Delaware River Watershed Fellowship 2018 at Gateway Park and Petty’s Island Preserve
The New Jersey Conservation Foundation and the New Jersey Natural Lands Trust are members 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 by the Circuit Trails, the regional trail network of multi-use bike/pedestrian trails and waterways (rivers, streams, and creeks). AWE seeks to hire 46 young people (approximately two at each center), for a 12-week summer fellowship designed to advance the collective impact across the watershed. The Fellows program will foster watershed stewardship by establishing a team of ambassadors and building capacity for AWE and the associated centers.
Position Summary: This is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic individual to spend ten weeks this summer as a Watershed Fellow examining barriers to utilization of natural resources and participation in environmental education programs by under-represented communities throughout Camden County and the Cooper River watershed. Fellow will be paired with other Watershed Fellows and work with NJCF and NJNLT staff: to host focus grounds and/or conduct community surveys at various sites through Camden County to inform the integration of three new parks into Camden County’s open space network; to conduct walkability surveys to/from various Camden County parks and trails; to evaluate and propose open space amenities or interpretive programs; and to develop and implement interpretive programs related to environmental, historical and cultural resources, invasive species, bald eagles, and tree identification. Fellow to propose and undertake a Capstone Project. Contact: Olivia Glenn, NJCF: firstname.lastname@example.org
Position Location: NJCF’s Camden offices located at 800 Cooper Street, Suite 201C, Camden, New Jersey 08102. Fellows also will spend time at Gateway Park, the Petty’s Island Preserve and the Cramer Hill Nature Preserve.
- Engage target communities in the Cooper River watershed and Delaware watershed through stewardship, education, recreation and civic engagement.
- Required to participate in a 3-day supportive watershed stewardship training at Pocono Environmental Education Center (overnight, June 13-15.) http://www.peec.org/
- Fellows will be expected to participate in weekly webinars and check-ins.
- Fellows will attend 2 (two) in-person regional meetings.
- Complete a Capstone Project and present at the end of program Summit.
- Fellows will become resident experts on Gateway Park, the Petty’s Island Preserve, and the Cramer Hill Nature Preserve.
- Fellows will engage the Camden County community, talking with recreational users in and around local parks, hosting and attending forums, and conducting community surveys to develop information to inform the successful integration of three new parks into Camden County’s open space network.
- Fellows will monitor and document how Camden County parks are being used through surveys and observation.
- Develop and implement environmental education and programming at Gateway Park, the Petty’s Island Preserve, and the Cramer Hill Nature Preserve.
- Complete a required Capstone project to be presented at the end of season Watershed Fellowship Summit, August 17. This individual project should help enhance AWE’s goals, deepen the connection and engagement of trail and water users, and expand watershed protection and restoration.
- Assist with daily office tasks as needed.
Qualifications and Experience:
- Age 18 by June 4 start date.
- Must be people oriented, have a team-focused attitude, and the ability to professionally represent TTF Watershed and the network to the public.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills; superior interpersonal skills with a demonstrated commitment to cultural diversity also necessary.
- 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 and willing to ride a bicycle.
- Valid state driver’s license required OR proficient with public transportation.
- June 4, 2017: Fellow start date at TTF Watershed.
- June 13 – 15: Required Watershed Stewardship Training (overnight) at Pocono Environmental Education Center. (Food, transportation and accommodations provided.)
- August 17: Watershed Fellowship Summit at John Heinz NWR, Philadelphia.
- August 24: Last day of Fellowship
Compensation: This position pays $12/hr. Fellows will serve 35-40 hrs./week for 12 weeks.
How to apply:
Please send a cover letter and resume to:
Olivia C. Glenn
South Jersey Metro Regional Manager
New Jersey Conservation Foundation
Camden Office | 800 Cooper Street, Suite 201C | Camden, New Jersey 08102
Application Deadline: Sunday, April 15, 2018