Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging
Audubon's Statement on Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and 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.
In order to achieve these goals, Audubon has made equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging a strategic imperative. Protecting and conserving nature and the environment transcends political, cultural, and social boundaries. Respect, inclusion, and opportunity for people of all backgrounds, lifestyles, and perspectives will attract the best ideas and harness the greatest passion to shape a healthier, more vibrant future for all of us who share our planet.
We are committed to increasing the diversity of our staff, board, volunteers, members, and supporters, and fostering an inclusive network of Audubon Centers and Chapters in all communities, from rural to urban. We respect the individuality of each member of our community, and we are committed to a workplace free of any kind of discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, national or ethnic origin, politics, or veteran status.
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Culture at Audubon
Audubon's Affinity Groups are employee-led groups based on shared characteristics, experiences, goals or interests. They create dynamic, safe spaces to build community, facilitate personal and professional development, raise awareness of important issues, and effect change – to ensure individuals from all identities thrive at Audubon. Audubon's Affinity Groups include the Access Affinity Group, Alianza Latina Affinity Group, Allyship Affinity Group, Black Affinity Group, Caretakers Affinity Group, Community Service Affinity Group, Early Career Professionals Affinity Group (ECPAG), People of Color (POC) Affinity Group, LGBTQIA++ (Queer) Affinity Group, and Women's Employee Resource Group (WERG).
Gender Equity and Inclusion
Audubon is committed to cultivating a community workplace that is free of discrimination based on gender identity and expression, where all of our flock feels welcome and seen. To that end, we implemented a voluntary initiative for employees—straight and cisgender, and LGBTQIA+ alike—to proactively share their pronouns in email signatures and interactions to create a more affirming workspace. We also have a suite of policies and materials to help support transgender, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming staff members before, during, and after their transition while working for Audubon. These policies also outline the obligations of Audubon’s Human Resources department, supervisors, and other staff and provide guidance and resources to all employees to support our colleagues during their gender transition.
Career, Fellowship, and Community Science Opportunities
Across the country Audubon is helping create the movement of the future.
Careers: If you share our vision of an equitable and diverse conservation movement that provides a deep sense of belonging for all, we want to work with you. To see and apply for our open positions, check our careers page.
Fellowships: Our fellowship initiative is one facet of the organization's commitment to developing the next generation of leaders. Audubon fellows are leaders-in-training in the disciplines of environmental communications, conservation education, field organizing, field biology, public policy, geospatial information systems, and much more. To learn more about Audubon fellowships, check our fellowships page and then head to our careers page.
Community Science: As part of Audubon’s commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging we have transitioned from using the term “citizen science” to the more inclusive term “community science.” No matter where a volunteer was born, or how they came to the United States, we value their contribution to our science and conservation programs. To learn more about our community science opportunities, visit our science page.