Summer River Programs Assistant
Job Description With 45 acres along the Lower Schuylkill River in Southwest Philadelphia, Bartram’s Garden is Philadelphia’s outdoor classroom and river garden. Our goal is 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 school children 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 through its boating and fishing programs seeks to create a welcoming, accessible, affirming, fun and safe experience for guests of all abilities and from all backgrounds.
We are seeking a young adult to assist with our boating and fishing programs, most of which are free and open to the public free of cost.
The River Programs Assistant will work with the River Programs Manager to:
- assist with running public boating and fishing programs
- set up and clean up of boats, tables & chairs, tents and other supplies needed to run events.
- ensure safety protocols are followed at all times, both on and off the water
- help maintain boating and fishing equipment
- create and maintain positive group atmosphere
- handle paperwork such as waivers and basic data entry
- greet and orient program participants
- occasionally work with environmental education staff to assist in lessons with youth
- complete a final project documenting work accomplished over the season
The successful candidate will be an outgoing and dependable self-starter who enjoys working people of all ages and backgrounds. They should be able to juggle a number of tasks and be comfortable working outdoors in the hot summer months (and sometimes in the rain). They should have the ability to lift or move items weighing up to 50 lbs.
Prior boating and/or fishing experience is not required – but should be something the candidate is interested in learning more about.
SCHEDULE AND HOURS Dates: June 2nd – August 21st Hours: 30 – 35 hours a week. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening availability is a must (we have programs until 9pm). Saturday 9am – 3pm availability is also required. Days off will be Sunday and Monday. Your attendance will be required at a 3-day overnight Watershed Stewardship Training in the Poconos in June 10-12 (food, transportation and accommodation is provided).
COMPENSATION $15 an hour. HOW TO APPLY Please send a cover letter and resume by March 15th to: Danielle Redden River Programs Manager, Bartram’s Garden firstname.lastname@example.org
BACKGROUND This position is part of a Delaware River Watershed fellowship through the Alliance for Watershed Education (AWE), of which Bartram’s Garden is a member center. This coalition of 23 environmental education centers is focused on constituency-building and stewardship of the Delaware River Watershed. Centers of the Alliance are connected by the Circuit Trails, the regional trail network of multi-use bike/pedestrian trails and waterways (rivers, streams, creeks). The Alliance seeks to hire young people at each center for a 12-week fellowship designed to advance collective impact across the watershed.