Audubon Vermont seeks applicants interested in or currently pursuing a degree in conservation, natural resources, ornithology, or related fields to serve as a Conservation Intern. The individuals selected for the two positions will learn from Audubon Senior Conservation Biologists and will perform a variety of tasks under their guidance and supervision. Potential projects interns may assist with include monitoring Vermont bird species of conservation concern, working with private landowners on farm and watershed restoration projects, and conducting public outreach. To apply, go to: https://careers-audubon.icims.com/jobs/4937/conservation-intern%2c-working-lands-%26-priority-species/job
The position is designed to provide opportunities for interns to gain experience and skills in the conservation field for professional development while contributing to the programmatic needs of Audubon Vermont and the issues facing birds in Vermont and Northern New England. It is our intention that the interns will come away from the experience with an enhanced understanding of the activities and responsibilities involved in conservation biology, but more importantly Audubon’s mission and the role that conservation work plays in protecting birds and the places they need to survive. At the end of the internship, interns will prepare a presentation documenting the process and what they have learned from it.
Over the course of the internship, interns will gain valuable experience interacting with professional biologists, educators, and leadership at Audubon, as well as with other environmental professionals in Vermont. The interns will become familiar with and contribute to the goals of Audubon Vermont by supporting one or more strategic conservation program areas including Working Lands, Climate, and Bird-Friendly Communities. The position will be for the summer of 2022 (May- August) with flexible start and end dates to accommodate time academic schedules, but applicants must commit to working 300 hours total with an average of 21 hours per week on a consistent weekly schedule.
All work will be done with oversight and training from conservation staff and may include the following:
Conduct monitoring of Peregrine Falcon, Bald Eagle, Chimney Swift, Common Tern, and/or Bobolink populations in conjunction with Audubon Vermont staff working on these species. Help coordinate and support community scientists participating in these monitoring projects.
Conduct or assist in avian surveys on private and public lands with a focus on shrubland/young forest birds including Golden-winged and Blue-winged warblers.
Assist with the Green Mountain Audubon Center Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) bird banding station.
Provide or assist with habitat assessments and management recommendations for private landowners with a focus on farmland. Conduct bird surveys on properties where and when needed.
Draft factsheets, blogs, webpage and social media content and other outreach materials to support Audubon Vermont’s conservation programs.
Attend meetings with public officials, environmental leaders, scientists and volunteers to support Audubon Vermont’s participation and contributions.
Assist with Green Mountain Audubon Center trail management and maintenance with our volunteers through the Adopt A Trail program.
Qualifications and Experience
Self-starter and ability to work independently.
Strong work ethic.
Dedicated and excited about working in a dynamic, fast-paced nonprofit organization.
Appetite for learning and growth.
Believes in the mission to protect birds and the spaces they need for now and the future through human connection, conservation, and policy.
Working towards, or interest to work towards, a bachelor’s or higher degree in environmental studies, conservation, natural resources or related field.
Familiarity with and basic identification skills of Vermont’s tree, shrub (including non-natives), and bird species preferred but not required.
Interest in developing oral and written communication skills.
Well organized and an ability to focus on details.
Genuine interest in environmental protection, conservation, education, the mission of the National Audubon Society, and social and environmental justice.
Ability to work outdoors in a variety of challenging conditions.
Own transportation and valid driver’s license.
Ability to lift 50lbs and walk 5 miles with or without a reasonable accommodation.
Familiarity with Microsoft excel, GIS, and eBird preferred, but not required. Applicants should be willing and eager to learn how to use these tools to complete tasks associated with the internship.
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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