• Conservation Intern

    Job Locations
    US-NM-Santa Fe
    Seasonal, Full-Time
    Job Category
    Santa Fe
  • 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 New Mexico’s GreenStart internship program invites students and recent graduates to help shape a healthy environment and vibrant future for birds – and all of us who share the planet with them. GreenStart interns will learn from experts in the field of conservation education, wildlife biology, facilities management and political advocacy while gaining exposure to a variety of different conservation programs and strategies including:

    • Development and delivery of environmental education programs
    • Habitat restoration
    • Field data collection
    • Digital engagement
    • Facilities Management
    • Organizing and engaging community in conservation efforts


    This internship program is designed to provide practical experience in a variety of different areas of expertise in the conservation field. Throughout the course of the internship the interns will learn from and mentor with professionals in the fields of wildlife biology, conservation education, nature center management, hydrology, and environmental policy to develop knowledge, skills, and abilities that will equip them to pursue a variety of conservation career paths. Audubon New Mexico’s GreenStart internship is a challenging and highly rewarding experience for someone considering and/or pursuing a career in conservation. This positions is specific to the Audubon’s conservation goals and nature-based community education programming and is aligned to New Mexico’s Next Generation Science Standards.

    Founded in 1983, the Randall Davey Audubon Center and Sanctuary (RDAC) is a non-profit education center and wildlife sanctuary and the New Mexico State Office of the National Audubon Society. Located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, RDAC encompasses 135 acres of striking landscapes and wildlife. Bounded by thousands of acres of National Forest and Santa Fe River Watershed land, the Center and Sanctuary provides a peaceful sanctuary for plants, animals and our visitors. Ranging from common to rare, approximately 130 species of birds can be found in or over the various ecosystems of this sanctuary.


    The purpose of the GreenStart Intern will be to assist in the daily operations of the Randall Davey Audubon Center and the conservation activities of Audubon New Mexico; including the delivery of school and community education programs, habitat restoration projects, bird surveys and monitoring, projects to improve the facilities at RDAC, hydrological data management, grassroots organizing, and a variety of others.

    The position is seasonal, scheduled for approximately 32 hours per week. The educator will be supervised directly by the Director of Community Education at the Randall Davey Audubon Center.
    Projected start date is February 18, 2020 and projected end date is May 8, 2020. Weekday, some evening, and some weekend work may be required.


    Audubon New Mexico is dedicated to building a culturally diverse organization and strongly encourages applications from people of color and women.


    Essential Functions

    • Lead groups of elementary students outdoors and in-classrooms through innovative environmental education activities and curricula at the Randall Davey Audubon Center and Sanctuary (RDAC) and in Santa Fe schools;
    • Work closely with staff members to plan and implement programs for adult and family outreach and education programs
    • Assist with field data collection and data entry
    • Participate in site visits to areas with important bird habitat throughout the state
    • Support digital organizing and advocacy efforts
    • Maintain and enhance existing activities/curricula, including the upkeep of program materials and resources
    • Assist as necessary with the maintenance of nature center buildings and grounds at RDAC
    • Interact with the public to provide information about Audubon and our conservation mission, answer specific questions for visitors associated with the Randall Davey Audubon Center and be a positive ambassador of Audubon out in the community

    Qualifications and Experience

    • Valid NM driver’s license
    • Similar professional experience in the field of natural resources. Minimum of two years college level study may be substituted.
    • Experience and background in environmental education, New Mexico natural history, and natural resources.
    • Skills teaching in formal and informal settings to a variety of audiences; Experience working with elementary-level students (PreK-6th grade).
    • Hard working, flexible, and self-motivated;
    • Ability to work individually and in a team setting;
    • Professional and friendly manner.
    • Experience directly working with people from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
    • Spanish fluency highly desirable
    • Must be able to stand on your feet for long periods of time, lift loads up to 25 lbs, and traverse uneven terrain for over 2 miles. Must be able to lead groups in an outdoor setting, including being able to traverse the trails and uneven terrain of the Nature Center and surrounding properties, preserves, and sanctuaries in variable weather conditions.

    • Occasional evening and weekend work required




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