Watershed Institute Fellows Listing - Alliance for Watershed Education of the Delaware River

Watershed Institute Fellows Listing

Delaware River Watershed Fellowship 2020 at The Watershed Institute

Position Location: The Watershed Institute, 31 Titus Mill Rd, Pennington NJ, 08534
Compensation: This position pays $12/hr. Fellows will serve 35-40 hrs./week for 12 weeks June – August; Project and travel funds also available.

The Watershed Institute 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.

This position is located at The Watershed Institute, who’s mission it is to keep water clean, safe and healthy. We work to protect and restore our water and natural environment in central New Jersey through conservation, advocacy, science, and education. Our staff includes policy advocates, scientists, land and water stewards, naturalists and educators. We speak out for your water and environment, protect and restore sensitive habitats, test our waterways for pollution and inspire others to care for the natural world. We focus our work in the Stony Brook, Millstone and Central Delaware River Watersheds.

Position Summary: The Delaware River Watershed Fellow will serve as an ambassador for The Watershed Institute and the Delaware River watershed by engaging our watershed community, emphasizing the importance of watershed stewardship and helping to 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 waterways, as well as the steps they can take to help restore and protect the larger Delaware River Watershed. Approximately 40% of your time will be spent on AWE Fellowship obligations and working on a Capstone Project to achieve these goals, while the other 60% of your time will be spent performing other duties for The Watershed Institute. No prior experience is necessary for any of the duties and obligations. Please see below for details.

Fellowship Obligations:

  • Engage communities at The Watershed Institute and in Delaware watershed through stewardship, education, recreation and civic engagement.
  • Participate in a 3 day 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 supervisors, complete a Capstone Project and present their work at the end of program Summit (August 14). This individual project should align with program goals, seeking to deepen the connection and engagement with residents of Trenton NJ on watershed protection and restoration.

Watershed Institute Duties:

  • Water quality monitoring (training will be provided; NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!!)
  • Assist with Watershed Academy (high school) educational programs.
  • Conduct stewardship work on the Watershed Reserve (e.g. remove non-native plants, plant trees, build or maintain rain gardens or other features around the Center or Reserve, etc.)
  • Collaborate with other interns and Fellows in their work and on their Independent Study projects.
  • Attend and assist with running Watershed events, such as the Butterfly Festival in August.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Must be age 18+ by June 1 start date.
  • Must be willing to work outdoors in summer weather conditions, near streams and in the woods.
  • Must be able to professionally represent The Watershed and the Alliance for Watershed Education.
  • A positive attitude and good sense of humor, as well as comfort working independently as a leader and part of a team, when needed.
  • Occasional evening and weekend hours required.
  • A commitment to cultural diversity also necessary.
  • Spanish speaking candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Valid state driver’s license required or ability to use public transportation.

Essential dates:

  • June 1, 2020: Fellow start date at The Watershed Institute
  • June 10-12: Required Watershed Stewardship Training (overnight) at Pocono Environmental Education Center. (Meals, transportation and accommodations provided.)
  • July 9th – regional meeting #1
  • August 6th – regional meeting #2
  • 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.)

The Watershed Institute is dedicated to building a culturally diverse organization and strongly encourages applications from minorities and women.

How to apply: Email a resume and cover letter to: Steven Tuorto, Director of Science and Stewardship

The Watershed Institute stuorto@thewatershed.org

Application Deadline: Wednesday, April 15, 2020