Wild Indigo Fellow

Regular, Part-Time
Job Category
Community Relations/Outreach


Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action.  By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive.  And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level.  What defines Audubon’s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of nearly 500 local chapters, 22 state offices, 41 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 50 states, and 700 staff across the country.  Audubon is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).



Audubon Great Lakes


Audubon Great Lakes is dedicated to engaging a broad diversity of communities to create meaningful conservation solutions that work for birds, nature, and people. The Wild Indigo Fellow play a critical role in this work by engaging community organizations and individuals within in diverse communities in Detroit to introduce them to the local natural spaces. Wild Indigo is a partnership among Audubon Great Lakes, Audubon Detroit Society, Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge, the Greening of Detroit, and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.

Position Summary

The Wild Indigo Fellow will work with Audubon partners to build relationships with organizations and community members. S/he will design and deliver culturally relevant programs and restoration activities that introduce community members to local nature preserves, engages them in learning about natural assets and their care, and builds a path to stewardship for those individuals interested in actively caring for local preserves.


This job requires an organized, responsible person who is an excellent communicator than can work effectively as part of a team and independently. The successful applicant must have an enthusiasm for the outdoors and a willingness to learn and share actively with community members and the team of partners. The position requires travel to community organizations and local natural areas throughout the Detroit metropolitan area.


This is a grant‐funded, part-time position located in Detroit, MI.


Essential Functions

  • Recruit community members and organizations in priority geographic and cultural communities to engage them in Wild Indigo programing.
  • Build trusting and productive relationships with team members, partner organizations, and community leaders through participation in community events, site visits, field trips, and other activities as defined with the Wild Indigo
  • Contribute to messaging materials for priority projects and This includes assisting with content for social media, brochures, handouts, and presentations.
  • Develop programming that creates strong links between nature, cultural practices, and community needs and
  • In collaboration with the Wild Indigo team, design and deliver programs, field trips, and work days that build awareness and stewardship of natural areas in Detroit.
  • Maintain organization and participant contact and demographic information in collaboration with Operations
  • Deliver community presentations that engage individuals and organizations in Wild Indigo activities and goals that connect them to local natural resources and
  • Maintain administrative documentation, communicate schedules, use appropriate administrative and program tools, and develop program and meeting agendas as
  • Administer and compile program feedback forms and
  • Assist with grant writing and reporting and data tracking as
  • Connect interested program participants with restoration activities and

Qualifications and Experience

  • High school diploma required, higher education
  • Minimum of one year of relevant job experience in outreach, communication, education or
  • A basic familiarity with birds and native plants of the
  • Familiarity with community organizations in the Detroit area.
  • Familiarity with Detroit community gardening efforts a plus.
  • An enthusiasm for outdoor
  • Excellent communication skills, a professional demeanor, and experience working with multigenerational audiences and diverse cultural communities.
  • Must be well‐organized and responsible with the ability to work remotely and independently, as well as part of a
  • Travel around the city of Detroit and within the metropolitan region is required and occasional travel outside of the Detroit area is required.



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