Delaware River Watershed Fellowship 2018 at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center
The 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 by the Circuit Trails, the regional trail network of multi-use bike/pedestrian trails and waterways (rivers, streams, and creeks). The Alliance seeks to hire up to 46 young people (up to two at each Center), for a 12-week summer Fellowship designed to advance the collective impact across the watershed. The Fellowship program will foster watershed stewardship by establishing a team of ambassadors and building capacity for the Centers involved and the Alliance as a whole.
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 Watershed Fellow will serve the LGNC community by engaging trail users with our watershed education message, helping lead Center programs, and working with our Color of Nature leaders with off-site programs in Allentown and other urban communities. The Fellow will also participate in refuge conservation programs and maintenance. In addition, the Fellow will be trained and work with a network of other Fellows, and will complete a capstone project for LGNC and the network with the guidance of an LGNC mentor.
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.
AWE Fellows will do the following throughout the course of the internship:
- Participate in a three-day supportive Watershed Stewardship Training at Pocono Environmental Education Center (overnight, June 13-15). http://www.peec.org/
- Participate in weekly webinars and check-ins.
- Attend two in-person regional meetings.
- Engage target communities in the Lehigh and Delaware watersheds through stewardship, education, recreation, and civic engagement.
- Assist LGNC’s Color of Nature leaders with their efforts to engage diverse communities 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 succession monitoring and habitat gardening, on LGNC’s refuge.
- Assist LGNC staff with maintenance efforts, including trail and arboretum maintenance, on the refuge.
- 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.
Qualifications and Experience:
AWE Fellows must…
- be between the age of 18 by the June 4 start date.
- be people-oriented, have a team-focused attitude, and have the ability to professionally represent LGNC and the Alliance to the public.
- …have excellent oral and written communication skills, as well as superior interpersonal skills with a demonstrated commitment to cultural diversity.
- …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.
- …have strong time and project management skills.
- …be self-motivated and willing to work in a flexible, non-structured environment.
- …be willing to work evening and weekend hours.
LGNC is dedicated to sustaining a culturally diverse organization and strongly encourages applications from women and men of diverse backgrounds. Spanish-speaking candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
- June 4, 2018: Fellow start date at LGNC
- June 13-15: Required Watershed Stewardship Training (overnight) at Pocono Environmental Education Center. (food, transportation, and accommodations provided)
- August 17: Watershed Fellowship Summit at John Heinz NWR, Philadelphia
- August 24: Last day of Fellowship
Compensation: This position pays $12/hr. Fellows will work 35-40 hrs./week for 12 weeks.
How to apply:
Please send a cover letter and resume to:
Lehigh Gap Nature Center
Application Deadline: Sunday, April 15, 2018