Delaware River Watershed Fellow

Audubon Society

, PA, US


Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action.  By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive.  And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level.  What defines Audubon’s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of nearly 500 local chapters, 23 state offices, 41 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 50 states, and 700 staff across the country.  Audubon is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

Audubon Pennsylvania 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. Centers in the Alliance are connected by the Circuit Trails, the regional trail network of multi-use bike/pedestrian trails and waterways (rivers, streams, creeks.) The Alliance seeks to hire young people at each center, for a 12-week summer fellowship designed to advance the collective impact across the watershed. The Fellows program will foster watershed stewardship by establishing a team of ambassadors and building capacity for the Centers involved and the Alliance as a whole.

Audubon Pennsylvania’s (APA) 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. In Philadelphia, we focus our efforts in priority watersheds and the Strawberry Mansion neighborhood, site of the future Discovery Center (a partnership with Philadelphia Outward Bound School), which is due to open this year. APA works closely with partnering agencies and organizations to engage Philadelphia citizens in habitat restoration, conservation, stewardship, and educational opportunities, which increase and improve habitat around the city and connect more people with nature.

Position Summary

The Delaware River Watershed Fellow will serve as an ambassador for Audubon Pennsylvania (APA) and the Delaware River watershed by engaging our watershed community, inspiring watershed stewardship and helping APA 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.

Audubon Pennsylvania is dedicated to building a culturally diverse organization and strongly encourages applications from minorities and women.

Essential Functions

Engage target communities in the Philadelphia 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 13-15.)
Fellows will be expected to participate in weekly webinars and check-ins.
Fellows will attend 2 (two) in-person regional meetings.
Complete a required Capstone project to be presented at the end of season Watershed Fellowship Summit, August 17. This individual project should help enhance network goals, deepen the connection and engagement of trail and water users and expand watershed protection and restoration.
Represent Audubon Pennsylvania at resource fairs and festivals around Philadelphia.
Assist with leading environmental education and programming in targeted communities.
Explore ways to engage new and diverse communities, including underrepresented audiences in the city.
Assist with volunteer events.
Assist in communication with Audubon’s constituents via targeted emails and publications.
Complete other tasks as assigned.

Qualifications and Experience

Must be at least 18 years old by June 4 start date.
Must be people oriented, have a team-focused attitude, and the ability to professionally represent Audubon Pennsylvania and the network to the public.
Oral and written communication skills; strong interpersonal skills with a demonstrated commitment to cultural diversity also necessary.
A positive attitude and good sense of humor, 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.
Must have access to reliable vehicle OR proficient with public transportation.

Essential dates

June 4, 2018: Fellow start date at Audubon Pennsylvania
June 13 – 15: Required Watershed Stewardship Training (overnight) at Pocono Environmental Education Center. (Food, transportation and accommodations provided)
August 17: Watershed Fellowship Summit at John Heinz NWR, Philadelphia
August 24: Last day of Fellowship