The Chesapeake Fellowship Program

The Campbell Foundation launched its Chesapeake Fellowship Program in the Fall of 2018. The primary objectives of the Chesapeake Fellowship Program are to:

  • Support the Foundation’s ability to solve complex problems by welcoming diverse talents, perspectives, and experiences
  • Develop Fellows to become future non-profit leaders by enhancing their capabilities and skills, building their professional network, and expanding their knowledge of conservation activities in the Chesapeake region

The Fellowship position is a full-time, 1-2 year, paid opportunity to gain professional hands-on experience in the field of environmental grantmaking.

We are currently hiring for Fellow, Civic Engagement.

Application Deadline: CLOSED, 5pm ET on Monday, March 07, 2022.

Fellow, Civic Engagement


Now funding in the Chesapeake Bay watershed for more than 20 years, the Keith Campbell Foundation for the Environment was established to improve the ecological conditions of America’s largest estuary system: the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays. With current annual grants giving of $5.5 million (approx. 120 grants) from our Chesapeake Office, The Campbell Foundation continues to identify, broaden, and strengthen leadership and community-based organizations to improve local and regional water quality.

Position Overview

The Chesapeake Fellow, Civic Engagement will work closely with the Program Director, Civic Engagement, and other members of staff to advance the Foundation’s Civic Engagement Program. Primary tasks range from exploring prospective grantee organizations to the review, analysis, and presentation of funding requests. Additionally, the Fellow will actively engage with stakeholders and funding partners, in consultation with the Program Director, Civic Engagement, to manage, shape, and continually update the Civic Engagement grants portfolio so it advances the Foundation’s mission of restoring the Chesapeake Bay’s water quality and the communities that rely on it.


  • Expand personal knowledge of the Chesapeake Bay and reflect on visions for the future of the Bay, and how the Foundation can be transformative with our resources
  • Become familiar with the Foundation’s approach to grantmaking and partnerships by working closely with program staff and external partners
  • Consider new and existing challenges to achieving program goals, sometimes outside of a stated area of expertise, bringing new perspectives to the Foundation’s work in the Chesapeake
  • Receive coaching and mentorship by Foundation staff who are leaders in their respective fields
  • Develop Fellows’ professional and support network with peers through cohort experiences
  • Receive leadership development and transition support to assist Fellows in identifying their next professional opportunity
  • Research, identify and pursue major water quality improving opportunities across the grantmaking landscape

Applicant Attributes

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field (e.g., environmental sciences, policy, environmental leadership) preferred
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills are essential to success in this position
  • Meticulous attention to detail and organizational abilities
  • Excellent computer literacy, especially with Mac OS, iOS devices, Microsoft Office Suite, Acrobat, and various cloud-based applications
  • An enthusiastic adopter of new technology and innovative tools
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to interface with a wide variety of stakeholders
  • Personally motivated to support the Foundation’s mission and goals; creative, able to generate and respond to innovative approaches to addressing an issue; inspires others to work toward achieving team goals
  • Specific interest in youth engagement/empowerment
  • Flexibility to work in both team settings and independently
  • Demonstrates maturity, flexibility, and sound judgment and decision-making
  • Capacity to bring in new insights and apply them on the job
  • Self-starter with ability to multi-task, prioritize and meet deadlines

Work Location and Duration

This position is non-exempt, full-time (40 hours/week) with a 1-2 year duration. The office is in Annapolis, MD. A hybrid work environment with some remote accommodations may be arranged.


$42,000 per year, hourly position


The Campbell Foundation offers exceptional benefits including medical, dental, vision, 403(b) retirement plan, paid leave, and exercise fee reimbursement.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Keith Campbell Foundation for the Environment is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, creed, color, religion, alienage or national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, disability or handicap, sex, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, arrest record, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws. Our management team is dedicated to this policy with respect to recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, training, compensation, benefits, employee activities and general treatment during employment.

When and how to apply

Applications for the Civic Engagement, Fellow must be submitted no later than 5 pm EST on Monday, March 07, 2022. Candidates can expect to learn of first round interviews by the end of March 2022. Final decisions will be made before June 2022. Paper applications, incomplete applications, or late submissions will not be considered.

We will be asking for the following to be submitted along with the online application:

  • Resumé
  • Cover Letter
  • Professional statement, no longer than 500 words in length, that highlights:
    1. How your academic and professional background support innovation and the Foundation’s ability to solve complex problems?
    2. How will a Fellowship with The Campbell Foundation help you reach your professional goals and contribute to a world of clean water advocacy, awareness, equity, and action?

Interested candidates can apply here.

Background checks, writing samples and computer literacy tests are required of final candidates for this position.

Please do not contact Foundation staff directly about this position.

What happens when a Fellow leaves the Foundation?

To realize the objectives of the Fellowship program, it will be important that Fellows’ transition successfully out of the Foundation to roles of influence in the environmental field. Thus, the Fellowship is not intended to be an entry point to other roles within the Foundation.  It is our hope that Fellows will leverage the learning and networks they have built during their tenure to move into roles that they are uniquely qualified for because of their Fellowship experience.