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 Mackenzie Fellowship is a 6 month, full-time outdoor leadership education instructor position based at the Trinity River Audubon Center and reporting to the Manager of Academic Programs. Audubon Conservation TREKs (ACT) is an outdoor education and leadership program designed to provide intense conservation field experiences to diverse and traditionally underserved students, ages 14-18. These memorable outdoor experiences provide interpersonal growth opportunities, environmental science competency, and leadership skills while simultaneously connecting youth to Audubon’s mission to protect critical habitat for birds and other wildlife, today and tomorrow. ACT programs are multi-day camping expeditions that expose students to the incredible natural ecosystems and environments across Texas that are critical to the survival of birds.
A Mackenzie Fellow works in a team of two and both fellows will are responsible for program logistics and provide support to the Manager in all aspects relating to the program. The Mackenzie fellow will lead youth programs during multi-day outdoor leadership excursions. Fellows must be available to undertake 5 or more trips during the summer months, and 1 trip during spring break. Trips are generally scheduled during school vacation weeks and long weekends. The goal of the Mackenzie Fellowship is to focus on providing skills for future conservation leaders. The applicant will work with the Manager and an outside evaluator to focus on building the following leadership skills: modeling behavior, communicating positively with diverse groups, critical thinking, goal setting, organization, competence, teamwork, strategic planning and handling tough situations.
This position is considered a seasonal, full-time, non-exempt (hourly) employee. Fellows will work a full time schedule with overnights during trips and may need to work part time during off weeks where no trips are scheduled. Former participants in Conservation Treks or similar outdoor leadership program are strongly encouraged to apply.
Audubon Texas is dedicated to building a culturally-diverse organization and strongly encourages applications from people of color and women.