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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, 23 state offices, 43 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. Audubon’s Science Internships focus on Conservation Biology and Field Studies. Science interns acquire hands on experience in wildlife research and habitat management under the guidance of professional wildlife and environmental scientists. Audubon Minnesota in St. Paul, MN has unpaid internship opportunities available for individuals interested in learning to develop and implement conservation programs. This unpaid internship is designed to provide the intern with the opportunity to interact with, and learn from, experts in the field of avian conservation and science and to gain exposure to the operations of a non-profit conservation organization. Essential Functions: The internship will be focused on specific projects that are developed together with the managers of Audubon Minnesota’s conservation programs, including the Important Bird Area Program, Project BirdSafe, and the Minnesota Breeding Bird Atlas. The program will provide the intern with the opportunity learn from experts in the field of conservation and to be exposed to, and develop the skills to: Collect and compile specific bird occurrence and abundance data Use GIS to analyze and map avian data Learn to use and update avian research databases Develop educational materials Collect and analyze data Prepare scientific reports, articles and/or program updates Identify bird species Participate in outreach programs The intern’s primary contact at Audubon Minnesota will be Mark Martell, Director of Bird Conservation and the intern will be under the direct supervision of specific program coordinators. At the end of the internship the intern will: Have a basic understanding of avian science and conservation. Understand how databases are used, maintained and developed for specific conservation projects. Have interacted with conservation partners. This is a part-time or full-time unpaid internship for approximately 3 months. September 1, - December 15, 2012. Qualifications and Experience: Applicant should have experience or class work in natural resource conservation or biology. Familiarity with Microsoft Office databases and spreadsheets, and Internet data searches helpful. Must be able to interact with the public as well as professionals in the business and conservation communities. No housing provied. Intern Must have reliable transportation to the Audubon Minnesota office in St. Paul (Woodbury area near 494 and Valley Creek Road) or to other local sites in the metro area.

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