2022 DELAWARE RIVER WATERSHED FELLOWSHIP with First State National Historical Park & The Nature Conservancy
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. The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in partnership with First State National Historical Park (FRST) is one of 23 environmental education centers that make up the Alliance for Watershed Education (AWE). 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.
The Nature Conservancy’s mission is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. We envision a world where nature and people thrive together. Through our Urban Conservation program, we are working towards building healthy cities in North America, including Wilmington, DE.
The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. We encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.
YOUR POSITION WITH TNC
The Delaware River Watershed Fellow will serve as an ambassador for the Wilmington community at the TNC and FRST AWE Center, called Brandywine Valley. This will be accomplished by: reaching new and underserved audiences and introducing/connecting them to their local trails and waterways, educating Brandywine Valley visitors about the watershed they live in and about the varied resources that depend on that water, and by inspiring stewardship to help reduce negative impacts and to restore and protect the watershed.
The Watershed Fellow will report to the Stream Stewards Project Manager and assist with outreach in the Wilmington community, and in fostering connections between urban residents, especially youth, and their local watersheds. The Fellow will spend much of their time out in the field either in urban neighborhoods or at Brandywine Valley, as well as time in the TNC Wilmington office.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE
- Engage communities in Wilmington through education, outreach and stewardship.
- Professionally represent TNC, FRST and AWE at events and meetings around Wilmington.
- Explore ways to engage new and diverse communities, including underrepresented audiences, to help achieve our goals of diversity, equity and inclusion.
- Assist with education programs and volunteer events (may be in-person or virtual).
- Participate in a 3-day watershed education training, at the Pocono Environmental Education Center from June 15th-17th. (Meals, transportation and accommodations provided.) http://www.peec.org/ (Depending on Covid limitations, some or all of this training may take place virtually.)
- Attend virtual webinars as well as in-person meetings with Fellows from other AWE Centers.
- Check in with your mentors twice a month for a 1-hour call. (Fellows will be paired with mentors from AWE Centers as well as past Fellowship alumni.)
- With guidance from their supervisor and mentors, complete a specific Capstone Project and present their work at the end-of-program Summit event on August 19th.
- Document your progress by completing a short log report every week.
- High school diploma or GED
- Age 18 years or older by June 6th start date
- Experience with writing and oral communication
- Experience organizing projects
- Based in Wilmington, DE
- Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience preferred.
- Ability to communicate clearly through writing and speaking in English
- Ability to work in a team environment and complete tasks independently
ADDITIONAL JOB INFORMATION AND HOW TO APPLY
This is a full-time, temporary internship position with a term of June 6th – August 19th, 2022 and the pay is $15.50/hr. If you are interested in applying send an email to the Stream Stewards Project Manager, Kim Hachadoorian: firstname.lastname@example.org
APPLICATION DEADLINE is Friday April 8th 2022