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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!

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Watershed Nature Camp Assistant Camp Director

Watershed Nature Camp Assistant Camp Director  (1 position) 

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 

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. – 5:30 p.m., but some Thursday overnight campouts, and offsite day trips will be necessary. 

Rates: $18.50/hr 

Benefits 

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

 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 
  • Accept 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 Counselor

Watershed Nature Camp Counselor  (13 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: $13.50-$14.50/hr, based on experience 

Benefits 

  • bi-weekly pay 
  • First Aid/CPR training will be provided  
  • Meals provided during extended programming (overnights) 
  • *Transportation to and from Trenton (see * 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 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 
  • 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

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. 

Watershed Nature Camp Administrative Assistant

Watershed Nature Camp Administrative Assistant  (1 position) 

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 

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

Hours: 30 hours per week, Monday-Friday between the hours of 7:45 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. 

Rates: $16.50/hr 

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

Responsibilities: 

  • Serve as a member of the Camp Administration team 
  • Assist in overseeing day-to-day operations of camp 
  • Manage and maintain registration records  
  • Manage and maintain accurate transportation records 
  • Support successful attendance of campers and camper families attending on scholarship 
  • Serve as a point-of-contact for organizations sending campers on scholarship 
  • Pack and distribute bag lunches for campers on scholarship 
  • Provide excellent customer service to parents with face-to-face conversations, timely phone calls, and email responses on a daily basis  
  • Provide regular communications and trainings to parents to empower them to complete necessary health and medical records 
  • Assist with the inventory, ordering, pickup, distribution of supplies and groceries  
  • Create and maintain expense records 
  • Accept 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. 

Communications Specialist 

Communications Specialist   Full Time Position (40hrs/wk) Salary Range: $50,000  

The Watershed Institute, a dynamic and multifaceted nonprofit conservation organization, seeks an enthusiastic full-time communications professional to help promote the organization’s mission and programs. This position has a range of responsibilities to communicate to the organization’s members and supporters, print and online media, and the general public on behalf of the Watershed’s team of scientists, policy advocates, educators, land stewards, and fundraisers.  

Candidates must be prepared to work in a team environment to create and execute messages across The Watershed Institute’s programs. Multi-tasking, meeting deadlines, and prompt communications skills are essential qualities for this position. 

This position reports to the Senior Manager of Communications and Marketing. The Watershed Institute is committed to building a culturally diverse organization and strongly encourages applications from people of color. 

Responsibilities include (but are not limited to): 

  • Assist in creating and delivering compelling written and visual content to engage Watershed stakeholders, leveraging all channels, including email, newsletters, digital signage, posters, photographs, and videos. 
  • Work cross-functionally with organizational stakeholders to ensure all internal messaging is clear, consistent, and aligned with the Watershed’s goals and mission. 
  • Help maintain a content calendar to ensure communications are timely and relevant. 
  • Film and edit videos that support Watershed goals. 
  • Photograph organizational and special events. 
  • Oversee digital asset management for all photos, videos, and other media content. 
  • Oversee content for Watershed Center monitors and displays 
  • Provide event support, as needed. 
  • All other duties as assigned. 

Skills and Qualifications for Success: 

  • Excellent writing and editing skills. 
  • Strong project management skills and ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously. 
  • Experience with communication tools, content creation and delivery, including email, newsletters, videos, photography and presentations. 
  • Must have excellent customer service skills and an ability to work collaboratively with key stakeholders across the organization. 
  • Graphic design experience preferred. 
  • Must be able to work independently, complete tasks, and meet deadlines with strong attention to detail. 
  • Knowledge of social media applications. 
  • Commitment to continuous improvement and passion for the organization’s mission. 

 Software Skills:* 

  • Skilled in Microsoft Teams and Office applications and platforms, including SharePoint, Publisher, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Word. 
  • Experience with communication software and tools is preferred. 
  • Previous use of Constant Contact, Canva, WordPress, and Adobe Suite of products including PhotoShop is a plus. 

Bonus Qualities: 

  • Non-profit experience and/or enthusiasm for conservation 
  • Spanish Language Fluency 
  • Experience in environmental nonprofit space 

Benefits include paid holidays, vacation, sick, and personal time, health, dental, and life insurance, and 403b retirement contributions. Regular working hours are flexible, some evening and weekend hours are required with this position.  

Qualified candidates should submit cover letter and resume to [email protected] and in the subject line write Comms Specialist. Writing samples and references will be requested if selected for an interview. 

Ted Stiles Land Ecology Internship

Ted Stiles Land Ecology Internship

Time Period: June 3 to August 10 (10 weeks)

Hours: 35 hours/week

Stipend: $5,250 

The Ted Stiles Internship was created in memory of Edmund “Ted” Warner Stiles, a consummate conservation leader who blended passion and professionalism as a scientist, teacher, naturalist, and advocate. Contributions from Stiles’ family, friends, fellow educators, and conservation colleagues established a fund in Ted’s name to support interns, students and others working to advance land preservation, stewardship, research, education, and advocacy in the Hopewell Valley. The summer 2024 Ted Stiles Intern will work with Conservation and Sustainability staff at The Watershed Institute to assist with property, trail, and habitat management on the organization’s 950-acre Watershed Reserve in Hopewell Township, Mercer County.

Main responsibilities will include assisting with maintaining on-going property stewardship activities; invasive plant removal and native plantings; monitoring and repairing deer protection materials; woody debris breakdown and management; monitoring and data collection for citizen science projects- avian nest box monitoring & deer herbivory study; and other property maintenance activities on the Watershed Reserve. 

Requirements: 

  • Knowledge of flora, fauna, and invasive species in New Jersey.  
  • Able to safely use and maintain land stewardship tools and equipment including hand powered tools, string trimmer, chainsaw, brush cutter, and tractor.
  • Ability to climb ladders, handle heavy brush, walk for extended periods, stand for long periods, perform routine moderate lifting and carry heavy objects over rough, uneven terrain.
  • Perform sustained physical work throughout the day that may require seasonal exposure to rain, humidity, intense heat, and sunlight under minimal supervision.
  • Willingness to work outside in hot/humid conditions alongside ticks, poison ivy, and thorny plants.
  • Work with and oversee volunteers for stewardship work and service-learning projects. 
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team. 
  • Attendance and participation in education, volunteer, and outreach initiatives including the annual Watershed Butterfly Festival on August 3, 2024

Contact: For more details about the position, or to apply, please send cover letter & resume by March 8th to Allison Jackson, Stewardship Coordinator, [email protected]

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