Environmental Youth Leadership Intern

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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 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:
Under the supervision of the Senior Coordinator, Conservation Education, the Environmental Youth Leadership Program Intern (the Intern) will participate in a 22-week experiential education program based at the John James Audubon Center (JJAC) in Audubon, PA.

Through hands-on activities, discussion, assigned readings, and local field trips the Intern will improve understanding of ecosystem health, learn best practices to protect birds and other wildlife, gain transferable skills that can be applied across industries, and deepen connections with nature. As part of the program, the Intern will be exposed to different careers, make connections with Audubon staff, and be immersed in educational programs at JJAC.

This internship is open to high school seniors only.

Interns will collaborate on two capstone projects: one focusing on environmental justice, and one centered on engaging people in conservation issues.

$15.00 / hour
Essential Functions:
  • Meet weekly at the John James Audubon Center. Specific days and times will be agreed upon between interns and their supervisor.
  • Assist with leading environmental education and programming at JJAC and in the community.
  • Assist with public events at JJAC.
  • Greet visitors to the John James Audubon Center Museum and along onsite pathways.
  • Assist with site maintenance, including debris or trash clean up, as well as office tasks as needed.
Qualifications and Experience:
  • The internship is designed for high school seniors.
  • Must have transportation to and from the Center.
  • Interest in environmental science, birds, conservation, and community outreach.
  • Desire to educate others about conservation and the natural world.
  • Must be organized and exercise good time management.
  • Comfort working independently and as part of a team.
  • Willingness to participate in nature-based programming in an outdoor setting, including in the Perkiomen Creek.
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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