C&O Canal Trust/Chesapeake Conservation Corps Service Year

The C&O Canal Trust is one of the potential Host sites for the 2017-18 Chesapeake Conservation Corps service year. The Corps Program provides hands-on entry level experience and leadership opportunities as a stepping stone to a career in their chosen field. Not only are the participants working full time at their selected host site, but they also receive extensive leadership and professional development trainings. The Corps Program places young adults 18-25 with nonprofit or government agencies to work full time in the environmental field for a one-year term of paid service in the Chesapeake Bay region ($17,000 annual stipend). This initiative is supported by the Chesapeake Bay Trust, Constellation Energy, the National Park Service, and the state of Maryland.

If successfully matched with the C&O Canal Trust, the Corps Member will work with C&O Canal Trust and NPS staff to 1) identify priority projects which would be suitable for volunteer groups to accomplish, and to 2) develop project plans including planning for NEPA and Section 106 compliance. The Corps member would then lead the effort to 3) recruit volunteers appropriate to the project tasks, focusing primarily on engaging diverse and underserved communities neighboring the Park, and to 4) implement projects ranging from trail maintenance to invasive plant removal to stream restoration. The Corps member would be responsible for 5) developing the connection between Park projects and greater themes of environmental stewardship and environmental ethic development for volunteer participants. By the close of the internship, the Corps member will 6) assess the current volunteer programs offered by the C&O Canal Trust and the Park, and develop recommendations on a potential volunteer position or program that would solve a problem, fill a gap in capacity, or add value for the public.

The Chesapeake Bay Trust anticipates placing around 30-35 Corps Members, young adults 18-25, with nonprofit organizations and government agencies throughout the Mid-Atlantic region for a paid year of service ($17,000) beginning on August 22, 2017.  To find the application go to https://cbtrust.org/prospective/.

Applications must be submitted through the Chesapeake Bay Trust’s online system by April 14, 2017 at 5:00 pm. If you are interested in serving with the C&O Canal Trust, please also submit your application to Director of Programs and Partnerships Becky Curtis at curtis@canaltrust.org.