American Forests Programs Department oversees all of the organization’s conservation and restoration work, research and assessment projects, and policy and advocacy initiatives. It focuses on both urban and rural conservation issues and works closely with federal, state and local partners to accomplish the organization’s mission.

Job Description:

  • Support projects of the Community ReLeaf and Urban Forests Program.
    • Contribute to developing and implementing strategies for the Urban Forests Program.
    • Researching urban forest management, policy and outreach strategies in cities across the U.S. to help create city profiles and inform project activities.
    • Assist in coordinating volunteer tree planting events in cities across the U.S.
    • Contact local partners to help report on existing Community ReLeaf activities.
    • Research and draft foundation proposals.
  • Assist in the implementation and maintenance of Global ReLeaf and other restoration tree planting programs.
    • Assist in developing and implementing strategies for the Forest Restoration Program.
    • Help maintain and update the internal database hosting forest restoration projects.
    • Communicate with long-term grantees to determine restoration impacts.
    • Research reports on tree species, threats or other critical issues linked to our work.
  • Contribute to the implementation and communication of activities addressing and promoting American Forests’ programmatic areas.
    • Help prepare communication materials on American Forests programs, such as updates, blog posts, website content and fact sheets.
    • Represent American Forests at forest or conservation-related restoration meetings and events.
    • Present at least one 30-minute PowerPoint on a selected programmatic topic to staff.


Currently working towards a Bachelor’s Degree in environmental science/studies/biology, natural resources, forest science/management or other conservation-related field. Must be currently enrolled in an accredited four-year college or university. Must be receiving college credit for the internship, as this is an unpaid internship.


  • Strong verbal/written communications and computer skills
  • An ability to work in a team environment and manage multiple tasks
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Organized with an ability to prioritize time-sensitive assignments
  • Creative and flexible
  • Demonstrated interest in conservation issues related to environmental, forest or natural resource issues is preferred
  • Skills and experience in interpreting natural resource data are preferred

To apply:

American Forests internships are available year-round to students receiving credit for the work experience. To apply for a Programs internship, send a cover letter and resume to Jami Westerhold at