New Jersey Watershed Ambassadors Program
Telephone: 908-730-0270 ext 224
While studying for his Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science and Management from Delaware Valley University, Von worked as the Manager for a local goat dairy and as an Educational Assistant and Special Needs Aid at an elementary school. After graduating Magna Cum Laude and spending a short stint as a Quality Control Technician at Eggland’s Best, he decided to pursue his passion for teaching and spent the next four years in the south of Spain teaching a variety of science subjects in bilingual schools. He spent those years honing his teaching and Spanish language skills and traveling the world in search of lessons in not just self-improvement, but what it means to be a citizen of the world.
Beginning in 2017, during his yearly visits to the United States, he has held a seasonal position with the Morris County Parks Commission as the Head Teacher for the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center’s summer programs. Through this work he was lucky enough to encounter the New Jersey Watershed Ambassador Program, a partnership between the national service organization AmeriCorps and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. Since September of 2018 he has served as the Ambassador for watershed management area 9, which encompasses the Lower Raritan River, Lawrence Brook, and South River. He is overjoyed to have found a program that so perfectly encompasses his existing love of teaching and citizen science, but that also nurtures his budding affinity for research and the environmental sciences. He proudly serves from the New Jersey Water Supply Authority in Clinton, and from Duke Farms in Hillsborough.
Von relishes the fact that every day of service is different: Will he be in a 4th grade classroom playing environmental charades, waist-deep in a stream catching aquatic insects, or teaching a group of pharmaceutical employees to build rain barrels? He never knows and could not be more proud of his opportunity to get things done for America and the environment at large.