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Bartram’s Garden recognizes the value of promoting a diverse workforce. All individuals, including those from historically under-represented groups, are strongly encouraged to apply. In addition, any form of personal or professional connections to Southwest Philadelphia will be considered a plus for all applicants. If desired, applicants are invited to reflect in their cover letter or other written statement on how their professional and lived experiences position them for their requested role.

Summer River Program Assistant: Apply by April 1!

Apply by April 1!

Posted: February 23, 2024
Start date: June 3–12, 2024
End date: August 16–23, 2024

This 12-week summer position will assist with our boating, fishing and water quality monitoring programs  and help connect with local community members around protecting the waterways. Applicants must be over 18 by the start date.

The Alliance for Watershed Education‘s (AWE) 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 15 million people living in the region.

Duties

  • Fellows will participate in a 3-day watershed education training at the Pocono Environmental Education Center from June 12–14. Meals, transportation, and accommodations provided.
  • 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 in-person meetings with Fellows from other AWE Centers.
  • With guidance from their supervisor and mentors, Fellows will focus their efforts on a specific Capstone Project and present their work at the end-of-program Summit event (August 16).
  • Fellows will document their progress by completing a short log report every week.

The Bartram’s Garden Fellow will specifically:

  • Assist with free public boating and fishing programs as part of a team, including
    • Setup and breakdown
    • Greet, orient and give instruction to program participants of all ages
    • Ensure safety and operating protocols are followed
    • Conduct weekly water quality monitoring with other staff
    • Regularly maintain equipment used in programs
    • Process paperwork such as waivers and perform data entry
    • Attend weekly staff meetings

Qualifications and Experience

  • Age 18+ by June 3, 2024, start date.
  • A background in environmental education is not required.
  • A positive attitude and enthusiasm for the mission: connecting with local community members around protecting the Delaware River and its waterways.
  • Ability to work well independently as well as part of a team
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to effectively communicate with the general public.
  • Prior boating and fishing experience is not required, however an enthusiasm to learn these skills and share them with others is key
  • Openness to getting dirty, engaging with thousands of visitors, working outdoors in the heat, learning new skills and having new experiences
  • Ability to adopt and master computer technology for communication and recording data
  • Personal or professional familiarity with Southwest Philadelphia is preferred

Physical Demands
The River Program Assistant is a physically demanding position that is conducted outdoors, often in difficult weather conditions, on the water, and in an office setting.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee will regularly be required to

  • move and operate boating and fishing equipment;
  • stand and/or walk for extended periods of time;
  • work in immediate proximity to the general public in a safe and friendly manner.

The employee must

  • regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds,
  • frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, and
  • occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

The administrative components of this position require the ability to

  • sit/stand at a desk,
  • work on a computer, and
  • use a monitor for extended periods of time.

Required Certifications and Licenses

The following may be obtained upon employment:

  • Certification in First Aid/CPR/AED
  • Pennsylvania fishing license
  • Kayak safety and rescue training

Clearance Requirements
As position involves routine contact with minors, prior to beginning this position, the River Program Assistant will be required to provide the following:

  • Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Check through the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services
  • Pennsylvania Criminal History Check through the Pennsylvania State Police (PATCH)
  • FBI Criminal History Check

Position Location
Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19143

Schedule and Compensation
Fellows are paid $16.25 per hour and will work 35–40 hours per week for 12 weeks

Availability is required Wednesdays, 4–9pm, and Saturdays, 9am–4pm. Days off are Sunday and Monday.

Essential Dates
Between June 3 and June 12: Fellow start date at Bartram’s Garden
June 12–14: Fellowship Orientation (overnight) at Pocono Environmental Education Center. Meals, transportation, and accommodations provided.
August 16: Watershed Fellowship Summit (location to be announced).
Between August 16 and August 23: Last day of Fellowship

How to Apply: Apply by April 1!
To apply, please send your resume along with a brief note describing your interest in the position and your experience with swimming, fishing, and/ or boating (if any) to . Include “River Program Assistant” in the email subject line. Only those whose applications are being considered will be contacted. No phone calls or visits, please. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until April 1.

Bartram’s Garden recognizes the value of promoting a diverse workforce. All individuals, including those from historically under-represented groups, are strongly encouraged to apply. In addition, any form of personal or professional connections to Southwest Philadelphia will be considered a plus for all applicants. If desired, applicants are invited to reflect in their cover letter or other written statement on how their professional and lived experiences position them for their requested role.

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.

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If you have any questions about this form, please contact Tahnisha Burke Thomas at tthomas@bartramsgarden.org. Thanks!

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