National Audubon Society, Inc
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Part Time Coastal Program Assistant - Texas
at National Audubon Society, Inc
- Job Locations
- US-TX-Clear Lake Shores
- Regular, Part-Time
- Job Category
- Office/Support Services
- Clear Lake Shores
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, 23 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).
This internship is with the Coastal Conservation Program of Audubon Texas. Since 1923, Audubon has managed and protected the nesting islands of colonial waterbirds along the Texas coast. In 2014, Audubon created the Texas Estuarine Resource Network (TERN) to engage local citizens in this conservation work. Community members are trained to conduct bird surveys, education, and outreach. The Coastal Program Assistant will assist the TERN Coordinator with outreach and education to promote coastal conservation work, recruit new community scientists, engage in conservation work, and assist with the development of new community partnerships. The Coastal Program Assistant will also assist with the online database, social media, and other communication tools. The Coastal Program Assistant will work directly with and report the TERN Coordinator.
- Corresponding with partners and volunteers in a timely manner;
- Coordinating and implementing training programs, educational workshops, outreach presentations, trash cleanups, bird surveys, volunteer trainings, and restoration workdays associated with rookery islands;
- Collecting, organizing, and staging gear for workdays, events, and outreach booths;
- Coordinating with lead volunteers to track survey sites, volunteer hours, bird population data, and events in the upper or mid Texas Coast, including data entry into the online database;
- Working with various coastal partners and inquiring about surveys, volunteers, and events;
- Keeping track of current grant metrics, monthly reporting forms, and program updates, including scientific trend reports.
Qualifications and Experience
- Enrolled in a Bachelors or Master’s degree program in conservation biology, environmental science, biology, or related field;
- At least one year or collective equivalent of professional experience in environmental science, environmental outreach, or environmental education;
- 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 with an ability to multitask;
- Ability to problem solve to obtain results and outcomes efficiently;
- Leadership skills, ability to delegate, and follow directions well;
- Familiar with research, scientific methodology, data collection, organizing data, and reporting;
- Experienced with tracking budgets, purchasing records and receipts, and item inventories;
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office software including Word, Excel, and Outlook;
- Some travel may be required.
- Experience in writing reports, scientific articles, or similar publications;
- Passionate about conservation, preserving the environment, and local wildlife (birds);
- Nonprofit experience a plus;
- Teaching experience a plus.