Science and Engagement Intern, Salton Sea

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Palm Desert, CA, United States

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30+ 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:
Audubon’s Salton Sea program invites college students and recent graduates to raise the level of awareness of the Salton Sea crisis through sectors of public policy, science, education, communications, and community engagement. The Salton Sea Science and Community Engagement Intern will work with the Senior Program Coordinator and the Salton Sea Program Director on different aspects of the Salton Sea Program, including assisting in bird surveys, water sampling, biofilm food-web studies, social media, blog posts, and coordinating educational seminars and trips to the Sea with community and local high schools. This is a 9-month part time position running from January through September. The Salton Sea Science and Community Engagement Intern works under the guidance and direct supervision of the Program Coordinator; however, the entire staff is available to interns for special interest sessions, guidance, and assistance. The intern may also work with program volunteers, the general public, school teachers, and students. The intern will have the opportunity to learn and gain valuable skills as it relates to restoration projects, community engagement, science, public health, writing, and social media.

  • $15.50/hour
Essential Functions:
1. Assist in the field during bird surveys. Intern will assist with bird survey data collection,
as well as with coordinating volunteers and student groups who may join the surveys.
2. Assist researcher in the field during biofilm surveys and field collections. Intern will
assist in researcher needs, including collecting and sorting field samples and
recording relevant environmental parameters using tools such as a water probe.
3. Help in coordinating visits and educational presentations on various topics related
to the Sea with local high school science club.
4. Utilize blogging, social media and traditional media to communicate Audubon’s Salton Sea message to the community at large.
5. Aid in organizing field trips to the Salton Sea for stakeholders in the Coachella and Imperial Valley, such as academic institutions, faith-based groups, local high schools, tribal nations, and environmental justice partners.
6. Attend public meetings hosted by the community and other stakeholders related to
Salton Sea happenings.
7. Work with the Salton Sea science team to coordinate data collection, surveys, and reports.
8. Increase the diversity of audience.
9. Other activities assigned by Audubon Staff.
10. Make a final presentation to Salton Sea Audubon Team.
Qualifications and Experience:
  • Completion of at least two years of college coursework in communications, public policy
or health, environmental or life sciences, or science education.
  • Some teaching experience to both children and adults.
  • Writing experience preferred.
  • Confident in leading a group and initiating activities, working independently, and
team teaching.
  • Comfortable with public speaking to small or large groups.
  • Strong work ethic, self-motivated, flexibility, a desire to learn, and the ability to
work well with others.
  • A current driver’s license or state issued ID, and reliable transportation to and from
the Center.
  • Positive attitude and commitment to environmental stewardship.
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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