URI offers paid Greenspace and GreenSkills internships for Yale students, as well as for New Haven high school students (Common Ground and Sound School) and adults with a history that includes incarceration. 

Enriched through group discussion, these urban and 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

Yale Students

Exploring Nature Educators (Fall and Spring 2023): Applications are due by August 27.  We are seeking two reliable and energetic leaders who are passionate about working with youth to lead an exciting new program based out of East Rock Park’s Trowbridge Environmental Center.  Read more here. To apply, please send your resume to  

GreenSkills Apprentice Urban Foresters (Fall and Spring 2023): Applications are due by August 27. We are looking for Yale college and graduate student applicants who are ready to: a) contribute to local environmental restoration and climate adaptation/mitigation projects; b) invest in relationship-building with the New Haven community; and c) commit to an equity-based approach to environmental work and community development. Read more about the GreenSkills positions hereTo apply, please fill out this online application form, which requests your resume and cover letter. Contact the GreenSkills Manager Miche Palmer at with any questions.

Greenspace Community Foresters (Summer):  This position is currently accepting applications until all positions are filledYale students who wish to apply, please read more here and email resumes to Associate Director, Chris Ozyck (  

Natural Areas Educator Greenspace Community Forestry Intern (Summer): This position is designed for students interested in community engagement and education. It is part of the Greenspace Community Forestry Internship, but the intern will spend 25 hrs/wk out of the total 40 hrs/wk during the month of July working with high schoolers from Common Ground teaching stewardship of natural areas and caring for trees throughoutNew Haven.  This position is currently accepting applications until all positions are filledYale students who wish to apply, please read more here and email resumes to Associate Director, Chris Ozyck (

See last summer’s interns and featured intern alumni here (see the appropriate tabs). The video below includes interviews with more intern alumni. 


High School Students & Adults with a History that includes Incarceration

High school students and adults with a history that includes incarceration 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 Crystal Fernandez if enrolled at Common Ground or Neil Geist if enrolled at the Sound School. Individuals with a history of incarceration interested in this work should apply through EMERGE CT.  

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