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.
Under the supervision of the Stewardship Manager, the Associate, Volunteer and Outreach will work with the Audubon Delta team in Mississippi to grow and maintain a grassroots group of volunteers focused on coastal bird conservation. The Associate, Volunteer and Outreach will be responsible for helping to recruit for a variety of positions, including stewards, monitors, and the Audubon Coastal Bird Survey (ACBS) Coordinators. They will also engage with local, historically underrepresented communities to increase equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging initiatives into the program.
This is a part-time, 25 hours per week, year-round position that is grant funded through 2028. Extensions may be possible depending on additional funding being secured.
- Recruit, train, and oversee volunteers for a growing coastal bird stewardship program in Mississippi.
- Manage the volunteer application process, training and orientation, and maintenance of volunteer records.
- Actively recruit with a focus on equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging, making connections with local underrepresented communities.
- Expand the volunteer program by recruiting new volunteers and cultivating relationships with current volunteers through regular individualized and intentional communication about needs, special life events, achievements, etc.
- Perform conservation related outreach at festivals, schools, markets, and other local events with an emphasis on volunteer and stakeholder recruitment.
- Assist with development of regionwide volunteer manual.
- Assist with scheduling and tracking volunteer hours through utilized software.
- Assist Stewardship Manager with coordination and facilitation volunteer recognition, which may include an annual event, appreciation materials, and other recognition efforts throughout the year.
- Help conservation and education staff design and deliver volunteer programs and trainings as a part of recognition and retention.
- Participate in outreach and centers of influence by delivering community programs and presentations for coastal stewardship.
- Participate in communications and marketing efforts, which may include developing content for social media, newsletters, annual reports, and the website.
- Under supervision from the Stewardship Manager and Senior Program Manager, develop and maintain productive working relationships with assigned partners.
- Meet deadlines for monthly grant and expense reports.
- Maintain proper care and inventory of all project equipment and vehicles.
- Other job-related duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree and 1-2 years of professional experience supporting outreach, education, development, marketing/communications. An equivalent combination of education and experience will also be considered.
- Experience working with, coordinating, and training volunteers.
- Demonstrates excellent leadership and interpersonal skills (positive, outgoing, motivational).
- Ability to work with a diverse group of people, familiarity with local communities in coastal Mississippi preferred.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Experience delivering presentations and communicating information to a diverse audience.
- Strong organizational and relationship building skills; the ability to lead and work as part of a team.
- Reliable, self-motivated, and able to work comfortably in a dynamic, non-structured environment.
- Knowledge of Gulf Coast conservation issues.
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite such as Excel, Word and PowerPoint, and knowledge of eBird a plus.
- Majority of Saturdays required, plus willingness and flexibility to work nonstandard hours (early mornings, evenings, Sundays, etc.). Memorial Day and the July 4th holiday will be a mandatory work day.
- Ability to occasionally perform tasks requiring physical exertion or outdoors in sometimes challenging conditions (heat, wind).
- Ability to traverse, sometimes on uneven terrain, lifting, and carrying with or without accommodation.
- Demonstrates a commitment to the mission and values of the National Audubon Society.
- Must possess a valid driver’s license.