• Conservation Outreach Intern (Mackenzie)

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  • 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

    Audubon Arizona seeks motivated interns to assist with the River Pathways high school field trip program and other conservation and education programs. The River Pathways program gets students out of their classrooms and brings them to the Rio Salado Audubon Center, the Agua Fria National Monument, the Tonto National Forest, and the Black Canyon Heritage Park where they assist Audubon, partner organizations, and federal biologists with wildlife and habitat monitoring activities. The program intends to connect students with nature and introduce them to careers in conservation and resource management.


    Interns will help Audubon staff facilitate this program by serving as a front-line educator during field trips, preparing and maintaining educational and field equipment, and compiling program evaluations.  Interns will also assist with other programs and events at the Rio Salado Audubon Center and with programs in Audubon Arizona’s Nature in Your Neighborhood Suite, including Downtown Owls and Urban Hummingbirds in-class presentations, Conservation Workdays, and K-8 field trips.


    All training will be provided. Transportation between the Rio Salado Audubon Center (3131 S Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ) and field sites will also be provided. Positions will begin on January 14 and continue through May 6 and will involve approximately 12-25 hours of work per week.

    Essential Functions

    • Serve as a front-line educator during River Pathways high school field trips to the Rio Salado Audubon Center, Audubon Important Bird Areas, and other locations
    • Assist Audubon biologists with bird and vegetation surveys. Prepare and maintain field and educational equipment
    • Evaluate program by delivering surveys during field trips and organizing the resulting data
    • Deliver in-class presentations to local schools
    • Assist with Audubon Arizona’s monthly Conservation Workdays
    • Assist with educational programs and events at the Rio Salado Audubon Center

    Qualifications and Experience

    • Graduates of the Bureau of Land Management’s Field School program are preferred.
    • Current students majoring in natural sciences, biology, environmental education, conservation biology or a related field are preferred.
    • Desire to improve personal leadership skills required
    • Experience teaching and working with children is preferred.
    • First Aid and CPR certification is preferred.
    • Must be able to lead walking tours and programs while outdoors on and off-trail.
    • Experience with active, outdoor work including hiking and observing wildlife in physically strenuous settings, variable weather conditions, in remote locations, and on hazardous terrain. 
    • Must be eager to learn and share knowledge
    • Must have exceptional interpersonal, organizational and communication skills.
    • Must be comfortable working with youth and the public.
    • Must be self-motivated and able to both follow directions and work independently.
    • Must possess a valid driver's license, a safe driving record and be able to have reliable transportation to/from the Audubon Center (3131 S Central Ave, Phoenix AZ 85040).
    • Should have experience with active, outdoor work including hiking and observing wildlife.
    • Must be able to commit for the entire length of the internship.
    • Must demonstrate ability to be reliable and punctual.
    • An interest and passion in environmental issues, birds, and wildlife. The successful candidate should enjoy active, outdoor work including hiking and observing wildlife.
    • Should have a desire to mentor youth considering careers in resource management.


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