Delaware River Watershed Fellowship 2020 at The Camden County Environmental Center
The Camden County Environmental Center of the Camden County Department of Parks 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 Delaware River Watershed Fellow will serve as an ambassador for Camden County and the Delaware River watershed by engaging our watershed community, emphasizing the importance of watershed stewardship and helping Camden County reach and engage new and underserved audiences. By the end of the 12 weeks of service, the Watershed Fellow will have become local watershed 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.
As a fellow with the Camden County Department of Parks, you’ll assist the environmental educator with county wide environmental education programing. This programing ranges from family nature programs in the parks and educational gardens, to event outreach, and even weekly kayaking programs. We are seeking a fellow to add their unique twist on the programs already offered and the creation of new programs.
Position Location: 1301 Parks Blvd. Cherry Hill, NJ 08002. Fellow will spend most of their time at the Camden County Environmental Center but will be expected to assist with program around the entire county.
– Engage communities around Camden County 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, June 10-12.) 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 on July 8th and August 5th.
– With guidance from their supervisor, complete a Capstone Project and present their work at the end of program Summit (August 14). This individual project should align with program goals, deepen the connection and engagement of trail and water users and expand watershed protection and restoration.
– Lead (or assist with) environmental education and programming around the county including those with our local partners such as the Discover the Delaware partnership or other AWE centers.
– Fellow will take lead with the environmental education at the libraries throughout the summer.
– Fellow will monitor and document trail activity, gathering data on how the trail is being used through surveys and observation.
– Greet visitors and guide trail users of the Camden County Environmental Center.
– Assist with other projects and daily office tasks as needed throughout the Department of Parks, Division of Environmental Affairs or the Office of Sustainability.
Qualifications and Experience:
- Must be a resident of the state of New Jersey.
- Age 18 by June 1st start date.
- Valid state driver’s license.
- Occasional night hours required and possibly optional weekend hours, such as assisting with most of the Wednesday evening guided kayaking programs or providing outreach at weekend farmer’s markets.
- Must be comfortable or willing to become comfortable in a kayak.
- Be able to work independently at times.
- While knowledge of environmental issues is highly desirable, it is not required. We are seeking fellow that can bring their strengths to the table and be willing to learn.
- Must be people oriented, have a team focused attitude, and the ability to professionally represent Camden County and the Alliance for Watershed Education to the public.
- Oral and written communication skills; superior interpersonal skills with a demonstrated commitment to cultural diversity is also necessary.
- Attend all the Alliance required dates as previously listed under duties.
Compensation: This position pays $15/hr. Fellows will serve 35hrs/week for 12 weeks June – August.
How to apply:
Email a resume and cover letter to:
Marissa Wolfe Marissa.firstname.lastname@example.org
Application Deadline: **DEADLINE EXTENDED** to April 20th, 2020.