Delaware River Watershed Fellowship 2020 at Camden Children’s Garden
Camden Children’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. Centers in the Alliance are connected along Circuit Trails, the regional trail network of multi-use bike/pedestrian trails and waterways (rivers, streams, creeks.) The Alliance, now in its fourth season, is again seeking to hire young people at each center for a 12-week summer fellowship designed to advance their collective impact across the watershed.
The Camden Children’s Garden is operated by the Camden City Garden Club. Our Mission inspires and educates people of all ages by providing opportunities to improve their quality of life, health and community through horticulture.
The Camden Children’s Garden is designed for children and families. It is a special place to explore and discover the natural world. The four-acre garden provides experiences for creative and imaginative play.
The Delaware River Watershed Fellow will serve as an ambassador for the Camden Children’s Garden and the Delaware River watershed by engaging our watershed community, emphasizing the importance of watershed stewardship and helping Camden Children’s Garden outreach and engage new audiences. By the end of the 12 weeks of service, the Watershed Fellow will have become local watershed experts and ambassadors to their community and will have introduced many new people to their local trail(s) and waterways, as well as the steps they can take to help restore and protect the larger Delaware River Watershed.
Position Location: The Garden is located at 3 Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ across the Delaware River from Philadelphia and adjacent to the Adventure Aquarium, The Children’s Garden is easily accessible by the RiverLink Ferry from Penn’s Landing, the PATCO High Speedline, or the River Line Train.
We are currently seeking a summer fellow to assist our staff in fulfilling the mission of the Alliance for Watershed Education;
The overall expectation of a Watershed Fellow will be to:
- Engage local communities in Camden Children’s Garden and Delaware watershed through stewardship, education, recreation and civic engagement.
- Participate in a 3 day supportive watershed stewardship training at Pocono Environmental Education Center (overnight) http://www.peec.org/
- Fellows will be expected to participate in weekly webinars and check-ins with Fellows at other AWE centers.
- Fellows will attend two in-person regional meetings.
- With guidance from their supervisor, complete a Capstone Project and present their work at the end of program Summit in August. This individual project should align with program goals, deepen the connection and engagement of trail and water users and expand watershed protection and restoration.
- The Camden Children’s Garden Fellow will serve visitors and lead programs at the Camden Children’s Garden in our watershed education programs.
- They will engage visitors in lessons, activities and water related exhibits. They will seek unique ways to improve awareness of and participation in our education opportunities.
- They will be responsible for collecting and participating in programs and evaluations.
- They will work with staff to mutually agree on a capstone activity that engages our youth staff.
- Their scheduled days will reflect the days when they can make the largest impact on the visitor experience.
- The successful applicant should also feel comfortable communicating with a wide age group from young children through adults.
Qualifications and Experience:
- Age 18+ by June 1 start date.
- Must be people oriented, have a team-focused attitude, and the ability to professionally represent Camden Children’s Garden and the Alliance for Watershed Education to the public.
- Oral and written communication skills; superior interpersonal skills with a demonstrated commitment to cultural diversity also necessary.
- Demonstrate comfort in working with young children and in a team setting,
- Demonstrate self- motivation and a commitment to build a culturally diverse organization.
- June 1, 2020: Fellow start date at Camden Children’s Garden
- June 10-12: Required Watershed Stewardship Training (overnight) at Pocono Environmental Education Center. (Meals, transportation and accommodations provided.)
- July 8th regional meeting
- August 5th regional meeting
- August 14: Watershed Fellowship Summit (location to be announced)
- August 21: Last day of Fellowship (Fellows may finish their term of service any time after the August 14 Summit through August 25 as needed.)
Compensation: This position pays $12/hr. Fellows will serve 35-40 hrs./week for 12 weeks June – August.
How to apply:
Email a resume and cover letter to:
Jeff Clarke, Camden Children’s Garden 3 Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ 08103
Application Deadline: Wednesday, April 15, 2020