Delaware River Watershed Fellowship 2019 at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education 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, creeks.) The Alliance seeks to hire young people at each center, for a 12-week summer fellowship designed to advance the collective impact across the watershed.
Founded in 1965, the Schuylkill Center is one of the first urban environmental education centers in the country, with 340 acres of fields, forests, ponds, and streams in northwest Philadelphia. The Schuylkill Center’s mission is to inspire meaningful connections between people and nature. We do this through our:
• After-school program
• Summer camps for ages 3-15
• Nature preschool and kindergarten classes
• Land stewardship events and programs
• Environmental art gallery and Artist in Residency program
• Public programs and festivals
• School programs both on- and off-site
Position Summary: The Schuylkill Center is seeking a Watershed Fellow who will serve as an ambassador for the Center and the Delaware River watershed. Throughout the twelve weeks of service, the Watershed Fellow will work on projects that seek to further the goals of the Center’s land stewardship and environmental education programs.
Position Location: The Schuylkill Center is located at 8480 Hagys Mill Road Philadelphia PA 19128. However, the Watershed Fellow may spend some of his/her time traveling to various locations throughout the city.
• Engage target communities in the Philadelphia area through stewardship, education, recreation, and civic engagement
• Required to participate in a 3-day supportive watershed stewardship training at Pocono Environmental Education Center (overnight, June 12-14). Transportation provided. http://www.peec.org/
• Fellows will be expected to participate in weekly webinars and check-ins.
• Fellows will attend two in-person regional meetings.
• Complete a required Capstone project to be presented at the end of season Watershed Fellowship Summit on August 16.
• Serve as a representative for the Schuylkill Center and the Alliance for Watershed Education.
• Assist with the Center’s land stewardship projects and environmental education programs.
Qualifications and Experience:
• Must be 18 by June 3rd.
• Must be people oriented, have a team-focused attitude, and the ability to professionally represent the Schuylkill Center and the Alliance for Watershed Education network to the public.
• Excellent 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.
• Applicants from Northwest Philadelphia are strongly encouraged to apply
• June 3, 2019: Fellow start date at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
• June 12 – 14: Required Watershed Stewardship Training (overnight) at Pocono Environmental Education Center. (Food, transportation and accommodations provided.)
• August 16: Watershed Fellowship Summit at John Heinz NWR, Philadelphia.
• August 24: Last day of Fellowship
Compensation: This position pays $12/hr. Fellows will serve 35-40 hrs per week for 12 weeks.
The Watershed Fellowship may be extended for an additional 240 hours after the initial 12-week period of employment. The extension can take the form of an additional six weeks of full-time engagement or be spread out over the balance of the calendar year depending on the Fellow’s preference.
How to apply: Please send a letter expressing your interest and two references to: Andrew Kirkpatrick Manager of Land Stewardship The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education 8480 Hagy’s Mill Road Philadelphia PA 19128 email@example.com
Application Deadline: Wednesday, May 1, 2019
We value a racially, ethnically, and culturally diverse work community and we strongly encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. E.O.E.