Conservation Intern

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Seasonal, Part-Time
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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

The conservation intern will contribute to conservation and outreach work around the Grange Insurance Audubon center.  In particular, the intern will work on the “gardening for birds” project, helping to plant and maintain a hummingbird garden as well as other native gardens around the center and interpreting for the public. The applicant must be highly motivated in engaging the public. The applicant will also be a ‘roving naturalist’, assisting with turtle care, assisting with weekly programming for young children and adults on a variety of nature topics, and working with volunteers with conservation events including river clean ups and invasive species removal.   Applicant will be provided with training in: plant and bird identification, educational program development, gardening skills and tool use, leading educational programs, and professional development such as cover letter or CV mentorship.  Applicant will work closely with center conservation manager and learn about various conservation programs.

Essential Functions

  • Help maintain and plant native gardens on site as part of the “gardening for birds” initiative.
  • Assist with and lead programming of daily center activities (topics can vary based on personal interest).
  • Care for center animals (turtles).
  • Maintain garden tools and other equipment.
  • Create social media posts and videos demonstrating native plant gardening and other conservation activities.
  • Be physically able to accompany program attendees to any program activities.
  • Be a representative of Audubon when dealing with visitors and program attendees.
  • May occasionally fill in at front desk or other duties as required.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Interest or experience in native plants, gardening, or backyard habitat. Interest in birds a plus.
  • Interest or experience in environmental education, interpretation or outreach.
  • Interest or experience in caring for reptiles or other small animals.
  • Desire to educate others, with an emphasis on young people, about conservation and the natural world.
  • Must be in active pursuit of a college degree in a related field to internship focus (biology, environmental science, etc.), two or more years of coursework preferred.
  • Willingness to spend periods of time outside in varied weather conditions.
  • Possess the necessary communication and motivational skills to lead small groups.
  • Experience teaching or working with diverse audiences.
  • High Degree of personal initiative, flexibility, and energy.
  • Available to work Saturdays and evenings.


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