Delaware River Watershed Fellowship 2020 at John James Audubon Center
John James Audubon Center 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 James Audubon Center (JJAC) is based in Pennsylvania and is the original home of the artist and naturalist, John James Audubon. The mission of JJAC is to educate and inspire people to cherish and protect the natural world, by preserving Audubon’s artistic, scientific, and historic legacy and celebrating the conservation movement he inspired while serving the mission of the National Audubon Society (NAS), “to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity.”
The Delaware River Watershed Fellow will serve as an ambassador for John James Audubon Center and the Delaware River watershed by engaging our watershed community, emphasizing the importance of watershed stewardship and helping John James Audubon Center 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: John James Audubon Center is located at 1201 Pawlings Rd. Audubon, PA 19403. The Fellow will spend much of their time in and around Norristown, PA.
- Engage communities at John James Audubon Centers 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.
Center Specific Duties:
- Greet visitors and the community on behalf of JJAC
- The Watershed Fellow will become a local expert on the Perkiomen and Schuylkill Rivers part of the Delaware River Water Shed and urban stormwater issues in Norristown, PA.
- Fellows will engage the John James Audubon community, talking with trail users in and around the center, 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 at the center both during summer camp and off site in Norristown.
- Provide resources such as maps, literature, event flyers to center users.
- Assist with daily trail maintenance, including debris or trash clean up, as well as daily office tasks as needed.
- The fellow will be guiding public and private canoe trips along the Perkiomen Creek.
- Maintain native plant gardens throughout Norristown Area School District.
- Ability to safely operate equipment, including but not limited to golf cart and power tools.
- Provide staffing support as needed in other areas, such as gift shop, birthdays, admissions, and visitor experiences.
Qualifications and Experience:
- Age 18+ by June 1 start date.
- Drivers’ license required
- Must be people oriented, have a team-focused attitude, and the ability to professionally represent John James Audubon Center 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.
- 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 and weekend hours required.
- Able to travel along the center trails.
- Valid state driver’s license required OR proficient with public transportation.
- John James Audubon Center is dedicated to building a culturally diverse organization and strongly encourages applications from minorities and women.
- Spanish speaking candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
- Applicant preferably from or with strong ties to the Norristown community.
- June 1, 2020: Fellow start date at John James Audubon Center
- June 10-12: Required Watershed Stewardship Training (overnight) at Pocono Environmental Education Center. (Meals, transportation and accommodations provided.)
- July 9: Regional Meeting Date
- August 6: Regional Meeting Date
- 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:
Education Coordinator at John James Audubon Center
Application Deadline: Wednesday, April 15, 2020