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Fellowships At Audubon
How we're helping to create the conservation movement of the future
The Audubon fellowship initiative is tangible proof of Audubon’s commitment to the future of the conservation movement and to developing the next generation of leaders. This initiative deploys highly trained early-career people on the front lines of Audubon’s mission to save birds and the places they need today and tomorrow.
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. The 2018 class of Audubon fellows is based in New York, New York; Washington, DC; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Chicago, Illinois; Detroit, Michigan; Dallas, Texas; Phoenix, Arizona; Los Angeles, California; Seattle, Washington; Middlebury, Vermont; and Atlanta, Georgia. To apply for an Audubon fellowship, check our careers page.
2016 to present
Dangermond fellows are being trained for leadership roles in conservation science, public policy, and digital mapping careers. They build tools that empower scientists and policy experts to advocate for solutions that meet human needs and protect birds and habitat at the same time. The Dangermond fellows improve their technical and storytelling abilities with the support and guidance of mentors, leadership, and resources at both Esri and Audubon.
Fund II Apprenticeship
2018 to present
The Fund II Foundation Apprenticeship Program at Audubon is a year-long, full-time apprenticeship for diverse young leaders entering the conservation field. Apprentices will receive on-the-job training and gain opportunities for professional development. Apprentices will be placed in the following departments across the Audubon Network: Communications, Marketing, Policy, Grassroots Capacity, and Community Engagement. The Fund II Apprenticeship program supports Audubon's vision to create a more diverse and inclusive conservation movement.
2018 to present
The Mackenzie Fellowship, launched in 2018, is Audubon’s newest fellows program. This program focuses on using nature to build leadership skills to connect kids from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds to conservation. The fellows are based in Audubon nature centers in Arizona and Texas and are being trained in Audubon conservation education methods that provide life-changing outdoor experiences to high school students. At its completion in 2020, Audubon will have launched ten new Mackenzie leaders, each prepared and inspired to pursue a career in conservation and outdoor education.
2015 to present
The Schneider Fellowship supports students working to advance climate and clean energy policy at the state and national level. Because climate solutions are complex and far-reaching, fellows have the opportunity to work with departments across the organization. Past fellows have worked to advance legislative priorities with the federal and California policy teams, develop communications materials around Audubon’s climate science, and support responsible renewable energy siting with Audubon’s Clean Energy Initiative. The fellowship is run through the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford University.
Walker Communications Fellowship
2016 to present
The Walker Communication Fellows program is an innovative vehicle for Audubon to learn how to elevate young voices to cultivate a more diverse, urban constituency. The project offers fellows leadership training and opportunities, while Audubon learns from them how to connect better with them and their peers. Using social media and other digital assets, the fellows engage audiences with diverse perspectives and backgrounds through campaigns and stories. Their stories focus on topics such as how personal action leads to collective action and how environmental justice is everyone’s concern. With the help of these fellows and their insights, we believe Audubon can play a leading role in building a conservation movement that is relevant, inclusive, and user-driven.
Branching out from Chicago's South Side, Audubon Great Lakes' outdoor-education program lands in Motor City.
Surrounded by native plants, a 24-foot-tall tower, the first of its kind in Georgia, stands as a beacon in the fight to reverse the species' decline.
Thanks to a crowdsourced protection effort led by Audubon Arizona, the owls are once again thriving.
Audubon Arizona makes conservation fun by pairing it with craft beer.
A pair of Great Lakes Piping Plovers is nesting successfully—on an Illinois Superfund site.
It's more than a bird walk: It's an inclusive experience for anyone who wants to connect to birds, the natural world, and others in a positive way.
Videos By and About Our Fellows
The Amazing Owls. Video: Christine Lin/2017 AudubonWalker Fellow
The first round of 2018 Mackenzie Fellows at Audubon Arizona describe their experience with the program. Video: Mike Fernandez/Audubon
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