National Audubon Society Coastal Program Intern- Citizen Science in Clear Lake Shores, Texas

Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action. By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive. And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level. What defines Audubon’s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of nearly 500 local chapters, 22 state offices, 41 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 50 states, and 700 staff across the country. Audubon is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

Audubon Texas is the state office of the National Audubon Society. This position will be hired under Audubon Texas for the Coastal Conservation Program. Since 1923, the Coastal Conservation Program has worked to manage and protect the nesting island of colonial waterbirds along the Texas coastline. The Texas Estuarine Resource Network or T.E.R.N. program engages local citizens to participate with colonial waterbird conservation through monitoring, bird surveys, education, and outreach. The Coastal Program Associate, TERN Coordinator, manages a group of 50+ volunteers who are trained to collect weekly to monthly responsible for the Texas Estuarine Resource Network online database and other online social media communication tools. This internship will assist the TERN Coordinator with outreach and education to promote coastal conservation work, recruit new citizen scientists to the program, engage in conservation work, and assist with the development of new community partnerships.

  • Track volunteer hours, bird survey sites and datasheets

  • Assist with coordination and implementation of birding events, workshops, workdays, and public outreach events

  • Work directly with and report to the TERN Program Coordinator

  • Assist with tracking of current grant metrics, monthly reporting forms, and program updates

  • Collect, organize, and stage gear for workdays, events, and outreach booths

  • Assist with other Coastal Program activities, as needed

  • Obtaining or working toward a degree in conservation biology, environmental science, biology, or related field

  • Comfortable speaking in public; excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both verbal and written

  • Demonstrated success in working in a team-oriented environment as well as ability to work independently, once trained

  • Strong organizational skills; detail oriented and self-motivated

  • Problem solving skills

  • Familiar with research, scientific methodology, data collection, and organizing data

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office software including Word and Excel

  • Some travel may be required

  • Passionate about conservation, preserving the environment, and local wildlife (birds) preferred

  • Nonprofit experience a plus

  • Experience teaching, including providing education to volunteers, a plus

ID: 2016-2965