City of Detroit – Student Conservation Intern (Local Preferred) (PO-00735248)

The Student Conservation Intern will have the unique opportunity to support two emerging projects within the City of Detroit’s Parks and Public Spaces. Specifically, the intern will focus on:

  • Supporting engagement and planting work related to the City's Tree Equity initiative
  • Conservation planning related to the parks system’s development of a Natural Areas Management Strategy   

Primary responsibilities:  

Tree Equity Initiative

  • Identify planting locations for residential plantings 
  • Support species selection for residential plantings  
  • Support tracking and data management of tree plantings   
  • Attend community tree planting events  
  • Develop lesson plans for youth forestry education 
  • Teach urban forestry education lessons in 3 recreation centers  

Natural Spaces Management

  • Organizational in Nature, prepares both graphic and written documentation that will support the operations and maintenance of the City’s natural areas.   
  • Document and categorize existing and planned natural areas in city parks and public spaces and kick off development of park prescriptions.  
  • Attend meetings to help understand and organize activities of stakeholders relating to natural areas management.  
  • Document and begin organization of a draft operations and maintenance plan for natural areas management.   

– $600/week Living Allowance*
– Eligible for AmeriCorps Education Award of $1,718.25, to be received upon successful completion of position

*All allowances subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes.

It is SCA’s policy that all AmeriCorps-required background checks must return cleared results prior to the position’s start; this includes being fingerprinted for the FBI check. Otherwise, the AmeriCorps award will be removed or the position’s start date will be delayed due to non-compliance.

*For SCA's COVID-19 guidance, please refer to 


Position ID: PO-00735248

Expected Dates: June 15, 2023 - September 6, 2023

115 Erskine
Detroit, MI 48201

Training Provided: Lunch and Learn for with other city of Detroit Interns. Mentorship from GSD staff and project managers.

Educational/Recreational Opportunities: Access to our parks! Lunch and Learn for with other city of Detroit Interns.

Handicap Accessible?: Yes

Main Area of Focus: Natural Resources Mgmt

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Eligible

Driving Logistics: Not needed

Housing or Stipend Provided?
D. No housing is available

Indoor/Outdoor: Inside

US Citizenship: Yes

Student Conservation Association