URI offers paid Greenspace and GreenSkills internships for graduate students at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, as well as for New Haven high school students and ex-offenders. Enriched through group discussion, these community forestry internships provide job training and real-world practice while making positive changes in New Haven communities.

Basic requirements are:

  • Ability to complete physically demanding tasks
  • Commitment to leadership
  • Team-oriented spirit
  • Willingness to make positive change

In 2014, internships are being offered for fellows to live and work in NYC.  This fellowship is sponsored jointly by URI and the Hixon Center and the NYC Urban Field Station. It is a partnership between the U.S. Forest Service and The NYC Department of Parks & Recreation.  Applications due January 21, 2014.  See the Call for Fellows for more information.

Graduate Students

Yale graduate students interested in applying should have a broad knowledge of ecosystem services and urban ecosystems, as well as an interest in working with youth or ex-offenders.  Graduate students who wish to apply to work with URI, please call (203) 432-6189, or email our Associate Director, Chris Ozyck (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) or our GreenSkills Manager, Margaret Carmalt (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)).

See last summer's interns here and featured intern alumni here. The video below includes interviews with more intern alumni . 

High School Students & Ex-Offenders

High school students and ex-offenders interested in applying should have an interest in collaborative efforts to address New Haven's environmental and social challenges. High school students interested in working with URI should contact Melissa Wilson if enrolled at Common Ground or Rebecca Gratz if enrolled at the Sound School.

Additional intern projects can be proposed and designed by students in cooperation with the Director. For more details, or to apply, please contact URI.

Interviews with URI Intern Alumni - Part 1

Interviews with URI Intern Alumni - Part 2

Job Postings in Urban Ecology


Arborist - Urban Forester Job Posting. Casey Trees, a nonprofit dedicated to restoring, enhancing and protecting the tree canopy of Washington, D.C., seeks an arborist to oversee tree planting and procurement activities. The ideal candidate is an experienced, enthusiastic, highly motivated individual who loves working with people and trees, and is dedicated to urban and community forestry with a genuine interest in the conservation mission of the organization. Duties include managing the Community Tree Planting Program, coordinating tree procurement across all tree planting programs, collaborating with other staff arborists and tree planting crews. The candidate should possess a broad range of technical urban forestry skills, excellent interpersonal communication skills, exceptional organization and comfort with GIS.