About the Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Established over 50 years ago, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is the nation’s leading conservation organization dedicated solely to restoring and protecting the Chesapeake Bay, our nation’s largest estuary. With 300,000 members, an annual operating budget of $26 million, and a $55 million endowment, CBF’s 190 full time staff work in offices in Annapolis and Easton, MD; Richmond and Virginia Beach, VA; Harrisburg, PA; Washington, DC; and in 15 field education program locations across the Bay watershed.
CBF's headquarters - the Philip Merrill Environmental Center – in Annapolis is the world’s first USGBC LEED platinum building. In 2014, CBF opened the Brock Environmental Center in Virginia Beach; the Brock Center is the tenth certified Living Building and one of the most energy efficient, environmentally smart buildings in the world.
Context of the Position
The Hampton Roads Outreach Intern assists in engaging and building support among diverse constituencies for preserving and improving the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Constituencies we seek to engage include: CBF members, community and conservation organizations, elected officials, local decision makers, the media, and the general public.
1. Assist CBF staff in educating and engaging the public on key policy, legislation and funding issues, for example, garnering support for a high priority bills related to environmental conservation during the General Assembly session.
2. Assist CBF staff in leading and recruiting volunteers at a variety of programs and events, including the BEC Lecture Series, Lobby Days in Richmond, Clean the Bay Day and others.
3. Assist CBF staff to conduct signature CBF programs. For example, the intern may work with CBF staff to recruit volunteers and guests to participate in a Brock Environmental Learning Series event, help manage the logistics of the day, coordinate volunteers, and supervise the event itself.
4. Assist in mobilizing students and citizens to support Virginia’s Clean Water Blueprint. For example, the intern may work at a CBF table at a festival or fair to gather signatures in support of particular legislation or funding priorities.
5. Assist with community outreach and promotion to residents, businesses, and schools in Hampton Roads to garner support or participation in a variety of CBF programs, via email, Facebook, phone calls and other means of distribution.
6. Assist CBF staff with cleaning, organizing, and inventorying equipment, documents, photos and data for a variety of programs.
Professional Experience and Qualifications
Excellent communication skills, a passion for the Bay and its tributaries, and the desire to take action. Familiarity with MS Office required. Interns must have their own transportation and need to be able to commit to between 15 and 20 hours per week. Eligible candidates must be actively enrolled in a college or university. The intern will work directly with the Hampton Roads Grassroots Manager, Hampton Roads Executive Director, and other staff.
The Hampton Roads Outreach Internship is a paid internship.
How to Apply
Using the link below, please submit a cover letter and resume no later than February 19, 2020.Apply Now
CBF encourages diverse candidates to apply and is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment. CBF is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.