Delaware River Watershed Fellowship 2018 at the Center for Aquatic Sciences at Adventure Aquarium
The Center for Aquatic Sciences at Adventure Aquarium (CAS) 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 a number of college-aged students for a 12-week summer fellowship designed to advance the collective impact across the watershed. The Fellows program will foster watershed stewardship by establishing a team of ambassadors and building capacity for the Centers involved and the Alliance as a whole.
The Center for Aquatic Sciences was founded in 1989 and has since been advancing the understanding of and concern for aquatic animals and their habitats. The main mission of 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 and the Delaware River watershed by engaging aquarium visitors and our local watershed community, emphasizing the importance of watershed stewardship and helping CAS 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 local trails and waterways, as well as the steps they can take to help restore and protect the Delaware River Watershed. Position Location: The Center for Aquatic Sciences at Adventure Aquarium is located at 1 Riverside Dr., Camden, NJ 08103. The Fellow will spend much of their time along the Wiggins Trail on the Delaware River waterfront and in local parks within Camden City.
- Engage targeted communities within the Delaware River watershed through education, recreation and civic engagement.
- Required to participate in a 3 day supportive watershed stewardship training at Pocono Environmental Education Center (overnight, June 13-15.) http://www.peec.org/
- Expected to participate in weekly webinars and check-ins.
- Attend 2 (two) in-person regional meetings.
- Engage visitors to the Camden Waterfront and surrounding neighborhood communities through watershed and environmental education outdoor activities.
- Collaborate with CAS staff to research, design and implement programs for the public and Camden City youth 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, August 17. This individual project should help enhance network 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 4 – 5 days per week, including some weekends and evenings.
- Age 18-24 by June 4 start date.
- Must be people oriented, have a team-focused attitude, and the ability to professionally represent the Center for Aquatic Sciences and the Alliance for Watershed Education to the public.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills; superior interpersonal skills with a demonstrated commitment to cultural diversity also necessary.
- A positive attitude and good sense of humor, as well as comfort working independently both 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.
- 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 required OR proficient with public transportation.
- Spanish speaking candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
- June 5, 2018: Fellow start date at CAS.
- June 13 – 15: Required Watershed Stewardship Training (overnight) at Pocono Environmental Education Center. (Food, transportation and accommodations provided.)
- August 17: Watershed Fellowship Summit at John Heinz NWR, Philadelphia.
- August 25: Last day of Fellowship
Compensation: This position pays $12/hr. Fellows will serve 35-40 hrs./week for 12 weeks.
How to apply:
Please send a cover letter and resume to: Linda Cairnes Sr. Manager of Museum Engagement Center for Aquatic Sciences at Adventure Aquarium firstname.lastname@example.org
Application Deadline: Friday, April 20, 2018