Project TRUE Field Research Assistant

What do Field Research Assistants do?

  • Contribute to ongoing research projects that benefit NYC Parks Department.
  • Collaborate with Fordham University and WCS scientists.
  • Design and conduct an original research project.
  • Assist in curating Project TRUE social media presence.
  • Present research findings to the scientific community and the general public.
  • Work at one or more of the WCS Zoos (Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, Bronx Zoo).

What will Field Research Assistants receive?

  • Mentoring from Fordham University graduate and undergraduate students, as well as WCS educators.
  • A $599 stipend and a MetroCard to cover travel expenses.
  • In-depth training and direct experience in planning, conducting, and presenting research.
  • Assistance in applying for college and obtaining financial.
  • Memories, friends and mentors that will last a lifetime.

What does WCS receive from the Field Research Assistant?

  • Assistance collecting large-scale ecological data describing the NYC ecosystem.
  • Help communicating to the public about urban ecology and conservation issues.
  • Life-long environmental stewards conservation advocates.
  • Yearly follow-up survey data to learn from your experiences and improve the Program.

Am I eligible?

  • High school junior in good standing.
  • Comfortable in both indoor and outdoor settings.
  • Interested in science and the environment.
  • Curious about how things work.
  • Students from underrepresented groups in science careers are our target audience. However, we encourage anyone interested in Project TRUE to apply.

What are the program requirements?

  • Attend all 150 hours of sessions (unexcused absences will result in dismissal).
  • Participate in yearly follow-up surveys (20 min) through 2019.

What is the timeline of the program?

The table below describes the general timeline of the Project TRUE, including the applications process. 2017 application is due Feb 17th. We will review your application by the beginning of March and notify you if you are selected for the Group Interview. After all of the group interviews are completed, we will make offers in early April.

We receive hundreds of applications for 50 positions. To ensure that you will be invited to the group interview, make sure to write well thought out and compelling answers to the short essay questions in the application.

What Where
Application Open Dec. - Feb.
Group Interviews March - April
Offers + Decisions April
Orientation May
Summer Program June - August
College Boot Camp August
Bronx Science Consortium Poster Symposium September
Alumni Events September - forever!

Applications for 2017 are closed, please enter your information to receive an email when the 2018 application opens.

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