Audubon 2020 Policy Fellow
Location: Washington, DC
The National Audubon Society is a dynamic, well-respected conservation advocacy organization and an emerging leader in climate advocacy. The 2020 Schneider Fellow will work side-by-side with highly-skilled policy and government relations advocates in Audubon’s Washington, DC-based Public Policy Office and Audubon’s Network and Communications divisions in New York City to develop a range of policy analysis, advocacy, and outreach skills. This fellowship will provide the opportunity to work in an exciting, fast-paced policy environment with professionals and experts in the policy, legislative, and climate fields.
Last October, Audubon released an update to its climate report, Survival by Degrees, which found that nearly two-thirds of North America’s birds are vulnerable to extinction due to a changing climate. Audubon is undertaking a nationwide campaign to activate over 1.5 million members and supporters to take action to support durable, bipartisan solutions to climate change. At the same time, we are leveraging these grassroots relationships in Washington, DC and in statehouses around the country to work with elected officials on policy change. We are focused on mitigation strategies that include expansion of clean energy, innovative technology, and natural sequestration, as well as economy-wide solutions, and adaptive management of our resources.
The 2020 Schneider Fellow will work with Audubon’s federal policy team to drive a sustainable solution set to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect birds and the places they need while building grassroots capacity to support those solutions. The fellow may also work alongside our other conservation strategies that are working to protect and adapt our coastlines, freshwater resources, forests, and grasslands that face a warming world.
The 2020 Schneider Fellow can expect to:
- Work directly with Audubon’s DC-based policy experts to support internal and external efforts to develop and advance policy and legislative solutions to address climate change. Audubon is deeply engaged with key Senators and Congresspersons on both sides of the political aisle to identify and advance several key pieces of legislation in 2020. Audubon also works closely with numerous non-governmental organizations based in Washington, DC. The Schneider Fellow will be engaged in all aspects of these policy activities from working directly on legislation to interfacing with congressional offices and other policy experts to interacting with NGO partners in the federal climate space.
- Support federal and state-based campaigns to advance solutions that address the impacts of climate change. Audubon has 23 state and regional offices working on policy, communications, and advocacy operations to support elected officials taking proactive steps on federal and state-based climate-policy outcomes. Audubon has robust Network and Campaign teams that focus on educating and activating our distributed network of one million plus members and over 400 Audubon chapters. The Schneider Fellow will work closely with state and regional offices, and the Network and Campaigns teams to understand the power of internal partnership and help effectively utilize Audubon’s assets to support federal climate action and our work in Congress.
- Assist with direct advocacy in the United States Congress on policy and legislative issues impacting Audubon’s climate agenda. Audubon is building productive working relationships with Democrats and Republicans in Congress to advance our key climate and conservation priorities. The Schneider Fellow will interact with members of Congress and their staff to understand the interworking of Capitol Hill and the importance of congressional relations for success of our climate agenda.
- Lead the planning and execution of an Audubon-led policy event in conjunction with a key member of Congress. Audubon is undertaking an ambitious effort to directly engage with members of Congress through legislative briefings and activities in Washington, DC and conservation-focused events in their congressional districts. The Schneider Fellow will have an opportunity, under the guidance of our Policy team, to lead an event during their fellowship.
- Travel to Audubon’s New York City headquarters to directly engage with the Communications and Network teams. Additionally, the Fellow can expect to make a trip to an Audubon state office, center and/or nature center to understand our organization’s work in the field. Both trips will be associated with Fellow’s policy work in Washington, DC.
Audubon 2020 Policy Fellow
Location: San Francisco or Sacramento, CA
The National Audubon Society is a dynamic, well-respected conservation organization and an emerging leader in climate advocacy. Audubon California is the largest state program, and works in four priority landscapes including the Central Valley, Coasts, the Desert, and Urban California. The consequences of climate change in California will be experienced acutely along our iconic coasts and in the vast Central Valley. The 2020 Schneider Fellow will work side-by-side with highly-skilled conservation, policy, and science leaders and Audubon’s Network and Communications divisions in New York City to develop a range of policy analysis and science communication skills. This fellowship will provide the opportunity to work in an exciting, fast-paced environment with professionals and experts in the policy, science, and climate fields.
In October 2019, Audubon released an update to its climate report, Survival by Degrees, which found that nearly two-thirds of North America’s birds are vulnerable to extinction due to a changing climate. Audubon is undertaking a nationwide campaign to activate over 1.5 million members and supporters to take action to support durable, bipartisan solutions to climate change. At the same time, we are leveraging these grassroots relationships in Washington, DC and in statehouses around the country to work with elected officials on policy change. We are focused on mitigation strategies that include expansion of clean energy, innovative technology, and natural sequestration, as well as economy-wide solutions, and adaptive management of our resources. In California, we are localizing this national report in a state that consistently leads on conservation policy and protections.
The 2020 Schneider Fellow will work with Audubon California’s science, communications, and policy teams to drive a sustainable solution set to respond to the ripple effects of climate change across our landscapes, protect birds and the places they need while building grassroots capacity to support climate solutions. The fellow may be based in our Sacramento office or the San Francisco office, depending on the preferred focus area for the fellow’s project.
The 2020 Schneider Fellow can expect to:
- Central Valley focus. Work directly with Audubon’s policy and renewable energy experts to analyze opportunities for renewables in light of changing land use as a consequence of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. The intersection of agriculture, water, and energy in the context of a changing climate will be essential for the Audubon and the state of California over the coming decades. Audubon works closely with industry leaders in agriculture and renewable energy, as well as state agency leadership. The Schneider Fellow will be engaged in all aspects of these activities from working on policy analysis, interfacing with agency and legislative decision-makers, and planning an agenda for Audubon in this space. Fellows with a particular interest in just transition of agriculture may investigate greenhouse gas reductions on farmlands as a consequence of renewable energy development, including feasibility of incentives for use of renewables on farmlands.
- Science and communications focus, ensuring that the connection is made between data, communications, and policy action. Audubon’s landmark climate report has implications for more local action and for public lands policy in California. Working with climate scientists, policy experts, and communications staff, build out climate briefs with policy recommendations for public lands (will require skills in R) or interpret results of the climate threats analysis to guide regional and local action.Assess bird species biodiversity as a part of the California Biodiversity Initiative, connecting it to climate change and renewable energy development, help develop district-specific briefs or analysis for use by Audubon California’s climate organizing and policy team.
- Other potential areas around science communication include coastal resilience report based on a similar report completed in the Great Lakes region, building on analyses in the climate report. This may also include work on offshore wind energy development.
The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow, throughout the Americas using science, advocacy, education and on-the-ground conservation. Audubon's state programs, nature centers, chapters and partners have an unparalleled wingspan that reaches millions of people each year to inform, inspire and unite diverse communities in conservation action. Since 1905, Audubon's vision has been a world in which people and wildlife thrive. Audubon is a nonprofit conservation organization that promotes a diverse workplace and is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of the National Audubon Society to employ the person best qualified for the job regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability (handicap) or marital status. People of color and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.