Local recruitment: Internship: Delaware River Watershed Fellow

The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Wilmington, DE, USA 🇺🇸

Job ID: 53210

Location: Delaware

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Temporary


Wilmington, Delaware, USA

The location for this position is Wilmington, Delaware.


The mission of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is to conserve the lands and waters upon which all life depends. As a science-based organization, we develop innovative, on-the-ground solutions to the world’s toughest environmental challenges so that people and nature can thrive. Our work is guided by our values, which include a commitment to diversity and respect for people, communities, and cultures. From a rewarding mission to career development and flexible schedules, there are many reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want to know more? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube   to hear stories from staff or visit  Glassdoor.

One of TNC’s primary goals is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that employees around the globe have a sense of belonging and feel that their unique contributions are valued. We know we’ll only achieve our mission by hiring and engaging a diverse staff that reflects the communities in which we work. Recognizing that people bring talent and skills that have been developed outside the scope of a job, we take a holistic approach to recruitment that considers life experience in addition to the professional requirements listed in our postings. Please apply – we’d love to hear from you. To quote a popular saying at TNC, “you’ll join for the mission, and you’ll stay for the people.”


The Delaware River Watershed Fellowship is an 11-week, paid summer job opportunity designed to introduce young people from local communities to careers in environmental education. The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in partnership with First State National Historical Park (FRST) is one of 23 environmental education centers that make up the Alliance for Watershed Education (AWE). Fellows participate in training sessions to help prepare them for a summer of helping people connect with nature and informing their local communities about issues affecting the Delaware River, the source of drinking water for 13 million people living in the region.

Through our Urban Conservation program, we are working towards building healthy cities in North America, including Wilmington, DE.


Are you looking for work you can believe in? At TNC we strive to embody a philosophy of Work that You Can Believe in where you can feel like you are making a difference every day. 

The Delaware River Watershed Fellow will serve as an ambassador for the Wilmington community at the TNC and FRST AWE Center, called Brandywine Valley. This will be accomplished by reaching new and underserved audiences and introducing/connecting them to their local trails and waterways, educating Brandywine Valley visitors about the watershed they live in and about the varied resources that depend on that water, and by inspiring stewardship to help reduce negative impacts and to restore and protect the watershed. 

The Watershed Fellow will report to the Stream Stewards Project Manager and assist with outreach in the Wilmington community, and in fostering connections between urban residents, especially youth, and their local watersheds. The Fellow will spend much of their time out in the field either in urban neighborhoods or at Brandywine Valley, as well as time in the TNC Wilmington office.

The Watershed Fellow will:

  • Participate in a 3-day watershed education training, at the Pocono Environmental Education Center from June 14th-16th. (Meals, transportation and accommodations provided.http://www.peec.org/ 
  • Attend virtual webinars as well as in-person meetings with Fellows from other AWE Centers.
  • Check in with your mentors twice a month for a 1-hour call. (Fellows will be paired with mentors from AWE Centers as well as past Fellowship alumni.)
  • With guidance from their supervisor and mentors, complete a specific Capstone Project and present their work at the end-of-program Summit event on August 18th.
  • Document your progress by completing a short log report every week.

This is a full-time, temporary internship position with a term of June 5th – August 18th, 2023 and the pay is $15.50/hr.

Passion, innovation, and diversity are key components to advancing our Mission, and we encourage you to apply!


  • Age 18 years or older by June 5th start date
  • Experience with writing and oral communication
  • Experience organizing projects


  • Based in Wilmington, DE
  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience preferred.
  • Ability to communicate clearly through writing and speaking in English 
  • Ability to work in a team environment and complete tasks independently


Since 1951, TNC has been doing work you can believe in. Through grassroots action, we have grown from a small non-profit into one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world. Thanks to more than 1 million members, over 400 scientists, and the dedicated efforts of our diverse staff and partners, we impact conservation around the world! 

TNC offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including health care benefits, flexible spending accounts, a 401(k) plan with an 8% employer match, parental leave, accrued paid time off, life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance program, other life and work well-being benefits. Learn more about our benefits on our Culture Tab on nature.org/careers.

We’re proud to offer a flexible work environment that supports of the health and well-being of the people we employ.


This is a full-time, temporary internship position with a term of June 5th – August 18th, 2023 and the pay is $15.50/hr.


To apply for job ID 53210, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at https://careers.nature.org/ by 11:59 PM EST on April 7, 2023. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact [email protected].

The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

Do you have military experience? Visit our U.S. Military Skills Translator to match your military experience with our current job openings!

TNC is committed to offering accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application process. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please send a note to [email protected] with Request for Accommodation in the subject line.

Where legally permissible, TNC requires all new employees to be fully vaccinated and willing to keep up to date with vaccines that protect against COVID-19.   By accepting an offer of employment, you agree to comply with this requirement, unless you are entitled to a legally mandated exemption.

An attractive salary and benefits package is part of TNC’s value proposition to our employees. TNC strives to provide competitive pay and bases salaries on the geographic location of the role committing to being equitable across groups and providing hiring salary ranges when possible.

Since we support flexible and remote work for our employees, many positions have a flexible location within countries where we’re registered as a Non-government Organization and established as an employer. This may mean we’re unable to provide a hiring salary range in the posting for some of our positions. However, candidates invited to be part of our interview process will be provided their location specific range upon request.




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