2022 Delaware River Watershed Fellowship at New Jersey Conservation Foundation
Start date: June 6-15, 2022 End date: August 19-26, 2022
Compensation: This position pays $15.50/hr, 35-40 hours a week for 12 weeks.
The Delaware River Watershed Fellowship
New Jersey Conservation Foundation 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. 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 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.
New Jersey Conservation Foundation is a nonprofit organization working to preserve New Jersey’s land and natural resources for the benefit of all. In the City of Camden, we work to make parks, trails and waterways more accessible to the public, provide relevant programs for the community, and protect vibrant green spaces. We are hiring a Fellow from Camden to help connect with local community members around protecting parks and trails along the Cooper and Delaware Rivers.
Overall Duties include:
- Participate in a 3 day watershed education training, at the Pocono Environmental Education Center (overnight, June 15-17.) http://www.peec.org/ (Depending on current 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 and document progress weekly by completing a short log report.
- Work with a mentor from across the Alliance for Watershed Education and check in with mentors approximately twice a month for a 1 hour call.
- Complete a capstone project and present this work at the end-of-program Summit event (August 19). This project should help enhance AWE goals, deepen the connection and engagement of trail and water users, and expand watershed protection and restoration.
The New Jersey Conservation Foundation Fellow will specifically:
- Help develop and lead programs and activities, including water-based events, at Gateway Park and other Camden parks, for community members that advance New Jersey Conservation Foundation’s and AWE’s mission. Programs may be in-person or virtual.
- Engage Camden and Pennsauken residents in outdoor programs by developing outreach and marketing tools
- Help with park management, including clean-ups and trail maintenance
- Help to organize and facilitate community meetings focused on management and programming at Gateway Park
- Work with other Fellows based in Camden on joint projects
Qualifications and Experience:
- Age 18+ by June 6, 2022 start date.
- A background in environmental education is not required.
- Organized and good at project management
- Enjoys working with the public and as part of a team.
- Ability to speak English and Spanish, Vietnamese or another language a plus.
– June 6-14, 2022: Fellow will start at New Jersey Conservation Foundation on a mutually agreed upon date during this week.
– June 15-17: Required Watershed Stewardship Training (overnight) at Pocono Environmental Education Center. (Meals, transportation and accommodations provided. Depending on current Covid limitations some or all of this training may take place virtually.)
– August 19: Watershed Fellowship Summit (location to be announced).
– August 26: Last day of Fellowship
How to apply:
Email or mail a resume and cover letter to:
Director for South Jersey, New Jersey Conservation Foundation
P.O. Box 1448
Medford, NJ 08055
Application Deadline: Wednesday, April 13, 2022
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.
This position is made possible through the support of the William Penn Foundation.