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 Wild Indigo Coordinator will work with Audubon to build meaningful relationships with organizations and community members. This person will co-design and deliver culturally relevant programs and restoration activities that introduce community members to local nature preserves, engage them in learning about natural assets and their care, and build a path to stewardship and action for those individuals interested in actively caring for local, natural areas.
This job requires a culturally competent, organized and responsible person who is an excellent communicator and can work effectively as part of a team and independently. The successful applicant must have an enthusiasm for the outdoors, a willingness to learn, teach, and share actively with community groups. The position requires travel to community organizations and local natural areas throughout the communities of Northwest Indiana.
This is a grant funded position. This position requires some evening and weekends.
• Recruit community members and organizations in priority geographic and cultural communities to engage them in Wild Indigo Nature Exploration programing.
• Build trusting and productive relationships with team members, partner organizations, and community leaders through participation of community events, site visits, field trips, and other activities as defined by the Wild Indigo team.
• Contribute to messaging materials for priority projects and communities. This includes assisting with content for social media, brochures, handouts, and presentations.
• Develop programming that creates strong links between nature, cultural practices, and community needs and priorities.
• In collaboration with the Wild Indigo team, design and deliver programs, field trips, and stewardship days that build awareness of natural areas in Northwest Indiana.
• Maintain organization and participant contact and demographic information in collaboration with Operations Manager.
• Deliver community presentations that engage individuals and organizations in Wild Indigo activities and goals while connecting the community to local natural resources and preserves.
• Maintain administrative documentation, communicate schedules, use appropriate administrative and program tools, and develop meeting agendas as needed.
• Administer and compile program feedback forms and evaluations.
• Assist with grant writing and reporting and data tracking as requested.
• Connect interested program participants with restoration activities and groups.
• Minimum of one year of relevant job experience in outreach, organizing, communication, education or conservation.
• A basic familiarity with birds and native plants of the region.
• Familiarity with local schools, community and faith-based organizations in Northwest Indiana.
• An enthusiasm for outdoor activities.
• Excellent communication skills, a professional demeanor, and experience working with multigenerational audiences and diverse cultural communities.
• Must be well organized and responsible with the ability to work remotely and independently, as well as part of a team.
• Travel around the cities of Northwest Indiana and within the metropolitan region is required; occasional travel outside of the Northwest Indiana area is required.