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NJ Watershed Ambassadors Program
 
 
 
The New Jersey Watershed Ambassadors Program (NJWAP) is an environmental stewardship-oriented AmeriCorps program designed to raise awareness about water concerns. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has hosted NJWAP since 2000, and while the Program has evolved over the last 19 years, its main goals have remained the same: promote watershed stewardship through education and direct community involvement, and monitor the health of our waterways through conducting stream assessments. Twenty (20) Watershed Ambassadors serve from partner host agency locations, with one located in each of New Jersey’s Watershed Management Areas (WMAs). From Sussex to Cape May counties, Ambassadors provide direct service to their local communities. NJWAP serves with all sectors of society to improve the quality of New Jersey’s waterways, nurturing community-based environmental activities and empowering residents to make responsible and informed decisions regarding their watershed by: Educating the public on watershed science and encouraging them to get involved in local stewardship actions; Implementing community green infrastructure and stewardship projects through partnering with local organizations and community volunteers; and Conducting habitat and biological assessments following DEP monitoring protocol to monitor the health of their WMA’s streams. Throughout the Program, Members grow professionally and interpersonally. Extensive training in highly sought-after skills in the environmental field is provided, including ArcGIS, fieldwork experience, grant writing, project management, and science communication. Members will exit the program prepared to further their career in the environmental field. A driver’s license and reliable vehicle for field assignments are required. Interested applicants should apply by Aug. 16, 2019 able to identify 2 preferred WMAs. Please note: This is a rolling admission. Admission contingent on the DEP receiving the grant award.
 
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Member Duties : Over the course of this Full Time term of service (Sept. 2019-Jul. 2020), Members will perform the following Environmental Stewardship tasks in direct service to New Jersey's communities : Provide Educational Presentations, and Environmental Stewardship Trainings that have an educational or hands-on component which enables volunteers to implement a best management practice (BMP); Partner with local organizations to lead Partnership Projects that implement BMPs to manage storm water runoff (ex: rain garden installations, rain barrel workshops, native species plantings, etc); Coordinate watershed cleanups with intent to reduce marine debris and single-use plastics;Perform stream assessments to monitor and collect data on waterbodies; Attend meetings to learn about the environmental concerns and collaborate with local groups to address these concerns; Conduct interviews with Elected Officials and Professionals of Interest of choice.
 
Program Benefits : Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Stipend ,  Health Coverage ,  Training . 
 
Terms :
Car recommended ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Uniforms provided and required . 
 
Service Areas :
Community Outreach ,  Environment . 
 
Skills :
Team Work ,  Recruitment ,  Community Organization ,  Leadership ,  Public Speaking ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Environment ,  Problem Solving ,  Writing/Editing . 
 
 
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SUMMARY
Program Type:
AmeriCorps State / National

Program
NJ Watershed Ambassadors Program

Program Start/End Date
09/03/2019  -   07/09/2020

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  99

Program Locations NEW JERSEY   New York City (inc. Long Island CT NJ NY) ,  Philadelphia/Wilmington/Atlantic City  

Languages
English

Accepting Applications
From  06/07/2019  To  08/20/2019 

Contact Amanda Lotto
401 E State St
Trenton   NJ   08608
6097771406
Amanda.Lotto@dep.nj.gov
www.nj.gov/dep/wms/bears
 
AmeriCorps

Listing ID 89683


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