Delaware River Watershed Fellowship Job Description
Overview: Berks Nature is working with other local environmental centers in an effort to build a network focused on constituency building and stewardship of the Delaware River Watershed. This network of 23 environmental centers, spread across the Delaware River watershed, is interconnected by The Circuit, the regional trail network of multi-use bike/pedestrian trails and waterways (rivers, streams, creeks.) The Centers network seeks to hire 23 young people (one at each center,) for a 12 week summer fellowship designed to advance our collective impact across the watershed. This program will foster watershed stewardship by establishing a team of ambassadors and building capacity for a network of centers. At Berks Nature, we believe that nature is essential to our quality of life. We demonstrate this each and every day by protecting nature through our land protection and watershed restoration efforts; and by connecting people to nature through education, trails, community gardens, EcoCamp, and more! Our organization recently opened a new education center, The Nature Place, which opened in Fall 2017. The addition of this facility significantly increased our environmental education programs, and helps us connect people of all ages to nature.
Position Summary: The Delaware River Watershed Fellow will serve as an ambassador for Berks Nature and the Delaware River Watershed by engaging our watershed community, emphasizing the importance of watershed stewardship and helping Berks Nature reach and engage new and underserved audiences. By the end of the 12 weeks of service, Fellows will have become local watershed experts and ambassadors to their community and will have introduced many new people to their local trails, waterways, and environmental center, as well as the steps they can take to help restore and protect the Delaware River Watershed.
Position Location: Reading, PA. The Nature Place and Berks Nature offices are located at 575 Saint Bernardine St. in Reading.
Engage target communities in the Schuylkill River Watershed (in Reading & Berks County) and the overall Delaware River Watershed through stewardship, education, recreation and civic engagement.
Participate in a mandatory 3 day Watershed Stewardship Training at Pocono Environmental Education Center (overnight, June 13-15.) http://www.peec.org
Complete a required Capstone project to be presented at the end of season Watershed Fellowship Summit, August 16. This individual project should help enhance network goals, deepen the connection and engagement of trail and water users and expand watershed protection and restoration.
Fellows will be expected to participate in regular online interaction with the other Watershed Fellows through an online discussion platform.
Fellows will be required to visit at least two other Environmental Centers in the network in order to gain a more complete understanding of the Delaware River Watershed.
The Watershed Fellow will become a local expert on Angelica Creek Park, and the demonstration projects in and around The Nature Place.
Fellows will engage the Angelica Creek Park community, talking with trail users in and around the park, providing resources like trail maps, event flyers, membership information, and tours of The Nature Place.
Fellows will monitor and document trail activity, gathering data on how the trail is being used through surveys and through daily observation.
Assist with environmental education and programming along the trail.
Assist with daily office tasks as needed.
Qualifications and Experience:
- Age 18-30 by June 3 start date.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills; superior interpersonal skills with a demonstrated commitment to cultural diversity also necessary.
- Must be people oriented, have a team-focused attitude, and the ability to professionally represent Berks Nature and the network to the public. A positive attitude and good sense of humor, as well as comfort working independently as a leader and part of a team, when needed.
- Ability to work in a dynamic fast-paced environment and juggle multiple, changing priorities; strong time and project management skills needed. Must be self-motivated and willing to work in a flexible, non-structured environment.
Berks Nature is dedicated to building a culturally diverse organization and strongly encourages applications from minorities and women. Bilingual/Spanish speaking a plus.
Occasional evening and weekend hours required. Valid PA driver’s license required or proficient with public transportation. Able to lead walks/hikes through varied terrain.
- June 4: Fellows start date at Berks Nature
- June 12 – 14: Required Watershed Stewardship Training (overnight) at Pocono Environmental Education Center (Food and accommodations provided.)
- August 16: Watershed Fellowship Summit.
- August 23: Last day of full-time Fellowship, additional hours available throughout the year.
Compensation: This position pays $12/hr. Fellows will serve 35-40 hrs/week for 12 weeks with additional PT hours available through the year.
How to apply: Please send a cover letter and resume or application to: Kim Murphy, President Berks Nature firstname.lastname@example.org
Application Deadline: April 26, 2019
Just like it takes a diversity of species to make our natural environment thrive, Berks Nature recognizes that having a culture of inclusion where all individuals feel respected, and are treated fairly will bring us a power of talent to do our work and engage others in the love for and protection of nature. Accordingly, it is Berks Nature’s goal to be intentional and inclusive in the involvement, engagement, and empowerment of all groups of people within our community to help Berks Nature achieve its mission. Berks Nature will take the broadest possible view of diversity in order to attract, develop, engage and retain people from all walks of life and backgrounds in our work. Berks Nature endeavors to not see any species become extinct. So to, we desire not to neglect or exclude any audience from our work.