Capital Roots: Produce Project Summer Intern

About Produce Project:
For 40 years, Capital Roots (formerly Capital District Community Gardens) has worked to reduce the impact poor nutrition has had on public health in the Capital Region by organizing community food gardens, offering healthy food access, providing nutritional and horticultural education for all ages, and coordinating urban greening programs.
The Produce Project is a job readiness program which since 2009 has engaged youth from Troy High School in the year-round production and sale of organic vegetables. With help from the program’s Farmer and Educator, students manage their crops from seed through sale, while earning a stipend and a food share to take home to their families.
Responsibilities include:
 Works in partnership with a youth leader to lead a crew of 6-8 high school students in our summer program (June 26-August 25). Acts as a youth mentor and ally as well as a supervisor.
 Assists staff in applying an activity-based curriculum focused on sustainable agriculture, productive communication, teamwork, and leadership.
 Assists staff in teaching and supervising youth in farm tasks including soil preparation, planting, weeding, and harvesting.
 Participates in weekly leadership meetings with Produce Project staff and youth leaders.
 Has or wishes to acquire farming and teaching experience
 Enjoys spending large amounts of time outdoors
 Has an interest in community food security, nutrition, and sustainable agriculture
 Is enthusiastic about empowering youth
 Must be available to work 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. July 31-August 4 is our summer vacation week and accommodations can be made for certain summer commitments or school starting before August 25. We will help you earn needed internship credits if applicable. A stipend and weekly share of produce are available.
Send cover letter and resume to:
Peter Jenkins, Produce Project Educator
Capital Roots
594 River Street
Troy, NY 12180
Tel: 518-274-8685

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Hudson River Park Trust – Summer Environmental Educator

Reports to: Director of Environmental Education & Stewardship, Assistant Director of Environmental Education
Hours/Week: 35 FLSA: Non-Exempt

The Hudson River Park Trust’s Environment and Education (E&E) Department seeks Summer Environmental Educators. Nine positions are available for the summer 2017 season. Summer Environmental Educators work with staff to achieve the Trust’s mission of protecting and managing the Hudson River Estuarine Sanctuary and improving awareness and understanding of the Hudson River through education and outreach. This position is an excellent opportunity for those interested in urban environmental education and outreach. Selected staff will gain a great understanding for NYC’s natural resources, environmental education and research projects along the Hudson River.


The Trust is a public benefit corporation created by act of the New York State Legislature and a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. The mission of the Trust is to design, construct and maintain a prominent, and very heavily used, 4 mile long waterfront park on the west side of Manhattan. The Park includes landscaped public piers and display gardens, lawn areas, ecological planting zones, athletic fields, esplanades, docks, public sculptures and other special features. The Trust covers its $20.5 million annual operating budget through parking revenue, rents from commercial facilities, permits, fees, grants, donations generated by a “Friends” organization and other private sources. The Park accommodates approximately 17 million visits by the public each year.

The Summer Environmental Educators’ time will be spent on a combination of environmental education and stewardship responsibilities. Hudson River Park provides quality hands-on environmental education experiences to thousands of school groups (K – Grade 12), summer campers (toddlers – Grade 12), and park patrons. The educator will largely support the implementation of our robust environmental education programming during the summer season. In addition, around a quarter of staff time will be spent on stewardship responsibilities which include monitoring oysters, marine debris, or supporting the Park’s compost efforts.


  • –  Teach HRP’s environmental education programs to camp groups at outdoor locations throughout the Park
  • –  Facilitate HRP’s public drop-in programs at outdoor locations throughout the Park, including Big City Fishing, Shell-ebrate Oysters, Pop Up Maker Space and more
  • –  Conduct scientific monitoring and stewardship projects focused on oyster restoration, marine debris or composting
  • –  Learn catch and release fishing and how to handle live fish and bait
  • –  Monitor and maintain fish tanks, filtration equipment and aquaria signage
  • –  Provide proper care and husbandry to fish, plants and other animals in tanks
  • –  Develop educational resources to be used in programming
  • –  Maintain various department resources, such as fishing poles and power tools
  • –  Otherwise assisting E&E Department with tasks as needed

    Required Education and Experience:

  • –  Applicants must have completed at least one year towards a Bachelor’s or Associate’s Degree
  • –  Coursework focused on marine, environmental, life sciences, or education is preferred
  • –  Strong interest in teaching environmental themes to diverse audiences is required
  • –  Applicants must have strong customer service skills and be very comfortable interacting with members of the public in a friendly and professional manner
  • –  Ability to work as a part of a team, multitask and problem solve
  • –  Applicants must have strong organization and communication skills and be able to

    follow through on several tasks with time sensitive deadlines

  • –  Willingness to practice catch and release fishing and handle live animals are


  • –  Familiarity with both Hudson River Park and general New York City geography are


  • –  Ability to lift around 50 pounds, work outside in all weather conditions and on

    weekends (Sunday-Thursday schedule) is required

  • –  A valid driver’s license is required


    • $15.00 per hour, there are no benefits associated with this position
    • This is a 10 week seasonal position, from June 19 to August 27
    • Summer Environmental Educators are expected to work approximately 35 hours per

    week, including weekends and some evenings.

    Application Process:

    Interested applicants are to submit a cover letter, resume and the names and contact information of three references to Kate Yarhouse, Director of Human Resources at Indicate Job Code: 2017 SEE in the subject line of the email.

    No phone calls please.

    More information on the Hudson River Park is available at:

    The Hudson River Park Trust is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Assistant Naturalist position in Bolton Landing

Assistant naturalist.

Provides program and educational and information to visitors;
Assists in program preparation and presentation for field trips, audiovisual
presentations, written materials, exhibits, and demonstrations on ecology,
natural resources, and environmental concerns;
Maintains exhibits and displays;
Prepares and distributes promotional materials;
Performs building, grounds and trail maintenance.

Twenty-four (24) credit hours of coursework from a regionally accredited or
New York State registered college or university required

Should be 40 hours/week May- August, from $12-$13 an hour.

Send Resume and cover letter to Matt Sprow:

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Clean Energy Advocacy Internship

Two New Undergraduate Clean Energy Advocacy Internships
Given the increasing importance of training the next generation of clean energy advocates and leaders we have decided to offer 2 new undergraduate internship opportunities this summer at Vermont Law School’s Institute for Energy and the Environment (IEE).  The internships would be open to students who have at least completed the sophomore year as well as this spring’s recent graduates.  The internship will be for 30 hours a week (with a reduced schedule during the 2 week period in class and with the 4th of July week and Friday’s off if desired) and extend from May 30th to August 4th.  Interns will be able to take one of the two week Summer Energy Courses for free and will each receive a $1,000 stipend (likely to be taxable).  Interns will be invited to participate in the weekly seminar of our energy clinic which is working on exciting community energy projects across New England with a particular focus on climate justice issues.  Through our work and weekly seminars the interns will be able to interact with multiple practitioners in the clean energy field, participate in field trips and will work with the IEE faculty on a sustainability project during the internship.
Applications are due April 1, 2017 and require 1)  a cover letter expressing interest in a clean energy advocacy career and the internship, 2) one letter of recommendation from AESS faculty, and 3) an unofficial copy of undergraduate transcripts.  Applications, including faculty recommendations, should be sent to Jennifer Thomas at   It is our goal to make internship offers around April 17th and our decisions will be heavily weighted by the AESS faculty recommendations.  We will also send copies of the IEE’s forthcoming book (Praeger, April 2017), “The Electric Battery:  Charging Forward to a Low Carbon Future” which U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders endorses as “a key to achieving our sustainable energy revolution” to at least 5 applicants whose cover letters and applications we find inspiring.  For students accepted we will provide access to resources for summer housing opportunities in the area.   If there are questions your students can check out the resources below or email me at
Information on the Institute for Energy and the Environment can be found at
Information on the work of our Energy Clinic can be found at
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Environmental Education and Conservation Intern – Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park

Position Summary

The major responsibilities of the intern are to develop and present indoor and outdoor environmental education programs for the general public, specific groups and elementary school classes.  Secondary opportunities are (1) participation in conservation projects relating to the habitats and species of the Saratoga Sandplains and (2) participation on trail work and support of the recreational programs.

This is a full-time, 12-month internship.  Housing can be provided at no-cost at the Preserve & Park Office.  Pay is minimum wage.  A vehicle is required, but mileage for work-use is reimbursed at the market-rate.

 Position Tasks and Responsibilities

On- and off-site education programs

  • Developing and reviewing lesson plans
  • Scheduling and communication with classroom teachers/group leaders
  • Organizing and prepping all program supplies
  • Sending out emails and arranging for the needed Environmental Education Volunteers
  • Participating in Training with Environmental Education volunteers
  • Communicating with the Environmental Education volunteers, insure they are prepared for programs
  • Presenting educational programs
  • Recording program attendance
  • Following up with group leaders/survey, file hard copies of surveys
  • Maintaining up-to-date file of current programs and systems

After-school programs

  • Developing and reviewing lesson plans
  • Scheduling and communication with BOCES program coordinator
  • Organizing and prepping all program supplies
  • Filing of all paperwork relative to program supplies
  • Maintaining up-to-date file of current programs
  • Recording program attendance
  • Public Programs at the Preserve & Park and Tabling Events
  • Developing and reviewing seasonal schedule of public programs
  • Organizing and prepping all program supplies
  • Putting together program flyer
  • Assisting with PR for programs
  • Putting all program information on Web Site
  • Taking reservations for programs if needed
  • Staffing tabling opportunities at community events
  • Sending out emails and arranging for the needed Env. Ed. Volunteers
  • Collecting information from program participants for mailing list
  • Recording program attendance
  • Maintaining up-to-date file of presented programs

Visitor Center 

  • Developing interpretive displays
  • Staffing center during public hours
  • Keeping center stocked with brochures, maps and flyers


  • Karner blue butterfly restoration efforts; seed collecting, lupine planting
  • Other studies:  e.g.: woodcock, Blanding’s turtle, amphibian watch, wetland study, bird survey
  • Creating a new conservation project


  • Planning, preparation and participation in recreation events like the Moonlight Ski and the Wildlife Festival
  • Helping with trail work days and with winter grooming



  • Greeting and communicating information to visitors
  • Answering the phone and checking the answering machine
  • Taking messages

Organizing materials and records

  • Keeping maps stocked at kiosks
  • Keeping flyers at kiosks up-to-date
  • Keeping educational supplies organized
  • Keeping intern computer files organized and up-to-date

Meeting participation

  • Attending board meetings
  • Attending volunteer meetings
  • Attending Education Committee Meetings/Conservation Committee Meetings

80 Scout Road

  • Helping to keep office public spaces clean and appealing
  • Keeping living spaces clean and organized (kitchen, bathroom and bedroom)
  • Shoveling sidewalk and entryways in the winter

The Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park is a non-profit organization that partners with the Town of Wilton, Saratoga County, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and The Nature Conservancy to conserve ecological systems and natural settings while providing opportunities for environmental education and recreation.  The Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park is part of the geologically significant Saratoga Sandplains.  This area of ancient sand dunes, small but important wetlands and diverse ecological communities is home to the federally endangered Karner blue butterfly, the threatened frosted elfin, and the hognose snake, a species of special concern. While the Karner blue butterfly was the catalyst behind the effort to conserve this increasingly rare landscape in 1996, within just a few years of the establishment of the Preserve & Park, other extremely rare species, the eastern spadefoot toad and the Blanding’s turtle were discovered on its protected lands.  Today, over 2,400 acres protect significant habitats and more than 20 miles of trails provide a wonderfully fun, healthy, and educational resource for the community.  Educational programming and recreational opportunities are at the heart of the organization.  We provide a full range of educational programs for the public throughout the year and work with local schools, scout groups, and others to present programs at the Preserve & Park and off-site.  We have several special events during the year including our Winter Moonlight Ski and Snowshoe, our Spring Wildlife Festival, a 5k Fun Run series in the summer and an 8k snowshoe race in the winter.


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Environmental Ed job: Islandwoods Summer Programs Intern

Overview: Whether at our 255-acre outdoor learning center, or any of our off-site locations, IslandWood invites children and adults alike to discover a new way of seeing nature, themselves, and one another. In doing so, each person comes to understand their ability to change the world for the better. IslandWood operates traditional day camp programs for campers 4 year-olds through those entering 9th grade. Running from late June through mid-August, these experiences directly address IslandWood’s mission of inspiring lifelong learning and environmental and community stewardship.

Dates: June 20-August 4, 2017 (optional extension through August 11)

Position Summary:

Summer Programs Interns team with experienced field instructors to create, plan and provide a variety of educational programs for youth. Our programs are primarily day camps, with a couple specialty programs more focused on academics throughout the summer. All programs are united by a core framework that includes: embracing adventure, exploring concepts of stewardship, living and learning in community, and engaging with place.

Designed to mirror the experience of a camper, but over a longer period of time, this program provides valuable skills in teaching, behavior management, reflection, and community building. Begin the summer by getting to know our forest on Bainbridge Island, then gradually work up to creating your own week-long day camp experience with the assistance of a mentor.

Strong applicants will be creative, flexible and dependable undergraduate with a sincere interest in education, science, art, sustainability, or a related field. Skills in education can translate well to many fields, so a variety of majors are encouraged to apply. Experience working with children in the outdoors is preferred. A strong work ethic, excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work well with a team will assure success in this position.

Summer Programs Interns will gain valuable skills in experiential education and access to a network of like-minded professionals. Housing for the duration of the program is provided, as well as a food stipend. Our programs are primarily day camps, so at no point will any staff live with campers. College credit may be applied for through your school.


  •   Undergraduate student working toward a four-year degree with a sincere interest in Environmental/Science/Multicultural Education, Environmental Science, or related field
  •   Some experience working with children and environmental education preferable
  •   Creative, flexible, and able to work closely with a Summer Programs Instructor
  •   Ability to work as a team member
  •   Strong work ethic, punctual, dependable, and ability to work long hours
  •   Excellent interpersonal skills with staff, children, and parents
  •   Must be able to comply with and maintain a smoke-free and drug-free work environment
  •   Current First Aid and CPR required by training start date (WFA desirable but not required)
  •   Must be at least 18 years-old


  •   Valuable skills in teaching, behavior management, reflection, and community building
  •   Housing for the duration of camps (afternoon of June 20 through noon on August 6, 2017)
  •   Food stipend at the beginning of the program
  •   Possible college credit approved by your school
  •   Valuable networking opportunities in the world of environmental & progressive education



    Submit a cover letter, resume, internship application (below), including contact information for three current references to:


    Search for IslandWood Summer Programs Intern Attn: Community Education Manager IslandWood
    4450 Blakely Avenue NE

    Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

    IslandWood welcomes applications from qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, pregnancy, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws. We encourage diverse applicants because we believe that authentically reflecting the community we serve is critical to our ability to be culturally responsive.

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REU – water pollution & human-environment geographies

The LAKES (Linking Applied Knowledge in Environmental Sustainability) REU focuses on water quality and phosphorus mitigation in an interdisciplinary manner over an 8 week program (June 11-August 5), with projects this year in geography, economics, biology, anthropology, and sociology.  Students will be provided with room and board and a generous stipend during their participation in the LAKES program.

This program prioritizes students under-represented in the scientific community, pairing them with mentors in individual projects.  These collectively will contribute to a more complete understanding of the dynamic interactions of our land and water, our political economy, our social networks, our culture, and our sense of place.  We will start reviewing applications for the 2017 summer program on March 1st.  Complete program information can be found here:

Questions can be directed to:

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Internship – American Farmland Trust


  • American Farmland Trust is the only national conservation organization dedicated to protecting farmland, promoting sound farming practices, and keeping farmers on the land. Located in Saratoga Springs, AFT’s New York State office has been on the ground for over 20 years.

    The intern will work closely with the Hudson Valley Farmlink Network Coordinator in various capacities during his/her internship. The Hudson Valley Farmlink Network is a partnership of 15 organizations, coordinated by American Farmland Trust, offering the Hudson Valley Farmland Finder (HVFF) website, training and networking events, and one-on-one assistance for farmers and landowners. Duties may include curating new and existing profiles created on the HVFF website, adding events and resources to the website, providing assistance and outreach to farmers and farmland owners, assisting with social media communications and helping to coordinate logistics related to management of the Hudson Valley Farmlink Network.

    The intern may also be asked to assist with various other tasks in the New York State office as needed.

    This positon is paid hourly and requires the intern to work between 10-18 hours per week during the semester. Position is available summer 2017, fall 2017, and spring 2018.  Ability to work multiple semesters highly favored.

    If interested in the above internship please email your resume and cover letter or any questions to Tammey Holtby at

    American Farmland Trust

    112 Spring Street, Suite 207, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 (518) 581-0078

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Summer Naturalist internship at the Wild Center

The Wild Center seeks highly motivated and organized Summer Naturalists to work with our programming staff at a world class not-for-profit natural history museum in the heart of the Adirondack Park. The mission of The Wild Center (TWC) is “To ignite an enduring passion for the Adirondacks where people and nature can thrive together and set an example for the world.” Summer Naturalists will be trained to design and lead formal public programs and informal interpretive experiences to support our mission. Interns will have a dynamic day including a mixture of indoor and outdoor duties, such as canoe and stand up paddleboard trips, nature play, outdoor programs, Wild Walk shifts, Science on a Sphere, animal encounters, exhibit guiding, art studio shifts, and more.

Learning Experiences and Responsibilities

  • ●  Develop and implement interpretive programs for museum visitors of all ages, including outdoor experiences along the trails and on Wild Walk, natural history walks, behind the scenes tours, canoe and paddleboard trips, live animal encounters, and many more informal interpretive opportunities
  • ●  Learn how to utilize innovative technologies for advanced programming, such as Science on a Sphere
  • ●  Handle and interpret native animals including reptiles and amphibians
  • ●  Co-lead two hour interpretive canoe and stand up paddleboard programs for beginner paddlers on flat water
  • ●  Perform outdoor tasks such as hiking the grounds, organizing our outdoor play area, filling bird feeders, etc.
  • ●  Assist staff with daily operations, including maintenance and development of education materials, opening and closing

    duties, exhibit guiding on the floor, and cleaning and maintaining our hands-on watercolor studio

  • ●  Create positive experiences for museum guests, such as, assisting with their needs and questions
  • ●  Attend and/or work evening programs and/or events as needed
  • ●  Collaborate with all departments, including Animal Care, Facilities, Development, Admissions, Volunteers, and more
  • ●  Other duties as assigned


  • ●  Minimum 2 years (4 years preferred) completed at an accredited college or university in natural sciences, environmental education, natural history interpretation, or a related field
  • ●  Strong skills in communication, public speaking, customer service, writing, and computers. Skills in art, multimedia and graphic arts desired
  • ●  Must be available to work from May 21st through Labor day (end date flexible), including weekends and some evenings
  • ●  Prior knowledge of the flora and fauna of the Adirondack region and identification skills highly desired
  • ●  Comfort with handling captive animals, including reptiles and amphibians
  • ●  Experience on flat water, paddling tandem canoes or stand up paddleboards, and providing instruction highly preferred
  • ●  Previous teaching experience in a museum, nature center, park, or zoo setting preferred
  • ●  Must be able to lift over 50lbs and lead programs on uneven terrain in all weather conditions
  • ●  Valid driver’s license required

    Compensation and Benefits

  • ●  $250 weekly stipend (~40 hour work week)
  • ●  Shared, fully equipped housing in Tupper Lake, NY (does not include board)
  • ●  Interpretive Guide Certification from the National Association for Interpretation
  • ●  CPR and First Aid certification if necessary
  • ●  The opportunity to work in a LEED certified state of the art facility on a 81 acre site on the Raquette River featuring over

    50 species of live exhibit animals

  • ●  Develop a deeper knowledge of the natural and cultural history of the Adirondack Park
  • ●  Formal training opportunities and ongoing mentorship in the principles of interpretation and interpretive program

    development and delivery

  • ●  Museum staff can work with you to gain college credit if desired (must be confirmed prior to hiring)

    Application Instructions

    Please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information of 3 references (names, phone numbers, and email addresses) to Tawnya Kentile at with the exact subject line “2017 Summer Intern.” Attach all files as one PDF with your first and last name as the title. All materials will be accepted through 5:00 pm EST on February 10, 2017. We will not be able to respond to individual inquiries or phone calls. Only applicants chosen for an interview will be contacted.

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REU: Coastal ocean processes

Are you looking for a summer research internship studying ocean, coastal or environmental science? I invite you to check out the University of Southern California’s Summer REU program. Undergraduate students in this summer program spend 10 weeks (June 5 – August 11, 2017) at the Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island to conduct mentored summer research projects related to marine science. We select undergrads in many disciplines, including engineering, biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, ecology, marine and environmental science or other related fields.

In particular, we encourage students from colleges and universities where access to marine science and to research opportunities is limited and who are from groups traditionally underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math. We believe bringing together students from many disciplines, backgrounds and parts of the country makes for a more interesting and educational summer experience. We also offer research projects for students that have AAUS diver certification.

Please visit our website to find out more ( or send an email to if you have further questions.

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