ISM Fellows Listing - Alliance for Watershed Education of the Delaware River

ISM Fellows Listing

The Independence Seaport Museum is one of the 23 centers in the Alliance for Watershed Education.

Title:    Delaware Watershed Fellowship 2020 at Independence Seaport Museum

Hours:  Fellows will serve 35-40 hrs./week for 12 weeks July – August.

Compensation:  $12/hour

Description Independence Seaport Museum 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 by the Circuit Trails, the regional trail network of multi-use bike/pedestrian trails and waterways (rivers, streams, creeks.) The Alliance seeks to hire young people at each center, for a 12-week summer fellowship designed to advance the collective impact across the watershed. Watershed Fellows will engage the community through our expanded public docks and Floating Wetlands while working with high school aged River Ambassadors. Fellows will develop on-water and dock-side interpretation and programs relating to wetland plants and restoration, native mussel species, and highlighting the Delaware River in this urban setting.


  • Age 18+ by June 1 start date.
  • 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.
  • Oral and written communication skills; superior interpersonal skills with a demonstrated commitment to cultural diversity also necessary.
  • Experience with rowing, small boats, and kayaks preferred.
  • Basic knowledge of environmental science and related fields.
  • Good communication and flexibility.
  • Basic computer skills.
  • Ability and willingness to engage with the public.
  • Ability to represent the Museum to potential visitors.
  • Ability to occasionally work weekends, both inside and outside the museum in all weather.
  • Patience and attention to detail.
  • PA Child Abuse History Clearance required.
  • A positive attitude and a good sense of humor

Essential Duties:

  • Engage communities at Independence Seaport Museum and the Delaware watershed through stewardship, education, recreation and civic engagement.
  • Participate in a 3 day supportive watershed stewardship training at Pocono Environmental Education Center (overnight, June 10-12.) 
  • 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, complete a Capstone Project 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.
  • 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.

To apply:

Send a brief cover letter and your resume in an e-mail to Alexis Cabrera, Youth Programs Coordinator at  No phone calls.

Independence Seaport Museum deepens the appreciation, understanding and experience of the Philadelphia region’s waterways through history, science, art and community.  For more information, please visit

Location: Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19106. The Museum is easily accessible by public transportation and nearby parking.