Watershed Adaptation Corps

Job no: 497987
Position type: Part-Time
Location: University City - Philadelphia, PA
Division/Equivalent: DU_Provost-Acad
School/Unit: College of Engineering
Department/Office: Civil Arch & Environmental Engr
Categories: Drexel University, College of Engineering

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Job Summary

We are seeking part-time individuals to be a part of a diverse group of interested community stakeholders entitled the Watershed Adaptation Corps (WAC) to identify Darby-Cobbs Watershed residents’ biggest stormwater and flooding challenges and top priorities for addressing climate change impacts. Individuals will collect socioeconomic or physical/ecological data depending on their interests. Research methodologies include interviews, surveys, and field site visits. After gathering data, WAC members will work with the academic research team and the Watershed Partners Team (WPT) to develop a decision making tool that includes short and long term challenges facing the watershed communities and potential solutions.

Various trainings will be offered, such as: introduction to field methods, procedures for conducting interviews and surveys and for conducting environmental site inventories, and introduction to technical writing.

For more information about the project, visit https://resilientdarbycobbs.com/

Essential Functions

  • Collect physical/ecological data and/or socioeconomic information and lived experiences from landowners in the watershed
  • Actively participate in Collaborative Team Meetings, including sharing data and leading discussions
  • Attend all training sessions
  • Appropriately manage the data collected and document all interview and field notes
  • Organize and synthesize findings from the field and Collaborative Team Meetings into a final report
  • Regularly check in with research staff and supervisors
  • Perform additional duties as assigned

Required Qualifications

  • Live within the Darby-Cobbs Watershed (not sure? Search on this map to find out: https://resilientdarbycobbs.com/about-the-watershed/)
  • Be interested in water-related science, advocacy and outreach
  • Be dedicated to attending and participating in all five trainings and seven team meetings
  • Feel comfortable and competent in connecting with individuals about challenges they face, i.e., feel comfortable and competent in collecting data on potentially sensitive information
  • Ability to work with and build rapport with team members and community members
  • Be eager to be a part of a diverse cohort representing a wide array of geographies, ages, ethnicities, genders, and socioeconomic statuses
  • Have interest and will to participate in developing a systems model (Vensim)
  • Have critical thinking skills to work with core project team to input community information into the Vensim model
  • Be creative and engaged

Preferred Qualifications

  • Driver’s license and access to a motor vehicle

Physical Demands

  • Typically sitting at a desk/table
  • Typically standing, walking
  • Typically bending, crouching, stooping


University City, Philadelphia, PA

Special Instructions to the Applicant

Please make sure you upload your CV/resume when submitting your application.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION APPLICABLE TO THIS SPECIFIC POSITION: No cover letter is necessary and only one letter of reference is required for this position.

Review of applicants will begin once a suitable candidate pool is identified.

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