2020 DC Urban Tree House Environmental Education Interns

Expected Dates
June 22, 2020 to August 7, 2020
Student Conservation Association
Position ID

This position is AmeriCorps and acceptance of AmeriCorps membership is required for this internship.

The Urban Tree House (UTH) is the Student Conservation Association’s (SCA) environmental education center located in Anacostia Park in Southeast Washington, DC – where SCA staff and interns provide free environmental education programs and activities for DC-area K-12th grade youth on a number of topics, including: urban ecosystems and watersheds, waste and recycling, conservation and sustainability, environmental ethics, wildlife, and ecology. UTH programs include hands-on and interactive components to complement its active outdoor environmental curriculum. The Urban Tree House supports the belief that increased community awareness and appreciation of the local ecosystem will create a stronger, cleaner, healthier, and more beautiful world. When students are given the knowledge they need to make informed decisions and act in conscientious ways, they can make lasting positive impacts on their local environment and become lifetime stewards of their communities.

Urban Tree House Interns will: 

  • Facilitate outdoor environmental education activities and games with hundreds of urban youth in elementary through high school.
  • Develop curriculum to integrate into program.
  • Provide outreach to community about programs offered at the Urban Tree House.
  • Keep an accurate record of the numbers of youth served and programs facilitated.
  • Assist in leading conservation service projects like tree maintenance, native gardening, and invasive plant removal  with groups of youth.
  • Work as a team with the other interns and SCA staff.
  • Represent SCA at community events.
  • Assist with facilitating Enviromental Eduction field trips with members of SCA’s High School conservation crews.


  • $250 / week living allowance
  • $750 / month housing allowance
  • $650 one time travel allowance
  • Eligible for a 300 hour AmeriCorps Education Award worth $1,289.95 with additional hours worked outside of normal work hours.

Once your application is complete, please email [email protected] with the position of interest listed in the subject line so we may review your application.

  • The DC Urban Tree House is an outdoor classroom located in Anacostia Park in SE Washington, DC. All sites are metro accessible.
  • Various training opportunities with SCA and partner organizations. Leave No trace, Invasive Plant Removal, and more.
  • Work with SCA’s community crews in the area.
  • Experience facilitating Environmental Education Activities and familiarity with national curricula preferred (i.e. project wild, project learning tree, project wet, leave no trace, etc.).
  • You’ll have the opportunity to interact with all of the SCA staff in SCA’s National Office.  You’ll also be working with the National Park Service.  This is a great way to connect with partners and staff and get linked into the SCA community.  
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Education and Interpretation
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
Ecology & Restoration
some coursework or experience
some experience
Customer Service
some experience
Leadership Experience
competent with supervision
Plant Identification
some experience
Public Speaking
some experience
Working with Children
competent without supervision
Orienteering compass skills
some experience