1234 5th Ave, New York, NY 10029


The Natural Areas Conservancy (NAC) was created in 2012 to research, manage, and advocate for New York City’s remaining large forests, wetlands, and grasslands — also known as natural areas. We work in close partnership with NYC Parks and many local partners to increase the health, resilience, and public access to New York City’s 20,000 acres of natural area parkland. 

The NAC is New York City’s first and only park conservancy dedicated exclusively to the city’s natural areas, which comprise one third of our park system. To comprehensively support these natural resources, we lead a variety of programs and initiatives in conservation, advocacy, workforce development, public events, and volunteer stewardship.


  • Collect data for a unique research project aimed to better understand the health of urban ecosystems using observation data and shared knowledge among staff
  • Learn more about forests and wetland ecology as well as nature trails through field work 
  • Engage with ecosystems at Forest Park and Staten Island through scientific inquiry, wildlife identification, and stewardship
  • Connect with staff at NAC, NYC Parks, New York Science Research and Mentorship Consortium students, and with local college students participating in the NAC’s internship program for City University of New York students and recent graduates
  • Participate in professional development opportunities and building real world environmental career skills like networking, science communication, and college preparation


  • Required: enrolled in a NYC high school in Fall 2024, as an incoming junior or senior. 
  • Required: live or attend school commuting distance (~30 minutes max) of Forest Park.
  • Preferred: Strong interest in environmental science, research, caring for New York City’s forests and parks and working outdoors
  • Preferred: Ability and motivation to work independently
  • Preferred: Ability to maintain a positive, collaborative attitude during hot days in the forest and in variable weather conditions
  • Preferred: Ability to walk 3 miles a day 
  • Preferred: Access to a computer with a reliable network connection and a webcam for meetings with supervisors and partners


Monday – Friday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Open Positions: 2

Job Category: gardner
Job Type: In Person
Job Location: New York
Applicant Age: 16+

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