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Keeping water clean, safe, and healthy is the heart of our mission.

We work to protect and restore our water and natural environment in central New Jersey through conservation, advocacy, science, and education. We hope you’ll join us!

Current Job Openings

Watershed Nature Camp Group Leader

Watershed Nature Camp Group Leader (7 positions) 

The Watershed Institute is seeking enthusiastic seasonal staff for our popular summer camp program. Watershed Nature Camp is an 8-week outdoor day camp that provides immersion in nature on 950 acres in Hopewell Township (Mercer Co), NJ. We value diversity, inclusion, and respect for all living things and the land. We are committed to building a culturally diverse organization and strongly encourage applications from people of color, and neighboring communities. We strive to inspire future generations of environmental scientists and naturalists. Watershed Nature Camp staff will uphold and model these values while providing a healthy, safe, and fun experience for campers. 

For more information about Watershed Nature Camp, visit www.thewatershed.org/camp.  

Dates: Camp sessions run Monday through Friday from June 24 – August 16, 2024 (staff must be available for at least 7 of those weeks) 

Training: 65 hours of mandatory training will be held between June 9 – 20 

Hours: A typical work day will run from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., but some Thursday overnight campouts, and offsite, overnight trips may be necessary. 

Rates: $15.50/hr 

Benefits 

  • bi-weekly pay 
  • First Aid/CPR training will be provided, and reimbursement for Lifeguarding certification, if applicable 
  • Meals provided during extended programming (cookouts and overnights) 

Qualifications: 

  • High school graduation or equivalent and age 19 or older 
  • First Aid/CPR certification (we will provide, if needed) 
  • Lifeguarding or Wilderness First Aid preferred 
  • Experience working with diverse children or youth in an outdoor setting 
  • Experience facilitating programs or experiences about nature, the environment, or sustainability 
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a team and make decisions in high-stress situations 
  • Ability to remain calm and professional during an emergency situation 
  • Adaptability and flexibility in ever-changing situations 
  • Ability to work outside all day during hot and humid summer weather 
  • Ability to walk for at least 2-6 miles a day on uneven terrain

Responsibilities: 

  • Maintain and support the physical and emotional safety of all campers, including relevant safety documentation 
  • Lead a team of 1-2 other staff and 1-2 volunteers to supervise 10-21 campers (ages 5-14) 
  • Be a role model for camp policies, procedures, and values 
  • Lead the planning and revising of weekly schedules in order to reach thematic learning goals 
  • Lead and participate in presentation aspects of the program including environmental education activities, nature crafts, outdoor survival skills, and games 
  • Maintain supplies for all daily activities, including the safe-handling of food for cookouts and campouts 
  • Provide excellent customer service to families during check-in and check-out and other in-person interactions 
  • Provide constructive feedback to volunteer Counselors-in-Training on a weekly basis 
  • For those working with campers in 3rd-9th grade, supervise offsite field trips that could include touring other facilities, hiking, or boating. 
  • For those working with the 7th-9th grade group, supervise offsite overnight trips that include boating, backpacking, and camping 

 To apply: Submit your resume and a cover letter to The Watershed Institute with subject line Watershed Nature Camp Group Leader at [email protected] 

The Watershed Institute is an equal opportunity employer. 

Part Time Animal Care Specialist

The Watershed Institute is seeking an experienced animal care worker to oversee the health and well-being of a collection of reptiles, amphibians, fish, and insects. The animal ambassadors are part of the Discovery Room Exhibits in the LEED-Platinum Watershed Center. For more information about The Watershed Institute, visit www.thewatershed.org 

 

The Watershed Institute is committed to building a culturally diverse organization and strongly encourages applications from people of color. 

 

Salary is $20 per hour    15 –20 hours per week. 

 

Responsibilities 

  • Monitor the health and well-being of the animals 
  • Maintain exhibits, including cleaning tanks, and keeping a welcoming and safe environment 
  • Supervise, train, and mentor critter care (high school) volunteers 
  • Keep inventory of animal food, supplies and equipment; order as needed 
  • Present occasional animal shows for groups. Greet and engage with Discovery Room visitors  

 

General Qualifications: 

 

  1. Experience with animal care in a public setting 
  1. Ability to organize and supervise volunteers, including teenagers. 
  1. Comfortable speaking with visitors and presenting critter shows to small groups. 
  1. Communication skills; written, verbal and listening 
  1. Strong spirit of cooperation and teamwork 

 

Regular working hours are flexible, some evening and weekend hours are required.  

 

To Apply: Submit your resume with references, and a cover letter to Anna Hill [email protected] . Please reference Animal Care Specialist in your email subject heading. 

 

The Watershed Institute is an equal opportunity employer. 

 

The Watershed Institute is seeking an experienced animal care worker to oversee the health and well-being of a collection of reptiles, amphibians, fish, and insects. The animal ambassadors are part of the Discovery Room Exhibits in the LEED-Platinum Watershed Center. For more information about The Watershed Institute, visit www.thewatershed.org 

The Watershed Institute is committed to building a culturally diverse organization and strongly encourages applications from people of color. 

Salary is $20 per hour    15 –20 hours per week.  

Responsibilities 

  • Monitor the health and well-being of the animals 
  • Maintain exhibits, including cleaning tanks, and keeping a welcoming and safe environment 
  • Supervise, train, and mentor critter care (high school) volunteers 
  • Keep inventory of animal food, supplies and equipment; order as needed 
  • Present occasional animal shows for groups. Greet and engage with Discovery Room visitors  

General Qualifications: 

  1. Experience with animal care in a public setting 
  1. Ability to organize and supervise volunteers, including teenagers. 
  1. Comfortable speaking with visitors and presenting critter shows to small groups. 
  1. Communication skills; written, verbal and listening 
  1. Strong spirit of cooperation and teamwork 

Regular working hours are flexible, some evening and weekend hours are required.  

To Apply: Submit your resume with references, and a cover letter to Anna Hill [email protected] . Please reference Animal Care Specialist in your email subject heading. 

The Watershed Institute is an equal opportunity employer. 

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