Intern on Urban Forestry

Internships Jakarta, Indonesia

Program Overview

From distant rainforests to neighbourhood street trees, forests provide tremendous benefits to urban areas such as clean air and water, climate resilience and biodiversity, human health, and well-being. Forests also provide jobs, recreation, and a suite of nature-based solutions for city infrastructure.


Cities4Forests helps cities from around the world connect with and invest in inner forests (such as city trees and urban parks), nearby forests (such as green corridors and watersheds) and faraway forests (such as tropical and boreal forests). We encourage our cities to better conserve, manage, and restore these forests. And we provide technical assistance to align local policy, shared knowledge, peer-to-peer learning, and communication activities to help cities take climate action together.


Urban forest provides as green infrastructure with careful planning and management, provide benefits from cleaning the air to calming our minds. A key to planning and managing urban forest is first understanding the quantity, quality, and distribution of the resources across the landscape.


Currently, WRI Indonesia and Cities4Forests are involved in providing policy support and technical assistance to the city government on the development and management of the city’s greenhouse gas inventory. The data source for the greenhouse gas inventory in the Forest and Other Land Use (FOLU) sector is the land use map developed by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry. However, detailed data of GHG emissions should be provided due to the target for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions based on Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC), one of which originates from the AFOLU sector. This sector encompasses aspects of urban forests that make a significant contribution to carbon absorption in urban areas."


General Internship Roles

The Urban Forestry Intern will be based in Jakarta and actively involved in data analysis and data collecting for the analysis of carbon sequestration of urban trees. He/she will contribute to calculating greenhouse gas inventory of Jayapura, including data preparation, analysis, and data visualization.


What You Will Learn

The intern will gain experience in the following areas:

  • Learning experience in the development and maintenance of databases and spreadsheets to track emissions data over time.
  • Learning experience and exposure to various nature-based solutions topics, such as the concept of green, blue, and grey infrastructures.


What You Will Need

  • A bachelor’s degree (or pending completion of a bachelor’s degree) in geography, environmental science, urban planning, forestry, or a related field.
  • Familiarity in data collection, organization, and analysis
  • Experience or coursework related to GHG emissions, carbon accounting, or environmental data analysis is a plus.



20 September – 19 October 2023 (1 month) with possible extension up to a total period of 6 (six) month subject to project needs and budget availability.


Contact Person

Retno Wihanesta ([email protected])


Internship Terms

Full-time, Paid internship


What we offer:

  • Internship standard wages
  • Travel insurance for both domestic and international for any travel duty as assigned by WRI Indonesia
  • Access to the WRI global network
  • A workplace that strives to put diversity and inclusion at the heart of our work



Must have authorization to work in Indonesia to be eligible for this position.


Final candidates might be required to take a writing test and to produce two writing samples when needed.


How to apply: In order to be formally considered, please submit an updated resume and cover letter through WRI career portal . 


Application close: 1700 (DKI Jakarta local time), 17 September 2023. We will close the advert earlier when the best candidates are identified at earlier dates. 


This is a locally engaged position; Indonesian nationals are encouraged to apply.



About Us

Founded in 1982, World Resources Institute (WRI) is an independent, nonprofit global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity, and human well-being. We are working to address seven critical challenges that the world must overcome this decade to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: climate change, energy, food, forests, water, sustainable cities, and the ocean. WRI has a global staff of over 1,800 people with work spanning 60 countries. We have offices in Africa, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Colombia and the United States, as well as a growing presence in other countries and regions.  


The foundation of our work is delivering high-quality research, data, maps, and analysis to solve the world’s greatest environment and international development challenges and improve people’s lives. We work with leaders in government, business, and civil society to drive ambitious action and create change on the ground. Equally important, we bring together partners to develop breakthrough ideas and scale-up solutions for far-reaching, enduring impact.


Our mission and values:

WRI’s mission is to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth’s environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations.


Our values are shared ideals that bind us together: Integrity, Innovation, Urgency, Independence, Respect. 


Our culture:

WRI is committed to advancing gender and social equity for human well-being in our mission and applies this principle to our organizational and programmatic practices. We are committed to providing equal opportunities in employment, we embrace all diversity and encourage women, gender diverse community, persons with disabilities, Afro-descendants, and Indigenous people to apply. Recognizing our strong commitment to gender equality, WRI has also been awarded EDGE certification.


WRI Indonesia is a national entity (Yayasan) associated with the World Resources Institute (WRI), a global environmental research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity, and human well-being. WRI works with various stakeholders in the natural resources sector to support policy and management that are both profitable and sustainable. WRI work with leaders in more than 50 countries for more than 30 years, with offices in Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico, and the United States.


Launched in early 2014, WRI Indonesia builds on WRI’s 10-year history in the country, and strengthens our impact on the ground. In the short-to-medium term, WRI Indonesia aims to expand its presence and portfolio to include projects in the climate, energy, as well as city and transportation programs.