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.
In coordination with the GIAC team, the Engagement Coordinator will work to build meaningful relationships with community-based organizations in Central Ohio. In partnership with the Engagement Manager and Center Director this position will develop and maintain creative and lasting partnerships with local organizations serving underrepresented and marginalized communities. This position will work with center staff to co-design and deliver relevant programs and stewardship activities that engage targeted communities with Grange Insurance Audubon Center and other local nature areas.
$18.00 - $20.00 / hourEssential Functions:
- Design and deliver relevant programs, field trips, and stewardship days to engage and connect communities to the Grange Insurance Audubon Center and other natural areas in Central Ohio.
- In partnership with GIAC management, build Trusting and collaborative relationships with community partners and leaders.
- In collaboration with GIAC staff, co-create and deliver center programs such as, but not limited to, conservation classroom, Backyard Native Plant Challenge, lectures, summer camps and field trips.
- Continuously evaluate and refine programming to maximize contributions.
- Work closely with Public Engagement Manger to create outreach strategies and materials, including social media and promotional publication on sharing event highlights and examples of community partnerships.
- Ensure all grant deliverables are fully executed and actively support fundraising and donor cultivation.
- Contribute to communications and messaging materials, including assisting with content for social media, brochures, handouts, and presentations.
- Under the supervision of the Public Engagement Manger, recruit, train and work with volunteers to assist with outreach events and programs.
- Work with GIAC Engagement staff to develop community outreach strategies and represent the center at meetings and offsite partner events.
- Ensure safety of program participants and volunteers by compliance of all Audubon safety and regulations.
- Maintain administrative documentation, communicate schedules, use appropriate administrative and program tools, and develop meeting agendas as needed.
- Partner with Audubon staff to ensure that equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging principles are incorporated and followed in all aspects of our work.
- Assist with center daily operations (opening, closing, covering the front desk, staff of duty) and basic facility needs.
- Other job-related duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree in environmental studies, education, natural resources, or related field.
- 0-2 years of relevant job experience in outreach and engagement, organizing, communication, youth development, education, or conservation. An equivalent combination of education and experience will also be considered.
- Direct experience working in partnership with Communities of Color highly preferred.
- A basic familiarity with birds and native plants of the region and an enthusiasm for outdoor activities desired.
- Personal commitment to Audubon’s conservation mission including a passion for expanding equity, diversity and inclusion in the environmental field.
- Strong interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills and the ability to engage and motivate diverse audiences.
- Must be well‐organized and responsible with the ability to work independently, as well as part of a team.
- Weekly travel throughout Central Ohio required and occasional travel within the US, roughly two times per year. Must have a valid driver’s license and access to reliable transportation.
- Must be able to lift up to 25 lbs, and ability to travers up to 5 miles of uneven terrain carrying program equipment, tools and supplies, with or without accommodation.
- Have current certification in First Aid and CPR or ability to acquire certification upon hire.
- Willingness to work evenings and weekends as needed.
This position is represented by the Communication Workers of America (CWA).EEO Statement: