ACL TERN Intern
Houston, TX, United States
30+ days ago
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.
Audubon Texas is the state office of the National Audubon Society. Since 1923, the Coastal Conservation Program has worked to manage and protect the nesting islands of colonial waterbirds along the Texas coastline. The Texas Estuarine Resource Network (TERN) program engages local citizens to participate with colonial waterbird conservation through bird surveys, island management, education, and outreach. The Audubon Conservation Leaders Program for Young Women (ACL) connects high school aged women to local conservation issues and action, with a focus on 21st century leadership skills. This position educates youth on the scientific method and local bird identification through an afterschool outreach program in partnership with local school leaders. The TERN-ACL intern is located in the greater Houston area.
The part-time, temporary Audubon Conservation Leaders and Texas Estuary Research Network (ACL-TERN) Intern works with the Coastal Program Manager, Community Outreach Coordinator, and grant partners in the Greater Houston area to complete the objectives of the internship including, but not limited to: delivering quality afterschool programs with 3rd through 7th grade students, turning in weekly reports on participation and outcomes, organizing and delivering supplies for the afterschool programs.
The part-time, temporary intern will be supervised on site and virtually by the Community Outreach Coordinator for Youth Programs. This role will work a maximum of 20 hours per week, for 18 weeks, plus a 40 hour per week training period not to exceed two weeks, and is paid an hourly wage. The position is expected to begin in September 2022 and work through April 2023. No housing is provided.
During the course of the position, the Intern will have the opportunity to gain knowledge and experience in the following areas:
- Coordinate and implement TERN in the Classroom afterschool grant.
- Engage students in on-site environmental education programming.
- Track and maintain accurate records of program activities and write program updates, including the names and address of afterschool programs, number of participants each week, number of species seen with each cohort, weekly hours served, and completion of specific lessons.
- Work with educators and staff from partner organizations, including, but not limited to: Harris County Department of Education, local Audubon Chapters, etc.
- Communicate with and respond to correspondence with Harris County Department of Education staff.
- Participate in birding events, workdays, and partnership programs as needed.
- Represent Audubon Texas at outreach events and professional meetings as needed.
- Assist with special events at the request of the Coastal Program Manager or Community Outreach Coordinator.
- This position reports to the Community Outreach Coordinator, based out of Alice, TX, and secondarily, to the Coastal Program Manager, who is based out of Austin, TX.
- Recent High School graduate and active participant of the Audubon Conservation Leaders program in their senior year.
- Excellent interpersonal/communication skills preferred.
- Proficient writing and speaking skills in English (Spanish proficiency a plus).
- A self-starter, one with a positive and enthusiastic approach to all tasks.
- Demonstrate genuine interest in the Audubon mission of connecting people and communities to nature and the outdoors.
- Excellent organization and communication skills.
- Willingness to work cooperatively as part of a team.
- Collaborates well with coworkers, students (children of all ages), and the public including teachers, parents, and volunteers.
- Has reliable transportation to school locations.
- Knowledge of how to use a computer, MS Office applications (Word, Excel), and social media platforms.
- Be able to carry at least 30 pounds and enjoy outdoor work.
- Ability to be self-guided and work in a team environment when necessary.
- Effectively managing priorities, including navigating conflicting deadlines.
- Must be a creative, knowledgeable, and diligent person dedicated to conservation, education, and the environment.
- Position may involve moderate hiking, wading in water, handling live animals, equipment maintenance, digging, planting, transporting equipment, and the ability to lift 30 pounds.
- Must be flexible and willing to assist with other Coastal programs when needed.