Delaware River Watershed Fellowship 2020 at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum
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 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.
The John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum is located in Philadelphia and Delaware Counties, Pennsylvania, about 1 mile from Philadelphia International Airport. The refuge protects Pennsylvania’s largest remaining freshwater tidal marsh, approximately 200 acres, and more than 700 acres of a variety of other habitats. In addition to protecting habitat for wildlife, JHNWR also provide a variety of free outdoor recreation opportunity for urban visitors, including education, kayaking, biking, hiking, fishing, archery, and wildlife viewing.
The Delaware River Watershed Fellow will serve as an ambassador for John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum and the Delaware River watershed by engaging our watershed community, emphasizing the importance of watershed stewardship and helping John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum reach and engage new and underserved 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: Where will your Fellowship be hosted? John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum is located in Southwest Philadelphia, with the Visitor Center located on 8601 Lindbergh Blvd. The Fellow should expect to work primary within the refuge, with some outreach work in other green spaces in Southwest and West Philadelphia.
– Engage communities in John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum and 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.) 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, 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.
– List specific duties your Fellow will be tasked with at your Centers, including center specific tasks beyond typical
Fellowship duties. Examples given:
– Lead public engagement programs within the refuge and in partner community sites
– Engage with refuge visitors, talking with trail users in and around the refuge, providing resources like trail maps, wildlife guides, and event flyers
– Produce curriculum and lesson about watershed education
– Serve as a trail and waterway docent, including coordinate the Caretaker of the Creek kayak program
– Assist environmental education and programming, including the refuge summer camps and other youth groups
– Assist in event outreach and marketing, including social media and community flyering
– Assist with trail maintenance, including debris or trash clean up, as well as daily office tasks as needed.
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 John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum 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.
– List Specific qualifications and skills your Center is looking for in a Fellow, i.e. – desired language fluency for outreach in specific communities. Additional examples given:
– A positive attitude and good sense of humor, as well as comfort working independently and as a 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 to work in various outdoor conditions, including muddy wetland habitats
– Ability and willingness to work on the water and to learn paddling skills
– Valid state driver’s license required OR proficient with public transportation.
– JHNWR is dedicated to building a culturally diverse organization and strongly encourages applications from minorities and women, or residents of Southwest Philadelphia
– Spanish or French speaking candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
– June 1, 2020: Fellow start date at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum
– June 10-12: Required Watershed Stewardship Training (overnight) at Pocono Environmental Education Center. (Meals, transportation and accommodations provided.)
– July 7th regional meeting
— August 4th regional meeting
– 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. Fellows will serve 35-40 hrs./week for 12 weeks June – August.
How to apply:
Email a resume and cover letter to:
John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum
8601 Lindbergh Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19153
Application Deadline: Wednesday, April 15, 2020