Virginia Oyster Restoration Maintenance Assistant
Chesapeake Bay Foundation
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation seeks a Virginia Oyster Restoration Maintenance Assistant in the EPR Department to be field based in the Hampton Roads region located in Virginia.
About the Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Established in 1966, 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 ofapproximately 230employees 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 has200,000 members and supportersand an annual budget of approximately $30 million. For more information on CBF, please visit our About CBF page.
About the Hiring Department
Environmental Protection and Restoration (EPR)
CBF's Environmental Protection and Restoration department defends and restores the Chesapeake Bay by protecting the Bay's natural resources from pollution and other harmful activities by fighting for strong and effective laws and regulations; restoring the Bay's essential habitats and filtering mechanisms; and involving citizens in CBF's environmental efforts by recruiting, training, and incorporating them as effective partners and leaders.
Context of the Position
The Virginia Oyster Restoration Maintenance Assistant will oversee the maintenance and repair of CBF’s oyster restoration-related equipment.
1. Maintain (preventative and repair) CBF oyster restoration equipment, including two connected barges, a workboat, skiff, Ford F150 truck, Bobcat front end loader, Polaris Ranger ATV, and trailers.
2. Maintain (preventative and repair) worksite equipment including cranes, pumps, tanks, and other mechanized equipment.
3. Manage worksite to ensure overall tidiness and that all production systems are running efficiently.
4. Work with CBF staff to communicate maintenance needs and safety concerns on a weekly basis.
5. Perform administrative duties including keeping a maintenance tracking and budget document up to date and preparing annual workplans in coordination with CBF staff. Attend team and department meetings regularly, as scheduled.
6. Haul oyster shell in support of CBF’s oyster shell recycling program, as needed.
7. Assist in ordering and maintaining supply inventory in accordance with CBF’s checklists.
Professional Experience and Qualifications
The successful candidate should have experience with preventative maintenance and repair of boats, vehicles, electrical systems, and mechanized equipment. Some familiarity with Microsoft Outlook, Excel, and Word is preferred.
Self-initiative, the ability to work independently, as well as with a team, and excellent communication skills are required. We seek a creative thinker interested in learning about the Chesapeake Bay as well as furthering CBF’s mission to "Save the Bay.”
We anticipate the person will work 20-29 hours per week, depending on the season. The successful candidate must have reliable transportation for travel to CBF’s oyster worksites in the Hampton Roads region. This job is an outside position that involves intense physical labor at times.
Please note this is a campaign-funded position that is expected to be funded for multiple years, with a current end date of December 31, 2025. 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 be 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.
Salary Range: $20.70
How to Apply
Using the link below, please submit a cover letter and resume no later than October 8, 2023.
We Are Committed to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice
Just as biodiversity is the key to a thriving ecosystem, human diversity is the key to saving the Bay. Success depends on people from widely diverse backgrounds, cultures, ethnicities, identities, and races taking collective action. Clean water, clean air, and a safe environment are rights we all share.
To increase diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation will:
- Recruit and retain a staff, board, and membership that reflect the diversity of people living within the Chesapeake Bay region;
- Strengthen and broaden the diversity of our partnerships;
- Celebrate and value the diversity of staff; and
- Fight to ensure that everyone has equal access to clean water, clean air, and a safe environment.
Studies show that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every qualification listed in a job description. Wondering whether you have the right credentials or background to apply? We value lived experience, are serious about embracing diversity, and are committed to building a team that represents our communities' backgrounds. We encourage BIPOC, women, people from the LGBTQ+ community, and people with disabilities to apply.
CBF does not discriminate based on any identities. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.