Engagement Intern, Salton Sea

Job Locations
US-CA-Palm Desert
Seasonal, Part-Time
Job Category
Palm Desert


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 position reports directly to the Salton Sea Program Director and Assistant Director and is responsible for increasing the level of awareness of the Salton Sea crisis by assisting Audubon staff to continue to expand the work at the Salton Sea in areas of public policy, science, education, communications and community engagement.


Essential Functions

  • Assist in the field during Audubon’s quarterly macroinvertebrate collections. Intern will assist in collecting, sorting, and preparing samples for identification. 
  • Assist in the field during bird surveys. Intern will assist with bird survey data collection, as well as with coordinating volunteers and student groups who may join the surveys. 
  • Serve as a liaison between Audubon and environmental clubs on campus at College of the Desert. Intern will promote birding activities among environmental clubs.
  • Utilize blogging, social media and traditional media to communicate Audubon’s Salton Sea message to the community at large.
  • Organize presentations and community forums in the Coachella and Imperial Valley Communities.
  • Increase the diversity of audience.
  • Make a final presentation to REPPS and an online presentation to Salton Sea Audubon Team.
  • Other activities assigned by Audubon staff.

Key Performance Metrics:

  • Increase the number of engaged community members.
  • Increase the number of community forums and presentations.
  • Track the number of community members engaged through social media.
  • Increase the number of volunteers and develop the culture of Audubon with College Students. 
  • Increase the awareness of Salton Sea with Local Community College.


Qualifications and Experience

  • Enrolled in a community college or four year institution with a major in any of the following preferred: Environmental science, Natural resources, Biology, Communications, Conservation.
  • Must have reliable transportation to access work sites.


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