Conservation Education Intern, Discovery Center

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Philadelphia, PA, United States

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20 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:
Under the supervision of Audubon’s Programs and Education Manager, the Conservation Education Intern (the Intern) will participate in a 10-week experiential education program based at The Discovery Center in Philadelphia, PA. Through hands-on activities, discussion, and assigned readings, the Intern will improve understanding of ecosystem health, learn best practices to protect birds and other wildlife, including conservation tactics like Leave No Trace®, participate Outward Bound leadership development programs, gain transferable skills that can be applied across several employment sectors, and deepen connections with nature. As part of the program, the Intern will be asked to design and implement a conservation project that considers the intersection of climate change, environmental justice, and related threats to birds and the habitat we share, and will be expected to present their project at a final celebration event.

The internship will begin in September 2022 and last for 10 weeks. It will be in-person at The Discovery Center, 3401 Reservoir Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19121, with potential for some remote work. Compensation is $16/hour, not to exceed 10 hours/week. Some travel assistance may be provided.

Essential Functions:
Meet 2-3 times per week at The Discovery Center to participate in discussions (and learning activities) and complete assigned tasks.
Be able to understand environmental science topics, including but not limited to, climate change, environmental justice, water quality, birds as indicators of climate change, native and invasive plant species, green infrastructure, and conservation.
Be willing to observe how these specific topics are affecting the intern’s own communities.
Read peer-reviewed articles, and related materials about environmental science topics.
Research and develop a deeper understanding of climate change and environmental justice.
Participate in and become knowledgeable of Outward Bound leadership development programs.
Support delivery of leadership programs as assigned.
Brainstorm and design a conservation project that aims to mitigate and/or highlight impacts of climate change on birds and people through the lens of environmental justice.
Participate in an end of internship event to present a specific conservation project.

Qualifications and Experience:
The internship is designed for high school students and young adults, aged 16-21.
Interest in environmental science, birds, conservation, and community outreach.
Desire to educate others about conservation and the natural world.
Must be organized and exercise good time management.

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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