Conservation Intern, Forestry

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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. 


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Position Summary

Audubon Vermont seeks an applicant interested or pursuing a degree in conservation, natural resources, forestry, ecology, ornithology, and related fields to serve as a Maggie Walker Forestry Intern. The person in this position will work with Audubon’s Senior Conservation Biologist/Forester on a variety of forest-bird conservation projects. The primary responsibility will be updating the Land Stewardship Plan for the 255-acre Green Mountain Audubon Center. Depending on interest and experience level, additional opportunities may include; conducting forest habitat assessments, monitoring Vermont forest bird species of conservation concern, collecting data as part of a Bird-Friendly Maple Efficacy Study, and conducting public outreach. The internship is also 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, the applicants will participate in ongoing conservation projects, 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 occur during the summer of 2021 (May-August) with a time frame that can be adapted to meet a variety of academic schedules. Applicants must commit to working 200 hours.

The primary responsibility of the position is:

  • Conduct natural resource inventories of the Green Mountain Audubon Center’s 255-acres. Utilize data collected to inform the drafting of a Land Stewardship Plan that integrates bird habitat management with other ownership goals including climate adaptation and mitigation, recreation, maple syrup production, and timber management.

Categories of additional tasks and projects may include the following:

  • Assist in providing habitat assessments and management recommendations for private landowners, including maple syrup producers as part of the Bird-Friendly Maple program.
  • Provide field support for researchers from the VT Center for Eco-studies and the University of Vermont involved in the Bird-Friendly Maple Efficacy Study.
  • Conduct bird monitoring at Foresters for the Birds demonstration sites.
  • Participate in outreach activities, which may include bird walks, workshops and special events.
  • Draft fact-sheets, blogs, web-page 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.
  • Opportunities to participate in other Audubon Vermont conservation projects including the Green Mountain Audubon Center MAPS bird banding station, Common Tern Recovery Project, and Peregrine Falcon and Bald Eagle monitoring.

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 or a recent graduate of a bachelor’s or higher degree in conservation, forestry, natural resources, environmental studies or related field.
  • Familiarity with management of and silviculture systems used in New England forests.
  • Familiarity with natural resource inventory techniques.
  • Familiarity with and identification skills of Vermont’s birds (by sight and sound), tree, and shrub species (including non-native plant species).
  • Proficiency in basic map creation features of ArcGIS.
  • 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 and willingness to drive up to 2.0 hours to reach field sites.


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