Annie Cebulski, former Walker Communications Fellow, documents high-school campers during a week-long outdoor Conservation Trek hosted by Trinity River Audubon Center in Rocksprings, Texas. Photo: Luke Franke/Audubon

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.

Schneider Fellowship
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.

Current Audubon Fellows & Apprentices

Fernando Collada

Fernando Collada

Walker Visual Storytelling Fellow

Véronique Couttee

Véronique Couttee

Dangermond Fellow

Christopher Escobedo

Christopher Escobedo

Schneider Policy Fellow

Diego Herrera

Diego Herrera

Walker Design Fellow

Abigail Krump

Abigail Krump

Dangermond Fellow

Khanh (Kay) Nguyen

Khanh (Kay) Nguyen

Walker Communications Fellow

Gabrielle Saleh

Gabrielle Saleh

Walker Social Media Fellow

Angela Song

Angela Song

Schneider Policy Fellow

Giselle Vandrick

Giselle Vandrick

Dangermond Fellow

Audubon Fellowship Alumni

Dominic Arenas

Dominic Arenas

Communications Associate

Anna Belk

Anna Belk

Dangermond Fellow

Annie Cebulski

Annie Cebulski

Walker Communications Fellow

Ally Chamberlin

Ally Chamberlin

Walker Communications Fellow

Lana Cohen

Lana Cohen

Walker Social Media Fellow

Elija Flores

Elija Flores

Dangermond Fellow

Keara Hudler

Keara Hudler

Mackenzie Fellow

Aqsa Junagadhwala

Aqsa Junagadhwala

Dangermond Fellow

Avak Kahramanian

Avak Kahramanian

Senior Policy Analyst

Rachel Layko

Rachel Layko

Dangermond Fellow

Kawai Marin

Kawai Marin

Walker Communications Fellow

Mia McGehee

Mia McGehee

Mackenzie Fellow

Abigail Minor

Abigail Minor

Mackenzie Fellow

Juan Montano

Juan Montano

Mackenzie Fellow

Mariah Neilsen

Mariah Neilsen

Dangermond Fellow

Clarissa Paz

Clarissa Paz

Project Manager

Nancy Pineda-Gama

Nancy Pineda-Gama

Mackenzie Fellow

Lauren Roberts

Lauren Roberts

Mackenzie Fellow

Eileen Solange Rodriguez

Eileen Solange Rodriguez

Walker Communications Fellow

Tania Romero

Tania Romero

Program Coordinator at Audubon Center at Debs Park

Jose Santiago

Jose Santiago

Center Coordinator at the Discovery Center

Ray Sessley

Ray Sessley

Engagement Associate

Denaya Shorter

Denaya Shorter

Trail Posse Fellow

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

Regina Thomas

Regina Thomas

Dangermond Fellow

Elizabeth Todd

Elizabeth Todd

Dangermond Fellow

Jason Ward

Jason Ward

Fund II Apprentice

Lauren Welch

Lauren Welch

Mackenzie Fellow

Alison Wenzel

Alison Wenzel

Mackenzie Fellow

Mason Wiggins

Mason Wiggins

Mackenzie Fellow

Fantasia Williams

Fantasia Williams

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Fellow

Tiffany Wu

Tiffany Wu

Dangermond 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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