Delaware River Watershed Fellowship 2020 at the Center for Aquatic Sciences at Adventure Aquarium and New Jersey Natural Lands Trust at Petty’s Island
The Center for Aquatic Sciences at Adventure Aquarium 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 AWE are connected by the Circuit Trails, the regional trail network of multi-use bike/pedestrian trails and waterways (rivers, streams, creeks.) AWE seeks to hire a number of college-aged students for a 12-week summer fellowship designed to advance the collective impact across the watershed.
The mission of the Center for Aquatic Sciences (CAS) is: Education and youth development through promoting the understanding, appreciation and protection of aquatic life and habitats. In performing this mission, CAS strives to be an effective member of the Camden, NJ community, assisting in its economic and social redevelopment by providing opportunities for education, enrichment and employment.
The Delaware River Watershed Fellow will serve as an ambassador for the Center for Aquatic Sciences (CAS), NJ Natural Lands Trust (NJNLT), and the Delaware River watershed by engaging our local watershed community, emphasizing the importance of watershed stewardship, and helping CAS reach new and underserved audiences. By the end of the 12 weeks of service, Fellows will have become local watershed experts and ambassadors to the local community, introducing people to regional trails and waterways, as well as the steps they can take to help restore and protect the Delaware River Watershed. The Fellow will be based at Adventure Aquarium and spend much of their time along the Wiggins Waterfront Trail, on Petty’s Island, and in local waterfront parks within Camden City.
- Engage targeted communities within the Delaware River watershed through education, recreation and civic engagement.
- Participate in a mandatory 3-day supportive watershed stewardship training at Pocono Environmental Education Center (June 10 – 12). Transportation can be provided.
- Attend two in-person regional meetings, and participate in weekly webinars and check-ins.
- Engage visitors to the Camden Waterfront and surrounding neighborhood communities, including Petty’s Island, through watershed and environmental education outdoor activities.
- Collaborate with CAS and NJNLT staff to research, design and implement programs for the public that focus on both wildlife and watershed protection.
- Interact with trail users through roving naturalist activities, providing information on upcoming events, collecting evaluation data on best practices for engaging the public, and participating in lessons and field trips for Camden City youth during summer camp.
- Complete a required Capstone project to be presented at the end-of-season Watershed Fellowship Summit on August 14. This project should help enhance AWE goals, deepen the connection and engagement of trail and water users, and expand watershed protection and restoration.
- Assist with daily office tasks as needed.
Qualifications and Experience
- Available to work June 1 – August 21, 2020, 4 – 5 days per week, may include some weekends and evenings.
- Age 18 by June 1.
- Must be people oriented, have a team-focused mindset, and the ability to professionally represent CAS, NJNLT and the Alliance for Watershed Education.
- Must have a positive attitude, willing to learn new things while working in a dynamic and flexible environment.
- Should have good oral and written communication skills; comfortable interacting with other people with a demonstrated commitment to cultural diversity.
- Should have an interest in the environment and working outdoors.
- Should be able and willing to ride a bicycle along the 1.2 mile Wiggins Waterfront Trail and nearby parks within Camden City.
- Valid state driver’s license OR proficiency with public transportation required.
- Camden residents and Spanish speaking candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
This position pays $12/hr. Fellows will serve 32-40 hrs./week for 12 weeks.
How To Apply
Please send a cover letter and resume to: Linda Cairnes, Asst. Director of Experiential Engagement, Center for Aquatic Sciences at Adventure Aquarium, firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, April 1, 2020