The Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership (TTF) 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 46 young people (two at each center), for a 12-week summer fellowship designed to advance the collective impact across the watershed. The Fellows program will foster watershed stewardship by establishing a team of ambassadors and building capacity for the Centers involved and the Alliance as a whole.
The Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership’s mission is to improve the health and vitality of the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Creek and watershed — which includes neighborhoods in North, Northeast, and Northwest Philadelphia and Abington, Cheltenham, Jenkintown, Rockledge, and Springfield in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania — by engaging our communities in education, stewardship, restoration, and advocacy. Working closely with our communities, we support the Philadelphia Water Department’s Green City, Clean Waters 25-year plan to protect our watershed by managing storm water with innovative green infrastructure. We implement and encourage these same strategies with partners in our upstream communities.
The Delaware River Watershed Fellows will serve as an ambassador for the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership and the Delaware River watershed by engaging our watershed community, emphasizing the importance of watershed stewardship and helping TTF reach and engage new and underserved audiences. By the end of the 12 weeks of service, Fellows will have become local watershed experts and ambassadors to the TTF community and will have introduced many new people to their local trail and creek, as well as the steps they can take to help restore and protect the larger Delaware River Watershed.
Position Location: TTF is located in the Globe Dye Works in Frankford, 4500 Worth St. Philadelphia PA 19124. The Fellow will spend much of their time in and around Tacony Creek Park, in lower Northeast Philadelphia.
– Engage communities in the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford watershed and Delaware watershed 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 13-15.) http://www.peec.org/
– Fellows will be expected to participate in weekly webinars and check-ins with Fellows at other centers.
– Fellows will attend 2 (two) in-person regional meetings.
– Complete a Capstone Project and present at the end of program Summit.
– Greet visitors and the community on behalf of the TTF Watershed Partnership.
– The Watershed Fellow will become a local expert on Tacony Creek Park, the TTF Watershed and urban stormwater issues.
– Fellows will engage the Tacony Creek Park community, talking with trail users in and around the park, 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 along the trail, including TTF’s new mobile, bike-mounted environmental education cart.
– Provide resources such as maps, literature, event flyers to park and trail users.
– 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.
– Assist with daily trail maintenance, including debris or trash clean up, as well as daily office tasks as needed.
Qualifications and Experience:
– Age 18+ by June 5 start date.
– Must be people oriented, have a team-focused attitude, and the ability to professionally represent TTF Watershed 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 paved, 3.5 mile Tacony Creek Park trail.
– Valid state driver’s license required OR proficient with public transportation.
– TTF Watershed 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 5, 2017: Fellow start date at TTF Watershed.
– 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 25: Last day of Fellowship
Compensation: This position pays $12/hr. Fellows will serve 35-40 hrs./week for 12 weeks.
How to apply:
Please send a cover letter and resume to:
Mr. Robin Irizarry
Philadelphia Watershed Coordinator,
Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership (TTF)
(those without a formal resume may submit a brief letter of interest)
Application Deadline: Sunday, April 15, 2018