Dangermond Fellow - Enterprise GIS

Seasonal, Full-Time
Job Category
Information Technology


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, 23 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).



Position Summary

The Dangermond fellowship is a newly formed opportunity through the partnership between National Audubon Society & Esri. The Audubon Enterprise GIS team is hiring 3 Dangermond Fellows to assist in supporting Audubon’s Enterprise GIS platform. This prestigious fellowship is designed with the aim to foster the next generation of leaders in Enterprise GIS. Fellows will receive extensive and immersive training in the full ArcGIS platform at both the Esri campus in Redlands, CA and at the Audubon headquarters in New York City. The position runs from December 2017 until June 2018.


Fellows will work full time over the summer to attend trainings, the Esri User Conference, and spend time on a GIS related project at a unique Audubon field location (center or an office). In the fall and until the end of the fellowship, fellows will work part time and remotely from their college location. This is an excellent opportunity for an exceptional GIS student to gain experience in using the entire suite of ArcGIS capabilities to support within a large nonprofit conservation organization that is a leader in enterprise GIS. Fellows will be mentored by experts in the GIS platform. The goal of the program is to provide fellows with enterprise level exposure in a GIS department that is at the forefront of the GIS Enterprise landscape. Experience with GIS server technologies, cloud servers, database management systems, application development, and account management from an ESRI President’s Award winning team will be gained by hands-on application.


Students from all types of colleges and all areas of the country are invited to apply. When submitting your application please include your cover letter and your interest in the fellowship. Applications that do not include a cover letter will not be accepted.

Essential Functions

Under the supervision of a mentor from the Enterprise GIS team. The fellow will learn how to:

  • Assist in trainings for users through the Audubon network. S/he will also be the point contact for technical questions of ArcGIS Online.
  • Create curriculum for GIS user trainings and support to be conducted to the Audubon network.
  • Create web maps, web applications, and story maps as needed.
  • Configure mobile applications and take requirements for custom mobile applications.
  • Steward authoritative data in a spatial database engine-enabled (SDE) enterprise database management system.
  • Create new SDEs and generate maintenance plans for data.
  • Publish services using ArcGIS Server.
  • Review system performance using system monitoring tools.
  • Build tools using python and model builder to support geoprocessing tools in applications.
  • Represent Audubon and Esri at the Annual User Conference in San Diego, CA.
  • Communicate effectively by reporting progress of the fellowship to Esri CEO and Executive Staff.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Completion of at least two years as an undergraduate student, or one year as a graduate student of a GIS program with coursework on GIS methodology, and Esri ArcGIS platform.
  • Must have some coursework or interest in enterprise GIS including, Geodatabase Design, Spatial Data Engines (SDE), Esri APIs, ArcGIS Online, web app builder, app studio, model builder, and python. Familiarity with MSSQL preferred.
  • Must have demonstrated ability to use ArcGIS Online to create basic web maps and manipulate/create custom data sets per requests.
  • Desire to apply leadership skills with advanced GIS understanding to advance conservation. A self-starter with a strong work ethic, positive, professional demeanor with the ability to work well with others.
  • Must be proficient in MS Office Suite software packages.
  • Organized, responsible and detail oriented. Skill to perform work accurately and thoroughly with devotion to detail.
  • Willingness to learn and ask questions.
  • Must have effective communication skills and be comfortable with public speaking.
  • Must be comfortable being outdoors for long periods of time and in different weather conditions to collect data or shadow others out in the field.
  • Interest or experience in conservation a plus.


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