Delaware River Watershed Fellowship 2018 at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge
John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum 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 46 young people (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 the Centers involved and the Alliance as a whole.
“America’s First Urban Refuge”, John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum was established in 1972 to preserve and restore Tinicum Marsh, the largest freshwater tidal marsh in Pennsylvania. The refuge is just a short bike, train, or bus ride from downtown Philadelphia. This protected greenspace is a welcome break from the busy urban setting that surrounds the refuge. The wetland and forests here provide vital habitat for wildlife and with 10 miles of trails along Darby Creek the refuge provides nature based recreational opportunities for people.
The Watershed Fellows will plan, lead, and participate in a variety of public outreach programming designed to expanding public use and watershed education at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge. Activities include facilitating guided nature hikes, bike programs, volunteer litter pickups and fishing activities. The Fellow will work with other staff members to deliver visitor services to community members in Southwest Philadelphia and assist in leading youth summer camps.
The fellows will engage refuge visitors to meet customer service needs, provide direction and instructions as well as collect information to better understand our visiting public. The participant will also work with our urban team to recruit participants from our target communities and neighborhoods in Southwest Philadelphia to participate in programming on and off-site.
- Deliver formal environmental education programs on the refuge and in area classrooms, lead public canoe and natural history tours; develop educational and interpretation programs for students and/or general public, staff visitor center, prepare for and staff special outreach events on the refuges and in the community.
- Engage target communities in the Southwest Philadelphia, providing Delaware watershed information to the public through stewardship, education, recreation and civic engagement.
- Environmental education programs will include intensive, hands-on programs on the refuges, as well as classroom presentations and summer camp activities. Visitor center duties could include: greet visitors, provide refuge and local information, answer telephones, answer visitor questions, respond to visitor correspondences, and operate some audio/visual equipment. Kayak tours take place on Darby Creek.
- 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.
- The Watershed Fellow will become a local expert about John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge and urban stormwater issues.
- Fellows will engage the Eastwick community, talking with refuge users, providing resources like trail maps and bird guides.
- Fellows will monitor and document trail activity, gathering data on how the trail is being used through surveys and through daily observation.
- Lead (or assist with) environmental education and programming along the trail, including new mobile, bike-mounted environmental education cart.
- Provide resources such as maps, literature, event flyers to refuge and trail users.
- Complete a required Capstone project to be presented at the end of season Watershed Fellowship Summit, August 17. This individual project should help enhance network 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 John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge and the Alliance 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 work with weekend hours required. Normal schedule Tuesday- Saturday
- Able and willing to ride a bicycle.
- Valid state driver’s license required OR proficient with public transportation.
- Bilingual candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
- Must be able to pass a background investigation.
- June 4, 2017: Fellow start date.
- June 13 – 15: Required Watershed Stewardship Training (overnight) at Pocono Environmental Education Center. (Food, transportation and accommodations )
- August 17: Watershed Fellowship Summit at John Heinz NWR, Philadel
- 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:
Visitor Services Manager
John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum
America’s First Urban Refuge
8601 Lindbergh Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19153
Application Deadline: Sunday, April 15, 2018