The Penn State Montgomery County Master Watershed Stewards are currently accepting applications for the class of 2017. Master Watershed Stewards receive extensive training on water resource stewardship and then put their expertise to use helping and leading projects to protect and enhance water quality.
Applications will be accepted until March 24, 2017, or until the class is filled. Class size is limited to 25 individuals. Applicants need not be expert in environmental studies, but should have some familiarity with water needs and a desire to learn. A strong commitment to volunteer service is a must. Interviews will take place in late February-March to select the final candidates. Training sessions will take place on Wednesday evenings (and two Saturday mornings) from April 5 through June 21 at various organizational partners’ sites.
The training program covers a wide variety of water issues, including stormwater runoff, creek health, rain gardens, macroinvertebrates, wildlife and many other issues that are dependent on clean water. Upon completion of all classes, Master Watershed Steward candidates must pass a comprehensive closed book final exam. Within the first year after classroom study, trainees are required to volunteer 50 hours in the community. At the completion of this volunteer service, trainees receive the official Master Watershed Stewards certification.
For more information, please send an email to: email@example.com with the subject line ‘2017 Master Watershed Stewards Training’. For more background on the Master Watershed Stewards and the program check out the Extension website: www.extension.psu.edu.