DEP Seeks Americorps Watershed Ambassadors

By Juliet Kaszas-Hoch | Aug 07, 2019

Trenton — The state Department of Environmental Protection is seeking 20 recruits for its 2019-2020 class of AmeriCorps New Jersey Watershed Ambassadors, a program that engages communities to protect and improve water quality. Watershed Ambassadors are the DEP’s facilitators in the field, collecting water quality information, giving presentations on clean water and championing partnership projects.

This upcoming season will be the 20th anniversary for the program. Applications will be accepted through Friday, Aug. 16, or until all positions are filled.

For the 2019-2020 term, candidates are particularly needed to serve at the Pinelands Preservation Alliance; Cape May County; the County of Passaic Planning Department; the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission; the Hackensack Riverkeeper; and the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center, in Chatham Township.

“The AmeriCorps New Jersey Watershed Ambassadors Program benefits our state by engaging residents in the critical work of environmental protection and stewardship in their local watershed, adding to our overall quality of life,” said DEP Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe. “The program provides training for our future environmental leaders by educating communities about how to protect and improve water quality in their neighborhoods and towns.”

DEP Division of Water Monitoring and Standards Director Bruce Friedman stated, “The AmeriCorps New Jersey Watershed Ambassadors Program begins in September and Ambassadors graduate from the program in July. It’s remarkable to see all that the ambassadors accomplish throughout their 10 months, engaging with New Jersey’s communities and providing stewardship opportunities. The program continues to establish strong partnerships within the environmental community. These relationships strengthen our communities and the ambassadors’ experience often leads to job opportunities after graduation.”

Ambassadors are required to complete 1,700 hours of service over those 10 or 11 months. Compensation includes a pretax annual stipend of $13,732. Interested applicants may apply to the New Jersey Watershed Ambassadors Program through the national AmeriCorps site link at my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=89683&fromSearch=true.

For more information, visit nj.gov/dep/wms/bears/americorps.htm or call program manager Amanda Lotto or program support specialist Kathryn Harrison at 609-633-1441.  —J.K.-H.

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