FAO Schwarz Fellow

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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. 




Position Summary

Audubon Mid-Atlantic’s mission—like that of its parent organization, the National Audubon Society—is to protect the places that people and birds need today and tomorrow, through science, advocacy, education, and on-the-ground conservation. Where birds thrive, people prosper. Audubon is committed to the sustainability of our planet and is working to mitigate the growing harmful impact of climate change. Audubon Mid-Atlantic serves a broad constituency of more than 100,000 members. Our grassroots network includes 26 local Audubon chapters and we serve over 75,000 people annually through our conservation, education, and advocacy programs. Our Pennsylvania centers—The Discovery Center in Philadelphia, and the John James Audubon Center in Montgomery County—along with Patterson Park Audubon Center in Baltimore, represent three of Audubon’s 41 centers.


This two-year position is funded by the FAO Schwarz Fellowship program and National Audubon Society and is designed to provide new college graduates who have the potential to become future social impact leaders with exposure to nonprofit organizations and training. The transformative Fellowship experiences combine direct service and special projects with professional development, mentoring and networking opportunities and help the Fellow launch a successful career in the nonprofit sector. For more information: faoschwarzfellowship.org


Applicants must submit a cover letter. In the cover letter they should address: name, email, phone, pronouns, name of college/university, state or country of college/university, name of hometown, state or country of hometown, college, major(s), how the candidate heard about the role, and race/ethnicity and first generation college student status (disclosure on these this is optional).


In addition to that, they need to answer the following three questions.

  • Question 1: How did you learn about the FAO Schwarz Fellowship, and why are you interested in being a FAO Schwarz Fellow?
  • Question 2: Why are you interested in being the FAO Schwarz Fellow at Audubon Mid Atlantic? Why does their mission engage you? 
  • Question 3: What background and experiences would you bring to the direct service and special project work at this organization?

You will be asked to upload a resume and cover letter in PDF format. Please name your files as follows:





Application Deadline is February 10th, 2022

Essential Functions

  • Provide assistance/take lead in the delivery of in-school conservation education lessons to a total of 200 students in grades 1 – 4 at the Community Partnership School, JB Kelly School, and The Philadelphia School.
  • As the Fellow gains experience, they will create lesson plans and lead classes both on-site at The Discovery Center, and in the community at 3rd party sites.
  • Assist Audubon staff with experiential learning opportunities that will engage approximately 50 students in grades 9 –11 at the nearby Revolution School and assist with a monthly on-site education internship program that supports 30 high school students.
  • Help create, plan and deliver public programming at the Center as part of the regularly scheduled programming schedule.
  • Lead on-site education tours for school groups, and summer camps.
  • Help manage social media channels and use data analytics to build new audiences and strengthen Audubon’s presence in Philadelphia.
  • Plan and execute opportunities for volunteers and supporters to participate in our local conservation and advocacy work plan.
  • Create programs and opportunities for Audubon College Chapters at Temple and Bryn Mawr College to engage more fully in the work of Audubon at The Discovery Center.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Have taken courses that focus on conservation, environmental education, biology, natural history, or a major in education with an interest in alternative forms of education.
  • Have previous related experience in education.
  • Experience in event creation
  • Self-motivated and organized person able to stay on task.
  • Social media communication experience.
  • Networking and community engagement.
  • Interest in pedagogy, curriculum development, and lesson planning.

EEO Statement

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 identity, 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.

Accessibility Statement

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COVID Policy

Beginning September 15, 2021: Audubon requires all staff either to provide proof of being fully vaccinated or, if they cannot provide such proof for any reason, to wear a mask while working indoors, including in all Audubon facilities and offsite, and while working outdoors in situations where they cannot maintain social distancing. In addition, at this time and until CDC recommendations change, all staff in counties the CDC identifies as having “substantial” and “high” COVID transmission ratesmust wear masks indoors (unless alone in a closed office) and outdoors in situations where they cannot maintain social distancing regardless of vaccination status. 


This policy covers national and state offices, centers, and sanctuaries, as well as Audubon employees working offsite. Should you be selected for this position, you will be asked to acknowledge you have read the above policy and provide your vaccination status.


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