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Audubon California is seeking two fellows for a new program dedicated to engaging a broad diversity of communities to create meaningful conservation solutions that work for birds, nature, and people. The Community Conservation Fellowship seeks to develop lasting relationships between urban communities and Audubon. Working at either Audubon Center at Debs Park in Los Angeles or the Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Fellows will engage communities in nature, environmental advocacy, and climate resilience over a nine month period beginning October 1, 2021
The project goal is to engage the surrounding communities and neighborhoods in Bird-Friendly Communities activities, increase neighborhood participation, and engage local leaders and stakeholders in meaningful ways. With mentorship from Audubon staff, the Fellow will contribute to conservation and outreach work at either Debs Park center or the Richardson Bay Audubon center. The Fellow will work with youth (14-18) programming for a full school year. Throughout the season, Fellows will receive training and gain the skills necessary to work with youth and community members in hands-on habitat restoration, leadership development, community stewardship, and advocacy training. Through center-based programming, fellows will practice and develop skills by working with youth and communities – building up student leaders, advocates, and land stewards. Fellows will co-design with center leadership and staff a series of outdoor community events and projects that target diverse, multi-generational audiences.
This job requires a culturally competent, organized, and responsible person who is an excellent communicator that can work effectively as part of a team and independently. The successful applicant must have an enthusiasm for the outdoors, and a willingness to learn, teach, and share actively with community groups.
- Assist Center Director in coordinating Climate Stewards program.
- Co-lead youth component at Audubon’s annual Advocacy Day.
- Help with restoration activities around the center and nearby project sites.
- Assist and lead programming of daily center and community-based activities.
- Maintain garden tools and other equipment.
- Create social media posts and videos demonstrating conservation activities and climate resiliency.
- Be a representative of Audubon when dealing with visitors and program attendees.
Qualifications and Experience:
- Desire to engage with others, with an emphasis on young people, about conservation and the natural world.
- Willingness to spend periods of time outside in varied weather conditions.
- Possess the necessary communication and motivational skills to lead small groups.
- Experience/ability in teaching or working with diverse audiences.
- Excellent research and writing skills.
- Excellent oral communication skills.
- Strong work ethic with exceptional organizational skills and an eye for details.
- Minimum of one year of relevant job or volunteer experience in outreach, organizing, communication, education, or conservation. Or, a current student pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree with a focus on or interest in environmental, climate change, marine or coastal, administrative, and/or land use law, or other relevant topics.
- Adaptable and versatile; able to thrive in a fast-paced and dynamic work environment.
- Proficiency with Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Microsoft Word.