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AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassador Recruitment is Now Open!

Tuesday, June 25, 2024



The New Jersey Watershed Ambassadors Program is an environmental stewardship-oriented AmeriCorps program designed to raise awareness about water concerns. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has hosted the program since 2000, and while the program has evolved over the last 24 years, its main goals have remained the same: promote watershed stewardship through education and direct community involvement, and monitor the health of our waterways through conducting stream assessments.

Twenty (20) Watershed Ambassadors serve from partner host agency locations, with one located in each of New Jersey’s Watershed Management Areas (WMAs). WMA's extend from Sussex to Cape May counties! Ambassadors serve with all sectors of society to improve the quality of New Jersey’s waterways by:

  • Educating the public on watershed science.
  • Implementing community green infrastructure.
  • Encouraging them to get involved in local stewardship actions.
  • Stewardship projects partnering with local organizations and community volunteers.
  • Performing habitat and biological assessments following DEP monitoring protocols to monitor the health of their WMA’s streams.

Throughout the program, extensive training in highly sought-after skills in the environmental field are provided, GIS, fieldwork experience, grant writing, project management, public speaking and presentations, green infrastructure and science communication. Members exit the program prepared to further their career in the environmental field!

Program staff reviews applications in the order they are submitted and choice of WMA location is assigned on a first come first serve basis, so don’t delay your application! Application deadline is Thursday August 15th!

How to Apply:

Application for the Full-Time Watershed Ambassador Position:

All interested applicants should create an account on the “My AmeriCorps” website before they will be able to apply. Since this is an AmeriCorps Program, applicants apply through the AmeriCorps Portal:

Once you have created an application, you will be able to use that application to apply to the AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassador program specifically.  Interested applicants can reach out to Michelle Hatfield ( and Amanda Baksa ( with any questions or concerns.