Restoration Intern in Chicago Area for Audobon

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225 Varick Street
New York
New York
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Human Resources
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(212) 9793000
Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action. By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive. And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level. What defines Audubon’s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of nearly 500 local chapters, 22 state offices, 44 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 46 states, and 700 staff across the country. Audubon is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Position Summary: Audubon’s Wings internship program invites students and recent graduates to help shape a healthy environment and vibrant future for birds – and all of us who share the planet with them. Restoration Interns are needed for the management and restoration of wetlands, prairies, savannas and woodlands in the 68,000 acres of Cook County forest preserves. The position offers the opportunity to contribute to the growing network of individuals and organizations in the Chicago area that possess a personal commitment to conservation. This internship is part of a collaborative effort with the Cook County Forest Reserve District that undertakes ecological restoration initiatives across a wide spectrum of habitats. This is an excellent opportunity to learn natural areas management. This is a full-time seasonal position that runs from late May through the end of November. Preference will be given to experienced candidates and those able to work through the fall burn season in November. There is some flexibility in the start and end dates (please specify availability in cover letter). Essential Functions: Restoration interns will receive on-the-job training as they work on a variety of projects developed in collaboration with Audubon and Forest Preserve District staff and volunteer Master Stewards. The Intern will develop skills in a variety of practices related to the management of natural habitats, including: • Conducting brush and weed management by using a wide variety of tools including backpack herbicide sprayers, chainsaws, and hand tools. • Learning restoration techniques and assist with seed gathering, seed planting and, when applicable, controlled burns. • Applying creative thinking to solve challenges encountered in ecological restoration • Develop leadership and team-building skills • Occasional interaction with members of the public visiting the Preserve The internship is physically rigorous and offers interesting, educational, and challenging work outdoors to individuals who are energetic and motivated.
Qualifications and Experience: • Enrolled or recently graduated from an institution of higher learning, with a major in natural science or related field • Applicants must have a commitment to conservation, strong work ethic and ability to work productively as member of a small team • Experience with, or ability to quickly learn, safe usage of basic maintenance tools including a chainsaw • Must pass the Illinois Herbicide Operator Test • Ability to follow instructions and use independent judgment in decisions as needed • Must be a team player with the ability to work closely with others and contribute to a positive, productive small team • Ability to perform tasks requiring physical exertion, outdoors, in all weather conditions and on difficult terrain • Willingness to work a flexible schedule, including some weekends, as applicable
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