Delaware River Watershed Fellowship 2023 At The John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove
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The John James Audubon Center, a member of the Alliance for Watershed Education (AWE), is seeking to hire a Fellow from the Norristown area to help connect with local community members around protecting the Delaware River and its waterways. The Delaware River Watershed Fellowship is a 12-week, paid summer job opportunity designed to introduce young people from local communities to careers in environmental education. Fellows are hired at one of 23 environmental education centers across the Delaware River Watershed. Fellows are paid $15.50/hr., 35-40 hours a week over the summer.
Fellows participate in training sessions to help prepare them for a summer of helping people connect with nature and informing their local communities about issues affecting the Delaware River, the source of drinking water for 13 million people living in the region.
The John James Audubon Center (JJAC) is located at 1201 Pawlings Road, Audubon, PA 19403. The Fellow will spend a portion of their time interacting with the section of the Perkiomen Creek found on JJAC property, and parts of the Schuylkill River that run through Norristown.
- June 5, 2023: Fellow start date at the John James Audubon Center (Fellows may arrange with their Supervisor to begin any time within the first week of the program).
- June 14-16: Fellowship Orientation (overnight) at Pocono Environmental Education Center. (Meals,transportation, and accommodations provided).
- August 18: Watershed Fellowship Summit (location to be announced).
- August 25: Last day of Fellowship (Fellows may finish their term of service any time after the August 18 Summit
Compensation: $15.50 / hour
- Fellows will participate in a 3-day watershed education training, at the Pocono Environmental Education Center (overnight, June 14-16.) http://www.peec.org/ (Depending on Covid limitations at the time, some or all of this training may take place virtually.)
- Fellows will help their host Center lead programs and activities, whether in-person or virtually, for community members and visitors to their site.
- Fellows will attend virtual webinars as well as in-person meetings with Fellows from other AWE Centers.
- Fellows will be paired with mentors from AWE Centers as well as past Fellowship alumni. Fellows will check in with their mentors twice a month.
- With guidance from their supervisor and mentors, Fellows will focus their efforts on a specific Capstone Project and present their work at the end-of-program Summit event (August 18).
- Fellows will document their progress by completing a short log report every week.
The John James Audubon Center Fellow will specifically:
- Work with supervisor to develop a capstone project that benefits the Norristown community and deepens connections and engagement with JJAC and the Perkiomen Creek with an eye towards expanding watershed protection. Capstone project should also include opportunities to engage new and diverse audiences, including underrepresented groups.
- Assist with leading environmental education and programming at JJAC and in the community.
- Assist with public events at JJAC.
- Monitor and document JJAC Museum guest experience, gathering data through surveys and interviews.
- Assist in communication with Audubon’s constituents via targeted emails and social media.
- Greet visitors to the John James Audubon Center Museum and along onsite pathways.
- Assist with site maintenance, including debris or trash clean up, as well as office tasks as needed.
Qualifications and Experience
- Age 18+ by June 5, 2023 start date.
- A background in environmental education is not required.
- Appreciation of the natural world and commitment to engaging diverse audiences in conservation.
- Strong time and project management skills.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Comfort working independently and as part of a team.
- A positive attitude and willingness to greet visitors and start conversations with strangers.
- Ability to work in a dynamic, fast-paced environment.
- Occasional evening and weekend hours required.
- Willingness to participate in nature-based programming in an outdoor setting, including in the Perkiomen
- Valid state driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle required OR proficient with public transportation.
- Candidates from Norristown are preferred.
- Fluency in Spanish is also preferred.
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