Walker Communications 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 sixth year of the Walker Communications Fellowship Program, designed for college students or recent graduates majoring in journalism, communications, marketing, or related fields. As a full-time fellow, you will be a valuable contributor on our Communications and Marketing teams, contributing primarily digital content while getting a behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like to be a communications professional at a major nonprofit.

Audubon is seeking candidates who have communications and/or writing skills (online, social media, print) or multimedia (video, audio, design) chops, and a willingness to think independently and hit the ground running. The Walker Fellows will create fresh and accurate content on fast-paced deadlines and develop a strong capability to tell compelling stories to broad and diverse audiences. Walker Fellows will gain experience in becoming the next generation of storytellers, building out a portfolio of work for future opportunities in the field. Each Fellow will be mentored by a seasoned professional in the fields of communications or social media. The paid fellowship is approximately 35 hours per week and may be fully remote, it spans a period from June to August. Applicants must provide a cover letter that describes their interest in the position, a resume, and three writing samples.

Essential Functions

Walker Communications Fellow will:

  • Report and write stories for Audubon’s website on topics relating to Audubon’s work for the environment, conservation, environmental and social justice.
  • Find and pitch stories that focus on Audubon’s work happening throughout the network.
  • Collaborate with other Walker Fellows to produce and deploy stories across multiple platforms.
  • Attend required curriculum events that incorporate training, workshops and seminars.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Undergraduate or graduate-level journalism, communications, PR, or marketing students preferred.
  • Interest in environmental and social justice issues, conservation, policy, climate change, birds, wildlife, nature, and storytelling.
  • Advanced experience with story reporting and writing is necessary.
  • Experience with visual storytelling (photography or videography) is strongly preferred.
  • Self-starter, excellent verbal and written communications skills.
  • Accurate, attentive to detail, dependable, able to meet frequent, short deadlines.
  • Ability to work under pressure and in time-sensitive environments.
  • Ability to find and hone story ideas.
  • Advanced proficiency with Microsoft Office applications required.
  • Familiarity with both established (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube) and emerging social platforms is a plus.
  • Fluency in reading and writing Spanish is a plus.


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