The Ranger Conservation Corps Internship

Ranger and RCC participant

The Ranger Conservation Corps is a great urban environmental internship for high school students who are interested in the natural world or environmental issues. 

Our Ranger Conservation Corps interns gain experience while working with the Urban Park Rangers on environmental restoration in natural areas in our flagship parks. Participants may go on exciting field trips including canoeing, overnight camping, and more. Interns receive community service hours, and the experience looks great on a college application!

We offer two Ranger Conservation Corps sessions each year (in the fall and spring), and each session lasts approximately eight (8) weeks. The program occurs one day a week, on a school day afternoon for 2 to 2.5 hours.

How to Apply

Ranger Conservation Corps session dates are flexible and registration is on a rolling basis year round. 

If you're interested in applying to the Ranger Conservation Corps, the first step is to contact the Ranger Conservation Corps. Our Urban Park Rangers will work with you to get you placed at a park location with a schedule that works for you. 

Contact the Ranger Conservation Corps

You may also call 311 (or 212-NEW-YORK, if you're outside of NYC) and ask for the Urban Park Rangers. 


Smiling RCC program participants

“In the beginning of the year, I wasn’t doing so well in Biology, and Mr. Young encouraged me to join the program. Ever since then my grade point average has risen to 90%. Working with the Rangers has really, really showed me the dedication some people have for the environment, and it has inspired me to aspire for a career as a Ranger. Also, because of the program, I had one of the best Regent’s scores in my class; 84%!!”
Edwin, RCC participant, Urban Park Rangers

“It’s hard for me to write about one thing I enjoyed about RCC. I liked so many things that I did. I especially liked all the turtles. The best part of that is coming back every week and seeing all the different kinds of turtles we found. The BIG snapper was awesome. It was interesting to learn how turtles live, swim, hibernate, and eat.”
James, RCC participant, Urban Park Rangers


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