Bartrams Fellows Listing - Alliance for Watershed Education of the Delaware River

Bartrams Fellows Listing

 Delaware River Watershed Fellowship 2018 at Bartram’s Garden

Job Description

Bartram’s Garden is a member of the Alliance for Watershed Education, (AWE), a coalition of 23 environmental education centers focused on constituency building and stewardship of the Delaware River Watershed. The Alliance seeks to hire dozens young adults (Must be at least 18+ years old by the June 5th program start date) for 12-week summer fellowships designed to advance the collective impact across the watershed.

With 45 acres along the Lower Schuylkill River in Southwest Philadelphia, Bartram’s Garden is Philadelphia’s outdoor classroom and river garden.  Bartram’s Garden public programming is greatly expanding as we anticipate becoming the southern terminus of the popular Schuylkill River Trail within the next 2 years. Our goals during this time of expansion are to meaningfully engage a growing tide of recreational users and to ensure that our Southwest Philadelphia community feels ownership of the garden as their waterfront access and outdoor classroom as we see increased use from people who live further afield.

Current programming at Bartram’s Garden includes a range of free and low-cost initiatives:

  • Philadelphia’s Outdoor Classroom: More than 9,000 local schoolchildren visit Bartram’s Garden each year for hands-on, curriculum-appropriate lessons in science, nature, and healthy living.
  • A Welcoming Green Resource: Located within one of the city’s most industrialized and disenfranchised neighborhoods, the site includes a meadow, an urban farm, a community boathouse, a public dock and protected wetlands in addition to the country’s oldest botanical garden. The site is open and free all year round with expanded programming
  • A Vibrant River Garden: The Garden boasts a half-mile of riverfront, the only safe river access in Southwest Philadelphia, and the only tidal wetlands on the Lower Schuylkill River. Our Community Boathouse opened in July of 2015 and seeks to provide all Philadelphians with the tools they need to access and explore the tidal Schuylkill River. The only program of its kind in the city, it is largely run by a dedicated team of volunteers and our programs are free to the public.

We are seeking two Fellows to help run our River Crew Summer Program. This program is in its 2nd season and is a paid internship for 8-10 high school students from Southwest Philadelphia to learn and teach others about rowing and urban river ecology. The Fellows will work with the Program Director to:

  • supervise high school students on the water
  • ensure safety protocols are followed at all time
  • maintain boating, fishing and water quality monitoring equipment
  • execute basic urban river ecology curriculum
  • assist with setting up and cleaning fishing rods, fishing and identifying fish

The successful candidate will be a dependable self-starter who enjoys working with high school aged youth, can juggle a number of tasks,  is comfortable working outdoors in the summer months, and has the ability to lift or move items weighing up to 70 lbs. Prior rowing and fishing experience is not required, however candidates must be able to swim.



Dates: June 5th – August 25th

Hours: Fellows will work Tuesday – Friday 8:30am to 3:30pm and Saturdays 9:30am-4:30pm. Fellows will work occasional Sundays for special events. Fellows will work approximately 35 hours a week
Commensurate with experience, $12 – $15 an hour.



Please send a cover letter and resume by April 1, 2018 to

Danielle Redden

River Programs Manager, Bartram’s Garden