Delaware River Watershed Fellowship 2019 at Heritage Conservancy – Bristol Marsh
Heritage Conservancy 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. Centers in 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 summer fellowship designed to advance the collective impact across the
With over 350 species inventoried, Bristol Marsh provides unique outdoor classroom and recreational
opportunities in a highly urbanized area. Through community outreach, partnerships, trash cleanups and
other stewardship activities, Heritage Conservancy works to improve Bristol Marsh and the surrounding
watershed and promote community education surrounding this unique resource. The work at Bristol Marsh
aligns with Heritage Conservancy’s mission to preserve and protect our natural and historic heritage. By
engaging communities throughout Bucks and Montgomery Counties, we work to help everyone become
empowered stewards of our land.
The Delaware River Watershed Fellows will serve as ambassadors for AWE, Heritage Conservancy and the
Delaware River watershed by engaging our watershed community, emphasizing the importance of watershed
stewardship and helping Heritage Conservancy 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: Bristol Marsh, approximately 350 Basin Park, Bristol, PA 19007 and Aldie Mansion, 85 Old
Dublin Pike, Doylestown, PA 18901. The Fellow will spend part of the time at Bristol Marsh/nearby preserves
and part at Aldie Mansion.
• Engage target communities in the Mill/Otter Creek watershed and Delaware River watershed
through stewardship, education, recreation and civic engagement.
• Required to participate in a 3-day supportive watershed stewardship training at the Pocono
Environmental Education Center (overnight, June 12-14.) http://www.peec.org/
• Watershed Fellow will be expected to participate in weekly webinars and check-ins.
• Watershed Fellow will attend 2 (two) in-person regional meetings.
• Complete a Capstone Project and present at the end of program Summit.
• Assist with stewardship needs at Bristol Marsh and other preserves.
• Assist staff in work with the Lower Bucks Environmental Stewardship Team (LBEST), a group of
community members working to advance environmentalism and Heritage Conservancy’s work in the
• Work with Heritage Conservancy staff to engage the community and local businesses to develop
partnerships surrounding stewardship at the Marsh and conduct educational outreach on the
importance of watershed health.
• The Watershed Fellows will become local experts on Heritage Conservancy, Bristol Marsh, and
• Assist with sharing the story of Bristol Marsh/Croydon Woods and engaging the community in person
and through social media.
• Assist with development and execution of environmental education and community programming.
• Assist with daily office tasks and other events as needed.
• Represent yourself in a professional and respectful manner throughout the internship as you are
representing Heritage Conservancy.
Qualifications and Experience:
• Age 18 by June 3rd start date.
• Knowledge of and experience in the Bristol/Croydon community a plus.
• Detail oriented, ability to take direction and complete tasks; Must be eager to work and learn.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills required; Comfort and experience in using social
media a plus.
• Enthusiasm for natural and historic preservation; Knowledge in these areas a plus.
• 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
Heritage Conservancy and the AWE 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 endure potentially variable factors associated with outdoor work.
• Occasional evening and weekend hours required.
• Valid state driver’s license and own transportation required; Able to lead walks/hikes through varied
• Heritage Conservancy is dedicated to building a culturally diverse organization and strongly
encourages applications from minorities and women.
• June 3, 2019: Watershed Fellow start date at Heritage Conservancy
• June 12 – 14: Required Watershed Stewardship Training (overnight) at Pocono Environmental
Education Center (Food, transportation and accommodations provided.)
• August 16: Watershed Fellowship Summit (location TBA)
• August 23: Last day of Fellowship
Compensation: This position pays $12/hr. Fellows will serve 35-40 hrs./week for 12 weeks. Option for
possible Fellowship extension into the fall.
How to apply:
Please send a cover letter and resume to:
Shannon L. Fredebaugh
Community Engagement Programs Manager
Application Deadline: Monday, April 15, 2019