Conservation Leadership Crew Intern

Job Post Information* : Posted Date 2 months ago(12/20/2023 12:44 PM)
Job Locations
US-MO-West Alton
Seasonal, Full-Time
Job Category
West Alton


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 towards a future where birds thrive because Audubon is a powerful, diverse, and ever-growing force for conservation. Audubon has more than 700 staff working across the hemisphere and more than 1.5 million active supporters.

North America has lost three billion birds since 1970, and more than 500 bird species are at risk of extinction across Latin America and the Caribbean. Birds act as early warning systems about the health of our environment, and they tell us that birds – and our planet – are in crisis. Together as one Audubon, we are working to alter the course of climate change and habitat loss, leading to healthier bird populations and reversing current trends in biodiversity loss. We do this by implementing on-the-ground conservation, partnering with local communities, influencing public and corporate policy, and building community.

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 brings new creativity, effectiveness, and leadership to our work throughout the hemisphere.

Position Summary

Opened 2011, the Audubon Center at Riverlands is one of 41 Audubon Centers in the U.S. Audubon Centers are hubs of influence and leadership for conservation throughout their regions and communities. We are a project of the National Audubon Society, a key component of Audubon’s Upper Mississippi River Program and a unique partnership with the Rivers Project Office of the St. Louis District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

We use education, science and public engagement to protect birds and their habitats in the Great Rivers Confluence Important Bird Area and the greater St. Louis Region. We build new generations of conservationists and leaders through experiential STEM-based learning in nature focused on under-resourced schools and communities; use science to understand and protect birds and habitat; and offer programs and events that promote an understanding and appreciation of nature, and inspire action to protect our Great Rivers, birds and habitat.

The Conservation Leadership Crew Internship is an essential part of the NEST (Nature Stewards of Tomorrow) program and interns will participate in outdoor conservation work, environmental justice trainings and career exposure opportunities. This week-long job opportunity will provide five-ten St. Louis region teens from the Ferguson-Florissant School District and Hazelwood School District with real work experience, understanding of local environmental issues, career exposure, and networking opportunities in the field of environmental conservation and sustainability.



$15.00 / hour

Essential Functions

  • Assist in habitat management and other conservation projects happening on site at the Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary as well as other local natural spaces.
  • Communicate with the Green Teen Alliance (GTA) Coalition including the alumni program.
  • Serve as an essential intern for environmental justice trainings and activities.
  • Interact and collaborate with various environmental partner organizations such as the Army Corps of Engineers, US Fish and Wildlife, TreeHouse Wildlife Center and more.
  • Actively engage in career pathway conversations with staff and local partners.
  • Promote a positive workplace culture by collaborating, being open to new ideas and experiences, and valuing equity, diversity, and inclusion in our workplace and off-site locations. Can include engaging in environmental justice trainings with your fellow interns.
  • Articulate the mission of Audubon to the conservation partners and community members.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Education Manager.

Qualifications and Experience

  • High school student; currently enrolled in the Ferguson-Florissant School District or Hazelwood School District or other school districts within North County
  • Demonstrate willingness to work outdoors in nature
  • Ability to learn in an active and physical environment
  • Commitment to the conservation of birds, other wildlife and their habitats
  • Interpersonal, written and communication skills
  • Must be self-motivated
  • Ability to work together with fellow interns and supervisors as part of a team
  • Willingness to engage in environmental justice discussions
  • Must be 16 years or older
  • Demonstrate interest in conservation and the mission of the National Audubon Society

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.

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