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).
The National Audubon Society is embarking on an exciting and innovative organizational initiative that provides on-the-job training and learning opportunities to individuals who are interested in pursuing a career in the environmental and conservation sector. The Fund II Foundation Apprenticeship Program at Audubon is geared for those who are early on in their professional career or currently enrolled in an advanced education in law/graduate school program. Selected individuals will be given the opportunity to serve in professional positions for 12 months that advance Audubon’s mission and contribute to critical work occurring within organizational functions such as science, fund-raising/development, marketing, outreach, communications, and finance.
Apprentices will be guided by a dedicated program manager who will work closely with the host department or team to ensure the success of the individual and provide training, collaborative learning opportunities and other career readiness services to lead to the eventual placement of a longer-term job placement in the field.
Reporting to the Senior Director, Government Affairs, the Fund II Foundation Apprentice - Policy and Government Affairs will be an active contributor to the Policy team within Audubon’s Washington, DC office and closely collaborate with others to execute on short- and longer-team projects related to implementing policy strategies to advance Audubon’s bipartisan conservation policy agenda to protect birds and the places they need.
The Fund II Foundation Apprentice - Policy and Government Affairs will assist in providing critical legislative analysis and planning on policies that impact water, coasts, climate change, working lands and environmental justice. The position will also aid in building and executing engagement and educational plans for critical decision-makers including federal elected officials and key congressional caucuses. Additionally, the position will be critical to helping build and strengthen relationships with diverse external environmental partners. The Apprentice will also collaborate closely with the Network team, campaigns team, and Audubon state offices to educate, train, and activate Audubon chapters and members on the organization’s policy priorities. The anticipated start date for this role is 12/3.
WOMEN AND MINORITIES ARE HIGHLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.