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Woodland Ecology Research Mentorship

Become a WERM!

Wave Hill’s Woodland Ecology Research Mentorship (WERM) is a 14-month program offering motivated New York City high school students a unique opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge of ecology, and participate in hands-on fieldwork and authentic science research.

With over 10,000 acres of natural areas in New York City, Wave Hill is part of a community of scientists and restoration practitioners working to improve these spaces. WERM interns directly contribute to these efforts by participating in important field research with local scientists and restoration practitioners―all while getting paid!

The application for Summer 2020 is now closed.

For questions, contact:

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Participating in WERM showed me just how much I enjoyed the sciences, gave me the opportunity to work with such a diverse group of people and exposed me to the reality of what my future job could hold.
Krystine Former WERM Intern

Qualifications and Benefits

  • Must be currently enrolled in the 9th, 10th or 11th grade with a strong interest in scientific research and the urban environment
  • Must be born before June 15, 2005 and a New York City resident eligible to work in the United States
  • Must be able to make a 14-month commitment starting June 2020 through August 2021, including Saturdays during the school year
  • Earn $3,600 in compensation, including stipends, merit scholarships and transportation benefits
  • Receive up to nine college credits upon successful completion of three courses
  • Participate in community service opportunities that can be used to meet some of your school's requirements
  • Receive career and college advice, and access to Wave Hill’s alumni network

What to Expect

WERM interns take on different responsibilities over the course of 14 months, growing into independent researchers by the end of the program. During their first summer, interns participate in two college-level courses and engage in forest restoration. Throughout the academic year, interns build their knowledge of New York City's natural areas and learn important research skills through workshops and field trips. In the spring and following summer, interns take a third college-level course and work together with scientist-mentors to conduct research on an ecological topic before presenting their research at graduation.

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Phase I: Summer 2020

June 26 to August 21, 2020
Monday through Friday, 9AM to 5PM

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Phase II: Academic Year

September 2021 to June 2022,
Saturdays, 9AM to 4PM

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Phase III: Summer 2021

June 26 to August 21, 2020
Monday through Friday, 9AM to 4PM

Who Should Apply

Ideal candidates for the WERM program hold a strong interest in scientific research and the urban environment, and are looking to apply their academic enthusiasm and knowledge of the sciences to independent, hands-on fieldwork and research. Participants must be available for all 14 months of the WERM program to apply.

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Outreach and Recruitment

Wave Hill staff visits local schools, community centers and nonprofit organizations to give presentations about our engaging programs. Email if you would like to schedule a visit.

We have also provided a flyer about WERM and a postcard about Forest Project below. Download and share with your students.

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Wave Hill is grateful for the opportunity to work with our collaborating partners, the American Museum of Natural History, the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Cornell University, College of Mount St. Vincent, New York Botanical Garden, Gotham Coyote Project, NYC Natural Areas Conservancy, NYC Parks Natural Resources Group, NYC Science Research Mentoring Consortium and the USDA Forest Service New York City Urban Field Station.