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The National Hispanic Environmental Council (NHEC) is still accepting applications from NYC area students to attend our "NYC Minority Youth Environmental Training Institute", to be held June 27?July 3, 2012, at parks, forests, wildlife refuges and other environmental sites in and around New York City.  Interested students should apply as soon as possible for the slots that remain.

The NYC Institute is an intensive, residential, science-based, 7 day long environmental education and environmental. career program for top students, aged 16-18 (typically high school seniors and freshmen/ sophomores in college) selected competitively from across the NYC area. 

Through a full scholarship, NHEC will *cover ALL costs* for accepted students, including housing, meals, books, science equipment, and more.   Utilizing an Environmental STEM curriculum students will learn about a wide range of environmental issues, as well as conduct field studies (testing air, water, soil, plus biological assessments, birding, and more) using professional-grade environmental science equipment, taught by NHEC?s experienced instructors and other environmental professionals.

Students will also learn about federal internship and youth jobs with the U.S. Forest Service and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and how to apply for these this summer and beyond.  

The Forest Service is offering PAID FEDERAL JOBS FOR THIS SUMMER to students who successfully complete the Institute..  Students hired will do a range of interesting and highly educational environmental work protecting our natural resources. Students will start right after the Institute and work throughout July and August at a national forest.

Our federal sponsors are actively seeking to recruit talented, motivated students, especially youth of color, to come work for them now and in the future.  So if you are a student, love the environment, AND want a job in this field, *this program is for you*.    

For info & application go to and click on 2012 NYC Institute. The attached pdf files contain all materials necessary for a student to apply to the Ins

Please contact NHEC, especially our Programs Coordinator, Juan Rodriguez, at  or  if you have further questions.  Or call NHEC at 703-683-3956.