3663 Marlin Bay Drive
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation seeks a Virginia Oyster Restoration Outreach Coordinator to be based at its Brock Environmental Center headquarters located in Virginia Beach, VA.
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 190 employees 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 $26 million and is supported by more than 275,000 members and e-subscribers. For more information on CBF, please visit cbf.org.
CONTEXT OF THE POSITION
The Virginia Oyster Restoration Outreach Coordinator will assist Chesapeake Bay Foundation Virginia Oyster Restoration Center staff with ongoing programs, especially with outreach and volunteer participation. The selected candidate will be responsible for leading the planning and execution of our Oyster Gardening Program and providing assistance with several other CBF Oyster Restoration programs, including spat-on-shell production, reef ball construction, shell recycling collection, etc. This position will also assist with aspects of the Chesapeake Oyster Alliance work in Virginia in close coordination with the Alliance Campaign Manager. This entry-level position will mostly be based out of the Brock Environmental Center in Virginia Beach, assisting CBF staff with the administrative aspects of these programs including recruitment of volunteers and organization of programs. However, a portion of this work will be outside in the field based out of the Virginia Oyster Restoration Center located in Gloucester Point. The successful candidate should therefore possess their own reliable transportation and be comfortable in and around the water and on small vessels. The successful candidate must also be available to work some weekend events throughout the year.
Essential functions include:
- Lead the recruitment and management of volunteers for CBF’s Oyster Gardening Program to meet the goal of having 500 participants by 2020.
- Communicate regularly and effectively with oyster gardeners to nurture them as CBF and oyster advocates/voices.
- Develop, recruit, and train a Master Oyster Gardener program to assist with oyster gardening activities and to increase publicity about the program through a Speakers Bureau.
- Expand the Oyster Gardening program to include public locations and recruit more diverse audiences to participate in the program.
- Assist with preparing for Oyster Gardening events, including unloading tanks of spat on shell and boat maintenance.
- Work with CBF staff and local media outlets to advertise and promote Oyster Gardening events.
- Assist CBF oyster restoration staff with day-to-day oyster restoration operations including spat-on-shell production, shell recycling, reef ball construction, equipment maintenance, etc.
- Assist CBF staff with recruiting and coordinating volunteers for a variety of oyster restoration events, helping to nurture volunteers long-term to advocate for the Bay and about oyster issues.
- Keep an inventory of oyster-related supplies, including giveaways to volunteers such as T-shirts and hats, as well as restoration supplies needed for oyster gardening.
- Support CBF’s transition to using a Mobile Setting Unit for oyster production, including efforts to expand spat-on-shell production.
- Be effective in strategically marketing the Oyster Alliance’s goal of increasing the Bay wide oyster population with direction from the Alliance Campaign Manager.
- Help coordinate Virginia outreach for the Oyster Alliance with the Alliance Campaign Manager, including attending community events, making presentations, etc.
- Assist CBF staff with office/administrative support including data entry.
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
Successful candidate should display self-initiative, the ability to work independently, as well as with a team, and excellent written and oral communication skills. A candidate with experience with shellfish aquaculture and/or spat on shell oyster restoration efforts is preferred. A candidate with experience working with and coordinating volunteers is also preferred. Familiarity with Excel, Word, and Outlook is required.
During the month of June each year, the successful candidate must be available on some weekday evenings and on all Saturdays to lead our Oyster Gardening program.
Must be able to lift 40 pounds and be comfortable working outside during the summer. We seek a creative thinker interested in learning about the Chesapeake Bay as well as furthering the Foundation’s mission to “Save the Bay.”
Please note this is a campaign-funded position that is expected to be funded for multiple years. However, as with any position that is dependent on campaign money, there is the risk of unexpected funding problems and the position can no longer being funded through the campaign. IF that should happen, CBF will review the position at that time to determine if it can then be funded from other sources of income within the organization.
CBF offers a comprehensive benefits package to include: 20 vacation days, 10 sick days, health, vision, dental, life insurance, and a tax deferred retirement plan. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Minimum Education Required