• Network Photographer/Photo Researcher

    Job Locations
    US-NY-New York
    Regular, Full-Time
    Job Category
    New York
  • Overview

    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

    Reporting to the Photo Director, the network photographer will use a keen eye and technical skill to document, via still photography and video, events and stories that unfold throughout Audubon’s vast network of chapters, offices, centers, and partners. Between assignments, s/he will play a critical role in archiving and researching photographic content for use by the organization.

    We are a small team doing big things, and we are looking for a motivated team member that can immediately make a positive impact. If that’s you, please include a cover letter with a linked portfolio or work products when applying to this position.

    Essential Functions

    • Travel domestically (and potentially internationally) to document Audubon’s work throughout its multi-tiered network, including people, places, birds, plants, events, still lifes, and portraits.
    • Film interviews and B-roll for use in videos.
    • Perform job independently and professionally while in the field, ensuring Audubon's standard of photographic excellence is upheld.
    • Manage complex photo projects involving multiple stories, locations, and dates.
    • Edit, optimize, and input metadata (captions, credits, and keywords) for photo files and upload them into Audubon’s Digital Asset Management system.
    • Onboard and train new users of the Digital Asset Management system.
    • Handle and archive model releases.
    • Provide photo-research assistance for Audubon’s network needs.
    • Keep informed about ethics in bird and documentary photography.

    Qualifications and Experience

    • Bachelor's Degree in visual arts, photography, or related field required.
    • Two to four years of professional experience shooting photos and video.
    • Ability to operate in both creative and logistical modes, manage multiple deadlines, and easily pivot between individual and collaborative projects.
    • Proficiency with Adobe Lightroom and advanced Photoshop skills preferred.
    • Familiarity with Adobe Premiere and video-editing ability preferred.
    • Experience with innovative video tools (such as drones, 360, etc) a plus.
    • Interest in environmental issues, conservation, birds and/or birding.


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