Delaware River Watershed Fellowship 2020 at Lehigh Gap Nature Center
Lehigh Gap Nature Center (LGNC) 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.
LGNC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit environmental education and conservation organization that maintains a 756-acre wildlife refuge near Slatington, PA. LGNC’s mission is to protect the wildlife and enhance the habitats of our refuge, the neighboring Kittatinny Ridge, and the Delaware River Watershed through conservation, education, research, and outdoor recreation to improve the quality of life of present and future generations. We envision a future in which communities and individuals achieve, sustain, and support healthy and connected ecosystems at Lehigh Gap, on the Kittatinny Ridge, and throughout the Delaware River Watershed.
The Delaware River Watershed Fellow will serve as an ambassador for Lehigh Gap Nature Center and the Delaware River Watershed by engaging our watershed community, emphasizing the importance of watershed stewardship, and helping LGNC reach and engage new and underserved audiences. Through 12 weeks of service, the Watershed Fellow will become a local watershed expert and ambassador to their community, introduce many new people to their local trail(s) and waterways, and share steps they can take to help restore and protect the larger Delaware River Watershed.
Position Location: LGNC’s headquarters, the Osprey House, is located alongside the Lehigh River in the Lehigh Gap at 8844 Paint Mill Rd., Slatington, PA 18080.
- Engage communities in the Lehigh and Delaware watersheds 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/
- Participate in weekly webinars and check-ins with Fellows at other AWE centers.
- 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 LGNC’s Color of Nature leaders with their efforts to engage students and residents in urban areas.
- Assist LGNC staff with leading field trips, in-school programs, and after-school programs for a variety of age groups (pre-k through college).
- Assist LGNC staff with leading summer camps, club meetings, and community programs.
- Develop and implement programs on watersheds and other environmental science topics.
- Participate in conservation efforts, including trail maintenance and habitat gardening, on LGNC’s wildlife refuge.
Qualifications and Experience:
- Must be age 18+ by June 1 start date.
- Must be people oriented, have a team-focused attitude, and the ability to professionally represent LGNC and the Alliance for Watershed Education to the public.
- Must have excellent oral and written communication skills, as well as superior interpersonal skills.
- Must have a positive attitude and good sense of humor, as well as comfort working independently as a leader and as part of a team, when needed.
- Must have strong time and project management skills.
- Must be self-motivated and willing to work in a flexible, non-structured environment.
- Must be willing to work evening and weekend hours.
LGNC is dedicated to sustaining an inclusive organization. Bilingual candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
- June 1, 2020: Fellow start date at Lehigh Gap Nature Center
- June 10-12: Required Watershed Stewardship Training (overnight) at Pocono Environmental Education Center. (Meals, transportation and accommodations provided.)
- July 9: Regional meeting (location TBA)
- August 6: Regional meeting (location TBA)
- 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 July – August.
How to apply:
Email a resume and cover letter to:
Director of Science & Education
Application Deadline: Wednesday, April 15, 2020