Bureau of Environmental Analysis, Restoration and Standards
AmeriCorps New Jersey Watershed Ambassadors Program
A Great Way to Explore the Environmental Field
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, 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 is provided, including ArcGIS, fieldwork experience, grant writing, project management, green infrastructure and science communication. Members exit the program prepared to further their career in the environmental field.
Apply for A Watershed Ambassador Position:
Full Time Position Summary
Full Time 2022 - 2023 Application
2022-2023 Program Flyer
We are still actively recruiting for 2022-2023 Watershed Ambassador positions. We have openings within northwest and northeast Jersey. South Jersey positions have all been filled at this time. To Apply visit the My AmeriCorps Page or click the “2022-2023 Application” button above. The program will review all potential candidates and reach out to those who are best qualified to serve. Recruitment is open until positions are filled. For additional information on the position or to see the 20 Host Agencies click the menu tab buttons above.
If you are interested in the 2023-2024 term of service please email Program Staff to be added to a list once recruitment opens in June 2023.
For questions regarding the application process, please email Deborah Kratzer, Acting Program Director or contact us at 609-633-1441
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