Watershed Fellowship (Schuylkill River)

Audubon Society
Audubon, PA, United States
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NGO/Civil Society
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Not Specified


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Position Summary

The John James Audubon Center (JJAC) is working with other local environmental centers in an effort to build a network focused on constituency building and stewardship of the Delaware River watershed. This network of 23 environmental centers, spread across the Delaware River watershed, is interconnected by The Circuit, the regional trail network of multi-use bike/pedestrian trails and waterways (rivers, streams, creeks). The Centers network seeks to hire 23 young people (one at each center,) for a 12 week summer fellowship designed to advance our collective impact across the watershed. This program will foster watershed stewardship by establishing a team of ambassadors and building capacity for a network of centers.   JJAC's mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the Earth’s biological diversity in Pennsylvania. At the center, we focus on the Perkiomen Creek which runs along the property and we run interpretive canoe programs as well as water quality testing. In addition, we are active in the Norristown Area School District. We work in the elementary, middle and high schools using raised native plant beds as outdoor classrooms. In between Whitehall Elementary and Norristown High School is a tributary to the Schyukill River which has become a location to monitor water quality. Delaware River Watershed Fellow will serve as an ambassador for JJAC and the Delaware River watershed by engaging our watershed community, inspiring watershed stewardship and helping JJAC reach and engage new and underserved audiences. By the end of the 12 weeks of service, Fellows will have become local watershed ambassadors in 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 John James Audubon Center is dedicated to building a culturally diverse organization and strongly encourages applications from people of color and women.

Essential Functions
  • Engage target communities in the Schuylkill River 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 12-14.) http://www.peec.org/
  • Fellows will be expected to participate in weekly webinars and check-ins.
  • Fellows will attend 2 (two) in-person regional meetings.
  • Complete a Capstone Project and present at the end of program Summit.
  • Facilitate off-site school programs for students grades k-12 on a variety of topics including native plants, bird biology, and water quality.
  • Maintain and repair Schoolyard Habitats throughout Norristown Area School District, community partners and Norristown parks.
  • Attend planning sessions at CCATE for summer program and implement education programming during their 3-week summer camp.
  • Provide guided canoe trips on the Perkiomen Creek.
  • Become a local expert on John James Audubon Center, the Schuylkill River Watershed and urban stormwater issues.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications and Experience
  • Must be a High school graduate.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; superior interpersonal skills with a demonstrated commitment to cultural diversity also necessary.
  • Must be people oriented, have a team-focused attitude, and the ability to professionally represent Audubon Pennsylvania and the network to the public.
  • A positive attitude and good sense of humor, as well as comfort working independently as a leader and part of a team, when needed.
  • Experience leading canoe programs is a essential.
  • Must be self-motivated and willing to work in a flexible, non-structured environment.
  • Evening and weekend hours required.
  • Must have access to reliable vehicle or proficiency with public transportation.