Project TRUE Field Research Assistant

Am I eligible?

  • High school sophomore or junior in good standing.
  • Comfortable in both indoor and outdoor settings.
  • Interested in science and the environment.
  • Curious about how things work.
  • Live in the Bronx. If you do not currently live in the Bronx but have an extenuating circumstance that you would like to discuss, please email us at
  • The goal of Project TRUE is to increase the representation of women, black, and Latinx people in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics). However, we encourage anyone interested in Project TRUE to apply.

What do Field Research Assistants do?

  • Contribute to ongoing research projects that improve our understanding of NYC wildlife.
  • 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 the Bronx Zoo, the global headquarters of the Wildlife Conservation Society.

What will Field Research Assistants receive?

  • Mentoring from Fordham University graduate and undergraduate students, as well as WCS educators.
  • Interns either receive a $750 stipend + MetroCard to cover travel OR are paid $15/hour through SYEP if eligible and work with WCS's authorized provider.
  • In-depth training and direct experience in planning, conducting, and presenting research.
  • Assistance in applying for college and obtaining financial assistance.
  • 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.

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).

What is the timeline of the program?

The table below describes the general timeline of Project TRUE, including the application process.


Applications Open December - March
Applications DueMid March
InterviewsLate March/Early April
Offers Made Mid April
Summer Program Late June - August
College Boot Camp August
Bronx Science Consortium Poster Symposium October

We are currently accepting applications for the summer 2023 program

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