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Healthy Trees, Healthy Boston Intern
Position's Title
Healthy Trees, Healthy Boston Intern
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ABOUT US: The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact around the world in more than 30 countries, all 50 United States, and your backyard. Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Visit to learn more.

POSITION SUMMARY: The Healthy Trees, Healthy Cities Initiative is a new program of The Nature Conservancy that helps to maintain the health of urban forests, to address the major threat that non-native pests pose to our trees and forests in urban and rural settings, and to engage people in the care and stewardship of community trees and forests. The goals of the program are to improve the health and long-term viability of urban trees, prevent new pests and pathogens from degrading natural forests, and to connect urban residents to nature where they live, work, and play. The initiative will enhance and complement existing tree planting efforts; establish coordinated systems for monitoring tree health and early detection of tree pests; improve the health and successful establishment of both newly planted trees and those in the existing forest canopy; and engage youth and the community in these efforts. The Healthy Trees, Healthy Cities Initiative will complement existing urban forest programs in a way that adds value and focuses on the Conservancyís core strengths and conservation mission.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Urban Forest, Risk, and Vulnerability Assessment: Assist Conservancy staff with the acquisition and analysis of urban tree data for Boston communities to assess the health and vulnerability of Bostonís urban forests. Conduct GIS based analysis and develop maps to help identify where trees can be planted in Boston and locations of host trees vulnerable to top tree pests.

Urban Tree Survey: Participate in Bostonís urban tree inventory and survey efforts, led by one of our partners, the Urban Ecology Institute (UEI). Interns will be trained by UEI and TNC staff and will participate in the survey and inventory of street trees in selected areas of Boston.

Tools, Training and Outreach: Help Conservancy staff create and promote new tree pest detection and tree care tools and information. Materials could include print, on-line and in-person trainings that aid in the identification, surveying and reporting of forest pests that threaten Bostonís urban and natural forest resources.

Tree Planting and Stewardship: With Conservancy staff create an annual calendar of tree planting, stewardship, and community engagement events. Coordinate the logistics of these events with partners, promote events to TNC members, and assist at several of these events.

Community Outreach: Assist Conservancy staff in conducting outreach to targeted audiences to raise awareness and engage organizations, TNC members, and Boston residents in Healthy Trees, Healthy Cities actions and participate in the planning and implementation of several community events.

Healthy Trees, Healthy Boston Action Plan: Assist in the preparation of a multi-year action plan for the Healthy Tree, Healthy Boston Initiative in partnership with Conservancy staff, local steering committee, and partners.

Administration: Participation in TNC phone calls and meetings. Assist with the logging of USFS Match hours for TNC cooperative agreements from participants and volunteers
Required Skills

High school diploma and 6 months of environmental studies, communications, or related coursework, or high school diploma and 12 months of outreach or conservation-related employment.

Experience in customer service and/or verbal communication with staff, vendors, customers, the public, or others

Experience using MS Office, Word and Excel, and navigating the Internet.


Undergraduate student with coursework related to environmental studies, forestry, conservation, communications, or relevant employment experience.

Outgoing, self-starter with ability to work independently and as a team member.

Excellent oral communication and presentation skills.

Courteous, personable, tactful ability to deal enthusiastically and sensitively with public.

Superb organizational skills, with proven ability to meet deadlines.

Flexibility and willingness to travel and work weekends and long hours.

Proficiency with social media and GIS platforms; Photo and video editing skills are a plus.

Knowledge of or interest in forest ecology preferred but not required.
Start Date
June 3-August 23
The Nature Conservancy
Additional Infomation
This is a 12 week internship. The proposed dates of the internship are June 3rd to August 23rd with some flexibility depending on individual schedule. Housing is not provided.
For additional information, contact:

Career Services Center
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
375 Church Street
North Adams, MA 01247-4100