2021 Delaware River Watershed Fellowship at Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center
Start date: June 7-16, 2021
End date: August 20-27, 2021
The Delaware River Watershed Fellowship is a 12-week, paid summer job opportunity designed to introduce young people from local communities to careers in environmental education. Fellows are hired at one of 23 environmental education centers across the Delaware River Watershed. Fellows participate in training sessions to help prepare them for a summer of helping people connect with nature and informing their local communities about issues affecting the Delaware River, the source of drinking water for 13 million people living in the region.
Fairmount Water Work Interpretive Center (FWWIC), a member of the Alliance for Watershed Education (AWE), is seeking to hire a Fellow from North and Central Philadelphia to help connect with local community members around protecting the Delaware River and its waterways.
Position Location: The Fellow will be based at Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center, 640 Waterworks Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19130. Remote work and travel to other destinations in and around Philadelphia possible.
Compensation: Fellows are paid $15/hour, 35-40 hours a week over the summer.
- Fellows will participate in a 3 day watershed education training, at the Pocono Environmental Education Center (overnight, June 16-18.) http://www.peec.org/ (Depending on Covid limitations some or all of this training may take place virtually.)
- Fellows will help their host Center lead programs and activities, whether in-person or virtually, for community members and visitors to their site.
- Fellows will attend virtual webinars as well as in-person meetings with Fellows from other AWE Centers.
- Fellows will be paired with mentors from AWE Centers as well as past Fellowship alumni. Fellows will check in with their mentors twice a month.
- With guidance from their supervisor and mentors, Fellows will focus their efforts on a specific Capstone Project and present their work at the end-of-program Summit event (August 20).
- Fellows will document their progress by completing a short log report every week.
The Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center Fellow will specifically:
- Greet and interact with visitors of all ages at FWWIC, out in the field, along the Schuylkill Trail, and on the water.
- Assist FWWIC staff in engaging visitors on the Schuylkill Trail with engagement tools, including FWWIC Mussel Cart.
- Gain the knowledge needed to give tours of the FWWIC.
- Assist in planning and delivery of summer programming and weekend family program activities.
- Engage varied audiences and represent FWWIC in outreach events.
- Lead environmental education and summer camp program, both onsite and offsite.
Qualifications and Experience:
- Age 18+ by June 7, 2021 start date.
- A background in environmental education is not required.
- A positive attitude and willingness to greet visitors and start conversation with strangers.
- An ideal candidate will be creative and flexible, and interested in learning how to engage audiences of all ages.
- Must have interest in working with students out-of-doors, no matter the weather.
- Must be able to work Tuesday through Saturday, and occasional evenings.
- Ability to be able to get to FWWIC as well as the ability to work from home (needs access to computer/internet).
- Fluency in Spanish is a plus.
– June 7-16, 2021: Fellow start date at Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center.
– June 16-18: Required Watershed Stewardship Training (overnight) at Pocono Environmental Education Center. (Meals, transportation and accommodations provided.)
– August 20: Watershed Fellowship Summit (location to be announced).
– August 27: Last day of Fellowship (Fellows may finish their term of service any time after the August 20 Summit as needed.)
How to apply:
Email a letter of interest, to:
Stacey Heffernan, Environmental Education Planner @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Cover letter and resume is optional.
Application Deadline: Wednesday, April 14, 2021
More about Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center
The Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center (FWWIC) is the Philadelphia Water Department’s (PWD) urban watershed environmental center. FWWIC’s proximity to the Schuylkill River in an urban setting supports its role as a living laboratory for water-based research, education and interpretation. The mission of FWWIC is to enhance stewardship of our shared water resources by encouraging informed decisions about the use of land and water. The FWWIC educates its citizens about Philadelphia’s urban watershed, its past, present and future; and collaborates with partners to instill an appreciation for the connections between daily life and the natural environment. Our projects, programs and collaborations integrate art, history and STEM subjects to promote clean water and a healthy river.
More about the Alliance for Watershed Education
Organized in 2016, the Alliance for Watershed Education of the Delaware River is a regional initiative of twenty-three partnering environmental education centers, funded and supported by the William Penn Foundation. Each of these centers is located along the Circuit Trail or a major connecting trail, and on waterways throughout the Delaware River Watershed in Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. The mission of the Alliance is to collectively increase and enhance constituent appreciation, knowledge and stewardship of the Delaware River Watershed, leading to greater protection and restoration of the watershed. The Alliance is committed to creating a larger and more inclusive constituency of people engaged at each center, and to promoting and sustaining a sense of belonging for all ethnicities of the people and communities of the Alliance for Watershed Education and its centers.
This position is made possible through the support of the William Penn Foundation.