Petty's Fellowship at CAS - Alliance for Watershed Education of the Delaware River

Petty’s Fellowship at CAS


Delaware River Watershed Fellowship 2022 at
Center for Aquatic Sciences & Petty’s Island Preserve



Fellowship Description
The Center for Aquatic Sciences 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. The Delaware River Watershed Fellowship is a 12-week, paid summer job opportunity designed to introduce young people to careers in environmental education. Fellows participate in training sessions to help prepare them for a summer of connecting people with nature and informing their local communities about issues affecting the Delaware River.

Center for Aquatic Sciences
The mission of the Center for Aquatic Sciences (CAS) is: Education and youth development through promoting the understanding, appreciation and protection of aquatic life and habitats. In performing this mission, CAS also assists in its economic and social redevelopment by providing opportunities for education, enrichment and employment.

NJ Natural Lands Trust at Petty’s Island
NJ Natural Lands Trust’s Petty’s Island is a unique natural setting within a heavily industrialized area that currently houses operation for CITGO Petroleum Corporation. Once fully restored, the Island will provide amazing opportunities to learn about the area’s natural diversity and history.

Position Summary
The Delaware River Watershed Fellow will serve as an ambassador for the Center for Aquatic Sciences (CAS), NJ Natural Lands Trust (NJNLT), and the Delaware River watershed by engaging our local watershed community, emphasizing the importance of watershed stewardship, and helping CAS reach new and underserved audiences. By the end of the 12 weeks of service, Fellows will have become local watershed experts and ambassadors to the Camden community, introducing people to local trails and waterways, as well as the steps they can take to help restore and protect the Delaware River Watershed. The Fellow will be based in Camden, in local waterfront parks within Camden City and Petty’s Island.

• Engage targeted communities in Camden and on Petty’s Island through education, recreation and civic engagement.
• Participate in a mandatory 3-day supportive watershed stewardship orientation (June 15 – 18).
• Attend two regional meetings, submit weekly logs and participate in training webinars.
• Engage residents in watershed and environmental education outdoor activities both virtually and in-person, including on-water kayak and fishing programs, along the Camden Waterfront and surrounding neighborhood communities.
• Collaborate with staff to research, design and implement virtual and in-person programs for the public that focus on both wildlife and watershed protection.
• Interact with trail users through roving naturalist activities, providing information on upcoming events, collecting evaluation data on best practices for engaging the public, and participating in lessons and field trips for Camden City youth during summer.
• Complete a Capstone project to be presented at the end-of-season Watershed Fellowship Summit on August 19. This project should help enhance AWE goals, deepen the connection and engagement of trail and water users, and expand watershed protection and restoration.
• Assist with other daily tasks as needed.

Qualifications and Experience
• Must be age 18 by June 1. Camden resident is preferred.
• Available to work June 6 – August 26, 2022, 4 – 5 days per week, may include some weekends and evenings.
• Must have an interest in the environment and working outdoors.
• Must be people oriented, work well with others, and professionally represent CAS, NJNLT, and the Alliance for Watershed Education.
• Must have a positive attitude, willing to learn new things while working in a dynamic and flexible environment.
• Should be comfortable interacting with other people with a commitment to cultural diversity.
• Interest in learning video editing, social media, or art design are also a plus.
• Valid state driver’s license OR proficiency with public transportation required.
• Spanish speaking candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

This position pays $15.50/hr. Fellows will serve 32-40 hrs./week for 12 weeks.

How To Apply
For more information or to submit a resume, please contact: Linda Cairnes, Director of Experiential
Engagement, Center for Aquatic Sciences,

Application Deadline
Friday, April 1, 2022