Trail Ambassadors kayaking

Trail Ambassador

Opportunity Type: Year-round, Part-Time, Hourly

Working hours:

  • 20 hrs/month Sep 2022 – May 2023 (working weekly Tuesdays and alternating Saturdays)
  • 25 hrs/week from Jun 2023 – Aug 2023 (Monday – Friday, 10am – 3pm)
Location: DuPont Environmental Education Center, Wilmington, DE

Organization Description

Delaware Nature Society’s (DelNature) mission is to connect people with the natural world to improve our environment through education, conservation, and advocacy. We envision a healthy and sustainable environment.  Founded in 1964, DelNature, a state affiliate for the National Wildlife Federation, is renowned for our educational programming, conservation, and advocacy. We provide the tools for communities to take action and promote the health of the environment through land preservation, wildlife protection, and watershed stewardship.

We manage over 2,000 acres of land, including four nature preserves, and operates four educational sites: Ashland Nature Center, Abbott’s Mill Nature Center, DuPont Environmental Education Center, and Coverdale Farm Preserve. Our organizational priorities are comprised of three pillars of engagement focused on:  Working & Natural Lands, Healthy Waters, and Protecting Habitats and Wildlife.

DelNature aspires to be inclusive multicultural organization that celebrates the rich dimensions of diversity and is committed to understanding and addressing where we fall short. Diversity creates an awareness of and acknowledges respect for differences and translates into understanding and valuing of each other’s perspectives. We are committed to building a diverse team and strongly encourage all who are qualified to apply.

Job Description

Under the supervision of the Youth Development Coordinator, Trail Ambassadors are responsible for engaging the Wilmington community through educational activities, utilizing Southbridge parks and community centers, DEEC, and the Wilmington Riverfront. As ambassadors to their community, they introduce people to their local outdoor opportunities including trails, nature, waterways, and environmental centers. Throughout the year, they attend professional and life skills training, trips, teach activities to younger youth, and complete community service projects.

Trail Ambassadors Program

Trail Ambassadors are program participants of DelNature who will receive a monthly stipend. It is a year-long environmentally focused work-study program for high school youth, in 9th to 11th grade. The program provides hands-on outdoor work experience, career exploration, leadership development, community outreach, and exposure to environmental advocacy. DelNature is dedicated to intentionally building a culturally diverse organization and strongly encourages applications from youth that identify as BIPOC and/or women. All are welcome to apply; priority will be given to applicants who are Wilmington residents. Contact Jacqkie Ng to learn more.

Responsibilities

  • Engage the Wilmington community, talk with trail users in and around the Riverfront and community parks, lead interactive activities, and provide resources such as maps and flyers
  • Greet visitors and interpret the natural and cultural history of the Delaware River Watershed in the nature center (DEEC)
  • Lead or assist with education programs at DEEC and in the community
  • Attend community events such as civic meetings and festivals
  • Develop and complete individual and group community service projects
  • Learn personal and professional life skills such as advocacy, financial literacy, communication, and watershed education
  • Participate in learning activities and excursions designed to increase watershed education and leadership skills
  • Keep a reflective journal, describing experiences and activities
  • Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

  • Willingness to work in the outdoors and interest in learning outdoor topics
  • Have a team-focused and positive attitude; willing to learn and try new things
  • Responsible, dependable, and flexible
  • Ability to patiently work through and solve challenges
  • Evening and weekend hours required
  • Able to lead walks through varied terrain; willingness to learn kayaking and canoeing
  • Able or willingness to learn to ride a bicycle along the Markell Trail, Wilmington Riverfront, and in the Southbridge community
  • Must be able to get to and from DEEC/the program; bus passes provided upon request
  • Rising high school freshmen, sophomore, or juniors preferred
  • Must be able to participate during “working hours” listed at top of page

Essential Dates

Interviews: TBD
Notification of our decision will come out on TBD

Salary and Benefits

This position is paid a monthly stipend. During summer Trail Ambassadors serve about 25 hours/week (see “Working hours” at top) receiving a total of $2,000. During the school year (see “Working hours” at top), Trail Ambassadors receive $160 stipend/month. There is a bonus of $850 for perfect attendance upon completing the program.

Applicants Must Submit

  • Fill out and send us the Trail Ambassadors Application (coming soon)
  • Current Resume (preferred, but not required)
  • Applicants must also submit ONE letter of recommendation (from a school counselor, teacher, or other adult who is not a relative) detailing how the applicant demonstrates the qualities that suit them for this position.