Virginia Oyster Gardening Intern - Spring/Summer 2020 (Paid)

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

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 Oyster Gardening Intern will assist CBF staff with the planning and execution of our Oyster Gardening Program. CBF's Oyster Gardening Program is a citizen-based program that teaches hundreds of people how to grow and care for oysters to use in restoration projects throughout Virginia. The majority of the work will be office work, based out of CBF's Brock Environmental Center in Virginia Beach, assisting CBF staff with the administrative aspects of this program, including volunteer engagement, marketing, and other office-based tasks. Some of the work will be outside in the field, helping prepare restoration materials for the oyster gardening program.

Essential Functions

  • Assist in training volunteers to help manage oyster gardening events
  • Assist in recruiting and permitting new public oyster gardening locations
  • Assist with marketing and publicizing the oyster gardening program
  • Make phone calls to current oyster gardeners to register them for events
  • Manage oyster gardening email inbox and field phone calls
  • Help answer questions from prospective and current gardeners
  • Help prepare materials for each event including spat-on-shell, cages, forms, etc.
  • Help CBF staff with general office/administrative support, including data entry and filing, digital and material organization, among other tasks

Professional Experience and Qualifications

Successful candidate should be a college student with excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills; an ability to work effectively with staff and volunteers, as well as independently; an ability to be a self-starter. Excellent time management skills needed to handle multiple, concurrent projects. Applicants must be actively enrolled in school and working toward a degree or a recent graduate. Familiarity with Excel, Word, and Outlook required. 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 successful candidate must have reliable transportation for travel to CBF's Brock Environmental Center in Virginia Beach. In addition, in order to help manage oyster gardening workshops, this position must work some weeknights and Saturdays in the months of June, July and August.

How to Apply

Using the link below, please submit a cover letter and resume no later than February 29, 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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