Trail Ambassadors kayaking

Join Our Trail Ambassadors Team

Calling teens in 9th grade to 11th grade – come join Trail Ambassadors – our year-round environmentally focused, work-study program. Participate in this DelNature program and receive a stipend for involvement.

As one of our Trail Ambassadors, under the supervision of Thea Lopez, our Youth Development Coordinator, you will engage the Wilmington community through educational activities in local community spaces and centers and DuPont Environmental Education Center.As an ambassador to your community, you will introduce people to their local outdoor opportunities including: trails, nature, waterways, and environmental centers. Throughout the year, receive professional and life-skills training, take field trips, teach activities to younger youth, and complete community service projects. This program provides hands-on outdoor work experience, career exploration, leadership development, community outreach, and exposure to environmental advocacy.

Thea Lopez, Youth Development Coordinator
Thea Lopez, Youth Development Coordinator

Program Location: DuPont Environmental Education Center, Wilmington, DE

Trail Ambassador Responsibilities

  • 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
  • Able to work evening and occasional weekend hours
  • 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
  • Able to get to and from DEEC/the program – bus passes available
  • Rising high school freshmen, sophomore, or juniors preferred
  • Able to participate during program hours listed above
Thea Lopez and Trail Ambassadors Teens - parts of our RENEW initiative
Thea Lopez and Trail Ambassadors

Essential Dates

Interviews: Ongoing
Program begins: October 15, 2023
Program ends: August 19, 2023


  • September 2022 – May 2023, Tuesdays and Thursday s, 4:30 – 7:00pm, occasional Saturdays in place of a Tues/Thurs mtgs.
  • June – August 2022, Monday – Friday, 10am – 3pm

Stipends for Trail Ambassadors

Summer stipends are $275/wk, paid monthly. School year stipends $275/month. There is a bonus of $850 for completing the program.

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 Thea Lopez to learn more.

Applicants Must Submit

Complete and submit a Trail Ambassadors Application (including ONE signed 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)

Questions? Contact Thea Lopez, Youth Development Coordinator