Wild Indigo Nature Explorations Columbus Fellow

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Columbus, OH, United States

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12 days ago

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:

The Wild Indigo Nature Explorations Fellow will work with the Wild Indigo Nature Explorations Coordinator to co- develop meaningful, mutually beneficial relationships with local organizations and community members in Columbus, Ohio. With guidance and support from the Wild Indigo Nature Explorations Coordinator and other Grange Insurance Audubon Center staff, the Wild Indigo Nature Explorations Fellow will assist in the co-design and delivery of culturally relevant programs and stewardship opportunities that engage BIPOC with local natural areas and their immediate environment. The Wild Indigo Fellow will be trained and expected to incorporate Audubon’s theory of change, which serves as a guide to the development and maintenance of genuine, mutually beneficial community partnerships between the Grange Insurance Audubon Center, and BIPOC in Columbus.

The Wild Indigo Nature Explorations Fellow will rely heavily on input from the community in the co-development of culturally resonant and mutually beneficial programming that addresses community needs and advances Audubon’s mission to protect the birds and the environment we share. The position requires a culturally competent, organized, and responsible individual comfortable communicating and working in collaboration with multi-generational BIPOC audiences.

The Wild Indigo Nature Explorations Fellowship is a part-time role, 20 hours weekly with the flexibility to work some weekends and evenings. This is a seasonal 6-month grant‐funded position.
Essential Functions:
  • Assists the Wild Indigo Nature Explorations Coordinator and community to execute mutually beneficial programs, field trips, and stewardship opportunities that enhance the existing connection between BIPOC and local natural areas.
  • Assists the Wild Indigo Nature Explorations Coordinator summer camps, field trips, stewardship opportunities, and other activities.
  • Supports the creation and maintenance of mutually beneficial relationships with community members, organizations, and other partners through participation in programs, field trips, and other opportunities.
  • Retains partner organization and community member contact information in collaboration with the Wild Indigo Nature Explorations Coordinator.
  • Communicates schedules, uses appropriate administrative and program tools, and co-develops meeting agendas as needed.
  • Drafts and submits Wild Indigo Nature Explorations Fellowship program feedback forms and evaluations.
  • Connects interested community members and organizations with stewardship opportunities and groups.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
Qualifications and Experience:
  • High school diploma/GED required.
  • Minimum of one year of relevant job experience in outreach and engagement, organizing, communication, youth development, education, or conservation.
  • Basic familiarity with birds and native plant species in and around Columbus, or enthusiastic willingness to learn.
  • Basic familiarity with local schools and community organizations in Columbus.
  • An enthusiasm for outdoor activities.
  • Experience in working with Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) of all ages.
  • Excellent communication and professionalism.
  • The ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Occasional travel around the city of Columbus and within the Greater Columbus region is required.
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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