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).
Audubon Pennsylvania seeks a passionate candidate to support its work with the Alliance for Watershed Education (AWE), a network of 23 environmental centers spread across the Delaware River watershed that are interconnected by multi-use bike/pedestrian trails and waterways (rivers, streams, and creeks). This individual will assume leadership of AWE’s high successful Fellowship Program. Through this initiative, AWE’s goal is to engage individuals and communities that have not previously participated in watershed related programs, recreation or stewardship.
More than 80 individuals from diverse backgrounds have participated in this Program since 2017. With guidance from their local supervisor, Fellows develop projects that help centers expand their constituency, reflecting AWE’s values of equity, diversity and inclusion. Fellows are recruited from the communities which centers serve or seek to serve, participate in AWE sponsored trainings throughout their experience, and work towards the completion of a capstone project at their Center. Fellowships begin each May.
The Fellowship Program Associate will coordinate and direct all aspects of the Program, including assisting each center with recruitment, management, training and evaluation of active Fellows. He or she will also build the alumni network to keep former Fellows connected and engaged. The program goal is to foster watershed stewardship by establishing a cadre of ambassadors and building capacity for each of its centers to reach diverse and traditionally underserved constituents.
The Program Associate will be based at the Discovery Center in East Fairmount Park (Philadelphia), and will be directly supervised by Audubon’s Director of Centers and Operations. The Fellowship Committee of AWE will also provide direction regarding the development and implementation of Fellowship activities, as well as creative and hands-on support. The Program Associate will also support and be supported by other AWE-related staff.
**Significant day travel and some overnights is required.
**This is a grant-funded position made possible by The William Penn Foundation. Thirty months of funding is currently in place.
Applications will be reviewed until a set of three or more individuals are selected for an interview with the Hiring Committee (made of the Director of Centers and Operations for Audubon and representatives of AWE). It is our hope to have a candidate selected and hired by October 2019.