Wednesday, August 3, 2016

NJDEP seeks Watershed Ambassadors for 2017


(16/P72) TRENTON – The Department of Environmental Protection is seeking 20 recruits for its 2017 class of AmeriCorps New Jersey Watershed Ambassadors, a program that engages watershed communities with the shared goal of protecting and improving water quality.

“This long-term program helps identify New Jersey’s future environmental leaders and develops their stewardship for our resources,” said DEP Commissioner Bob Martin. “These leaders will be entrusted with the task of protecting New Jersey’s water quality environment through education and by empowering residents to make a difference in their communities through participation in partnership projects.”

Program coordinators are accepting applications through August 31, 2016. The state has 20 Watershed Management Areas where Ambassadors are placed with a host agency, which include watershed associations, soil conservation districts, sewerage authorities and county agencies.

Ambassadors work with all sectors of the public to improve the quality of New Jersey’s waterways, foster community-based environmental activities, and empower state residents to make responsible and informed decisions about their watersheds.

“What is impressive about the young people who participate in the AmeriCorps New Jersey Watershed Ambassadors Program is their willingness to pitch in and motivate the public to get involved in cleaning up their local waters,” said Pat Gardner, Director of the DEP’s Division of Water Monitoring and Standards, which oversees the program. “The efforts of these Watershed Ambassadors helps make the public more aware of how everyday actions impact clean water.”

The DEP began hosting the federal AmeriCorps program in 2000. AmeriCorps is a national service initiative that began in 1993 and is also known as the domestic Peace Corps.

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 countless Americans. The organization recently announced grants for programs, nationwide, and it’s anticipated that the  New Jersey’s Watershed Ambassadors Program will be awarded federal funding for 2017 in the coming weeks.

Ambassadors are required to complete 1,700 hours of service over 10 or 11 months. 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 program.

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.

Recent Ambassadors graduated on July 7 during ceremonies at the Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association

Accomplishments by the 2016 class include:
·         More than 18,000 participants/students received educational watershed demonstrations and public presentations;
·         Prevention of 202 pounds of phosphorus from entering New Jersey waterways and collection/removal of more than 6 tons of debris during clean-up projects;
·         Completion of more than 70 partnership projects, generating more than 13,000 volunteer hours;
·         Completion of 584 visual and biological assessments;
·         Training of 1,065 volunteers in the DEP’s visual and biological assessment protocols;
·         Community cleanups of 31 miles of rivers and streams;
·         Improvement of 80 acres of parks and public lands;
·         Construction of 275 rain barrels through three workshops, preventing 385,000 gallons of rainwater from entering New Jersey’s stormwater systems;
·         Participation as captains for Governor Christie’s Barnegat Bay Blitz initiative.

Watershed Ambassadors also played a key role in the DEP’s ongoing “Don’t Waste Our Open Space” campaign to cut down on illegal dumping on open state lands. Working with park superintendents, the Ambassadors involved hundreds of community volunteers, municipal employees, and students from across the state in removing trash from state parks and forests.

Through their partnerships, field work and thousands of presentations, Ambassadors promoted environmental stewardship through increased public awareness of pollution caused by litter and nonpoint source pollution while also reducing nutrient sources from reaching local waters in collaboration with the DEP to improve New Jersey’s environment.

Applications for the 2016-2017 program will be accepted until August 31, 2016 or until all positions are filled.  Ambassadors serve watershed communities from host agencies located throughout New Jersey.  Especially needed are good candidates to serve at the following host agencies: The County of Passaic Planning Department; the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission; the Hackensack Riverkeeper; the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center; the Pinelands Preservation Alliance; and Cape May County. 

Those interested may apply online through the AmeriCorps website at:

For more information, visit: or call Kathy Giordano, Program Manager or Patricia Ingelido, Supervisor at (609) 633-1441. Written queries can be sent to:

New Jersey Watershed Ambassadors Program
Division of Water Monitoring and Standards
Bureau of Environmental Analysis, Restoration and Standards
Mail Code: 401-03
401 E. State Street, P.O. Box 420
Trenton, NJ 08625-0420
Phone: (609) 633-1441
Fax: (609) 984-6505

Fall intern opportunities with NJDEP's Air Quality, Energy and Sustainability

I wanted to make you aware of our new fall internship opportunities. Below is a link to our intern page. Please help us share and spread the word.

Thanks all!


Christine Schell

Office of the Asst. Commissioner, Air Quality, Energy and Sustainability

NJ Department of Environmental Protection

Phone – (609)292-0149

email -

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Paid jobs with PennPIRG

Paid Campaign Jobs With PennPIRG!

Request Information or Schedule an Interview Here!


PennPIRG is a consumer group that stands up to powerful special interests on behalf of the public for our health and well-being. With a strong network of researchers, advocates, and organizers, we are able to take on issues such as political corruption, product safety, consumer protection, and public health.

This summer, we are running an office in Philadelphia, PA to build support for PennPIRG’s Stop the Overuse of Antibiotics Campaign.

The overuse of antibiotics can breed resistant bacteria that would make illnesses such as pneumonia and post-surgery infections un-treatable. Public health officials, such as the CDC, have warned that our antibiotics will stop working if we overuse them.

However, 70% of our antibiotics are being used by factory farmers rather than people with infections. For our antibiotics to remain effective, factory farms need to stop overusing our lifesaving medicine.

Last year, we helped convince McDonald’s and Subway to agree to stop serving chicken and other meats that have been raised on routine antibiotics. Now we are calling on KFC, the largest fried chicken restaurant in the world, to follow suit. If we keep up the pressure, we know that this will create an industry-wide shift, and slow the rise of antibiotic resistant disease.

This is your chance to spend your summer and/or school year working for a great cause, while gaining valuable campaign leadership experience.

We have both part-time and full-time positions available for the rest of the summer and the upcoming school year. These positions offer salaries ranging from $9 to $14 per hour.

Fill out the form below to set up an interview and hear more about our available positions.


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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Agrochemist position in Maryland

This is a fulltime permanent fed gov’t position in a USDA lab with four GC/MS, LC/MS/MS, ASE, elemental analysis, and FIA. Some field sampling will be required, but the primary responsibilities are process and analysis. This group is part of the Long-Term Agroecosystem Research Network and focuses on the Lower Chesapeake Bay.

Job in Parsippany

Haley & Aldrich, Inc. ( in Parsippany, NJ 07054 is hiring. See job description here:*C3494357313C972A

Monday, June 20, 2016

Marine mammal observer certification

I am holding a training course in Boston which provides Protected Species Observer (also known as Marine Mammal Observer) certification on Sept 24-25.  I was wondering if some students or faculty/staff would be interested in obtaining this professional certification this fall.  This training is approved by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and the Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement to provide Protected Species Observer certification for the Gulf of Mexico, and is often accepted in various other industries and regions where mitigation for protected species is needed.  PSOs monitor for marine mammals and sea turtles, and advise on the measures required to reduce impacts to the animals worldwide.  This course also includes a field component (vessel trip) to complement classroom instruction, allowing students to acquire experience identifying the animals at sea.
The course examines the regulations for reducing seismic survey impacts to marine mammals and sea turtles, and how to visually locate and identify the animals. I am offering this course at a discounted rate of $725 for members of non-profit organizations, students and recent graduates (normal cost $800).  Lunch is provided each day, along with various identification guides, regulatory documents, advice on applying to PSO positions, and a three-hour whale watch trip to the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, one of the top whale-watching destinations in the world.  Please find the flyer for the course in the attached file. 
Additional information may be found on the MPSC website at, by contacting me at, by phone at 832-523-2402.
Thank you,
Angela Bostwick / Founder 
Marine Protected Species Consulting

Friday, June 3, 2016

New course - elective credit

New course being offered this fall--I will count this as an elective in the Environmental Science curriculum.

Challenges & Opportunities: Resiliency in a post-Sandy Coastal State
Fall 2016
11:573:409, index #19695, 3 credits

CUES Case Studies provide an opportunity to explore and apply resilience approaches with a focus on New Jersey local communities. Lectures, readings, site visits and a group project will consider environmental, social, political, and economic factors that influence landuse decisions that affect environmental planning. Changes to existing policies and practices that could improve future outcomes will be explored.

Time: Monday & Wednesday, Period 6 (5:35 – 6:55 PM)
Place: Blake Hall, Room 128
Instructor:   Dr. Beth Ravit, 848-932-9334