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Urban Ecology Teen Internships

Founded in 2012, Urban Ecology Teen Internship (Urban Eco-Teens) is a year-round paid internship for high school students in which new summer participants attend a rigourous college course at Lehman College, returning participants attend GIS Certificate trainings provided by NYC Parks staff, and both work outdoors with horticulturists and forest restoration staff from Van Cortlandt Park while completing labs and going on great field trips!

In the fall interns are part of the leadership training series where they lead several groups of volunteers in forest restoration.

Urban Ecology Teen Internship Application

Hot off the presses! We are currently seeking Bronx high school students for our 7-week paid internship program in the park. Teens will learn about their local environment through academic classes at CUNY Lehman College and hands-on work in Van Cortlandt Park woods.

THE APPLICATION IS NOW CLOSED! Here is the application.


If you have any questions, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. WEX1947

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Would you recommend this program to a friend or family member? 

From our interns:

"Yes, because I think it is a good experience that would help in preserving nature as it helped me to grow in my appreciation for nature." -Shaquera

"Yes, I would tell them they will have (a) fun, friendly, learning experience." -Rakib

"I would, and I would say the friends make the sweat worth it." -Ayanna





We are deeply grateful for our friends and supporters who make this wonderful opportunity for teens possible: 

The Pinkerton Foundation, The Rudin Foundation, NYC Council Member Andrew Cohen, Horace Mann School, Con Edison, The Edward F. & Sheri G. Leonard Fund, TD Charitable Foundation, Research Foundation of the City of New York/CUNY Lehman College,The Hyde & Watson Foundation, Jockey Hollow Foundation, Patagonia, The City Gardens Club of NYC, The New Yankee Stadium Community Benefits Fund,, Shandler Family Fund, and NYC Council Parks Equity Initiative.


This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Many thanks to our partners and collaboration from CUNY Lehman College, Friends of Van Cortlandt Park, Americorps, New York Restoration Project, New York Botanical Garden, Wave Hill, Youth Development Institute, Riverdale Neighborhood House and NYC Parks. 

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Take it from the Teens

Here's what they had to say about the program:

eco teens video

Pitch in for the program at Crowdrise!
Use link above to visit the Crowdrise page and video.

Con Ed's Green Jobs for Youth Video
Con Edison supports the  Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy which hires Bronx teenagers to care for the gardens and forests in this urban oasis.


Press and Publicity: 

Take a look at what we have accomplished:

TD Bank Rooted in NYC- Van Cortlandt Park #7

"Kingsbridge native leads Vannie interns" Riverdale Press 12.15.2016

BronxNet Interview 2.17.2016

Riverdale Press Article 7.2.2015

Daily Plant Article Article 8.27.2014

Riverdale Press Article 8.14.2014

Green Jobs for Youth intern, Daniel Blanc received coveted New York Times College Scholarship. Click here for article. 



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