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With 45 acres along the Lower Schuylkill River in Southwest Philadelphia, Bartram’s Garden is Philadelphia’s outdoor classroom and river garden. Our goal is to meaningfully engage a growing tide of recreational users and to ensure that our Southwest Philadelphia community feels ownership of the garden as their waterfront access and outdoor classroom as we see increased use from people who live further afield.

Current programming at Bartram’s Garden includes a range of free and low-cost initiatives:

  • Philadelphia’s Outdoor Classroom: More than 9,000 local school children visit Bartram’s Garden each year for hands-on, curriculum-appropriate lessons in science, nature, and healthy living.
  • A Welcoming Green Resource: Located within one of the city’s most industrialized and disenfranchised neighborhoods, the site includes a meadow, an urban farm, a community boathouse, a public dock and protected wetlands in addition to the country’s oldest botanical garden. The site is open and free all year round with expanded programming. 
  • A Vibrant River Garden: The Garden boasts a half-mile of riverfront, the only safe river access in Southwest Philadelphia, and the only tidal wetlands on the Lower Schuylkill River. Our Community Boathouse opened in July of 2015 and through its boating and fishing programs seeks to create a welcoming, accessible, affirming, fun and safe experience for guests of all abilities and from all backgrounds.

We are seeking a young adult to help run our Summer Youth Program: a six week paid internship for 15 Philadelphia high school students to learn and teach others about rowing and urban river ecology.

The Program Assistant will work with the Program Manager to:

  • provide leadership and guidance for high school students throughout the course of the program
  • ensure safety protocols are followed at all times, both on and off the water
  • maintain boating and fishing equipment
  • create and maintain positive group atmosphere
  • handle Philadelphia Youth Network time sheets and other paperwork
  • assist in executing basic urban river ecology curriculum
  • Complete a final project documenting work accomplished over the season

The successful candidate will be a dependable self-starter who enjoys working with high school aged youth, can juggle a number of tasks, is comfortable working outdoors in the hot summer months, and has the ability to lift or move items weighing up to 50 lbs. This person must be able to walk the fine line of maintaining both a positive relationship and a supervisory/authoritative relationship with youth, understanding that this is a youth employment program as well as an environmental education and experiential learning program.

Prior boating and/or fishing experience is not required, however, candidates must be able to swim.


Dates: June 3rd – August 23rd

Hours: 30 – 35 hours a week. During the month of June, hours are flexible, with Saturday 10am-4pm availability a must. Your attendance will be required at a 3-day overnight Watershed Stewardship Training in the Poconos in mid June (food, transportation and accommodation is provided).

From July – August (exact dates TBD). During the six week youth program the schedule is Tuesdays 9am to 5pm; Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays 8am to 4pm, with occasional Saturdays. The 3rd week of August hours are flexible as the Program Assistant completes their final project.

$15 an hour.


Please send a cover letter and resume by May 1st to:

Danielle Redden

River Programs Manager, Bartram’s Garden


This position is part of a Delaware River Watershed fellowship through the Alliance for Watershed Education (AWE), of which Bartram’s Garden is a member center. This coalition of 23 environmental education centers is focused on constituency-building and stewardship of the Delaware River Watershed. Centers of the Alliance are connected by the Circuit Trails, the regional trail network of multi-use bike/pedestrian trails and waterways (rivers, streams, creeks). The Alliance seeks to hire young people at each center for a 12-week fellowship designed to advance collective impact across the watershed.