is an unpaid Internship for the Fall of 2015.


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 Virginia 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, Maryland 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, Virginia. The Brock Center is one of the most energy efficient, environmentally smart buildings in the world.

CBF has an annual budget of approximately $21 millions and is supported by more than 200,000 members and e-subscribers. For more information on CBF please visit


The Virginia Grassroots Outreach Intern works to assist in engaging and building support among diverse constituencies for preserving and improving the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed. Constituencies we seek to engage include: CBF members, college and university students, like-minded organizations, state officials, local decision makers, the media, and the general public.

Essential functions include:

  1. Help CBF staff to utilize social media as a means of publicity for events, restoration work, and developing projects (Twitter, Facebook, etc.).
  2. Assist CBF staff in preparing equipment for restoration projects such as our Grasses for the Masses program.
  3. Assist in mobilizing students and citizens around Bay legislative and regulatory issues, and to educate respective populations on the "Clean Water Blueprint." For example, the grassroots intern may work at a CBF table at a festival or on campus to gather signatures for support of federal legislation, or to educate on ongoing efforts to reduce pollution limits in areas throughout Virginia's bay watershed and ways to get involved.
  4. Assist CBF staff to coordinate student-specific educational and volunteer opportunities such as nature walks, river cleanups, and Bay-related film screenings.
  5. Work with CBF staff to support outreach and resource protection initiatives across Virginia. For example, the grassroots intern may work with CBF staff to recruit CBF members and/or students to participate in a tree planting, help manage the logistics of the day, and personally participate in the planting.
  6. Aid CBF staff in recruiting volunteers, including students, to participate in CBF niche programs and activities such as Cyclists for the Bay, Gardeners for the Bay, and BayFlix.
  7. Aid CBF staff in conducting research that supports our conservation efforts and Blueprint advocacy efforts. For example, the grassroots intern may research the economic benefits of protecting the Bay.


CBF is looking for a Virginia Grassroots Outreach Intern with excellent communication skills, a passion for the Bay and its tributaries, and the desire to take action. Interns must be able to commit to at least 7 hours per week.  Eligible candidates must be actively enrolled in a college or university. Each intern will work directly with the Virginia Grassroots Coordinator.

To apply, please send cover letter and resume no later than September 13, 2015 to:

Human Resources/FY16I-02-VAGRI
Chesapeake Bay Foundation

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Virginia Legal Intern (unpaid)

Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Inc. (CBF) the Mid-Atlantic's largest regional non-profit conservation organization working solely to save the Bay, seeks a legal intern for its Virginia State Office located in Richmond, Virginia.


CBF has a staff of approximately 170 employees working in offices in Annapolis and Salisbury, Maryland; Richmond and Norfolk, Virginia; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; and Washington, D.C., and in 15 field education program locations. CBF's headquarters is in the Philip Merrill Environmental Center, a "cutting edge," environmentally responsible building located in Annapolis, Maryland. Its Richmond office is located in the heart of downtown, overlooking both the James River and the Capitol.

CBF has an annual budget of approximately $21 million and is supported by more than 200,000 members, volunteers, and other supporters. For more information on CBF's mission and activities, please visit


The legal intern would be part of CBF's Environmental Protection and Restoration Program (EPR) which includes lawyers, scientists, planners, grassroots, and communications staff who work on wide spectrum of Bay-related issues, including water and air quality, point and non-point source pollution, land use and conservation, growth management, transportation, wetlands protection, and fisheries management. The intern would support EPR's advocacy to enforce existing laws and to develop more effective regulatory programs through participation in local, state, and federal regulatory initiatives, legislative work before the Virginia General Assembly, litigation, and many other CBF-specific initiatives to protect and enhance water quality in the Bay and its tidal tributaries.

The legal intern at the Virginia State office may be expected to travel within the watershed and to attend at least one of CBF's educational field trips (canoeing, work boat, skipjack, etc.) for a direct experience with the natural resources CBF strives to protect.

The legal intern is expected to have the opportunity to participate in some or all of the following:

  • Help to prepare policy positions and presentations, craft proposed legislation, and monitor legislative study committees
  • Work with staff to investigate and critique implementation of state laws and regulations
  • Assist in preparation of administrative petitions, amicus briefs, and litigation documents
  • Work with other staff to experience "on-the-ground" environmental activities (e.g., delineation of foreign or invasive wetland plants, tour of industrial facilities)
  • Conduct legal research on a broad range of environmental issues
  • Help with management of legal projects (e.g., conservation easement negotiation and drafting; permit reviews)


The Virginia State office is currently seeking a legal intern for a period of approximately 12 weeks. The length of the internship, and whether the position is full time or part time, will depend on CBF's specific needs. Law students who have completed at least the first year are invited to apply for this unpaid position.

If interested, please submit cover letter and resume to:

Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Attn: Legal Internship
6 Herndon Ave
Annapolis, MD 21403

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