The Community Action Agency of Delaware County (CAADC), in partnership with the Planning Department, Conservation District, and American Rivers, is looking for volunteers to assist with their Rain Barrel Work Camp (July 27-31). These volunteers would be helping to install rain barrels for homeowners. Rain barrel construction training for all volunteers will occur on Wednesday, July 15, 10am – 12pm, location to be determined.
We are excited to announce that we are currently accepting applications for a new position at TTF. Through the VISTA program, we will be hiring a Model Neighborhood Liaison for the Germantown/East Mt.Airy section of the watershed. Read on for more information.
Job Title: Model Neighborhood Liaison
Seeking a full-time AmeriCorpsVISTA* for the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership, Inc. (TTF), a non-profit connecting residents, businesses and government as neighbors and stewards of this impaired, but critically important watershed in the Philadelphia metro region.
Goals & Responsibilities:
The goal of the Model Neighborhood Project is to promote watershed awareness and appreciation, to beautify the Germantown/East Mt. Airy neighborhood and to help build community pride. The Model Neighborhood Liaison will coordinate neighborhood meetings, collect residents’ ideas about neighborhood improvement and combine those ideas with stormwater management and watershed improvement projects including volunteer activities, community events and educational programs. Activities include:
- Receive training in stormwater management, watershed education, neighborhood issues, etc. Assist TTF staff and partners with community activities (e.g. clean ups, school presentations, plantings, tours, events).
- Form new relationships with at least five community groups in the model neighborhood.
- Provide update presentations to all existing model neighborhood partner organizations.
- Draft and implement an event/activity plan for the model neighborhood. Work with TTF staff to create a six-month plan based on community feedback for at least six model neighborhood events/projects (e.g. neighborhood clean-ups, educational tours, workshops, installations).
- Participate in additional events and activities in other areas of the watershed (as training for, or expansion of, model neighborhood activities).
Job Salary: VISTA Living Allowance
Education Requirements: Bachelor’s degree or substantial related experience
Language Requirements: English
- Must have excellent interpersonal skills
- Must enjoy the outdoors and meeting new people
- Must have access to a car and valid driver’s license (transportation expenses will be reimbursed)
- Must be able to lift 25 lbs
- Must have basic word processing and data entry skills
- Must be available to attend VISTA training August 11- 14, 2009
- Must be at least 18 years old and a U.S. citizen, national, or legal permanent resident alien of the United States.
Application Deadline: July 17, 2009
Thirty-seven million Americans live in poverty. Through VISTA, you can make a tangible difference. Find the fulfillment that comes from using your knowledge and skills to help those in disadvantaged circumstances turn their dreams into reality.
VISTA is the national service program designed specifically to fight poverty. Founded as Volunteers in Service to America in 1965 and incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs in 1993, VISTA has been on the front lines in the fight against poverty in America for more than 40 years.
VISTA members commit to serve full-time for one year at a nonprofit organization or local government agency. VISTA efforts are focused on building the organizational, administrative, and financial capacity of organizations that fight illiteracy, improve health services, strengthen community groups, foster economic development, and otherwise assist low-income communities. With passion, commitment, and hard work, you’ll create or expand programs designed to bring individuals and communities out of poverty.
By serving through VISTA, you’ll gain new skills, friends, and experiences—plus you’ll get the satisfaction that comes from helping others. During your service, you’ll also receive a modest living allowance, health care, childcare assistance, a relocation allowance if eligible, and student loan forbearance or deferment for qualified loans. Upon completing your service, you can choose to receive either an education award worth $4,725 to pay for college or $1,200 cash stipend, as well as one year of noncompetitive status for federal government jobs.
13th Annual Delaware Estuary Watershed Teacher Workshop
July 20th-24th, 2009
This week-long workshop is designed to give participants a greater understanding of the wide variety of issues within the watershed and the interconnections between human actions and the river’s ecosystem. Begin the week at the upper portions of the estuary and literally travel down to the mouth of the Delaware Bay, ending with an overnight in the historical beach town of Lewes, DE.
- Receive over $150 worth of educational and classroom materials
- Earn 35+ hours of professional development
- Free accommodations for an overnight in Lewes, DE
- Enjoy exciting field trips throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware
- All this and more for only $50 per participant!
- Scholarships may be available
Contact Cheryl Jackson
1-800-445-4935 x 112
Here’s some news from our friends at The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary:
The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary is pleased to announce the following job vacancies:
Schuylkill Action Network (SAN) Coordinator
- providing staff support to the SAN’s Planning Committee
- organizing and attending the SAN’s events and activities
- working with the SAN’s workgroups and members to develop and seek funding for collaborative projects
- managing and utilizing the SAN’s new website, SchuylkillWaters.org, for watershed-wide communications
- Bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in environmental science, and three years experience or more
Web-development Intern (10 weeks, Full Time)
- creation of new content, including: custom Google maps, headers, Web forms, Web pages, and more
- website enhancements for ecoDelaware.com and DelawareEstuary.org, including the latter’s “Information Gateway”
- other duties as assigned, including limited data entry
- Coursework or proficiency in computer science
Environmental Science Intern (10 weeks, Full Time)
- aid in several ongoing field initiatives including monitoring, assessment, and restoration projects
- work closely with the PDE’s restoration specialist on a variety of tasks
- Coursework or proficiency in the sciences and monitoring / sampling
Please visit www.delawareestuary.org for the full position descriptions and application instructions.
Please join the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) for the upcoming public meetings on the “Green City, Clean Waters” Program (Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Long-Term Control Plan Update). The upcoming meetings will follow-up on the previous round of meetings held in the winter.
PWD staff will present the options and alternative under consideration to help transform Philadelphia into a greener city with cleaner waters! Please attend and let your voice be heard!
One rain barrel will be given away at each meeting.
WHEN: Tuesday, June 2, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: FELS South Philadelphia Community Center (2407 South Broad Street, Philadelphia)
WHEN: Thursday, June 4, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: Waterview Recreation Center (5826 McMahon Street, Philadelphia)
WHEN: Wednesday, June 10, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: Northern Liberties Community Center (700 North 3rd Street, Philadelphia)
See flyer [.pdf] for more information.
We just heard about this week-long workshop that is designed to give participants a greater understanding of the wide variety of issues within the watershed and the interconnections between human actions and the river’s ecosystem. Participants begin the week at the upper portions of the estuary and literally travel down to the mouth of the Delaware Bay, ending with an overnight in the historical beach town of Lewes, DE. The cost is $50 per participant and space is limited to 25 participants – so register soon! See brochure [.pdf] for more information and registration form.
While they are not in the TTF Watershed, there are some really great opportunities for kids aged 11-14 to participate in “Water Wonder Week” at local Out-n-About camps this summer. See the attached flyers for the Wissahickon Environmental Center [.pdf] and and the Pennypack Environmental Center [.pdf] for more info.
Check out this great article about rain barrels from Sandy Bauers in yesterday’s Philadelphia Inquirer!
We’ve made some really great progress cutting back invasive plants and planting native ones (with the help of 75 fourth graders) at Glenside Elementary School. Two weeks ago, over 30 volunteers removed invasive vines and bushes overrunning the area. Lat week, Glenside Elementary students, PTO members and local volunteers planted over 400 native trees and shrubs. At the end of the project, an educational sign and seating area will be installed for student use.
The planting project will improve the health of the creek while providing students with hands-on learning about watershed ecology and protection. Over 5000 square feet of lawn grass along the fence by the creek will be replaced with native trees, shrubs and grasses. These plantings will provide a much-needed buffer between the lawn and the creek. Native plants help absorb stormwater to slow flooding, prevent erosion of the creek’s banks, and keep fertilizers, salt, trash and other pollutants out of the creek’s waters. Native plants also provide important habitat for birds, fish, and other native wildlife crucial to the ecosystem.
Here’s a picture of some of the awesome volunteers from our invasives removal.
The Philadelphia Water Department, Villanova University, Temple University and partners are currently accepting submissions for the 2009 Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMP) Recognition Program.
They are looking for innovative stormwater management projects that are already in the ground and that could serve as model demonstration projects. The selected projects will be highlighted at the Pennsylvania Stormwater Management Symposium, held at Villanova University, in October, 2009.
Deadline for submissions = June 1st, 2009
For more information and to submit your project, please click here.