Each year, twenty (20) Watershed Ambassadors, selected through a competitive application and interview process, serve from local partner host agencies located in each of NJ’s 20 Watershed Management Areas (WMAs). NJWAP serves with all sectors of society to improve the quality of NJ’s waterways by providing nurturing community-based environmental activities and empowering residents to make responsible and informed decisions regarding their watersheds. AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassadors Educate the public on watershed science and encouraging them to get involved in local stewardship actions; Implement community green infrastructure and stewardship projects through partnering with local organizations and community volunteers; and Conduct habitat and biological assessments following DEP monitoring protocol to monitor the health of their WMA’s streams. Extensive training in highly sought-after skills in the environmental field is provided, including GIS, fieldwork experience, grant writing, project management, and science communication. The program prepares the members for future environmental careers. Applicants should apply via the My AmeriCorps portal by August 8, 2021, including indication in your interest statement of at least two preferred WMAs. Applications are evaluated as they are received. Eligibility to Serve with the NJWAP: • Must have a bachelor’s degree or higher. • Desire to serve your community • A valid driver’s license, dependable car for service assignment travel • Must be a U.S Citizen or a permanent resident of the US (must provide documentation) • Must commit to a 1700-hour term from September through July (40 hrs. per week, to be completed by Mid-July) Program Benefits: Living Stipend up to $16,502 will be evenly distributed bi-weekly, over the 10-month term of service. Segal education award of up to $6,495 upon completion of 1700 hrs. Please mention top 2 choices of WMA assignment in interest statement.
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Member Duties : Educational Presentations and Trainings (Subject to Change per grant year) • 50 presentations • 2 Environmental Stewardship Trainings Partnership Projects • Minimum of 4 Partnership Projects • 2 cleanups with a focus on reducing marine debris and single-use plastics • 1 Host Agency Project Stream Monitoring • 30 biological and visual assessments conducted to monitor local freshwater streams. • 5 Floater assessments to collect data for other environmental organizations. • Members will enter assessment data into DEP ArcGIS Database Member Development/Community Outreach • Attend 3 meetings to learn about local environmental concerns and partner with community groups to address them • Conduct 1 career/profession-of-Interest Interview with a professional of choice • Conduct 1 elected or appointed-official interview with official of choice
Program Benefits : Childcare assistance if eligible , Health Coverage , Education award upon successful completion of service , Training , Stipend .
Car recommended , Permits attendance at school during off hours , Uniforms provided and required , Permits working at another job during off hours .
Service Areas :
Education , Public Speaking , Team Work , Community Organization , Leadership , Writing/Editing , Recruitment , Environment .