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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

2023 Delaware River Watershed Fellowship

2023 Delaware River Watershed Fellowship at The Watershed Institute
Start Date: June 5-14, 2023           End Date: August 18-25, 2023
Compensation: Fellows are paid $16/hr, 35-40 hours a week over the summer

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. 

The Watershed Institute, a member of the Alliance for Watershed Education (AWE), is seeking to hire TWO Fellows from Trenton to help connect with local community members around protecting the Delaware River and its waterways. 

Position Location: The fellows will work onsite at The Watershed Institute 31 Titus Mill Road, Pennington, NJ 08534 as well as in Trenton. 

Duties: 

  • Fellows will participate in a 3 day watershed education training, at the Pocono Environmental Education Center (overnight, June 14-16.) http://www.peec.org/  (Depending on Covid limitations at the time, 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 participating in a mentorship program, paired with a mentor 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 designed to engage members of their community and present their work at the end-of-program Summit event (August 18). 
  • Fellows will document their progress by completing a short log report every week. 

The Watershed Institute Fellow will specifically: 

  • Assist with the maintenance and care of the Kate Gorrie butterfly house, our rain gardens and green roof.   
  • Learn how to care for caterpillars, butterflies, their native host plants, and their importance in the environment. 
  • Assist with educating visitors to the butterfly house and rain gardens. This includes presenting scheduled educational programs and greeting and interacting with casual visitors to the house and gardens.  
  • Engage the community in the Greater Trenton Area in creating a small pollinator/native plant or rain garden. 

Qualifications and Experience: 

  • Age 18+ by June 5, 2023 start date. 
  • A background in environmental education is not required. 
  • A positive attitude and willingness to greet visitors and start conversation with them.  
  • Ability to work outdoors in the summer to maintain gardens. Willingness to get your hands in  the soil. 
  • Willingness to touch insects including caterpillars and insect predators.  
  • Willingness to learn, and teach about pollinators, native plants and rain gardens.  
  • Conversational Spanish language abilities are a plus.  
  • Ability to Travel to Pennington a minimum of 3 days a week – Travel compensation is available  
  • Fellows will be working part time in Trenton, NJ. Familiarity with community groups in Trenton is a plus.  

Essential dates:
– June 5, 2023: Fellow start date at The Watershed Institute (Fellows may arrange with their Supervisor to begin any time within the first week of the program.)
– June 14-16: Fellowship Orientation (overnight) at Pocono Environmental Education Center. (Meals, transportation and accommodations provided.)
– August 18: Watershed Fellowship Summit (location to be announced).
– August 25: Last day of Fellowship (Fellows may finish their term of service any time after the August 18 Summit as needed.) 

How to apply:
Email a resume and cover letter to Stephanie Silva [email protected]. Use the title AWE Fellow in your subject heading.  

If you have any questions regarding the position, please direct them to Stephanie Silva, Watershed Educator [email protected] 

Application Deadline: Wednesday, April 28, 2023 

More about The Watershed Institute 

The Watershed Institute is a dynamic and multifaceted nonprofit conservation organization. We work to protect and restore our water and natural environment in central New Jersey through conservation, advocacy, science, and education. From our nearly 1,000-acre nature reserve in Hopewell Township, Mercer County to locations across central New Jersey, Watershed staff and volunteers work to protect and restore our natural habitats. Our reserve hosts the LEED-Platinum Watershed Center for Environmental Advocacy, Science & Education and the Kate Gorrie Butterfly House.  

More about the Alliance for Watershed Education 

Organized in 2016, the Alliance for Watershed Education of the Delaware River is a regional initiative of twenty-three partnering environmental education centers, funded and supported by the William Penn Foundation. Each of these centers is located along the Circuit Trail or a major connecting trail, and on waterways throughout the Delaware River Watershed in Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. 

This position is made possible through the support of the William Penn Foundation. 

Watershed Nature Camp Counselor (13 positions seasonal)

Watershed Nature Camp Counselor (13 positions)
Dates: Camp sessions run Monday through Friday from June 26 – August 18, 2023 (staff must be available for at least 7 of those weeks) 
Training: 65 hours of mandatory training will be held between June 10 – 23 
Hours: A typical work day will run from 8:30am – 5:00pm, but some Thursday evening cookouts, Thursday overnight campouts, and offsite, overnight trips may be necessary. 
Rates: $13-$14/hr, based on experience 

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 County), 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.

Benefits 

  • Bi-weekly pay 
  • First Aid/CPR training will be provided  
  • Meals provided during extended programming (cookouts and overnights) 
  • *Transportation to and from Trenton (please see * under responsibility below)

Qualifications: 

  • High school graduation or equivalent and age 17 or older 
  • Exceptions will be made for prior Watershed Nature Camp Counselors-in-Training who have completed 11th grade and are age 17 or older
  • First Aid/CPR certification (we will provide, if needed)
  • Experience working with diverse children or youth in an outdoor setting
  • Enthusiasm for nature, the environment, and sustainability
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a team in stressful situations
  • Demonstrated ability in public speaking or leading group activities or games
  • Adaptability and flexibility to ever-changing situations
  • Ability work outside all day during hot and humid summer weather
  • Ability to walk for at least 2-6 miles a day on uneven terrain
  • Must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19

Responsibilities: 

  • Maintain and support the physical and emotional safety of all campers, including relevant safety documentation 
  • Work as a team with 1-2 other staff and 1-2 volunteers to supervise 10-21 campers (ages 5 through 14) 
  • Uphold camp policies, procedures, and values 
  • Assist in the planning and revising of weekly schedules in order to reach thematic learning goals 
  • Lead and/or 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
  • For those working with campers in 3rd – 9th grade, facilitate offsite field trips that may include touring other facilities, hiking or boating
  • For those working with the 7th – 9th grade group, work as a team to facilitate offsite overnight trips that include boating, backpacking, and camping
  • *For those who would like transportation to and from Trenton, be responsible for the duties of bus monitor for campers also riding the bus

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

The Watershed Institute is an equal opportunity employer. 

Watershed Nature Camp Group Leader (7 positions seasonal)

Watershed Nature Camp Group Leader (7 positions)
Dates: Camp sessions run Monday through Friday from June 26 – August 18, 2023 (staff must be available for at least 7 of those weeks) 
Training: 65 hours of mandatory training will be held between June 10 – 23 
Hours: A typical work day will run from 8:30am – 5:00pm, but some Thursday evening cookouts, Thursday overnight campouts, and offsite, overnight trips may be necessary. 
Rates: $15/hr 

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. 

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
  • Must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19

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. 

Watershed Nature Camp Assistant Camp Director (1 position seasonal)

Watershed Nature Camp Assistant Camp Director (1 position)
Dates: Camp sessions run Monday through Friday from June 26 – August 18, 2023 
Training: 65 hours of mandatory training will be held between June 10 – 23 
Hours: A typical work day will run from 8:30am – 5:00pm, but some Thursday evening cookouts, Thursday overnight campouts, and offsite trips will be necessary. 
Rates: $18/hr 

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. 

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 21 or older
  • Previous experience working with Watershed Nature Camp
  • At least one season of supervisory experience or a similar leadership role
  • First Aid/CPR certification (we will provide, if needed)
  • Experience with healthy safety like Wilderness First Aid, Lifeguarding, EMT, or Nurse Aide 
  • 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 
  • Must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 

Responsibilities: 

  • Act as the Health Director, as required by the NJ Youth Health Safety Act 
  • Maintain accurate health and safety records 
  • Respond to emergency situations 
  • Remain on site during evening and overnight programs 
  • Communicate with parents about camper health and behavior related issues 
  • Assist in facilitating staff and CIT training 
  • Assist in conducting staff meetings 
  • Encourage staff development through mentoring, performance evaluation, skill development, and on-going training 
  • Assist in overseeing day-to-day operations of camp 
  • Serve as a member of the Camp Administration team 
  • Accepting other duties necessary for the smooth operation of summer camp 

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

The Watershed Institute is an equal opportunity employer. 

Watershed Nature Camp Administrative Assistant (1 position seasonal)

Watershed Nature Camp Administrative Assistant  (1 position)
Dates: Camp sessions run Monday through Friday from June 26 – August 18, 2023 
Training: 65 hours of mandatory training will be held between June 10 – 23 
Hours: 30 hours per week, Monday-Friday between the hours of 7:45 am and 5:30 pm 
Rates: $16/hr 

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. 

Benefits 

  • Bi-weekly pay 
  • First Aid/CPR training will be provided 

Qualifications: 

  • High school graduation or equivalent and age 21 or older 
  • Previous experience working with Watershed Nature Camp preferred 
  • First Aid/CPR certification (we will provide, if needed) 
  • Experience working with diverse children or youth in an outdoor setting 
  • Motivation for positive, professional customer service 
  • Motivation for organized, efficient use of databases and online systems 
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a team and make decisions in high-stress situations 
  • Adaptability and flexibility in ever-changing situations 
  • Ability to occasionally walk 2-6 miles on uneven terrain 
  • Must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 

Responsibilities: 

  • Manage and maintain registration records 
  • Manage and maintain accurate health and safety records 
  • Support successful attendance of campers and camper families attending on scholarship 
  • Provide excellent customer service to parents with face-to-face conversations, timely phone calls, and email responses on a daily basis 
  • Inventory, ordering, and pickup of supplies including groceries 
  • Assist in overseeing day-to-day operations of camp 
  • Serve as a member of the Camp Administration team 
  • Accepting other duties necessary for the smooth operation of summer camp 

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

The Watershed Institute is an equal opportunity employer. 

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