Virginia Oyster Restoration Outreach Coordinator

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation seeks a VA Oyster Restoration Outreach Coordinator to be based at its Brock Environmental Center located in Virginia Beach, VA.

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 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

Context of the Position

The Virginia Oyster Restoration Outreach Coordinator will assist Chesapeake Bay Foundation Virginia Oyster Restoration Center staff with ongoing programs. The selected candidate will be responsible for assisting in the planning and execution of our Oyster Gardening Program as well as maintaining our Shell Recycling Program. A percentage of this work will be office work based out of the Brock Environmental Center, assisting CBF staff with the administrative aspects of these programs including recruitment of volunteers and organization of both programs. Some of this work will be outside in the field based out of the Virginia Oyster Restoration Center located in Gloucester Point, so the successful candidate should possess their own reliable transportation and be comfortable in and around the water and on small vessels.

Essential Functions

 Assist CBF staff with recruiting and managing volunteers for CBF’s Oyster Gardening Program and other restoration efforts within the Hampton Roads area.
• Communicate regularly and effectively with oyster gardeners, CBF staff, and volunteers.
• Work with CBF staff and local media outlets to advertise oyster gardening events.
• Recruit and train an “Oyster Boss” in each locality to assist with oyster gardening in their area.
• Lead efforts to grow the Oyster Gardening Program to 500 participants by 2020.
• Assist with preparing for oyster gardening events, including unloading tanks of spat on shell and boat maintenance.
• Keep an inventory of oyster gardening supplies. Order additional supplies as needed.
• Recruit new restaurants to join our Shell Recycling Program, as well as maintain the ones already participating.
• Engage local businesses, including restaurants and chefs, in oyster restoration, and leverage those relationships to expand CBF’s outreach efforts.
• Assist in mobilizing citizens around Bay-related issues, including working at a CBF table at a festival or on a university campus.
• Be effective in strategically marketing CBF’s goal of increasing the Bay wide oyster population.
• Assist CBF staff with office/administrative support including data entry.

Professional Experience and Qualifications

Successful candidate should be a college graduate with a major 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 oyster restoration efforts is preferred. A candidate with experience working with and coordinating volunteers is also preferred. Familiarity with Excel, Word, and Outlook is required.

During the month of June each year, the successful candidate must be available on some weekday evenings and on all Saturdays to lead our Oyster Gardening program. Must be able to lift 40 pounds and be comfortable working outside during the summer. We seek a creative thinker interested in learning about the Chesapeake Bay as well as furthering the Foundation’s mission to “Save the Bay.”

Please note this is a campaign-funded position that is expected to be funded for multiple years.  However, as with any position that is dependent on campaign money, there is the risk of unexpected funding problems and the position can no longer being funded through the campaign.  IF that should happen, CBF will review the position at that time to determine if it can then be funded from other sources of income within the organization.

How to Apply

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and salary history and requirements no later than January 31, 2018 to:

Human Resources/FY18-024-VOROC
Chesapeake Bay Foundation

CBF offers a comprehensive benefits package to include: 20 vacation days, 10 sick days, health, vision, dental, life insurance, and a tax deferred annuity plan.  The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.          

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