Walker Design Fellow

Job Locations
US-NY-New York | US
Seasonal, Full-Time
Job Category
New York


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 approximately 450 local chapters, 120 campus chapters, 17 state and regional offices, 34 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 50 states, and 700 staff across the country. 


The National Audubon Society is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. We are committed to a policy of nondiscrimination, inclusion and equal opportunity and actively seek a diverse pool of candidates in this search.


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Position Summary

The National Audubon Society is excited to announce its fifth year of the Walker Communications Fellowship Program, designed for college students (undergraduate or graduate) or recent graduates majoring in graphic design, illustration, art, communications, marketing, or related fields. As a full-time fellow, you will be a valuable part of Audubon’s art department and a strong contributor to many teams across Audubon.


We are seeking candidates who are interested in the intersection of design & art with the environment, social justice, climate change, science, and nature. The Walker Design Fellow should be curious, creative, motivated, and have a willingness to think independently. They must possess strong graphic design skills, and will use them to create fresh solutions that help tell visual stories in compelling ways to broad and diverse audiences. They will get a behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like to be a design professional at a major nonprofit while building out a portfolio of work for future career opportunities in the field, and they will be mentored by Audubon’s art director and design team.


The paid fellowship is approximately 35 hours per week and may be fully remote. The position spans a period from June to August. Applicants must provide a cover letter that describes their interest in the position and includes a link to an online portfolio, as well as a resume for consideration.

Essential Functions

The Walker Design Fellow will:

  • Have an interest or area of focus in any of the following fields of design: graphic design; information graphics; illustration; animation; branding and marketing; print and publications design; digital/web design.
  • Use Adobe Creative Suite to design and produce compelling visual solutions.
  • Use a strong knowledge of typography and design to perform detail-oriented and creative work with an ability to work innovatively within Audubon's brand guidelines.
  • Identify opportunities for Audubon to visually tell stories in new and interesting ways.
  • Bring creativity and fresh thinking to the design of a variety of assets Audubon’s art department creates, including but not limited to: multi-page publications, brochures, digital assets and social media images, web pages, ads, graphics, etc.
  • Conceptualize and collaborate with the art team to create innovative solutions.
  • Attend curriculum events that incorporate training, workshops, and seminars.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Undergraduate or Graduate level visual communication design, graphic design, illustration, data journalism, motion graphics, or art students.
  • Experience in designing print and digital communications.
  • Interest in environmental and social justice issues, birds, wildlife, nature, and design.
  • Proficiency in Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, and web design knowledge.
  • Strong understanding of graphic design best practices.
  • Ability to distill information into visual formats, including through infographics and visualizations is a plus.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail as well as the ability to prioritize and juggle multiple projects simultaneously and meet deadlines.
  • Interested in growing and refining designs with the help and direction from the design team.
  • Self-starter, excellent verbal and written communications skills.
  • Strong ability and comfort in working remotely, with a remote team.


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