Delaware River Watershed Fellowship

Delaware Nature Society
Wilmington, DE, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
Not Specified


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Organization Description

Delaware Nature Society has spent over 50 years connecting people to nature with diverse environmental programs and services. As one of the most well respected environmental organizations in the region, we envision a healthy and sustainable environment for all plants, animals, and people living in our region. Our mission is to connect people with the natural world to improve our environment through education, advocacy, and conservation. Working state-wide in Delaware and the surrounding region, we operate four sites where people experience nature in unique hands-on ways reaching thousands of visitors each year.

Job Description

The Delaware River Watershed Fellow will serve as an ambassador for the Delaware Nature Society and the Delaware River watershed by engaging the community, emphasizing the importance of taking care of our local rivers and creeks, and helping DNS better reach and engage new local audiences in Wilmington. By the end of the 12 weeks of service, Fellows will be local watershed experts and ambassadors to their community and will have introduced many new people to their local trails, waterways, and environmental center, as well as the steps they can take to help restore and protect the Delaware River Watershed. The Fellow will spend much of their time in and around the neighboring communities and Wilmington Riverfront.


  • Engage target communities in the Christina and Delaware Rivers watersheds through stewardship, education, recreation and civic engagement.
  • Complete a required Capstone project to be presented at the end of season Watershed Fellowship Summit. This individual project should help enhance network goals, deepen the connection and engagement of trail and water users and expand watershed protection and restoration.
  • Participate in regular online interaction with the other Watershed Fellows through an online discussion platform.
  • Greets visitors and interprets the natural and cultural history of the Christina and Brandywine Rivers Watershed and urban water issues to visitors and the community.
  • Engage the Wilmington community, talking with trail users in and around the riverfront and community parks, providing resources such literature and event flyers.
  • Document through conversation and surveys the communities’ knowledge of and experience with the local waterways and water issues.
  • Lead or assist with environmental education programming. Assist with daily office tasks as needed.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Age 18-24 by June 3 start date.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, and superior interpersonal skills. Understanding of environmental/social justice concerns relevant to the region.
  • Must be people oriented, have a team-focused attitude, and the ability to professionally represent DNS and the network to the public.
  • A positive attitude, 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 lead walks through varied terrain.
  • Willingness to learn kayaking and canoeing.
  • Able and willing to ride a bicycle along the 2 mile Wilmington Riverfront and associated trails.
  • Must be able to get to and from work.

Essential Dates

  • June 3: Fellows start date at Delaware Nature Society.
  • June 12 – 14: Required Watershed Stewardship Training (overnight) at Pocono Environmental Education Center. (Meals, transportation and accommodations provided.)
  • August 16: Watershed Fellowship Summit at John Heinz NWR, Philadelphia.
  • End of August (Flexible): Last day of Fellowship.

Salary and Benefits

This position pays $12/hr.