Looking for a Few Good Men/Women to Serve as Ambassadors for NJ's Environment!
The Department of Environmental Protection has several openings
remaining for the 2016-2017 class of AmeriCorps New Jersey Watershed
Ambassadors. Good candidates are needed to serve at the County of
Passaic Planning Department (Totowa); the Passaic Valley Sewerage
Commission (Newark); the Hackensack Riverkeeper (Hackensack); the Great
Swamp Outdoor Education Center (Chatham); and Cape May County.
Based out of 20 host agencies throughout NJ, Ambassadors work with all
sectors of the public to improve the quality of NJ's waterways through
education and by empowering residents to make responsible and informed
decisions about their watersheds. Ambassadors raise awareness about
litter and nonpoint source pollution through their many community
projects, field work and presentations. They also take a leadership role
in collaborating with local partners to plan and complete projects that
protect and restore local waterways, thus promoting environmental
Ambassadors are required to complete 1,700 hours of service from
September through mid- July. Compensation includes a pretax annual
stipend of $12,530; eligibility for health insurance benefits while
serving as an Ambassador; subsidized childcare, if qualified; deferment
of qualified student loans during service; and extensive training
throughout the program year. In addition, members are eligible to
receive an education award of $5,730 upon successful completion of the
Applicants must be U.S. citizens, have a bachelor's degree, a valid
driver's license, and must have reliable transportation to get to and
from field sites.
The DEP began hosting the federal AmeriCorps program in 2000. AmeriCorps
is a national service initiative that began in 1993. Since its
inception, more than 980,000 men and women have taken the AmeriCorps
pledge, serving more than 1.3 billion hours and improving the lives of
Those interested may apply online through the AmeriCorps website at: https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do;jsessionid=letQFF_oq2gn5hWlqxsQfuGQOlULzKWqi1Jxjx4fc9xVSAEQltFU!399265864?id=68288&fromSearch=true. Deadline for applications is August 31, 2016.
For more information, visit: http://www.nj.gov/dep/wms/bears/americorps.htm or call Kathy Giordano, Program Manager or Patricia Ingelido, Supervisor at (609) 633-1441. Written queries can be sent to: NJWAP@dep.nj.gov.