The Delaware River Watershed Fellowship is a 12-week, paid summer job opportunity designed to introduce young people from local communities to careers in conservation.
Fellows are employed at one of 23 Alliance for Watershed Education of the Delaware River environmental education centers in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware that share a mission to collectively increase and enhance constituent access to and stewardship of the Delaware River watershed.
There is a growing recognition of the lack of diversity, equity and inclusion in the environmental conservation field, and the Fellows program, now in its fifth year, aims to cultivate young environmentalists to be agents of change, to bring their knowledge and interest in habitat conservation to their communities, encouraging the enjoyment, use, and care of the natural areas in the watershed.
Robin Irizarry, Watershed Fellowship Coordinator, encourages participation by all youth with an interest in nature. “Our aim is to open up career pathways into the environmental field for young people from within the very communities our AWE Environmental Centers serve.”
AWE builds on that momentum by intentionally engaging diverse communities, especially those that have historically been left out of conversations about protecting our shared environment, in addition to promoting equitable access to its Centers and fostering socially responsible practices that will result in a healthier natural environment. “No environmental experience is required, just a love of the great outdoors and interest in working with local communities,”adds Robin.
Valuable experience and training will help prepare Fellows for a summer 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.
Find Fellowship opportunities online at https://www.watershedalliance.org/education/fellows-job-listings/.
- Fellows are paid $15/hour, 35-40 hours a week over the summer (June 7th through August 27);
- Intensive training with supervising mentors as well as peers and Fellowship alumni;
- Fellows will gain professional experience helping to plan and lead programs and activities connecting with community members;
- Fellows will focus their efforts on a selected Capstone Project and present their work at the end-of-program Summit (August 20th).