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7 Feb 2023

Internship Engagement & Events Intern

New York City Audubon Society – Posted by NYC Audubon New York, New York, United States

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Job Description

New York City Audubon is seeking a seasonal intern to assist with our public engagement, education, and events. The Engagement and Events Intern will play a vital role in helping the organization raise awareness and educate New Yorkers about urban biodiversity and sustainability. The ideal candidate will be an enthusiastic, outgoing “people person” with a passion for public engagement and an interest in environmental education and conservation.  This is a terrific opportunity to gain experience in nonprofit program implementation, guest/public engagement, volunteer management, and event planning and production.

About NYC Audubon
Founded in 1979, NYC Audubon works for the protection of wild birds and habitat in the five boroughs, improving the quality of life for all New Yorkers. NYC Audubon’s conservation and science activities, education and public programs, and advocacy and outreach efforts on behalf of urban and migrating birds and wildlife are more critical than ever due to climate change effects and the devastating, steady loss of the natural environment in the City over many decades.

NYC Audubon serves a diverse community of 10,000 members, with a team of 14 full-time and part-time staff supported by seasonal scientists, hundreds of advocates, and thousands of volunteers. We are a grassroots organization that is independent from but affiliates as a chapter of the National Audubon Society.

NYC Audubon’s Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Accessibility
NYC Audubon believes all people have the right to a close connection to the natural world and the right to a healthy environment. Preserving our environment is only possible if we all feel that connection. We recognize that inequities in our society are widespread and hinder access to nature. Only by embracing equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility as values and striving for them in practice will we begin to foster a love of nature in all people and inspire them to be active stewards of the environment. We further believe that to thrive as an organization and effectively advance our mission and vision, the diversity of New York City’s people must be represented in, and welcomed into, our leadership, staff, and membership. The expertise, values, and perspectives of a diverse and inclusive organization are fundamental to expanding the reach and impact of our conservation, advocacy, and educational efforts. We commit to building an equitable, diverse, inclusive, and accessible NYC Audubon, dedicated to protecting nature for all of New York City’s people and its wild birds.

The Intern will report to NYC Audubon’s Advocacy and Engagement Associate and support additional staff at the organization on specific projects. Primary responsibilities are as follows:

  • Staff NYC Audubon’s seasonal nature center on Governors Island two days a week, including setting up activities, interacting with visitors, coordinating volunteers, and answering questions from the public.
  • Support the organization’s Governors Island Artist-in-Residence program including assisting with public workshops, communicating with artists, and helping interpret art works for visitors.
  • Represent NYC Audubon at public community, parks, and wildlife festivals: staff NYC Audubon’s activity tables, talk about NYC Audubon’s work with the public, and answer questions about birds and conservation.
  • Support other NYC Audubon member, donor, and volunteer event production with tasks including event set up, guest communications, event logistics, and follow up.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Skills & Qualifications

  • Excellent communications skills with comfort public speaking and presenting to groups
  • Strong organizational and time management skills, with good attention to detail
  • Experience with event planning and coordination
  • Proactive problem-solving skills
  • Customer service mindset
  • Course work or degree in environmental education or similar field preferred
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team

Other Requirements

  • Ability to travel to and work across all five boroughs, often outdoors
  • Comfort traveling on a ferry to Governors Island (ferry fee covered by NYC Audubon)
  • Proficiency with Microsoft 365/Office, Google Suite, and Zoom
  • Comfort and desire to work and communicate with people of varied backgrounds
  • Flexibility, collaboration, and sense of humor a must
  • Interest in environmental conservation

Timing and Location Details

The Intern position is expected to be 20-24 hours per week which can be split over three or four days a week, preferably Thursday through Sunday.  We hope an Intern could work the following schedule:

  • Late April – May: at least 12-15 hours per week
  • June – August: 20-24 hours per week
  • September-October: 12-15 hours per week

Some scheduling flexibility is possible, and we can accommodate candidates juggling other school, family, and work responsibilities.

This position is primarily in-person; location varies between NYC Audubon’s office in Manhattan (1-2 days/week), Governors Island (2 days/week), and community festivals around all five boroughs (2-3 days/month).

This is a seasonal, temporary hourly position. While the position is not eligible for benefits, the Intern will accrue sick time according to NYC Law, and pro-rated holiday pay for office holidays. Salary is $18 per hour.


New York City Audubon Society provides equal employment and advancement opportunities to all qualified employees and applicants for employment regardless of their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, veteran status, pregnancy, military or military reserve obligations, or any other class or status protected by law.

 NYC Audubon is committed to building a staff that represents the diversity of the New York City communities we serve. Candidates of all backgrounds and abilities are encouraged to apply. Note that the NYC Audubon office is located on the 15th floor of a building with elevator access, but the responsibilities in staffing the Governors Island house, public festivals, and events require a lot of standing, walking on uneven pavement, and climbing stairs.

 All NYC Audubon employees must be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus unless they have been granted a reasonable accommodation for religion or medical necessity. If you are offered employment, this requirement must be met by your date of hire, unless an accommodation for exemption is received and approved.

How to Apply

To Apply: Send resume and cover letter in PDF format to [email protected], with “Engagement and Events Intern” in the subject line. No calls, please. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with a projected start date in late April 2023.

Job Categories: Environmental. Job Types: Internship. Salaries: See posting for details.

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