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Science Intern

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation seeks a Science Intern to be based at its VA State Office located in Richmond. This is a part-time, unpaid internship with the beginning and end dates being negotiable.


The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is the largest regional non-profit conservation organization working solely to save the Bay. Established in 1967, CBF has a staff of approximately 185 employees working in offices in Annapolis Maryland; Richmond and VA Beach, Virginia; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; and Washington, D.C., and in 15 field education program locations. Our staff and volunteer corps work throughout the region educating students and adults, advocating for clean water polices, restoring waterways, and litigating when necessary.

CBF's headquarters office in Annapolis, MD 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 in Virginia Beach, VA. The Brock Center is one of the most energy efficient, environmentally smart buildings in the world.

CBF has an annual budget of approximately $21 million and is supported by more than 200,000 members and e-subscribers. For more information on CBF please visit


The Science Intern will assist the Virginia Senior Scientist, the Virginia Staff Scientist, and other CBF staff with projects as needed. The Science Intern will report to the Virginia Staff Scientist.

Essential functions include:

  • Assist the Virginia Senior Scientist with review of current regulatory programs.
  • Assist CBF staff in evaluating approaches for achieving the remaining nutrient reductions required by the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load.
  • Assist the Virginia Senior Scientist, Virginia Staff Scientist, and the Virginia Watershed Restoration Scientist with GIS database creation and maintenance, and in researching and downloading available data layers to create GIS products such as project location/area maps.
  • Help research various Bay-related scientific issues, new techniques, or materials, and produce summary reports for review by the Virginia Senior Scientist for eventual use by other CBF staff.
  • Participate on a one-day educational boat trip with CBF's Hampton Roads Boat Program staff.
  • Attend CBF staff meetings and trainings, as available.


Successful candidate must be working toward a graduate or undergraduate degree and possess a specific background in environmental management, environmental science, environmental or agricultural engineering, or a related field. Self-initiative, the ability to work independently, as well as with a team and excellent written and oral communication skills are required. Experience collecting and interpreting data and using GIS mapping software and managing databases is a plus. We seek a committed, 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 periodic travel within the Bay watershed.

To apply, please send cover letter and resume no later than September 23, 2015 to:

Human Resources/FY16I-03-VASI
Chesapeake Bay Foundation

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Virginia Legal Intern (unpaid)

Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Inc. (CBF) the Mid-Atlantic's largest regional non-profit conservation organization working solely to save the Bay, seeks a legal intern for its Virginia State Office located in Richmond, Virginia.


CBF has a staff of approximately 170 employees working in offices in Annapolis and Salisbury, Maryland; Richmond and Norfolk, Virginia; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; and Washington, D.C., and in 15 field education program locations. CBF's headquarters is in the Philip Merrill Environmental Center, a "cutting edge," environmentally responsible building located in Annapolis, Maryland. Its Richmond office is located in the heart of downtown, overlooking both the James River and the Capitol.

CBF has an annual budget of approximately $21 million and is supported by more than 200,000 members, volunteers, and other supporters. For more information on CBF's mission and activities, please visit


The legal intern would be part of CBF's Environmental Protection and Restoration Program (EPR) which includes lawyers, scientists, planners, grassroots, and communications staff who work on wide spectrum of Bay-related issues, including water and air quality, point and non-point source pollution, land use and conservation, growth management, transportation, wetlands protection, and fisheries management. The intern would support EPR's advocacy to enforce existing laws and to develop more effective regulatory programs through participation in local, state, and federal regulatory initiatives, legislative work before the Virginia General Assembly, litigation, and many other CBF-specific initiatives to protect and enhance water quality in the Bay and its tidal tributaries.

The legal intern at the Virginia State office may be expected to travel within the watershed and to attend at least one of CBF's educational field trips (canoeing, work boat, skipjack, etc.) for a direct experience with the natural resources CBF strives to protect.

The legal intern is expected to have the opportunity to participate in some or all of the following:

  • Help to prepare policy positions and presentations, craft proposed legislation, and monitor legislative study committees
  • Work with staff to investigate and critique implementation of state laws and regulations
  • Assist in preparation of administrative petitions, amicus briefs, and litigation documents
  • Work with other staff to experience "on-the-ground" environmental activities (e.g., delineation of foreign or invasive wetland plants, tour of industrial facilities)
  • Conduct legal research on a broad range of environmental issues
  • Help with management of legal projects (e.g., conservation easement negotiation and drafting; permit reviews)


The Virginia State office is currently seeking a legal intern for a period of approximately 12 weeks. The length of the internship, and whether the position is full time or part time, will depend on CBF's specific needs. Law students who have completed at least the first year are invited to apply for this unpaid position.

If interested, please submit cover letter and resume to:

Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Attn: Legal Internship
6 Herndon Ave
Annapolis, MD 21403

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