Job Opening at the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary

Partnership for the Delaware Estuary

JOB DESCRIPTION

Title: Coordinator of Delaware Community Programs
Epithet: Delaware Community Coordinator
Grade / Step: Status: Regular Exempt Full Time
Schedule: 9a.m. – 5p.m. Monday – Friday 

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

The Coordinator of Delaware Community Programs oversees the day-to-day programmatic activities related to local community projects in Delaware and the surrounding area. The Coordinator leads the design, development, and implementation of projects and initiatives related to local community engagement.

JOB FUNCTIONS

  1. Coordinates day-to-day operations of local community projects in and around Wilmington
    1. Leads 3 or more projects and activities in coordination with other PDE staff or external partner organizations
    1. Oversees project timelines and budgets, tracks deliverables, and monitors key metrics
    1. Coordinates and facilitates engagement projects
    1. Assists with grant proposals, contract management, and procedure development (as needed) related to projects
    1. Oversees coordination of relevant materials on the website and social media platforms
    1. Coordinates fieldwork, volunteers/staff, and/or related meetings
    1. Cultivates project opportunities with partners that meet PDE’s engagement priorities
    1. Takes the lead on project-level problem solving
    1. Delegates work tasks to staff and volunteers as appropriate
    1. Identifies project opportunities to position local engagement within the broader regional context
    1. Potentially supervise specialists, interns
    1. Identifies business opportunities to improve local PDE engagement
  • Supports local community work by connecting it to initiatives throughout Delaware
    • Assists the Senior Manager of Engagement in coordinating and managing local engagement and projects
    • Supports communications and monitoring coordination efforts in local engagement in and around Wilmington
    • Facilitates the connection among local projects and regional goals
  • Other
    • Fosters new and existing partnerships to advance the goals of the Delaware Estuary Program’s Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan
    • Serves as an ambassador for PDE and the Delaware Estuary Program
    • Performs other job-related tasks as assigned

REQUIRED SKILLS & EXPERIENCE

  1. Bachelor’s degree from a college or university (in environmental education or science or a similar field) and 3 year of work experience; or at least 5 years of work experience in a related field such as environmental education, community engagement, outreach or science
  2. Proficiency in project design, coordination, and implementation
  3. Strong organizational skills, multi-tasking ability, and attention to detail
  4. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in teams and in diverse communities
  5. Experience leading and working in a team environment with staff, partners, and volunteers
  6. Experience organizing meetings, events, or conferences
  7. Proficient in MS Office, and Google suites
  8. Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills
  9. Valid United States driver’s license and ability to travel to external meetings/field work as needed
  10. Awareness or interest in diversity and associated equity and justice outcomes

PREFERRED SKILLS & EXPERIENCE

  1. Experience in community organizing and/or educational programming
  2. Proficiency with digital design tools (Canva, InDesign, etc.)
  3. Familiarity with green stormwater infrastructure
  4. Experience with delivering public event programming

WORKING CONDITIONS

Time spent in this position will be split between being in an office setting and external meetings. Occasionally, there will be tasks completed in a storage/warehouse facility or in field locations (outdoor, urban, or rural settings). Work hours may shift depending on the tides or project assignment. Occasionally, there will be a need to work on a weekend day.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

The incumbent should be able to lift 40 pounds. The incumbent should be able to sit and stand for at least 4 hours at a time.

Application Details:

Wilmington residents and or those with deep ties to the City are strongly encouraged to apply.

The pay for this position ranges from $22-27 per hour depending on experience. This is a full time (35 hrs./week), non-exempt position with a competitive benefits package.

Interested applicants are encouraged to submit a resume and cover letter by close of business August 25, 2022, to apadeletti@delawareestuary.org, or Angela Padeletti, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, 110 South Poplar Street, Suite 202, Wilmington, DE 19801.

Delaware Sea Grant Opening

Delaware Sea Grant is seeking an Urban Watershed Restoration Specialist.

The Urban Watershed Restoration Specialist reports to the Director of the Delaware Sea Grant Marine Advisory Service (MAS) and performs traditional extension specialist roles from field work to applied research, education, proposal writing, and budget management. Under limited direction, the MAS Specialist is responsible for planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating programs focused on addressing issues and concerns relevant to Delaware’s urban coastal communities including Wilmington and Dover.

Find out more and apply here: https://www.deseagrant.org/work-with-us

Lallemand Animal Nutrition Scholarship Applications Open

Lallemand Animal Nutrition is excited to offer, for the eighth consecutive year, the Lallemand Forward Scholarship for students pursuing degrees in agriculture. The 2022 program offers: two $2,500 undergraduate scholarships, one $3,000 Doctor of Veterinary Medicine scholarship, one $3,000 master’s program scholarship and one $3,000 doctoral scholarship. Applications are open to students in the United States, Mexico and Canada.

“We are proud to have provided more than $95,000 to exceptional students that are currently improving our industry,” says says Kip Karges, Ph.D., Technical Services Manager for Lallemand Animal Nutrition, North America. “The continual investment into this scholarship program, is our commitment to students and their future in the agriculture industry.”

Criteria for undergraduate scholarship applicants are:

  • Must be a full-time student, pursuing a four-year degree in an agricultural program
  • Hold junior status or higher (minimum of 60 credit hours)
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent
  • Must submit the Forward application, transcript and a 500-word essay answering one of three essay questions found in the full guidelines

Criteria for Doctor of Veterinary Medicine scholarship applicants are:

  • Must be a full-time student, in their third year of a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program focused on production animals
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or equivalent
  • Must submit a 300- to 500-word statement on their career plans after graduation
  • Must submit the Forward application, transcripts and a 500-word essay answering one of three essay questions found in the full guidelines

Criteria for master’s and doctoral scholarship applicants are:

  • Must be enrolled in an accredited master’s or Ph.D. program in animal, agricultural sciences or a related field
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent
  • Must submit the Forward application, synopsis of work, transcripts and a 500-word essay answering one of three essay questions found in the full guidelines

All scholarship submissions are due to lanscholarship@lallemand.com by Friday, September 30, 2022. For questions regarding the scholarship, email lanscholarship@lallemand.com. Scholarships will be awarded during the fall 2022 semester.

Scholarship Opportunity – True Leaf Market

We wanted to make you aware of a $5000 scholarship we offer to a student each year studying any of the Agricultural Sciences (Botany, Horticulture, Agricultural Production, Greenhouse Management, Plant Breeding, Agronomy, etc…)

We are a seed company, True Leaf Market (www.trueleafmarket.com), and the scholarship is in honor of one of our founders Demetrios (Dimo) Agathangelides.

The scholarship application deadline is July 31st each year, and the scholarship is awarded at the end of August.
The application can be found here: https://www.trueleafmarket.com/pages/scholarships

And previous scholarship recipients are listed here: https://www.trueleafmarket.com/pages/scholarship-winners

AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassadors Program

The New Jersey Watershed Ambassadors Program is an environmental stewardship-oriented AmeriCorps program designed to raise awareness about water concerns. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has hosted the program since 2000, and while the program has evolved over the last 22 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. From Sussex to Cape May counties!  Three (3) Source Water Protection Ambassadors serve from partner host agency locations, in north, central, and south locations and will engage in outreach and education campaigns that will lead to the protection of drinking water sources. Ambassadors serve with all sectors of society to improve the quality of New Jersey’s waterways by:

  • educating the public on watershed science.
  • implementing community green infrastructure.
  • encouraging them to get involved in local stewardship actions.
  • stewardship projects partnering with local organizations and community volunteers.
  • performing habitat and biological assessments following DEP monitoring protocols to monitor the health of their WMA’s streams.

Throughout the program, extensive training in highly sought-after skills in the environmental field are provided, including ArcGIS, fieldwork experience, grant writing, project management, public speaking and presentations, green infrastructure and science communication. Members exit the program prepared to further their career in the environmental field!

Program staff reviews applications in the order they are submitted and choice of WMA/ SWP location is assigned on a first come first serve basis, so don’t delay your application!  

Application deadline is Friday July 15th!

Application for the Full-Time Watershed Ambassador Position: https://bit.ly/3xtl9Iu 

Application for the Part-Time Source Water Protection Ambassador Position: https://bit.ly/3NPNX53 

You can also use the search feature on the AmeriCorps Portal to find either application. We are a State National Program located in New Jersey.  The name of the full time position is “2022 -23 AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassadors Program” and the part time position is “NJDEP – SWP Ambassadors Source Water”.

All interested applicants should create an account on the “My AmeriCorps” website before they will be able to apply. Since this is an AmeriCorps Program, applicants apply through the AmeriCorps Portal: https://my.americorps.gov/mp/recruit/registration.do 

Interested applicants can reach out to Samantha Pfeffer (samantha.pfeffer@dep.nj.gov) or Amanda Baksa (amanda.baksa@dep.nj.gov) with any questions or concerns. 

Positions we will be hiring for:

20 full-time Watershed Ambassador positions (35-40 hours a week, September-July, 1700 total hours)

3 part-time Source Water Protection (SWP) Ambassador positions (25-30 hours a week, September-April, 900 total hours)

*both Watershed Ambassadors and SWP Ambassadors serve together and are part of the same cohort. 

Below you will find some links to relevant information about our program and what it means to serve as an ambassador. 

Eligibility to Serve with the NJWAP: 

• Must have a bachelor’s degree or higher

• A valid driver’s license, dependable car for service assignment travel 

• Must be a U.S Citizen or a permanent resident of the US (must provide documentation)

NJWAP description and recent program requirements:

(full time) https://bit.ly/3OtLjSG 

(part time) https://bit.ly/3O8atq6 

Our homepage on the NJ DEP site: http://www.nj.gov/dep/wms/bears/americorps.htm 

AmeriCorps New Jersey site: https://americorps.gov/national-service-report/nj 

Our fact sheet, which has all of our current Ambassadors’ contact information, host agencies, and WMA/ SWP locations: https://bit.ly/3njLq7P 

We will be holding a virtual Open House event on Monday July 11th, 10 AM – 12 PM.  This would be a great time for anyone interested in the program to learn more and ask questions.  We will even have a few of our current members there to share their perspectives!

Register here for the open house: https://forms.gle/BXwsHcgFneTCFfDp8 

Integrated Pest Management Projects

We are looking for two part time students 29 hours/week at $15.00/hour (11 weeks)!

There are currently two Integrated Pest Management projects being worked on by the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension across the state. Students will mainly work together across two focus areas:

Focus area 1: Native plants and the beneficial insects that are attracted by them. Job duties include, planting native plants, watering, weeding, spot herbicide treatments and working on interpretive signage. This student should have interests in horticulture, entomology, environmental science, or wildlife conservation. This is a great opportunity to learn more about pollinators, beneficial insects, and the native plants that support them. There is currently a plot being created in Lewis Park in Newark, a plot at the Milford Community Gardens in Kent County, and a plot will be designed somewhere in Sussex County. The student will need reliable transportation as work will be done across the state. For more information, contact: Blake Moore, Natural Resources Extension Agent, rbmoore@udel.edu

Focus area 2: This project will be building, supervising, maintaining, and implementing two turf demonstration plots to demonstrate to homeowners and Green Industry personnel Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques, assist with pest identification, as well as using them for pest surveillance. There will also be a component of turfgrass nutrient management BMP’s included in the work performed. Students for this project should have interests in turf, horticulture, nutrient management, and entomology. Job duties will include:

  • Mowing turfgrass plots with a ride-on “zero-turn” style mower
  • Cultivating soil in order to prepare the ground for turfgrass seed establishment
    • Tilling soil with walk-behind and tractor mounted equipment
    • Raking out rocks and other loose debris after cultivation
    • Leveling of the soil in order to fill in low areas and encourage natural surface drainage
  • Spot spraying weeds with a backpack sprayer
  • Applying pesticides to turfgrass areas
  • Fertilizing turfgrass areas with a rotary spreader
  • Watering, transplanting, and trimming greenhouse plants

For more information on focus area 2, please contact: John Emerson, Turf Nutrient Management Extension Agent, jremer@udel.edu

KidsGardening is Hiring

We are on the lookout for an experienced garden educator and educational content developer with an enthusiastic spirit and proactive, collaborative work ethic.

The application will require that you upload a resume and samples of original garden-based learning teaching materials you’ve developed.

The application period for this role will close on June 3. Applicants will be notified the week of June 6.

Job Description

Application

Email employment@kidsgardening.org with questions at any time.