Qualifications and Compensation
- Enrolled in high school
- 16 years old by May 1st, 2024
- New York City resident eligible to work in the United States
- Interested in urban environmental issues
- Ready for rigorous fieldwork and academic study
- Available and committed to participating in the entire program
Compensation and Benefits
- Approximately $2,275, paid through NYC SYEP
- Credit for one college course
- Access to Wave Hill alumni network
Important: Forest Project interns get paid through the NYC SYEP. This process requires a separate application that is submitted to SYEP. We will complete this additional application together during your initial interview with Wave Hill. PLEASE DO NOT APPLY TO SYEP BEFORE YOUR INITIAL INTERVIEW.
Interns spend the summer in small crews doing hands-on fieldwork throughout the property. This work supports Wave Hill’s restoration and stewardship efforts, which aim at maintaining the health of the woodlands. Fieldwork is complemented by learning in other aspects of the program. Interns work as a team, gain confidence in their skills, and take ownership of a meaningful management project.
Interns are enrolled in Restoration of New York City’s Natural Areas, an intro-level, accredited college course taught at Wave Hill that focuses on ecology and environmental management. This course includes group projects, data collection and research and is taught by Wave Hill staff.
Interns will have the chance to meet other groups of youth from neighboring organizations who are doing similar work. Exchanges will take place both at Wave Hill and at partner organizations. Fieldtrips to partner organizations might include adventure activities, discussions, or exploration of research topics.
Ideal candidates for the Forest Project are interested in urban environmental issues and the intricacies of how these interconnect with their own lives. Strong applicants have an enthusiasm for science and show an aptitude for rigorous fieldwork, and field-based coursework—they want to engage with the work and don't mind getting their hands dirty!
An important goal of the Forest Project is addressing the barriers that prevent equal opportunity and support for careers in science and environmental work. We understand science is improved by a diversity of perspectives working together to understand our world. We encourage all NYC youth who are interested in urban ecology and committed to supporting their peers' learning to apply.
We particularly encourage applicants who identify as Black, Latinx, Indigenous and/or come from under-resourced schools and communities to apply.
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