Become an Urban Ecologist – Summer 2021

Are you a young person who enjoys the outdoors? Do you like collaborating with other youth? Do you like working outside? Do you live in the city? Will you be a junior in the fall? 

If you answered yes to these questions, then you are probably a perfect fit for the Seneca Park Zoo Society’s Urban Ecology Program.

Genesee River Gorge Hike

What is the Urban Ecology Program?

It is a two-year, year-round, paid workforce development program for high schoolers who live in the city of Rochester. Through the program you will have an opportunity to be immersed in and learn about the natural world. While learning and enjoying yourself, you will also serve the community through park clean-ups, planting community gardens, leading hikes, and working with kids at Rec-Centers. 

Gardening at the First Street Children’s Garden

Why should you join?

You make friends, explore parts of Rochester that you never knew about before, help the community become more knowledgeable, and you make a real difference in the environment. 

Don’t just take my word for it though, a current senior urban ecologist reflected, “Each experience I’ve had over the years has only helped develop me as a person as well as develop my community awareness. Being an Urban Ecologist helps you realize just how much nature you are surrounded by and how diverse the life within it is.”

Kayaking on Red Creek

How do you find out more?

How do you apply?

Step 1: The Urban Ecology program is a job with a clear purpose and impact. If you are interested in becoming an Urban Ecologist the first step is to apply through the City of Rochester Summer of Opportunities program before March 26.

Summer of Opportunity Home Page 

Application Website

Step 2: Send an email or text to Chris Widmaier, Program Manager