Greenpoint Gazette
A high schooler working as part of the Urban Forester Program offered by environmental non-profit Trees NY. Photo Credit: Trees NY

Local High Schoolers to Spend Summer Greening Neighborhood

BY Tanay Warerkar

A group of local high school students is going to work to make Greenpoint greener this summer as part of an internship program run by the environmental non-profit organization Trees New York.

The Young Forester Internship Program seeks high school junior and seniors, who either attend school in Greenpoint or live in the neighborhood.

This marks the first time the internship, which has operated in other parts of the City, is offered in Greenpoint and is focused exclusively on one neighborhood. This was made possible by funding through the City Parks Foundation and Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund (GCEF) program.

Scheduled to be held from early July to the end of August, the program will engage students in activities like attending tree beds, mulching and pruning disease damaged limbs of trees. The participants will also meet with professionals working in the industry and learn more about urban forest conservation, restoration, air and water quality, and soil science among the environmental topics that will be addressed through seminars and on-site visits in various parts of the neighborhood.

“For a lot of our students on the program, this is their first experience with a real job,” said Jameson Mitchell, a project manager and environmental educator at Trees New York, who is overseeing the internship program. “They are also learning about college preparedness and getting exposed to green careers. We want to make sure our students get something out of the program.”

The program can accommodate up to 18 students, and will pay them a weekly stipend of $160 and a total of 175 hours of work for the entire course of the program.

Students are not required to have a background in science or environmental studies, but the organization conducts interviews prior to accepting students.

_Young Urban Forester Internship, July 6-August 20, Mon-Thu 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information and to apply visit http://treesny.org/young-urban-forester-internship

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