FAO Schwarz Fellow

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The National Audubon Society is a nonprofit conservation organization that protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow. We work throughout the Americas using science, advocacy, education, and on-the-ground conservation. Audubon’s state, regional, national, and international programs, nature centers, and chapters have an unparalleled wingspan that reaches millions of people each year to inform, inspire, and unite diverse communities in conservation action. As a sentinel species, we recognize that the fate of birds is inextricably tied to the fate of us all.


Audubon has more than 700 staff working across the United States and seven countries in 17 state and regional offices, 41 nature centers, and 23 wildlife sanctuaries. Together as one Audubon, we aspire to alter the course of climate change and habitat loss, leading to healthier bird populations and reversing current trends in biodiversity loss.


Audubon is committed to a culture of workplace excellence, where our talented and diverse staff are deeply engaged, with a strong sense of belonging. The birds Audubon pledges to protect differ in color, size, behavior, geographical preference, and countless other ways. By honoring and celebrating the equally remarkable diversity of the human species, Audubon will bring new creativity, effectiveness, and leadership to our work throughout the hemisphere.

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

The National Audubon Society endeavors to keep our careers site accessible to any and all users.  If you would like to contact us regarding the accessibility of our website or need assistance completing the application process, please contact Accommodations@audubon.org. This contact information is for accommodation requests only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications.

COVID Policy

All staff must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no later than January 31, 2022, unless they are approved by Human Resources for a qualified exemption. Those unvaccinated after January 31st will be required to follow a weekly testing protocol.


All unvaccinated staff are required to wear masks or other approved facial coverings while working indoors at all times or outdoors when social distancing cannot be maintained. Further, effective December 13th, any unvaccinated staff person entering an Audubon building must submit a negative Covid-19 test that has been taken within 72 hours. 


This policy is effective through February 27th and may be changed due to changes in the law and/or changes to Audubon policies such as the Return to Work/Hybrid Work policy.


All new hires must be fully vaccinated prior to their start of employment unless they are pre-qualified by HR for exemption.


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