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hesapeake Conservation Corps

Volunteer Application Instructions

2015 – 2016

www.chesapeakebaytrust.org / 410-974-2941

The Chesapeake Conservation Corps is designed to engage young adults in environmental and energy conservation projects, accomplishing bay restoration, and developing valuable career skills at the same time.

April 17, 2015 at 5:00 pm

Duration of Corps Volunteer Service

12 months

Submit Your Application via Email:



Increasing community and individual stewardship is a critical component of efforts to restore local streams, rivers, and the Chesapeake Bay. The Trust has long focused on stewardship, awarding over $65 million in grants in our 30-year history to engage residents of the Bay watershed, from the Delmarva Peninsula to the mountains of western Maryland, in efforts to restore and protect our natural resources.

As part of this effort, the Chesapeake Bay Trust is proud to partner with the State of Maryland, Constellation Energy, and new partner the National Park Service to administer the Chesapeake Conservation Corps Program (the Corps Program). The purpose of the Corps Program is two-fold: the first is for stipend Volunteers to work with Host Organizations and communities throughout Maryland to implement watershed stewardship and energy conservation projects. The second is to provide leadership and training opportunities for young adults pursuing environmental and conservation careers. The specific objectives of the Corps are to:
1) Promote, preserve, protect, and sustain local streams, rivers, the Bay, and the region’s other natural resources;
2) Provide young adults with opportunities to become better citizens, students, and workers through meaningful service to their communities and the region;
3) Mobilize, educate, and train young adults to work with communities and schools to promote energy conservation and prevent or mitigate threats to the environment;
4) Provide opportunities for young adults, especially disadvantaged young adults, to be trained for careers that will be part of the emerging green economy; and
5) Educate and train communities and individuals about the long-term actions needed to promote, preserve, protect, and sustain the environment.

Who are the Corps Volunteers?
The Chesapeake Bay Trust anticipates placing 25-30 individuals in Host Organizations throughout Maryland, with service to begin August 25, 2015. Individuals will be between the ages of 18 and 25 years at the time of enrollment, and will include individuals with and without college degrees. They will serve a term of 12 months. The individual Corps Volunteer will receive a stipend of $16,000 per year administered by the Trust. Given the Trust’s goal of increasing diversity in the environmental sector and Bay stewardship efforts, people of color are strongly encouraged to apply to serve as Corps Volunteers..

Who are the Host Organizations?

Host organizations include non-profit organizations, local government organizations, and state government organizations. A list of organizations interested in serving as Host Organizations for the upcoming program year can be found at www.cbtrust.org/ChesapeakeConservationCorps after March 6th, along with full volunteer opportunity descriptions. Potential Volunteer applicants are strongly encouraged to contact one or more of these organizations to discuss potential service opportunities.

Corps Host-Volunteer Match Process and Timeline

Dec 2014-Feb 26, 2015

Host Organization applications solicited, and eligible host applications posted online as received for potential Volunteers to view.

Feb 27, 2015

Host Organization application deadline.

Feb 9-Apr 14, 2015

Volunteer applications solicited. During this time, application materials from eligible Host Organizations will be posted at www.cbtrust.org for potential Volunteer applicants to view.

Apr 17, 2015

Volunteer application deadline.

April 16-May 12, 2015
May 13-Jun 15, 2015

First round review of Volunteer applications.
60 top-ranked Volunteer applications made available to potential Host Organizations to view. Volunteer finalists are highly encouraged to contact their top Host applicants directly to discuss service opportunities.

Jun 3, 2015

Corps Job Fair: Opportunity for potential Hosts and Volunteer finalists to interact. (Optional)

Jun 15, 2015

All potential Hosts and all Volunteer finalists required to submit their top 5 match choices.

Jun 29, 2015

Placement offers to Volunteers begin..

Mid-July, 2015

Placement offers complete.

Aug 25, 2015

Service terms begin. All Host Mentors and all Volunteers will be required to attend an orientation event on August 25, 2015.

Due to interest in the Program, we anticipate that more Host Organizations and more Volunteers will apply than can be accommodated in the program. The Trust will organize placements based on the following criteria: 1) mutual match listings, 2) quality of the Volunteer application, 3) quality of the Host Organization application and anticipated experience offered to the Volunteer, 4) fields of interest matches, and 5) geographic location constraints and needs of the Volunteer applicant.
Corps Volunteer Eligible Activities
Corps Volunteers will be engaged in one or more of a wide array of tasks in the fields of environmental restoration, energy conservation, sustainable agriculture, forestry, community engagement, and/or K-12 environmental education. The activities must meet an identifiable public need, with specific emphasis on action projects that result in long-term preservation, protection, and conservation of the environment. If placed, each Corps Volunteer will work with his or her host organization and the Trust to structure a work program identifying the specific types of activities in which he or she will be engaged during the 12-month service period. This work program will include specific activities and quantifiable metrics in which the Volunteer will be engaged, including a capstone project led independently by the Volunteer that will be expected to comprise roughly 20% of the Volunteer’s time during the year-long service term.
Examples of Environmental Restoration Projects include:

  • Watershed restoration, including stream restoration, rain gardens, and other low-impact development projects;

  • Implementation of specific nutrient reduction activities, such as innovative stormwater practices (rain gardens, bioretention cells), planting of bay grasses and oysters, installing living shorelines;

  • Working with communities to improve their environmental impacts and activities and to encourage environmental stewardship.

Examples of Energy Conservation Projects include:

  • Implementation of community greening and urban tree canopy projects that create energy savings;

  • Assistance to schools in becoming “green schools” and reducing energy costs;

  • Promotion of energy efficiency of households and public structures within neighborhoods through energy audits, weatherization, and other on-site energy conservation measures – e.g., “green street” energy projects;

  • Implementation of clean energy projects in communities to enhance the use of renewable energy, reduce carbon emissions, and mitigate climate change;

  • Improvement of the energy efficiency of housing for elderly and low-income households;

  • Implementation of clean energy projects in communities to enhance the use of renewable energy, including free and low-cost energy audits.

Examples of Agricultural and Forestry Projects include:

  • Implementation of agricultural best management practices to prevent or reduce nutrient runoff;

  • Working in partnership with the agricultural community on outreach and engagement projects to encourage stewardship;

  • Working with forestry programs to increase the amount of forested acres in the watershed;

  • Working with urban tree canopy programs.

Examples of Education Projects include:

  • Development of interactive environmental education and energy conservation for elementary and secondary school students and the public;

  • Development of curriculum targeted at training high school students and apprentices to obtain skills necessary to create and implement clean energy projects in their communities and to compete for jobs in the emerging clean energy sector;

  • Assistance to schools to become “green schools” through hands-on projects with their students;

  • Building infrastructure to promote environmental education including outdoor classrooms, nature trails, and schoolyard habitats.

Examples of Community Engagement Projects include:

  • Development of environmental outreach tools and materials for a specific target audience;

  • Implementation of community-based restoration and conservation demonstration projects to engage citizens and encourage individual behavior change that will benefit watershed health;

  • Implementation of environmental and/or energy conservation awareness programs and projects to engage and educate citizens about the Bay and their local watersheds.

Corps Volunteer Ineligible Activities
Corps Volunteers may not:

  • Participate in any partisan political activity while engaged in the performance of duties as stipend volunteers.

  • Participate in any regulatory or statutory enforcement activities while engaged in the performance of duties as a member of the Corps Program.

  • Undertake a project if the project would replace regular workers or duplicate or replace an existing service in the same locality.

Corps Volunteer’s Responsibilities

  1. The Corps Volunteer is expected to work with his or her Host Organization and the Trust to structure a work plan based on a 40-hour per week volunteer schedule.

  2. The Corps Volunteer is expected to participate in six trainings during the service year to promote team building among the cohort of Corps Volunteers, develop an understanding of the overall Corps Program, share information about best practices, and advance knowledge on particular environment and energy topics.

  3. The Corps Volunteer is expected to submit quarterly status reports to the Chesapeake Bay Trust and a final report at the end of the service term.

  4. The Corps Volunteer will be required to attend and present a poster describing his or her proposed year’s activities at the Chesapeake Watershed Forum at the end of September 2015, at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.

  5. The Corps Volunteer will be required to participate in all other program components. A calendar of program events and dates will be provided to Corps Volunteers at the start of the program year.

Host Organization’s Responsibilities
The Host Organization has several responsibilities to the Program and its hosted Corps Volunteer:

  1. The Host Organization is expected to work with the Corp Volunteer matched to the organization by the selection committee and with the Trust to structure the volunteer’s work plan based on a 40-hour per week volunteer schedule.

  2. The Host Organization is expected to provide a Corps Volunteer with desk or office space and access to a computer with internet access, to provide parking or reimbursement for parking on-site, and to provide mileage reimbursement for program-related travel, including travel to program training activities. Host organizations must have office space.

  3. The Host Organization is expected to cover the Corps Volunteer under the Host Organization’s general liability insurance for volunteers in an aggregate amount of at least $500,000 and list the Chesapeake Bay Trust as an “Additional Insured.” The Trust is willing to be flexible and work with government agencies that may have difficulty with this responsibility.

  4. The Host Organization is expected to submit quarterly status reports to the Chesapeake Bay Trust and a final report at the end of the service term.

  5. The Host Organization is strongly encouraged, but not required, to provide costs (travel, registration, and lodging, if required) to enable the Volunteer to attend one professional conference during the service term. Please indicate whether you will provide such match in your application form, which may be a factor considered by Volunteer applicants as they review the potential Host Organization options.

  6. Host Organizations that have been matched with a Volunteer for the past two consecutive program years (Program Years 2013-14 and 2014-15) must provide 10% of the Volunteer stipend ($1,600). By submitting an application to serve as a Host Organization, Host Organization applicants who match this criterion are committing to provide this resource if a successful Volunteer match is made. If selected, the 10% cash match would be due on August 17, 2015.

Host organizations must submit an application (see form below) that describes the types of environment, energy, agriculture, forestry, and/or education activities in which the Corps Volunteer will be engaged with estimated quantified deliverables (e.g., number of students reached, number of volunteers engaged, square feet of rain garden implemented, number of homes for an energy audit). The strongest Host Organization applicants will offer matching resources, will describe work skills training they can offer a Corps Volunteer, and will have strong partnerships with other organizations in which the Corps Volunteer will be engaged. Eligible Host Organization applications will be reviewed by Trust program staff and will be posted for potential Volunteer applicants to view, so keep both audiences (program staff and potential Volunteer applicants) in mind when crafting your application.

Chesapeake Bay Trust’s Responsibilities

  1. The Trust will provide the Volunteer with a stipend of $16,000 for the one-year service term.

  1. The Trust will provide an orientation event and approximately six mandatory training experiences during the service term.

  1. The Trust will make available the opportunity for Volunteers to apply for Chesapeake Conservation Corps Mini Grants for projects associated with their service work of up to $1,250.

  1. The Trust will provide registration costs for each Volunteer to attend the 2015 Chesapeake Watershed Forum, attendance at which will be required of Volunteers. The Trust will also provide registration costs for each Volunteer to attend the 2016 Watershed Forum, after the completion of the year of service, to (a) present a poster describing his or her year of service and (b) serve as a mentor for the next class of Chesapeake Conservation Corps Volunteers.

For questions or interest contact Tara Baker, Program Officer, 410-974-2941 x102, tbaker@cbtrust.org
Application Submission Instructions and Deadlines .
Please complete the Application Form below, including all elements in ONE MS Word or Adobe Acrobat PDF file less than 3 mb in size and email the file to estransky@cbtrust.org. If you do not receive a confirmation email within 3 days, please contact the Trust. Application deadline is April 17, 2015, but applicants are encouraged to submit early.

Chesapeake Conservation Corps

Volunteer Application Form

2015 – 2016

www.chesapeakebaytrust.org / 410-974-2941

Last Name:  . First:  . Middle .

Email:  .


Will you be 18-25 years of age as of Aug 25, 2015?



Are you a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident alien?



Education—Check the highest level of education completed: (check only one)


H.S. diploma

Some college

Associate's degree

Bachelor's degree

Some graduate



Year highest level was completed:  .

Name of school: .

Potential Host Organization



Job Fair

Former Corps Volunteer

Word of Mouth (other than former Corps)


Please list name(s) of selected source:  


Please indicate your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choices for the issue area(s) in which you would like to work. See “Corps Volunteer Eligible Activities” section above for detailed explanation of each:

      Environment/Watershed Restoration

      Energy Conservation



      Environmental Education

      Community Engagement

      Any of the Above

Have you had contact with any of the potential host organization(s)? If so, please list organization name(s):_ .


Please indicate the geographic regions in which you would be willing to serve:

Western MD (Garrett, Allegany, Washington Counties)

Upper Central MD 1 (Frederick, Carroll, Montgomery, Howard Counties)

Upper Central MD 2 (Baltimore County, Harford County)

Baltimore City

Lower Central MD (Anne Arundel, Prince George’s)

Southern MD (Charles, Calvert, St. Mary’s Counties)

Upper Eastern Shore (Cecil, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Talbot, Caroline Counties)

Lower Eastern Shore (Dorchester, Wicomico, Worcester, Somerset)


Have you served in any other service program, such as AmeriCorps or Vista? Yes No If yes, provide the information below:

Name of program:  . Dates served:  .

Name of program:  . Dates served:  .

Provide all of the information requested below, either by completing this section or attaching a complete resume. If completing this section, please show your most recent employer first and work backwards.
Employer Name .

Address:  .

Phone:  . Job title: .

Job description:  .

Hours per week:  . Dates employed: (start)  . (end)  .

Reason for leaving:  .

Employer Name .

Address:  .

Phone:  . Job title: .

Job description:  .

Hours per week:  . Dates employed: (start)  . (end)  .

Reason for leaving:  .

Employer Name .

Address:  .

Phone:  . Job title: .

Job description:  .

Hours per week:  . Dates employed: (start)  . (end)  .

Reason for leaving:  .

Please list any computer and/or other special skills you may have (e.g., foreign language).
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List and describe your extracurricular experience/interests, organizational memberships, and community-based service experience. Include social, school, professional, and neighborhood projects and programs. You may add additional rows.

Name of Group

Dates of Participation

Description of Activities/Position














Existence of a charge or conviction may, depending on the circumstances, disqualify you from consideration. However, misrepresentation of your record will disqualify you.
Have you ever been charged with or convicted of any violations other than minor traffic violations? Yes No

If yes, for what have you been convicted, when, and where?  

Do you have any pending charges or are you under any type of investigation? Yes No

If yes, please explain:  

Two references are required. References should be teachers, employers, or community members who know you well. They cannot be related to you. At least one should be someone who has supervised you in either a paid or volunteer position.
Please provide the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of your references:
1. Name:  . Phone  .

Email:  .

2. Name:  . Phone  .

Email:  .

If possible, please submit letters of recommendation from these references. Letters of recommendation are definitely encouraged. Letters should describe your work competence, leadership potential, and your ability to build relationships. If you are not able to obtain letters of recommendation, your references may be contacted by phone and/or e-mail.
Please check one:

 Letters of recommendation are enclosed with my application.

 Letters of recommendation will be mailed separately.

 Contact my references by phone.

I hereby certify that, under penalty of law, the information provided on this application is true to the best of my knowledge. I understand that any misinformation or material omission could result in unfavorable consideration or immediate dismissal. I allow release of this information for verification and evaluation purposes. I further authorize the disclosure of my application and any related material, including the interview, to a host organization, with the understanding that the host organization will keep this information confidential. I certify that I will be able to make a one year commitment to the Chesapeake Conservation Corps.
Electronic Signature _  Date  .
Email completed application to: tbaker@cbtrust.org

Please answer the two questions on the next two pages in no more than 1 page each. The narrative is scored on the following criteria: clarity, personal experience, grammar, spelling, and completeness.

Narrative Question #1: Why are you interested in serving as a Chesapeake Conservation Corps member, what experience or skills do you have that would make you a strong member of the Corps, and to what aims do you hope to apply the experience in the future?
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Narrative Question # 2: Of the types of environmental/watershed restoration, energy conservation, agricultural or forestry, infrastructure, community engagement and environmental education activities and projects described above in “Corps Volunteers Eligible Activities,” what types of activities and projects are you most interested in and why?
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13. Optional: RESUME
Please insert a resume here.

Please complete the required section below. This information will be kept separate from the application and confidential. We use this information for contact and reporting purposes only.

Name:  .

Street Address .

City/State/Zip Code  .

County . Phone (H)  . (C)  . (W)  .




Race / Ethnicity -- Check one:

 African American

 Asian or Pacific Islander

 Caucasian (not Hispanic)


 Native American or Alaskan Native

 Other (specify): 

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