2021 Delaware River Watershed Fellowship at Independence Seaport Museum
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.
Independence Seaport Museum, a member of the Alliance for Watershed Education (AWE), is seeking to hire a Fellow from the Philadelphia region to help connect with local community members around protecting the Delaware River and its waterways.
Position Location: Independence Seaport Museum is located in Penn’s Landing at 211 S Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia PA 19106. The Fellow will spend much of their time in and around Penn’s Landing, as well as local field trips with the museum’s River Ambassador Program.
Compensation: Fellows are paid $15/hr, 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 Independence Seaport Museum Fellow will specifically:
– Engage communities at Independence Seaport Museum and the Delaware watershed through stewardship, education, recreation and civic engagement.
– Assist with high school aged River Ambassadors on field trips, outreach programs, and day to day tasks.
– Fellow will engage the public regarding the Delaware River Watershed and site-specific environmental features, such as the Floating Wetlands.
– Assist with dockside related programming and events.
– Fellows will monitor and document River Alive! and Citizen Science Lab activity, gathering data on guest and River Ambassador experience, knowledge and daily observation.
– Research and design activities and informational material that would enhance the museum and an audience of all ages.
– Support education staff with water-based events, such as Walnut2Walnut
– Assist with daily maintenance, including around the River Alive! gallery, office tasks and education dock, as needed.
Qualifications and Experience:
- Age 18+ by June 7, 2021 start date.
- A background in environmental education is not required.
- PA Child Abuse History Clearance required.
- Must be people oriented, have a team-focused attitude, and the ability to professionally represent Independence Seaport Museum and the Alliance for Watershed Education to the public.
- Basic computer skills.
- A positive attitude and willingness to engage with the public.
- Occasional weekend hours, both inside and outside the museum in all weather, required.
- Patience and attention to detail.
- Experience operating rowboats, kayaks, and other small boats preferred.
- Willingness to walk and hike trails, and work in environments with mud, etc.
- Proficient with public transportation if needed
– June 7-16, 2021: Fellow start date at Independence Seaport Museum (Fellows may arrange with their Supervisor to begin any time within the first week of the program.)
– 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 resume and cover letter to:
Youth Programs and River Ambassador Supervisor
Application Deadline: Wednesday, April 14, 2021
More about Independence Seaport Museum:
Independence Seaport Museum deepens the understanding, appreciation and experience of the Philadelphia region’s waterways through history, science, and art, plus experiences on the water. The Seaport Museum was founded in 1960 as the Philadelphia Maritime Museum and has become a key component of Philadelphia’s waterfront renaissance. We serve 110,000 visitors annually and are accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. Our programs provide on-water and dock-side interpretation relating to wetland plants and restoration, native mussel species, environmental injustice, and highlighting the Delaware River in this urban setting.
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.
The Independence Seaport Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values diversity, inclusion, and equity as matters of fairness and effectiveness. We are committed to hiring and retaining a staff that reflects the diversity of the communities we serve, fostering an inclusive working environment where staff of all backgrounds feel welcomed and engaged in our mission. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.