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Internships

The Watershed Institute offers a variety of internships year-round for students interested in gaining experience at a nonprofit, environmental organization.

Internships are offered in the areas of conservation, advocacy, science and education, as well as in communications. Internships take place at the Watershed Center, and can vary in length, as we offer seasonal and part-time opportunities. Depending on the subject and duration of each internship, the experience can be oriented around a large project, or can involve the completion of various diverse tasks within the intern’s relevant area of interest.

Ted Stiles Land Ecology Internship

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.

Intern’s Roles and Responsibilities
The summer 2020 Stiles Intern will work with land stewardship staff at The Watershed Institute to create and implement an experimental design for collecting data on land management practices and projects on the organization’s 950-acre Watershed Reserve in Hopewell Township, Mercer County.

Current and planned projects on the Reserve include: Deer exclosure/reforestation; invasive species encroachment and remediation; impacts of land management on watershed health; and impacts of stormwater management on habitat health (forest, meadow, wetland, etc.).

The Intern will collect, assimilate, and report data on one or more selected projects and also assist the Watershed Stewardship Coordinator’s efforts in land management and best management practices. These duties may include: maintaining/removing/planting flora; other types of property/forest management; and participating in educational and outreach initiatives including the annual Watershed Butterfly Festival on August 1. *Occasional evening and weekend hours may be required.

Time Period: 10 weeks: June 1st to August 7th, 2020

Hours: 20-35 hours per week

Pay: $12 per hour

Requirements:

  • Knowledge of best management practices
  • Knowledge of the flora, fauna, and invasive species in New Jersey is preferred, but not required
  • The ability to follow survey protocols recording clear and legible data
  • Prepared to work outside in hot/humid conditions alongside ticks, poison ivy, and thorny plants
  • Attend and participate in education and outreach initiatives including the annual Watershed Butterfly Festival on August 1

To Apply:
Send cover letter & resume to BOTH:
Allison Jackson, Stewardship Coordinator, @ [email protected]
and Steven Tuorto, PhD, Director of Science & Stewardship @ [email protected]

Green Infrastructure and Native Plant Internship

The heart of the Watershed Institute’s mission is to keep water clean, safe and healthy. We work to protect and restore our water and natural environment in central New Jersey through conservation, advocacy, science, and education. We provide native plant demonstration gardens and showcase our green infrastructure facilities for public education. We are also in constant pursuit to find a better way to work with the natural environment whether that is through naturalizing detention basins, installing floating wetlands, or finding opportunistic native plants that work well in combating invasive plants.

The summer 2020 Green Infrastructure and Native Plant Intern will work with the Stormwater Specialist at the Watershed Institute. Main responsibilities will include maintaining all Watershed institute green infrastructure including green roofs and rain gardens; designing new rain gardens; maintaining memorial gardens; research, planting and ordering native plants, and floating wetland research on the 950-acre Watershed Reserve in Hopewell Township, Mercer County and for partnerships with local organizations.

Responsibilities:

  • Perform invasive species removal in green infrastructure facilities
  • Assist with research on native plants and their suitability for various locations
  • Create guides for homeowners requesting assistance in native plant selection and stormwater mitigation
  • Help with maintenance, watering and planting of native plants
  • Perform other tasks as assigned by the Director of Science and Stewardship and Stormwater Specialist

Time Period: 10 weeks: June 1st to August 7th, 2020

Hours: 20 hours per week

Pay: $12 per hour

Requirements

  • Knowledge of best management practices
  • Knowledge of the flora, fauna, and invasive species in New Jersey is preferred, but not required
  • The ability to follow survey protocols recording clear and legible data
  • Prepared to work outside in hot/humid conditions alongside ticks, poison ivy, and thorny plants
  • Attend and participate in education and outreach initiatives including the annual Watershed Butterfly Festival on August 1

To Apply:

Send cover letter & resume to BOTH:
Kory Kreiseder, Stormwater Specialist @ [email protected] and
Steven Tuorto, PhD, Director of Science & Stewardship @ [email protected]

Alliance for Watershed Education (AWE) Fellowship

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The Watershed Institute is a member of the Alliance for Watershed Education, (AWE), a coalition of 23 environmental education centers focused on constituency building and stewardship of the Delaware River Watershed. Centers in the Alliance are connected along Circuit Trails, the regional trail network of multi-use bike/pedestrian trails and waterways (rivers, streams, creeks.) The Alliance, now in its fourth season, is again seeking to hire young people at each center for a 12-week summer fellowship designed to advance their collective impact across the watershed.

This position is located at The Watershed Institute, who’s mission it is to keep water clean, safe and healthy. We work to protect and restore our water and natural environment in central New Jersey through conservation, advocacy, science, and education. Our staff includes policy advocates, scientists, land and water stewards, naturalists and educators. We speak out for your water and environment, protect and restore sensitive habitats, test our waterways for pollution and inspire others to care for the natural world. We focus our work in the Stony Brook, Millstone and Central Delaware River Watersheds.

Position Summary:
The Delaware River Watershed Fellow will serve as an ambassador for The Watershed Institute and the Delaware River watershed by engaging our watershed community, emphasizing the importance of watershed stewardship and helping to reach and engage new audiences. By the end of the 12 weeks of service, the Watershed Fellow will have become local watershed experts and ambassadors to their community and will have introduced many new people to their local waterways, as well as the steps they can take to help restore and protect the larger Delaware River Watershed. Approximately 40% of your time will be spent on AWE Fellowship obligations and working on a Capstone Project to achieve these goals, while the other 60% of your time will be spent performing other duties for The Watershed Institute. No prior experience is necessary for any of the duties and obligations.

Fellowship Obligations:

  • Engage communities at The Watershed Institute and in Delaware watershed through stewardship, education, recreation and civic engagement.
  • Participate in a 3 day watershed stewardship training at target=”new”>Pocono Environmental Education Center (overnight, June 10-12.)
  • Fellows will be expected to participate in weekly webinars and check-ins with Fellows at other AWE centers.
  • Fellows will attend two in-person regional meetings.
  • With guidance from their supervisors, complete a Capstone Project and present their work at the end of program Summit (August 14). This individual project should align with program goals, seeking to deepen the connection and engagement with residents of Trenton NJ on watershed protection and restoration.

Watershed Institute Responsibilities:

  • Water quality monitoring (training will be provided; NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!!)
  • Assist with Watershed Academy (high school) educational programs.
  • Conduct stewardship work on the Watershed Reserve (e.g. remove non-native plants, plant trees, build or maintain rain gardens or other features around the Center or Reserve, etc.)
  • Collaborate with other interns and Fellows in their work and on their Independent Study projects.
  • Attend and assist with running Watershed events, such as the Butterfly Festival in August.

Time Period: 12 weeks: Preferably June 1st to August 21st

Essential Dates:

  • June 10-12: Required Watershed Stewardship Training (overnight) at Pocono Environmental Education Center. (Meals, transportation and accommodations provided.)
  • July 9: Regional Meeting #1
  • August 1: Watershed Butterfly Festival
  • August 6: Regional Meeting #2
  • August 14: Watershed Fellowship Summit (location to be announced).

Hours: 35-40 hours per week

Pay: $12 per hour; Project and travel funds also available

Requirements:

  • Must be age 18+ by June 1 start date.
  • Must be willing to work outdoors in summer weather conditions, near streams and in the woods.
  • Must be able to professionally represent The Watershed and the Alliance for Watershed Education.
  • A positive attitude and good sense of humor, as well as comfort working independently as a leader and part of a team, when needed.
  • Occasional evening and weekend hours required.
  • A commitment to cultural diversity necessary.
  • Spanish speaking candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Valid state driver’s license required or ability to use public transportation.

The Watershed Institute is dedicated to building a culturally diverse organization and strongly encourages applications from minorities and women.

To Apply:
Email cover letter and resume by April 15, 2020 to: Steven Tuorto, PhD, Director of Science and Stewardship at [email protected]

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