Data Scientist

Job Locations
US-NY-New York | US
Regular, Full-Time
Job Category
Information Technology
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

This is a remote position as part of Audubon’s new, growing Data and Analytics team and reports to the Director of Membership Analytics. The Data Scientist will be charged with providing actionable insights that advance Audubon’s mission to business units including conservation, network, campaigns, field, marketing, fundraising, and operations, in addition to Audubon external partners. The Data and Analytics team plays a key role in empowering these units and needs analytic support from a Data Scientist who will work to understand the needs of the organization and who can effectively communicate data and results that help us make better-informed decisions and accomplish our work more efficiently and effectively.

Essential Functions

  • Perform reporting and data science across multiple sources (e.g., email, website interactions, CRM and volunteer activity, financial transactions, voter files, demographic data to support inclusion and equity metrics)
  • Listen to internal customers and act as a consultative partner to help them uncover actionable insights from their data. Provide proactive data analysis to identify issues and implement a plan to improve the quality and integrity of operational data, particularly constituent data across data-heavy systems like Salesforce and EveryAction
  • Apply machine learning techniques to optimize the content and cadence of our communication with members to improve the engagement overall and of diverse segments of our audiences, as well as optimize fundraising opportunities
  • Perform business intelligence reporting to inform decisions and track results to inform conservation strategies and engagement strategies that deepens Audubon’s relationships with its members and promotes diversity and inclusivity in our efforts
  • Produce automated and written reports that answer routine questions, track key performance indexes, and segment audiences
  • Conduct observational and statistical analysis of Audubon’s engagement and fundraising programs
  • Advise the Director of Membership Analytics and the VP of Data & Analytics, as well as others throughout the organization, on data best practices for integrity, testing, modeling, and analytical approaches
  • Collaborate with data scientists on Audubon’s science team to share tools and best practices around data science

Qualifications and Experience

  • 4 years of experience as a Data Scientist, or in similar roles
  • Practical experience with state-of-the-art data mining, statistical modeling, data science, and machine learning techniques and libraries
  • Experience using Python, R or Scala for data science applications
  • Experience with notebook environments such as Jupyter or R studio
  • Practice using well-known data science libraries to create visualizations and communicate results
  • Experience cleaning messy, incomplete, or imperfect data
  • Experience with feature extraction and feature engineering techniques
  • Comfort working in SQL or similar structured language
  • Experience with business intelligence tools (e.g., Periscope, Tableau, PowerBI)
  • Experience with social-science experiments, field experiments, relevant statistical testing
  • Familiarity with non-profit fundraising or issue advocacy a plus
  • Familiarity with Voterfile data (i.e. TargetSmart, Catalist) a plus
  • Experience using data to support Equity, Diversity and Inclusion initiatives a plus
  • Degree or comparable work experience in Computer Science, Statistics, Data Science, Mathematics, or related field preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate technical information to non-technical audiences
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including technical documentation
  • Ability to build strong, lasting relationships with stakeholders
  • Self-starter who can work as part of a virtual team and remain motivated in a dynamic environment
  • Genuine passion for conservation and the mission of the National Audubon Society


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