Delaware River Watershed Fellow

Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership

The Delaware River Watershed Fellowship is a 12-week, paid summer job opportunity designed to introduce young people from local communities to careers in environmental education. Fellows are hired at one of 23 environmental education centers across the Delaware River Watershed. 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.

Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership (TTF), a member of the Alliance for Watershed Education (AWE), is seeking to hire a Fellow from the Greater Philadelphia area to connect with local community members around protecting the Delaware River and its waterways.

Position Location:  TTF is located at the Globe Dye Works in Frankford, 4500 Worth St. Philadelphia PA 19124. The Fellow will spend much of their time in and around Tacony Creek Park, in lower Northeast Philadelphia. Remote work can be done from home or our office.

Compensation: Fellows are paid $15/hr, 35-40 hours a week over the summer.

Duties

  • Fellows will participate in a 3-day watershed education training at the Pocono Environmental Education Center (overnight, June 16-18.) (Depending on Covid limitations some or all of this training may take place virtually.)
  • Fellows will help their host Center lead programs and activities, whether in-person or virtually, for community members and visitors to their site.
  • Fellows will attend virtual webinars as well as in-person meetings with Fellows from other AWE Centers.
  • Fellows will be paired with mentors from AWE Centers as well as past Fellowship alumni. Fellows will check in with their mentors twice a month.
  • With guidance from their supervisor and mentors, Fellows will focus their efforts on a specific Capstone Project and present their work at the end-of-program Summit event (August 20).
  • Fellows will document their progress by completing a short log report every week.

The TTF Fellow will:

  • Work with staff to carry out community engagement for Tacony Creek Park’s Master Plan. During this 2-year process we will collect public input and recommendations on the future of Tacony Creek Park. It’s an exciting opportunity to shape the future of the park!
  • Brainstorm and develop ways to engage communities traditionally underserved by park resources.
  • Talk to trail users in and around Tacony Creek Park to gauge attitudes towards the park and opportunities, and provide materials such as trail maps and bird guides.
  • Phonebank to residents and businesses.
  • Canvass neighborhood residents and local businesses near the Park.
  • Work with staff to develop and conduct surveys, focus groups, or other community outreach programs.
  • Communicate with partner organizations on planning and implementation of outreach.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Age 18+ by June 7, 2021 start date.
  • Background in environmental education is not required.
  • Candidates conversational in Spanish or Vietnamese are highly encouraged to apply.
  • Familiarity with the Lower Northeast and Tacony Creek Park preferred.
  • Philadelphia resident is highly preferred, especially from the neighborhoods around Tacony Creek Park.
  • Interest in or experience with communications and/or community engagement.
  • Comfortable greeting park visitors and willingness to start conversations with strangers.
  • Comfortable working outdoors and in public spaces. (We practice social distancing protocols at all events.)
  • Some evening and weekend hours required.

TTF is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. BIPOC, women, working class people, lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/gender non-conforming, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Essential dates

June 7-16, 2021: Fellow start date at TTF.  (Fellows may arrange with their Supervisor to begin any time within the first week of the program.)
June 16-18: Required Watershed Stewardship Training (overnight) at Pocono Environmental Education Center. (Meals, transportation and accommodations provided.)
August 20: Watershed Fellowship Summit (location to be announced).
August 27: Last day of Fellowship (Fellows may finish their term of service anytime after the August 20 Summit as needed.)

How to Apply

Email a resume and brief letter of interest to: [email protected]. Email any questions!

Supervisor: Susan Sunhee Volz

Supervisor title: Philadelphia Community Organizer