Rockaway Waterfront Alliance's (RWA) Environmentor Program

Overview of Environmentor Program

The Environmentor Program at Rockaway Waterfront Alliance is a science research mentoring program that provides 12 high school sophomores and juniors paid internships to participate in an intensive, year-long environmental science after school and summer program, to conduct authentic research under the mentorship of field scientists from CUNY and the Jamaica Bay Science & Resilience Institute. 

Beginning in September, students will take part in programming after school throughout the academic year(once per week in the fall, twice per week in the spring) to engage in scientific research, as well as knowledge of the ecology of New York City’s shoreline of the Rockaway Peninsula and wetlands of Jamaica Bay. This will be a dynamic, hands-on experience using the shoreline of the Rockaway Peninsula as their classroom and focus of study. Students will participate in a variety of educational activities including: attend workshops on how to read articles in scientific journals; participate in hands-on environmental science workshops; engage in field trips to local natural areas and research facilities; participate in environmental restoration projects around the Rockaways to explore the natural areas of the Rockaway Peninsula, and attend local conferences and presentations at partner organizations. In the summer, students will spend 6 weeks working with their mentors on their research project and participating in other activities at Rockaway Waterfront Alliance.

Students receive a stipend for their participation and research studies in the program and must commit to a full year of participation in the program.

Pinkerton Foundation is the official sponsor for the Environmentor Program. 


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  • Applications for 2016 Program Update!

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All applicants must meet the following qualifications:

  • Must be in the 10th or 11th grade
  • Must submit application
  • Must submit a letter of recommendation from a science teacher
  • Must attend public school in the Rockaways, Queens



Applications generally open in August. Interested applicants must complete a detailed application form, which will include a recommendation from a science teacher, and undergo an interview with RWA staff. More information and application can be found on the RWA Environmentor website:

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For more information about the program contact Program Coordinator Juli Schroeger at: or 718-327-5919.