About the Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Established in 1967, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is the largest regional nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to saving the Chesapeake Bay, its rivers and streams, and the wildlife that call it home through education, advocacy, litigation, and restoration. Since 2010, CBF has engaged in a focused effort to defend and implement the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint, a binding federal and state collaborative agreement aimed at reducing pollution to the science-based, legally-affirmed levels established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Blueprint is expected to be fully implemented by 2025. If the states and the federal government achieve Blueprint goals, the Bay will finally—after decades of failed efforts—be removed from the Clean Water Act’s impaired waters list. Successfully implementing the Blueprint depends on a well-informed, engaged, active, and diverse constituency of members, advocates, and volunteers who speak up and take action to save the Bay.
CBF has a staff of approximately 200 staff working in offices in Annapolis, Maryland; Richmond and Virginia Beach, Virginia; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; and Washington, D.C. as well as 15 field education program locations. Our staff and volunteer corps work throughout the region educating students and adults, advocating for clean water policies, restoring waterways, and litigating when necessary.
CBF's headquarters office in Annapolis, Maryland 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—one of the world’s most energy efficient, environmentally smart buildings—in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
CBF has an annual budget of approximately $30 million and is supported by over 300,000 members and e-subscribers. For more information on CBF, please visit cbf.org.
Context of the Position
The Making History Fellow will support the 5-year Making History Campaign that launched in 2018 to accelerate efforts in defense and advancement of the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint. The Making History Campaign focuses on restoring two of the Bay’s most effective natural filters- trees and oysters- and working to improve water quality, engage new advocates and drive economic benefits across the region.
The Making History Fellow will support the 3 legs of the Making History campaign: Oysters, Trees and Voices by identifying opportunities for the Chesapeake Oyster Alliance, Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership and the Voices leg of the campaign to be more diverse and inclusive across partners, volunteers, students, and the public at-large. The Fellow will also have the opportunity for professional development, mentorship and be able to experience all parts of the organization by shadowing staff in all departments and levels in the organization to gain a holistic picture of CBF.
Salary: $45,000, this is not negotiable.
The Making History Fellow will:
- Specifically identify and assist in recruiting more diverse partners (or participants) for the Chesapeake Oyster Alliance, the Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership, and the 1 Million Voices for the Bay campaign including, but not limited to, the virtual Bay Advocacy Institute, which is currently under development. Be able to identify existing hindrances and new approaches to achieve this.
- Serve as a diversity advisor to the Making History Campaign Team and other staff working in partnership with them.
- Meet with the VP of Human Resources/Chief Diversity Officer on a monthly basis to assess progress on the Fellowship, identify successes, challenges and identify opportunities for professional development, educational experiences and to continually evaluate the Fellowship program on an overall basis.
- Under the guidance of the Making History Campaign Director conduct a social science analysis of the current status of DEIJ within the three major campaign initiatives, identify gaps and opportunities to improve DEIJ within the initiatives, develop a written report, and present findings to CBF staff and Trustees.
Within the Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership, the Fellow will:
- Collaborate with Partnership, PA Science & Policy Director and PA Major Gifts Officer to build a public and private health collective of companies and organizations engaged in identifying the relationship between public health, trees, and funding that may be available to communities negatively impacted by lack of trees and green space.
- Identify and engage urban farming communities through collaboration with PA Operations Outreach department.
- Assist in developing and expanding CBF’s work with PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Conservation Correctional Collaborative to engage non-violent offenders in conservation and restoration work.
Within the Chesapeake Oyster Alliance, the Fellow will:
- Help select locations and coordinate Oyster Pop-Ups in more diverse communities.
- Help develop and coordinate online or in-person learning opportunities (i.e. seminars/webinars) for/in more diverse communities.
- Assist in the development of compelling messaging/advertising around oysters and the Alliance for more diverse audiences.
- Research and present a history of oysters vis a vis POC.
- Help recruit HBCUs into the Alliance.
- Identify post-graduate studies related to oysters by POC.
Within the 1 Million Voices Campaign the Fellow will:
- Support the Voices Strategy Team and Bay Advocacy Institute Team in integrating the DEIJ objectives of CBF into our Voices strategy.
- Advise the Bay Advocacy Institute Team on strategies for recruiting diverse participants to the BAI.
Professional Experience and Qualifications
- Successful candidate will be a candidate for graduation (undergrad or post-grad) in the Spring of 2021
- Educational background in environment, biology, policy or related fields.
- Interest in a focus on diversity, equity, inclusion and justice initiatives.
- Commitment to environmental protection and the Chesapeake Bay.
- Ability to communicate effectively with people from diverse backgrounds and experiences.
- Ability to receive and give supportive feedback to foster equity and inclusion in working relationships.
- Ability to recognize, nurture, and learn from strengths in co-workers.
- Having flexibility to accomplish job responsibilities in several work environments, whether it be from home, on the road, or in an office.