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AmeriCorps New Jersey Watershed Ambassadors Program

The AmeriCorps New Jersey Watershed Ambassadors Program is an environmental community service program administered by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to raise public awareness about water and watershed issues and to promote watershed stewardship through direct community involvement. AmeriCorps members are assigned to different watersheds throughout the State to serve as "Watershed Ambassadors" to their watershed communities.

AmeriCorps 20th Anniversary Logo

The AmeriCorps New Jersey Watershed Ambassadors Program has organized numerous clean-ups throughout the State. This year is the 20th Anniversary of the National AmeriCorps Programs. Join us in a clean-up and salute AmeriCorps members and alums for their service, thank AmeriCorps community partners, and communicate AmeriCorps impact on communities and on the lives of those who serve.

AmeriCorps is a national service initiative that engages more than 70,000 Americans each year in intensive service to meet critical needs in education, public safety, health, homeland security, and the environment. Created in 1993, AmeriCorps is a part of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which engages more than 2 million Americans of all ages and backgrounds in service each year. For more information on AmeriCorps, visit their Web site at

AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassadors train and work with community volunteers to monitor the waters in their community using state and federally-approved visual and biological monitoring techniques. AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassadors also visit schools and community organizations to share information and educate the community about water and watershed issues in New Jersey and to encourage students and residents to become involved in protecting their watershed. The program works to improve water quality by exploring relationships between people and the environment, nurturing community-based environmental activities, and empowering residents to make responsible and informed decisions regarding their watershed.

Americorps New Jersey Watershed Ambassodors Program Fact Sheet and Contact Information

AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassadors Host Agency Information

Year 2014-2015 Ambassadors

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection began hosting the AmeriCorps New Jersey Watershed Ambassadors Program in September of 2000 under an AmeriCorps State contract with the Corporation for National and Community Service. Since then, the Department has recruited and trained over 200 AmeriCorps members as Watershed Ambassadors to serve New Jersey communities.

Volunteer Opportunities

We encourage you to participate as a citizen volunteer in one of our watershed projects. For more information, check the Events/Training page on the Department's Volunteer Monitoring Web site or contact the local AmeriCorps member in your area.

For more information about the AmeriCorps New Jersey Watershed Ambassadors Program, please contact Kathy Giordano at 609-633-1441 or by email at


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