Environmental education centers along Delaware River seek summer fellows

Benjamin Franklin Bridge over the Delaware River
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — An alliance of environmental education centers in the region is looking to fill paid summer fellowship positions.

Across Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, there are 23 Alliance for Watershed Education of the Delaware River environmental education centers.

Some nearby include Bartram’s Garden in Southwest Philly, the Center for Aquatic Sciences at Adventure Aquarium in Camden, the DuPont Environmental Education Center in Wilmington, the Independence Seaport Museum along Penn’s Landing, and the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum.

Each center will hire at least one person for a Delaware River Watershed Fellowship.

“Each of the centers has its own target community,” explained Dr. Steve Tuorto, director of science and stewardship at The Watershed Institute in Pennington, New Jersey, and a fellowship leader, “within which it’s trying to broaden its constituency and broaden the diversity and inclusion of that constituency and try to make environmental fields more widely available to those communities that they are targeting, (which) have sort of been excluded historically from environmental fields.”

Tuorto said duties vary from center to center.

“They spend a lot of time being trained on how to give environmental educational programming,” he said. “Some of them have in-nature interactions with visitors. Some of them have been employed in doing things like trail maintenance. The fellows that have joined our center have typically been employed in our water quality monitoring projects.”

The summer jobs run from June 7 to August 27. Fellows are paid $15 an hour and are expected to work 35 to 40 hours a week. Applications are currently being accepted.