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Trenton residents are encouraged to apply for the D&R Greenway Summer Fellowship

The D&R Greenway Land Trust recently announced that applications are now open for the organization's 2024 Summer Fellowship. Anyone age 18 or older can apply, with priority given to young people from Trenton. The D&R Greenway Land Trust Summer Fellowship Program is a wonderful opportunity to learn more and contribute to the important work of the Discovery Center at Point Breeze, the Historic Garden, and D&R Greenway's Kayak Program. In order to apply, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • At least 18 years old; no upper age limit
  • Arrange transportation to locations
  • Positive attitude, friendliness, ability to interact with the public
  • Ability to perform physical labor and outdoor gardening
  • Obligation to work Saturdays and Sundays during the summer
  • Reliable for regular weekend and weekday shifts
  • Initiative to develop and complete the associated Capstone project

Prior to the start of the fellowship, participating fellows will have the opportunity to attend a paid orientation camp at the Pocono Environmental Training Center, June 12-14. Fellows are expected to participate in regular shifts throughout the summer from June 15 to August 18, with the possibility of extension. Please note that fellows are occasionally required to attend evening programs and should be willing to work on weekends. All fellows will receive $16.25 per hour as compensation for their efforts. The Summer Fellowship is funded through the William Penn Foundation's partnership with the Alliance for Watershed Education of the Delaware River. To submit your application, please send a letter of motivation along with your resume and references to [email protected].

This community opportunity is a wonderful opportunity to connect with the community, get outdoors, and learn more about the area's abundant natural resources. Per Linda Mead, President and CEO of D&R Greenway Land Trust: “This scholarship will enhance both the educational and professional experience of the selected candidate, who will become a member of a larger cohort of the Alliance for Watershed Education.”

Ms. Mead further shared the historical and cultural significance of the D&R Greenway, stating, “The story of the preservation of Point Breeze, a 60-acre property protected by New Jersey Green Acres, the D&R Greenway Land Trust and the City of Bordentown, is an ecologically important property located at the confluence of the Delaware River and Crosswicks Creek in Bordentown, New Jersey. just south of Trenton. The property's history dates back to the Lenape indigenous people 13,000 years ago and the estate of exiled Spanish King Joseph Napoleon Bonaparte.” She continued, “Whether you're helping lead an educational kayaking experience, taking care of you from tending to a historic community garden to leading a tour of the Discovery Center, each day promises to be a unique community opportunity.”

Nancy Faherty, director of donor and community engagement at D&R Greenway, expressed the great importance of the scholarship, which goes beyond a paid summer job on the river in Bordentown, New Jersey. She emphasized the connection to the Alliance for Watershed Education, a group supported by the William Penn Foundation. A decade ago, the foundation launched the Delaware River Watershed Initiative (DRWI) to address four major threats to clean water in the river basin: stormwater, agricultural runoff, deforestation and groundwater depletion. “Over the years, the Foundation has worked closely with D&R Greenway because of our alignment with their efforts. The individual selected for this fellowship will become part of a cohort with whom they can continue to work as a future environmental advocate,” said Faherty.

For more information about the Summer Fellowship Program and further details on how you can get involved with the D&R Greenway Land Trust, please visit the D&R Greenway Land Trust website linked here: D&R Greenway Land Trust. This scholarship is a wonderful opportunity to learn and have fun in the summer sun, so submit your application today!

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