Delaware River Watershed Fellowship 2020 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 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 Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education inspires meaningful connections between people and nature. We engage with our forests and fields to foster appreciation, deepen understanding, and encourage stewardship of the environment.
The Delaware River Watershed Fellow will serve as an ambassador for The Schuylkill Center and the Delaware River watershed by engaging our watershed community, emphasizing the importance of watershed stewardship and helping The Schuylkill Center reach and engage new 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: The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy’s Mill Road, Philadelphia, PA, 19128
- Engage communities in the Schuylkill Center 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.
- Work with Schuylkill Center Land and Facility staff on stewardship projects to improve our 340 Acre campus including trail maintenance, invasive plant control, tree planting, and erosion control efforts.
- Assist environmental educational programs such as summer camp, guided groups, leading volunteer stewardship groups and providing Monkeytail Gang (aftercare) oversight.
Qualifications and Experience:
- Age 18+ by June 1 start date.
- Must be people oriented, have a team-focused attitude, and the ability to professionally represent The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education 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 unpaved trail and lift 50lbs.
- Valid state driver’s license required OR proficient with public transportation.
- The Schuylkill 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.
- June 1, 2020: Fellow start date at The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
- June 10-12: Required Watershed Stewardship Training (overnight) at Pocono Environmental Education Center. (Meals, transportation and accommodations provided.)
- July 7 & August 4: Regional meetings
- 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:
Director of Land and Facilities
Application Deadline: Wednesday, April 15, 2020