Environmentor Program

Rockaway Initiative for Sustainability and Equity, Queens

Environmental Science, Marine Biology, Marine Ecology, Animal Physiology, Wetland Restoration, Conservation Biology

January - August


The Environmentor Program at Rockaway Initiative for Sustainability and Equity (RISE) is a paid internship that provides 12–15 high school sophomores and juniors in the spring and summer to conduct authentic field research under the mentorship of scientists from local universities and research institutions.

Beginning in January, students will take part in after-school programming once a week throughout the remainder of the school year. During the after-school program RISE staff use the shoreline to familiarize students with local ecology, field research methods, and environmental issues of the Rockaways and Jamaica Bay. Students meet with science professionals, take field trips to local natural areas and research facilities, and participate in environmental restoration projects around the Rockaways.

Students paired with mentors spend 7 weeks conducting field and lab work, along with participating in outdoor recreational activities at RWA, such as surfing and kayaking. At the end of the summer, students present their research projects to the community.

Students receive a stipend
Access to outdoor recreational activities such as surfing and kayaking


Eligibility Requirements

Must be in the 10th or 11th grade

Must live or go to school in the Rockaway Peninsula (or adjacent city neighborhoods)

Must be able to commit to the full program timeframe (January - August)

Application Instructions

Applications generally open in November

Interested applicants must complete the online registration form, and undergo an interview with RISE staff


For information not found on the websites, please feel free to reach out to the following contact:


(718) 327 - 5919

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