Watershed Fellowship - Perkiomen Creek

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Seasonal, Full-Time
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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).



Position Summary

The John James Audubon Center (JJAC) is working with other local environmental centers in an effort to build a network focused on constituency building and stewardship of the Delaware River watershed. This network of 23 environmental centers, spread across the Delaware River watershed, is interconnected by The Circuit, the regional trail network of multi-use bike/pedestrian trails and waterways (rivers, streams, creeks). The Centers network seeks to hire 23 young people (one at each center,) for a 12 week summer fellowship designed to advance our collective impact across the watershed. This program will foster watershed stewardship by establishing a team of ambassadors and building capacity for a network of centers.   JJAC's 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. At the center, we focus on the Perkiomen Creek which runs along the property and we run interpretive canoe programs as well as water quality testing. In addition, we are active in the Norristown Area School District. We work in the elementary, middle and high schools using raised native plant beds as outdoor classrooms. In between Whitehall Elementary and Norristown High School is a tributary to the Schyukill River which has become a location to monitor water quality. Delaware River Watershed Fellow will serve as an ambassador for JJAC and the Delaware River watershed by engaging our watershed community, inspiring watershed stewardship and helping JJAC 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.

The John James Audubon Center is dedicated to building a culturally diverse organization and strongly encourages applications from people of color and women.

Essential Functions

  • Engage target communities in the Perkiomen Creek watershed and Delaware watershed 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.) http://www.peec.org/
  • Fellows will be expected to participate in weekly webinars and check-ins.
  • Fellows will attend 2 (two) in-person regional meetings.
  • Complete a Capstone Project and present at the end of program Summit.
  • Facilitate public canoe trips on the Perkiomen Creek every Thursday at 5pm and Saturday at 10:30 & 1:30.
  • Coordinate JJAC’s GLOBE volunteers and complete water quality testing at Perkiomen Creek & Riverfront Park in Norristown
  • Facilitate field trips for students grades k-12 on a variety of topics including the life & art of John James Audubon, bird biology, and water quality
  • Assist with YMCA summer camp programming
  • Maintain native garden beds throughout the property
  • Assist in the planning and development of materials for JJAC’s annual fall River Days festival
  • Lead Saturday morning bird walks as needed
  • Greet visitors and the community on behalf of the John James Audubon Center.
  • Become a local expert on JJAC, the Perkiomen Creek Watershed and urban stormwater issues.
  • Engage the JJAC community, talking with trail users in and around the site, providing resources like trail maps and bird guides.
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications and Experience

  • Must be a High school graduate.
  • Must have at least 2 years of guiding canoes.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; superior interpersonal skills with a demonstrated commitment to cultural diversity also necessary.
  • Must be people oriented, have a team-focused attitude, and the ability to professionally represent Audubon Pennsylvania and the network to the public.
  • A positive attitude and good sense of humor, as well as comfort working independently as a leader and part of a team, when needed.
  • Experience leading canoe programs is a essential.
  • Must be self-motivated and willing to work in a flexible, non-structured environment.
  • Evening and weekend hours required.
  • Must have access to reliable vehicle or proficiency with public transportation.


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