Conservation Intern, Raptor & Farms

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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

Audubon Vermont an applicant interested or pursuing a degree in conservation, natural resources, ornithology, and related fields to serve as a Maggie Walker Conservation Intern/Extern. The person in this position will work with an Audubon Senior Conservation Biologist on a variety of bird conservation projects. Depending on interest and experience level these include: monitoring Vermont bird species of conservation concern, working with private landowners on farm restoration projects, and conducting public outreach. The externship is designed to provide a range of administrative and programmatic experiences with a focus on issues facing birds in Vermont and Northern New England.

Essential Functions

In the course of this internship/externship, the applicants will gain valuable experience interacting with professional biologists, educators, and leadership at Audubon, as well as with other environmental professionals in Vermont. This position will contribute to the goals of Audubon Vermont through supporting one or more strategic conservation program areas including Working Lands, Climate, and Bird-Friendly Communities.


Position will be for the summer of 2021 (May-July) with a time frame that can be adapted to meet a variety of academic schedules. Applicants must commit to working 200 hours.


Categories of tasks and projects may include the following:

  • Conduct monitoring of Peregrine Falcon, Bald Eagle, Chimney Swift, and/or Bobolink populations in conjunction with Audubon Vermont staff working on these species. Help coordinate and support community scientists participating in these monitoring projects.
  • Provide or assist in providing habitat assessments and management recommendations for private landowners with a focus on farmland. Conduct bird surveys on properties where and when needed.
  • Draft factsheets, blogs, webpage and social media content and other outreach materials to support Audubon Vermont’s conservation programs.
  • Attend meetings with public officials, environmental leaders, scientists and volunteers to support Audubon Vermont’s participation and contributions.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Self-starter and ability to work independently. 
  • Strong work ethic.
  • Dedicated and excited about working in a dynamic, fast-paced nonprofit organization.
  • Appetite for learning and growth.
  • Working toward a bachelor’s or higher degree in environmental studies, conservation, natural resources or related field.
  • Familiarity with and basic identification skills of Vermont’s tree, shrub (including non-natives), and bird species preferred but not required.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Well organized and an ability to focus on details.
  • Genuine interest in environmental protection, conservation, education, the mission of the National Audubon Society, and social and environmental justice.
  • Ability to work outdoors in a variety of challenging conditions.
  • Must have reliable transportation.


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