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.
This is an on-site role based at the Green Mountain Audubon Center/Audubon Vermont in Huntington, VT.
Intern Responsibilities and Learning Objectives
The intern will work alongside our Youth Conservation Leadership Coordinator to:
- Plan and lead projects for high school aged Junior Conservation Technicians in and around the Green Mountain Audubon Center such as trail maintenance, basic carpentry projects, bird banding, invasive species removal, phenology monitoring, forestry assessments, and more!
- Mentor Junior Conservation Technicians.
- Write Junior Conservation Technician blog posts for our website.
- Develop and deliver programs or projects for teens and Audubon alumni in-line with Audubon Vermont operations.
- Coordinate and facilitate an alumni event.
- Help collect data such as quotes, project impacts, and photos for grantors that highlight the success of the Youth Conservation Leadership Program.
- Debrief and give feedback on the Junior Conservation Technician Program and Youth Conservation Leadership Program.
- This position is best suited to a self-driven individual who has experience in education (formal or informal) and working with high school students and can bring a creative edge to natural history interpretation and conservation projects.
- Course work that focuses on conservation, environmental education, biology, natural history, natural resource management, forestry or a major in education with an interest in alternative forms of education.
- Minimum 3-months experience directly working with children. Applicants with high school aged experience preferred.
- Experience or knowledge of community science apps such as Merlin Bird ID, eBird, iNaturalist, and Nature’s Notebook.
- Must be excited about teaching and doing physical work for full days outdoors in a variety of weather conditions including cold, snow, heat, and rain.
- Experience and ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds.
- Reliable transportation to Audubon Vermont. This work will require coming to Audubon Vermont’s office in Huntington, VT, which is a rural location. The nearest bus stop is 10 miles away. If you do not have reliable transportation but believe you are a strong candidate, please apply.
- Event planning and basic carpentry skills are a plus.
- Able to lift 50lbs (with accommodation).