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).
This externship is available for the spring semester, starting the week of January 13, 2020, for students at the University of Colorado Law School who will be eligible to receive academic credit for their time. The extern will support Audubon’s public lands program and our efforts to defend and innovate implementation of bedrock wildlife conservation laws, as well as their implementation through on-the-ground decisions. We are working to develop and advance initiatives in key western landscapes to protect and restore public lands most important to birds and the places they need now and into the future. Tasks may include legal research, summary and analysis of agency policies, environmental documents and legislation, and preparation of comments on environmental documents and plans. The extern will be supervised by the Vice President for Public Lands/Senior Policy Counsel and develop a work plan responding to emerging events and areas of interest. Externs will generally work remotely, with regular meetings and ongoing communication throughout the externship. Externs may choose to work 10-15 hours per week.
The extern should have excellent research and writing skills, as well as an interest in the mission, values, and programs of the National Audubon Society.
Please submit a cover letter, resume and writing sample. Must be a student at University of Colorado Law School.