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!


Employment opportunities at The Watershed Institute are posted as they become available.

2019 Ted Stiles Internship

Time Period:  June to mid-August (10 weeks, start & end dates flexible)

Hours:  35 hours/week

Stipend:  $3,200

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 2019 Ted Stiles Intern will work with land stewardship staff at The Watershed Institute to assess and manage forest habitats on the organization’s 950-acre Watershed Reserve in Hopewell Township, Mercer County. Main responsibilities will include locating and removing invasive species; collecting data; helping maintain our native plant nursery, and assisting with restoration of habitats on the Watershed Reserve.



  • Knowledge of flora, fauna, and invasive species in New Jersey is preferred, but not required
  • The ability to follow survey protocols recording clear and legible data
  • Willingness to work outside in hot/humid conditions alongside ticks, poison ivy, and thorny plants
  • Attendance and participation in education and outreach initiatives including the annual Watershed Butterfly Festival on August 3, 2019

Contact: For more details about the position, or to apply, please send cover letter & resume to Kevin Walsh, Deputy Director at kwalsh@thewatershed.org

Position:            Delaware River Watershed Fellow

Time Period:     June 3rd to August 16th 2019

Hours:               40 hours/week for 12 weeks

Salary:               $12/hour ($5,760 total)

Age:                   Must be at least 18 years old by the June 3rd start date

The Watershed Institute is hiring a Watershed Fellow to help the organization build awareness and support for protecting the Delaware River Watershed and help us reach and engage underrepresented communities in the greater-Trenton region.


The Watershed Institute is committed to building a culturally diverse organization and strongly encourages applications from people of color, particularly residents of Trenton and neighboring communities. The Watershed Institute is a member of the Alliance for Watershed Education (AWE), a network of 23 environmental education centers that is focused on creating a larger and more inclusive constituency of people engaged to protect the Delaware River Watershed.

Position Summary: The Watershed Fellow will help The Watershed Institute and AWE teach area residents about the Delaware River, threats to its environmental health, and steps that people can take to help protect the river. Among other tasks, the Fellow will help our scientists monitor water quality in the Assunpink Creek and other streams, and help educate others about our findings. The Fellow will also create an educational exhibit or poster for display in The Watershed Institute’s education center, at community fairs and events, and with informal interactions with users of area trails. Previous experience or a background in environmental science is not required.


Specific Duties:

  • Participate in a 3-day Watershed Stewardship Training program at Pocono Environmental Education Center (June 12-14.) http://www.peec.org/ (transportation will be provided)
  • Learn about watersheds and how to describe their importance to others.
  • Support various outreach and education programs and events, including the Watershed Butterfly Festival, Watershed Academy for High School Students, community fairs & festivals.
  • Complete a capstone education/outreach project to be presented at the Watershed Fellowship Summit in Philadelphia in August.
  • Participate in regular online conference calls and occasional meetings with the other Watershed Fellows at environmental centers in Philadelphia, Camden, and other cities.
  • Learn from and help Watershed Institute scientists with water sampling and testing.
  • Occasional evening & weekend hours are necessary.


Position Location:  The fellow will be based at the Watershed Center at 31 Titus Mill Rd, Pennington, NJ  08534 and spend time in the field along the Assunpink Creek in Trenton and upstream communities, and Jacob’s Creek in Ewing and Hopewell Township, NJ.


How to apply: Please email a brief letter expressing your interest in this position and describing any experience and/or education courses in environmental sciences and/or community organizing to:
Kevin Walsh, Deputy Director, The Watershed Institute at kwalsh@thewatershed.org