Delaware River Watershed Fellowship 2020 at Gateway Park with New Jersey Conservation Foundation
Gateway Park 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.
New Jersey Conservation Foundation is a state-wide land trust whose mission is to preserve land and natural resources throughout New Jersey for the benefit of all. Since 1986 we have been working in the City of Camden to complete the Cooper River Trail, and our work has expanded to improving trails and parks throughout the city. Gateway Park, which is owned by the Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority and is part of the Cooper River Trail, officially opened to the public in March 2019 and is experiencing success that we look to build on in 2020.
Position Summary: The Delaware River Watershed Fellow will serve as an ambassador for Gateway Park and the Delaware River watershed by engaging our watershed community, emphasizing the importance of watershed stewardship and helping Gateway Park reach and engage new 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: Our office is located 622 Cooper Street, Camden, NJ 08102. Gateway Park is located at 2798 Admiral Wilson Blvd, Pennsauken Township, NJ 08109.
General Fellowship Duties:
- 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(s), complete a Capstone Project related to community engagement and park activation, 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.
- Staff support at events, meetings, Gateway Park Advisory Committee, etc. in order to gain a better understanding of their ability to be involved beyond the duration of the fellowship (20%)
- General event coordination, including at least one event crafted, facilitated, and implemented by fellow (15%)
- Stewardship Project Implementation Support (15%)
- Coordinate with Petty’s Island and Center for Aquatic Science fellows to engage Camden residents in environmental and recreational activities (15%)
- Conduct research on how the Camden Blueprint Mapping Tool can be used to advocate for policy change (10%)
- Capstone project related to community engagement and park activation /fellowship work (25%)
Qualifications and Experience:
- Age 18+ by June 1 start date.
- Must be people oriented, have a team-focused attitude, and the ability to professionally represent Gateway Park/New Jersey Conservation Foundation and the Alliance for Watershed Education to the public.
- Oral and written communication skills; superior interpersonal skills with a demonstrated commitment to cultural diversity are also necessary.
- 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 are required.
- Valid state driver’s license required OR proficient with public transportation.
- A positive attitude and good sense of humor, as well as comfort working independently as a leader and part of a team, when needed.
- June 1, 2020: Fellow start date at Gateway Park
- June 10-12: Required Watershed Stewardship Training (overnight) at Pocono Environmental Education Center. (Meals, transportation and accommodations provided.)
- July regional Meeting: July 8
- August regional Meeting date: August 5
- 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. Fellow will serve 35 hrs./week for 12 weeks June – August.
How to apply:
Email a resume and cover letter to:
Urban Parks Manager
Application Deadline: Friday, April 17, 2020
New Jersey Conservation Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, age, national origin, ethnic background, disability or any other characteristic protected by law. We are committed to building a diverse team and strongly encourage all qualified professionals to apply.