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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.

Dangermond Fellowship
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. 

Mackenzie Fellowship
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.

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.

Current Audubon Fellows & Apprentices

Dominic Arenas

Dominic Arenas

Fund II Apprentice

Anna Belk

Anna Belk

Dangermond Fellow

Annie Cebulski

Annie Cebulski

Walker Communications Fellow

Lana Cohen

Lana Cohen

Walker Social Media Fellow

Keara Hudler

Keara Hudler

Mackenzie Fellow

Avak Kahramanian

Avak Kahramanian

Fund II Apprentice

Rachel Layko

Rachel Layko

Dangermond Fellow

Kawai Marin

Kawai Marin

Walker Communications Fellow

Mia McGehee

Mia McGehee

Mackenzie Fellow

Juan Montano

Juan Montano

Mackenzie Fellow

Nancy Pineda-Gama

Nancy Pineda-Gama

Mackenzie Fellow

Clarissa Paz

Clarissa Paz

Dangermond Fellow

Tania Romero

Tania Romero

Fund II Apprentice

Jose Santiago

Jose Santiago

Fund II Apprentice

Ray Sessley

Ray Sessley

Fund II Apprentice

Katherine Soto

Katherine Soto

Walker Visual Storytelling Fellow

Talia Stone

Talia Stone

Mackenzie Fellow

Xulia Suero

Xulia Suero

Mackenzie Fellow

Louie Terrazas

Louie Terrazas

Fund II Apprentice

Elizabeth Todd

Elizabeth Todd

Dangermond Fellow

Jason Ward

Jason Ward

Fund II Apprentice

Alison Wenzel

Alison Wenzel

Mackenzie Fellow

Mason Wiggins

Mason Wiggins

Mackenzie Fellow

Tiffany Wu

Tiffany Wu

Dangermond Fellow

Audubon Fellowship Alumni

Ally Chamberlin

Ally Chamberlin

Walker Communications Fellow

Elija Flores

Elija Flores

Dangermond Fellow

Aqsa Junagadhwala

Aqsa Junagadhwala

Dangermond Fellow

Abigail Minor

Abigail Minor

Mackenzie Fellow

Denaya Shorter

Denaya Shorter

Trail Posse Fellow

Mariah Neilsen

Mariah Neilsen

Dangermond Fellow

Eileen Solange Rodriguez

Eileen Solange Rodriguez

Walker Communications Fellow

Regina Thomas

Regina Thomas

Dangermond Fellow

Fantasia Williams

Fantasia Williams

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Fellow

Monica Zhang

Monica Zhang

Dangermond Fellow

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

 

Preserving an Oasis: Audubon’s Constitution Marsh sanctuary. Video: Christina Lin/2017 Audubon Walker Fellow
 

Birds That Our Fellows Have Seen

Snail Kite

Rostrhamus sociabilis

   



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