Delaware River Watershed Fellowship 2020 at Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Center
Cobbs Creek 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.
Cobbs Creek is an environmental center with over 20 years of serving the communities of West and Southwest Philadelphia. Our focus is on inclusion of all of our neighbors in offering a variety of programs that strive to improve knowledge, stewardship and recreational use of our natural world.
Position Summary: The Delaware River Watershed Fellow will serve as an ambassador for Cobbs Creek and the Delaware River watershed by engaging our watershed community, emphasizing the importance of watershed stewardship and helping Cobbs Creek reach and engage new and underserved 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: We are located in Cobbs Creek Park, opposite 63rd and Catherine Sts. Our address is 700 Cobbs Creek Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19143. The namesake Cobbs Creek serves as the western boundary between Philadelphia and Delaware County. We serve constituents in a 20 block radius of the Park.
- Engage communities in Cobbs Creek and Delaware watersheds 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.
- 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.
- Specific duties include working with existing summer programs such as summer camp, Rec Center visits, and our Nature RX program. There is also the expectation of being involved with a neighborhood outreach survey project through the Watershed Alliance.
- Lead structured activities for youth groups that visit the Center.
- Be trained in our Nature RX program to be able to actively lead adolescent and adult Nature RX participants.
- Become knowledgeable about the creeks, meadow, woods and wetland to guide visitors.
- To conduct outreach surveys in adjacent communities.
- Age 18+ by June 1 start date.
- Must be people oriented, have a team-focused attitude, and the ability to professionally represent Cobbs Creek 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.
We are seeking candidates who exhibit the following:
- 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 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.
- Occasional evening and weekend hours required
- Able to travel along the paved and unpaved Park trails.
- Valid state driver’s license required OR proficient with public transportation.
- Cobbs Creek is dedicated to building a culturally diverse organization and strongly encourages applications from minorities and women.
- June 1, 2020: Fellow start date at Cobbs Creek.
- June 10-12: Required Watershed Stewardship Training (overnight) at Pocono Environmental Education Center. (Meals, transportation and accommodations provided.)
- July 7th regional meeting
- August 4th 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:
Application Deadline: Wednesday, April 15, 2020