Chesapeake Fellowship Program

The Campbell Foundation is excited to introduce our Chesapeake Fellowship Program. The Fellowship is a paid two-year opportunity to gain professional hands-on experience in the field of environmental grantmaking. One Fellowship will be awarded in each of our Chesapeake Initiative programs (Civic Engagement, Agriculture).

Deadline for Applications: Closed


Now funding in the Chesapeake Bay watershed for 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 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.  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.

Position Overview

In consultation with their respective Program Director, Fellows will engage with stakeholders, grantees, and funding partners within the Chesapeake Initiative to achieve the Foundation’s vision of a balanced Chesapeake Bay ecosystem.


  • 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
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills are essential to success in this position.
  • Motivated self-starter with ability to work independently in an efficient and effective manner.
  • Meticulous attention to detail and organizational abilities.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interface with a wide variety of stakeholders.
  • Robust research skills and intrinsic curiosity.
  • Personally motivated to support the Foundation’s mission and goals.
  • Ability to create and respond to novel and innovative approaches to problem solving.
  • Demonstrated maturity, flexibility, and sound judgment; ability to make decisions.
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and a strong desire to be independently solutions-oriented.

Technical Skills

  • Excellent computer literacy, with Windows, Mac OS, and iOS devices, Microsoft Office Suite, Google Chrome and Acrobat.
  • An enthusiastic adopter of new technology and innovative tools.
  • Comfortable working in a cloud-based, paperless environment.
  • Familiarity with various cloud-based apps such as Evernote, Box, SmartSheet and others a plus.

Work Location and Duration
This full time position will be located at the Campbell Foundation office in Annapolis, MD. The Fellow position will be a two-year term.

$40,000 per year, hourly

In addition to working to effect positive change for the Chesapeake Bay and in the lives and economy of millions of people in the region, the Campbell Foundation offers exceptional benefits including medical, dental, vision, 403(b) retirement plan, paid time off and state of the art technology tools.

When and how to apply
Applications for the Fellowship Program are no longer being accepted.  Final decisions will be made before March 2019.

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

  • Resume and cover letter
  • Educational background
  • 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 a Fellowship with the Campbell Foundation will help you reach your professional goals and contribute to a world of clean water advocacy, awareness and action.

Writing samples, two letters of recommendation, a skills test, and background/reference checks 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 Fellowship to move into roles that they are uniquely qualified for as a result of their Fellowship experience.