MD 2020 Spring/Summer Oyster Restoration Intern (Paid)

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation seeks an Oyster Restoration Intern to be based at and their Oyster Restoration Center (ORC) in Shady Side, MD. as well as various field locations.

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 over 275,000 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 Maryland Oyster Restoration Intern will gain hands-on experience working in the field of oyster restoration on the Chesapeake Bay. The restoration work will include several potential projects in the targeted tributaries, focusing mainly on restoring Maryland’s Oyster Sanctuaries on the Choptank River and Tilghman Island. Tasks include: oyster gardening events, reef ball events, shell shaking events, setting spat on shell, tank monitoring, deploying reef balls & spat on shell, cleaning tanks between spat sets, and boat maintenance. The position will require a lot of work with volunteers and partners, so it is important that you have a drive to ‘Save The Bay’ and be able to educate and inspire others. Applicants should also be comfortable in and around the water and on large/small vessels.

Hourly Rate: $12.50

Essential Functions

Report to CBF’s MD Oyster Restoration Center in Shady Side, MD and surrounding field locations including: Easton and Baltimore.

•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.
•Must be available at least twenty-four hours a week from mid-May through early August.

Professional Experience and Qualifications

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 ideal candidate is someone with a desire for continual learning and who possesses strong communication (oral and written), ability to work independently, as well as with a team and be able to manage multiple tasks with competing timelines and deliverables. The candidate should be a college student or recent graduate majoring in environmental science, fishery science, aquaculture, marine affairs, or a related field. Students must be actively enrolled in college and working toward a degree.

How to Apply

Using the link below, please submit a cover letter and resume no later than March 1, 2020.

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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.

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