Intern, Eco-Leadership Corp

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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 2021 Eco-Leadership Corps will engage selected high school interns in five weeks of compensated conservation leadership development while exploring and enhancing the 285-acre Greenwich Audubon Main Sanctuary. The intern, Eco-Leadership Corp will study New England ecology with Audubon naturalists, improve bird habitat through hands-on learning of land stewardship practices, and develop curriculum for use in Audubon programs throughout the region. Interns will represent diverse backgrounds and experiences.


Each week, Intern, Eco-Leadership Corp focus their learning on a particular element of the environment that interests them, developing lesson plans for delivery to K-5th grade participants in the Greenwich Audubon Summer Nature Day Camp. Corps interns will hone their creativity and program design skills as they construct culturally relevant grade-school lessons for Audubon field trips, in-school outreach and partners across CT and NY.


Primary outcomes of the Eco-Leadership Corps Program include:

  • Advancing leadership and public speaking skills
  • Lasting on-site impact to habitat benefiting birds and other wildlife
  • Weekly grade-school nature lesson development and delivery with results measurement and assessments
  • Designing a nature curriculum package -complete with hands-on planting project, locally relevant lesson guides and science teaching tools- for use by Audubon teacher-partners in majority BIPOC learning environments

Essential Functions

  • Work with other interns to identify ecology topics of study through exploration of the Greenwich Audubon Center sanctuary property
  • Develop nature education curriculum for use by Audubon staff and partners to teach local ecological topics to students in grades K-8
  • Design and execute a land stewardship project, improving bird habitat or enhancing public access to existing sanctuary
  • Develop and deliver weekly nature education lessons to campers in the Audubon Summer Nature Day Camp

Qualifications and Experience

  • Interest in nature, and a desire to learn
  • Entering 11th or 12th grade
  • Strong work ethic
  • Comfort using craft materials and computer programs such as Microsoft Word to create teaching materials
  • Diverse backgrounds and experiences encouraged to apply
  • Bilingual encouraged to apply 
  • Ability to walk trails on uneven terrain, and must be able to run, sit, stand, grasp, lift, carry, walk, push, reach, climb and pull for short and extended periods of time
  • Able to work outdoors in the heat of summer and during rain while wearing a mask
  • Must be willing to have temperature checks performed each day and receive Covid-19 testing, possibly several times throughout the summer
  • Travel assistance may be available if needed
  • Gender non-binary and gender non-conforming encouraged to apply


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