Student Opportunities

One of the critical focus areas for the Water Center is to provide opportunities for Penn students to engage with water academically, professionally, and communally.

The Water Center at Penn Research Support Program for MES/MSAG Students

Call for Proposals

Application deadline: November 1st, 2019
Forward completed proposals to watercenter@sas.upenn.edu

 

Program summary: The Water Center at Penn encourages students in the Masters of Environmental Studies and Master of Science in Applied Geosciences programs to apply for this competitive student grant program to promote research in water science, policy and sustainability. The grant also aims to recognize academic excellence and prepare students for leadership roles by encouraging applied research and community engagement.

About the Water Center: The Water Center at Penn (WCP) connects researchers, the water industry, public utilities, environmental organizations and communities by providing guidance, promoting creative thinking, and fostering thoughtful and impactful research needed to solve our shared urban water problems.

Our vision is to be the preeminent center that provides integrated real-world solutions to critical urban water problems. WCP’s mission is to support the resiliency, sustainability and equity of urban water systems, and the watersheds upon which they rely, through guidance, assistance and directing applied collaborative research.

Students are encouraged to apply for this grant if their project includes a meaningful nexus with at least one of the following areas:

  • Water-focused climate resilience
  • Source water protection, watershed planning, and governance
  • Contaminants of emerging concern
  • Drinking water, wastewater and associated public health issues
  • Green infrastructure design, finance and planning
  • Water and sanitation access, equity, and affordability around the world
  • Water reuse, water scarcity, and flooding
  • Governance, finance, decision making, and modeling for water issues
  • Development of predictive tools for water management
  • Aquatic ecology and associated life sciences

 

Grant guidelines:

  • This grant is open to students enrolled in the MES or MSAG programs
  • Student must have identified a faculty mentor for their research
  • The student should submit a 2-page synopsis of their proposed research including a detailed budget, background of the topic and its nexus with the WCP research agenda, methodology to be used, and expected outcomes.
  • Selection committee will consist of WCP Staff and Fellows as well as select members of the MES/MSAG faculty.
  • The grants will be in the amounts up to $2,500 each, and awarded to up to 3 students
  • Grant Period is up to 12 months, starting in November
  • Deliverables include a technical report to WCP and a short whitepaper suitable for communicating the research to a general audience
  • Grantees are strongly encouraged to present their findings in a poster or paper presentation at a suitable conference or event, which WCP can facilitate.

 

The Water Center at Penn Research Support Program for Graduate Students

Call for Proposals

Application deadline: October 1st, 2019
Forward completed proposals to watercenter@sas.upenn.edu

Program summary: The Water Center at Penn encourages Penn graduate students to apply for this competitive student grant program to promote research in water science, policy and sustainability. The grant also aims to recognize academic excellence and prepare students towards leadership by encouraging applied research and community engagement.

About the Water Center: The Water Center at Penn connects researchers, the water industry, public utilities, environmental organizations and communities by providing guidance, promoting creative thinking, and fostering thoughtful and impactful research needed to solve our shared urban water problems.

Our vision is to be the preeminent center that provides integrated real-world solutions to critical urban water problems. WCP’s mission is to support the resiliency, sustainability and equity of urban water systems, and the watersheds upon which they rely, through guidance, assistance and by directing applied collaborative research.

Students from across the University are encouraged to apply for this grant if they can demonstrate a meaningful nexus between their work and the following areas:

• Water-focused climate resilience

• Source water protection

• Watershed planning and governance

• Contaminants of emerging concern

• Drinking water and wastewater issues

• Green infrastructure design, finance and planning

• Community engagement around water access, equity, and affordability

• Governance, decision making, and modeling for water issues

• Development of predictive tools for water management

• Aquatic ecology and associated life sciences

Grant guidelines:

• This grant is open to graduate students across all Penn schools

• Student must have identified a faculty mentor for their research

• The student should submit 2-page synopsis of their proposed research specifying the budget, background

of the topic and its nexus with the WCP research agenda, methodology to be used and expected outcomes.

• Selection committee will consist of WCP Staff and Fellows as well as select members of the WCP Faculty

Advisory Board

• The grants will be in the amount of up to $2500 and awarded to up to 5 students

• Grant Period is up to 12 months, starting October

• Deliverables include submitting a technical report to the Water Center at Penn and submit a short

whitepaper suitable for communicating their research to a general audience

• Grantees are strongly encouraged to participate in a poster or paper presentation at a suitable conference

or event, which WCP can facilitate.

Funding Opportunities at the water center

Undergraduates

The Water Center at Penn Student Research Support Program
Application deadline: October 1st, 2019

Program summary: The Water Center at Penn encourages Penn undergraduate and graduate students to apply for this competitive student grant program to promote research in water science, policy and sustainability. The grant also aims to recognize academic excellence and prepare students towards leadership by encouraging applied research and community engagement.

About the Water Center: The Water Center at Penn connects researchers, the water industry, public utilities, environmental organizations and communities by providing guidance, promoting creative thinking, and fostering thoughtful and impactful research needed to solve our shared urban water problems

Our vision is to be the preeminent center that provides integrative real-world solutions to critical urban water problems. WCP’s mission is to support the resiliency, sustainability and equity of urban water systems, and the watersheds upon which they rely, through guidance, assistance and by directing applied collaborative research.

As a guide, students from across the University are encouraged to apply for this grant if they can demonstrate a meaningful nexus between their work and the following areas:

  • Water-focused climate resilience
  • Source water protection
  • Watershed planning and governance
  • Contaminants of Emerging Concern
  • Drinking water and wastewater issues
  • Green infrastructure design, finance and planning
  • Community engagement around water access, equity, and affordability
  • Risk governance, decision making, and modeling for water issues
  • Development of predictive tools for water management
  • Aquatic ecology and associated life sciences

 

Undergraduate research grant:

  • The grant opportunity will be publicized twice a year through CURF, the EES Department and the Water Center
  • Students applying for this grant must work in coordination with a faculty advisor, which CURF can facilitate
  • The student should submit 2-page synopsis of their proposed research specifying a budget, the background of the project, methodology to be used, expected outcomes, and nexus with the Water Center at Penn topics listed above
  • Selection committee will consist of WCP Staff and Fellows.
  • The grants will be awarded to up to 5 undergraduates in amounts of up to $1000 each
  • Grant Period is up to 12 months, starting October and April.
  • Upon the completion of the work, the deliverables include submitting a technical report to WCP
  • Grantees are strongly encouraged to participate in a poster or paper presentation at a suitable conference or event, which WCP can facilitate.

To apply visit: https://www.curf.upenn.edu/content/water-center-penn-student-research-support-program

 

FIRST CLASS OF PHILA. MASTER WATERSHED STEWARDS IS RECRUITING

Deadline to apply: Friday, August 9, 2019

PHILADELPHIA–Penn State Extension and the Philadelphia Water Department are now accepting applications for Philadelphia’s first Master Watershed Steward Program. Applications are due by August 9th.

Two information sessions will be offered for Philadelphia residents interested in becoming certified Master Watershed Stewards:

  • WHAT: Philadelphia Master Watershed Stewards information session for interested residents and water advocates.
  • WHERE: Fairmount Water Works, 640 Water Works Dr.
    Philadelphia, PA 19130
  • WHEN: Thursday August 1st at 6:30 p.m. and Tuesday, August 6th at 6:30 p.m.

About Master Watershed Stewards:
The program provides participants with extensive training in watershed management. After completing the classes and volunteer hours required for certification, Master Watershed Stewards educate their communities about watershed stewardship based on university research and recommendations.

Established to strengthen local capacity for protecting watersheds by educating and empowering volunteers across the commonwealth, the program is now represented by over 300 participants in 17 Pennsylvania counties.

Master Watershed Stewards have collectively contributed over 27,000 volunteer hours improving Pennsylvania watersheds.

Master Watershed Stewards receive 40 hours of training on topics including water quality, stream health, stormwater management, native plants, wildlife and geology. After completing the training session, stewards fulfill 50 hours of volunteer service.

In subsequent years, Master Watershed Stewards can maintain their status through 20 hours of volunteer time to watershed projects or programs and attending a minimum of 10 hours of advanced training.

Examples of projects and programs include designing and installing demonstration rain gardens or stream-side plantings, teaching children about stream ecology, and organizing educational workshops that address such topics as backyard conservation or homeowner stormwater management.

Philadelphia’s 2019 Master Watershed Steward training classes will take place on Thursdays from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. beginning September 12.Classes will be held at partnering environmental organizations throughout Philadelphia and conclude in mid-December.

The course also includes three hands-on Saturday field trips.

The fee for the training program is $70. Scholarships are available based on financial need.

For more information about the Master Watershed Steward Program or to request an application for the 2019 training program, contact Erin Frederick at (610) 391-9840 or elf145@psu.edu.

7th Annual Delaware River watershed Forum

October 16-17, 2019 – Allentown , PA

To register: http://bit.ly/delrivforum

The Delaware River Watershed Forum brings together organizations and individuals spanning PA, NY, NJ, and DE. The Forum allows for collaboration among those working on environmental conservation and policy; and provides professional development opportunities. Workshops and speakers will focus on topics such as water quality, agriculture, community engagement, and environmental policy. Field trips include a bike ride along the Lehigh River, a tour of Blue Mountain superfund restoration, a Delaware River Film Festival, and a Musconetcong River restoration tour.

For more information: 2019 Student Forum Poster

The Water Research Foundation

Request for Proposals: Current RFPs

RFPs Open for 12 New Water Research Projects

You are encouraged to submit your proposal for any of the 12 new projects funded through our Research Priority Program. This is WRF’s strategic research program, which enables us to address broadly relevant subscriber issues, challenges, and opportunities with targeted research.

For more information: http://www.waterrf.org/funding/rfps/Pages/current.aspx

Natural Infrastructure Project Manager

The Nature Conservancy
A LITTLE ABOUT US

Founded in 1951, the Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable.  One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we strive for a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 72 countries, including all 50 United States, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.

The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, 401k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees, excellent benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE

  • In coordination with Chicago Conservation Director and key partners, leads and manages stormwater natural infrastructure projects, including the scoping of potential projects and development of project concepts with partners and local communities;
  • As part of project management responsibilities, tasks will include selection and management of contractors and consultants, permitting, grant and contract management, agency and stakeholder communications, monitoring, and reporting;
  • Collaborates with the Urban Program staff at Indian Boundary Prairies to assess and research stormwater impacts and potential natural infrastructure projects and improvements associated with TNC-managed sites;
  • Responsible for management of, and compliance with, budgets and schedules;
  • Frequently makes independent decisions based on analysis, experience, and context;
  • Contributes to policy development in support of storm water demonstration projects in coordination with external stakeholders and partners, TNC’s Government Relations team and the Chicago Conservation Director
  • Assists in donor and government outreach needed to secure resources for the Chicago Program under the direction of TNC development staff and the Chicago Conservation Director;
  • Manages project grants and contracts in compliance with all TNC standard operating procedures
  • Occasionally travels domestically and works evening and weekend hours.

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree and 5 years related experience or equivalent combination;
  • Experience in equitable partnership development with non-profit partners, community groups and/or government agencies;
  • Experience managing complex or multiple projects, including contracts and finances, under deadlines;
  • Experience generating reports and interpreting data;
  • Experience working across teams and strong cross-cultural competency communicating and collaborating with a diverse range of stakeholders
  • Experience influencing, developing and implementing policy and projects;

 

For more information: https://careers.nature.org/psp/tnccareers/APPLICANT/APPL/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_APP_SCHJOB.GBL?Page=HRS_APP_JBPST&Action=U&FOCUS=Applicant&SiteId=1&JobOpeningId=47755&PostingSeq=1

 

Pathfinder Fellowships

Application period opens: August 2019
Graduate training in water science often focuses on a single field site, analytical, or modeling approach. The Pathfinder Fellowship program provides travel funds to graduate students in hydrology and related sciences to make an extended trip to enhance their research by adding a field site to conduct comparative research, collaborating with a research group, or working with researchers on adding an interdisciplinary dimension to a project. Fellowships are awarded to cover travel costs of up to a maximum of $5,000.

Questions regarding the Pathfinder Fellowship Program should be directed to jpollak@cuahsi.org.

 

Application Materials:

The Pathfinder Application consists of:

  1. A CV of the Applicant
  2. A research statement (recommended 3 – 5 pages) describing the proposed research
  3. A one page proposed budget, including justification
  4. Letter of Endorsement/Commitment from the Applicant’s Advisor
  5. Letter of Collaboration/Commitment and from the Proposed Host

The Pathfinder Application process is now completed online. You must create an account with Proposal Space to submit your application. There is no fee for submitting. You can save your application in progress and return to it later, but all required documents must be entered before submitting. All required information must be submitted by the application deadline.

 

For more information: https://www.cuahsi.org/education/pathfinder-fellowships/

AWWA Scholarships

Applications are reopening for students in August for the 2020-2021 academic year.

For more information: awwa.org/scholarships 

Penn's Green Fund

Penn’s Green Fund

Maximum Grant Amount: $30,000

Penn’s Green Fund welcomes ideas from students, faculty, and staff about ways to improve the University’s environmental performance. Proposed projects must support goals and objectives outlined in Penn’s Climate Action Plan, a long-range strategy launched in 2009 and updated in 2014 to reduce the University’s carbon footprint.

There is no minimum amount required to submit a Green Fund application. However, the maximum grant amount is $30,000. It is also strongly recommended that all prospective applicants read the program FAQs before submitting an application. Grant applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year and are reviewed by the Green Fund Review Board at their monthly meetings.

Feel free to email sustainability@upenn.edu with any questions. 

Current Watershed Steward Opportunities

This is a paid program designed to train west Philly high school students as stewards of Cobbs Creek, while also engaging them in environmental and civic leadership. The 2018 program will be overseen by PWD, housed at the Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Center, managed by the Land Health Institute, all with strong assistance from Parks & Rec.

Last year was an incredibly transformative year for our stewards. The influence of the program can be felt through blogs posts written by the kids and from 2017 highlights. Things like driving the PWD underwater rover, pulling 600+ pounds of trash from their clean-upat the Cobbs Creek Rec Center, kayaking at John Heinz, presenting at the Cobbs Creek Open House, and of course, bonding together in nature.

For more information on how to participate, please visit: http://www.phillywatersheds.org/wanted-west-phila-students-stewards-training. Students can get enrollment information here: https://www.landhealthinstitute.org/enroll .

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