OCCA is Hiring! Part Time Professional Development – Watershed Intern

The Otsego County Conservation Association is seeking a Professional Development Watershed Intern for summer, 2021, to participate in the development and delivery of a 40-hour professional development program for K-12 teachers as part of the Chesapeake Bay Headwaters Educational Ecosystem Institute program. June 1 to August 13, 2021.


  • Conduct research on topics, activities and resources related to watershed education
  • Test activities and learning materials
  • Create resources for teachers to use during and after training
  • Provide logistical support/coordination during field training sessions
  • Facilitate small group discussions of adult learners during online and field sessions
  • Maintain close communication with OCCA staff
  • Present activities/information to adult learners in online and field sessions


This position is suitable for someone with a background in ecology, geology, chemistry, Earth science, environmental science and/or New York state history. An interest in innovative education that connects to the local environment, contains an outdoor component, and involves stewardship or civic action is helpful, though experience as an educator is not required. The successful candidate will be comfortable interacting with groups in person and online, is a strong communicator, and has good organizational skills.


The schedule is flexible and is expected to average approximately 10 hours/week during June and most of July, with a significant number of hours during the summer institute (July 22, 26-30, and August 4-6). Stipend will be paid.

To apply

Send pdf resume, cover letter, and three references with contact information to programdirector@occainfo.org. Closing date: when filled.

About the Program

The Chesapeake Bay Headwaters Educational Ecosystem (CBHEE) is a three-year initiative that increases support for and implementation of Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs) throughout the New York portion of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. MWEEs are learner-centered experiences that focus on investigations into local environmental issues that lead to informed action and civic engagement. The centerpiece of CBHEE is a 40-hour institute for educators that will provide them the necessary background to bring MWEEs to their students. For summer, 2021 this institute will take place both online and in person.

Funding for the Chesapeake Bay Headwaters Educational Ecosystem is provided through a cooperative agreement with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) program.

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