Community Conservation Fellow

Job Locations
US-CA-Tiburon
Type
Seasonal, Full-Time
Job Category
Internships/Fellowships
ID
2022-5071
City
Tiburon
State/Province
CA

Overview

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 California is seeking one fellow for a program dedicated to engaging a broad diversity of communities to create meaningful conservation solutions that work for birds, nature, and people. The Community Conservation Fellowship seeks to build lasting relationships between urban communities and Audubon. Working at the Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Fellows will engage communities in nature, environmental advocacy, and climate resilience over a nine month period beginning October 3, 2022

 

The project goal is to engage the surrounding communities and neighborhoods in Bird-Friendly Communities activities, increase neighborhood participation, and engage local leaders and stakeholders in meaningful ways. With mentorship from Audubon staff, the Fellow will contribute to conservation and outreach work at the Richardson Bay Audubon center.  The Fellow will work with  youth (14-18) programming for a full school year. Throughout the season, the Fellow will receive training and gain the skills necessary to work with youth and community members in hands-on habitat restoration, leadership development, community stewardship, and advocacy training. Through center-based programming, the fellows will practice and develop skills by working with youth and communities – building up student leaders, advocates, and land stewards. Fellow will co-design with center leadership and staff a series of outdoor community events and projects that target diverse, multi-generational audiences.

 

This job requires a culturally competent, organized, and responsible person who is an excellent communicator that can work effectively as part of a team and independently. The successful applicant must have an enthusiasm for the outdoors, and a willingness to learn, teach, and share actively with community groups.

Essential Functions

  • Assist Center Director and Biologist in coordinating engagement events
  • Facilitate youth component at Audubon’s annual Advocacy Day
  • Help with restoration activities around the center and nearby project sites
  • Assist and lead programming of daily center and community-based activities
  • Maintain garden tools and other equipment
  • Create social media posts and videos demonstrating conservation activities and climate resiliency
  • Be a representative of Audubon when dealing with visitors and program attendees.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Desire to engage with  others, with an emphasis on young people, about conservation and the natural world
  • Willingness to spend periods of time outside in varied weather conditions
  • Possess the necessary communication and motivational skills to lead small groups
  • Experience/ability in teaching or working with diverse audiences
  • Strong research and writing skills
  • Strong oral communication skills
  • Strong work ethic with exceptional organizational skills and an eye for details
  • Minimum of one year of relevant job or volunteer experience in outreach, organizing, communication, education, or conservation. Or, a current student pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree with a focus on or interest in environmental, climate change, marine or coastal, administrative, and/or land use law, or other relevant topics
  • Adaptable and versatile; able to thrive in a fast-paced and dynamic work environment
  • Proficiency with Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Microsoft Word

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

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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