NYC Urban Tree House Environmental Education Interns (Housing not provided)

Expected Dates
May 14, 2018 to August 31, 2018
Student Conservation Association
Position ID

The Urban Tree House (UTH) is the Student Conservation Association’s (SCA) environmental education center located on Governor’s Island in NYC– where SCA staff and interns provide free environmental education programs and activities for NYC-area K-12th grade youth and Island visitors 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 visitors 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 and adults. 
  • 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 NY and NJ High School conservation crews.
  • Provide programs to the public on Saturday and Sundays from 11-5pm. You will work a 5 day schedule with 2 weekdays off.  

The ideal candidate will be able to work independantly and manage logistics, outreach, curriculum development and program coordination for the NYC UTH prorgam without direct daily supervision.  There will be 2 interns serving at this site together. 

Housing is not provided for this position.  You will need to have your own housing in commuting distance from South Ferry/Governor’s Island.  You will receive a monthly housing allowance of $845. 
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 on Governor’s Island in Lower Manhattan accessible by ferry.
  • 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 SCA staff in the region to support ConSERVE service projects, lead corporate service events, and network with alumni.  Opportunities to interact with staff from the National Park Service and the Trust For Governor’s Island will be abundant.  This is a great way to connect with partners and staff and get linked into the SCA community.  

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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
Customer Service
competent without supervision
Social Media
some experience
Leadership Experience
competent with supervision
Community Engagement
some experience
Public Speaking
some experience
Volunteer Coordination
competent with supervision
Working with Children
competent without supervision