The National Audubon Society is hiring a
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.
Audubon Great Lakes’ Wild Indigo Nature Explorations program is dedicated to engaging a broad diversity of communities to create meaningful conservation solutions that work for birds, nature, and people. Milwaukee Wild Indigo Nature Explorations is a community engagement program that seeks to build lasting relationships between urban communities of color and their local natural areas. Working in Milwaukee’s Northwest and Southside, Wild Indigo will build community appreciation of wetland ecology and support for their restoration along Pulaski Park, Lincoln Park and Lincoln Creek. The project goal is to demonstrate the connection between healthy natural habitats and healthy urban communities via activities that familiarize teens with the nature and wildlife that share the spaces where they live and play. This project will develop a series of events that, via community science, outdoor recreation, and stewardship, will foster a deeper connection to wildlife along Milwaukee’s green spaces. With community partners, Audubon’s Wild Indigo program will develop a cohort of ambassadors who will be informed advocates for healthy watersheds in the region.
This is a seasonal 10 week grant‐funded position.
The Wild Indigo Explorer will work with the Milwaukee Wild Indigo Coordinator to implement Nature Exploration efforts in several of Milwaukee’s parks. The goal of the Explorers is to teach them how to become nature interpreters and allow them to engage with nature in new ways, with themes focused on several ideas around environmental advocacy. The Explorers will then take what they have learned and will continue to engage with their local natural areas and their surrounding communities by completing several stewardship projects and developing a video documentation platform.
• Learn about local wetland ecology and water quality issues
• Learn about healing properties of local native and invasive plants
• Learn about bird anatomy, migration patterns and basics of bird facts and identification
• Learn about environmental justice and to get and stay involved
• Participate in local community science projects based in Lincoln Creek and Havenwoods
• Document program experiences with weekly journal logs
• Develop a video documentation platform to share with Audubon Great Lakes on social media platforms
• Complete a minimum of 40 stewardship hours during the 10 weeks, in Lincoln Creek and Havenwoods
• Develop and implement a team-oriented stewardship final project
• Use Merlin, Literati, I-Naturalist to document community science projects.
• Build relationships with local environmental educators to strengthen future stewardship opportunities
• Work with team to plan a final project, that will include a stewardship opportunity, nature walks, and an educational activity.
• Complete 3 evaluations (pre, mid, and post) to assist with documentation of experience
• Complete 10 hours a week
• Must be 13 to 18 years of age
• Must be willing to explore nature outdoors
• Must be willing to work with other young people
• Must have interest in completing stewardship efforts
• Must be able to organize and complete daily logs
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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