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National Audubon Society | Mount Pleasant, MS
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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, 41 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 46 states, and 700 staff across the country. Audubon is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

Position Summary

Strawberry Plains Audubon Center (SPAC), in Holly Springs, MS, is seeking a highly motivated individual to serve as a Research and Writing intern from Rust College. The SPAC summer intern will work with Audubon staff and Rust College Audubon Student Conservation chapter members and faculty sponsors doing research, writing documents, and organizing projects and events sponsored by SPAC and its Rust College chapter, with special regard for projects related to the local Holly Springs and/or African-American community. In addition, the intern will engage with the SPAC property in efforts to produce creative and/or historical documents, projects and/or presentations. Concentrations for interns may include, but is not limited to: research centered on local history, work and history of Strawberry Plains, oral history, ecology, environmentalism, and birding; OR writing scholarly research, historical essays and documents, oral history transcription, creative nonfiction or other creative projects. This is an unpaid internship which may be applied toward college credit with approval from the intern's college/university advisor and/or administrator.

Essential Functions

* Working with Audubon staff to conduct interviews and review the history of Strawberry Plains.
* Working with staff, volunteers and interns to explain the importance of land and community and how it relates to African Americans from both urban and rural areas.

Additional Duties:

* Provide assistance to Audubon staff in a variety of capacities, helping further our general operations.
* Learn about the components of the grounds at Strawberry Plains.
* Complete an Internship Project and present your work to the Strawberry Plains community by writing a creative nonfiction paper, essay summary of internship or by giving a presentation.

Qualifications and Experience

* Currently enrolled at Rust College in the Department of Humanities.
* Ability to work and collaborate with people of varying backgrounds, in a professional and friendly manner, including staff, guests and volunteers.
* Strong desire to learn new skills and information.
* Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word) is required.
* Highly motivated and hardworking.
* Be flexible and self-motivated, working as an individual and in a team setting.
* Rudimentary comprehension of natural resource management philosophy and ecological principles is preferred but not required.
* Experience working in variable and rugged outdoor conditions; should be able to stand for long periods of time.
* Ability to work and spend time outdoors, including humid and hot conditions.
* Interact professionally and positively with staff, Center visitors and additional members of the research community.
* Interact with the public to provide information about Audubon and Audubon's mission, answer specific questions for visitors associated with the Strawberry Plains Audubon Center and be a positive ambassador of Audubon.
* Promote Audubon's conservation initiatives within the community.

About National Audubon Society

National Audubon Society is committed to conserving and restoring natural ecosystems, focusing on birds and other wildlife for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity. Living Oceans is Audubon=92s marine conservation program. Our mission is to protect and restore the living communities and special places of the seas for seabirds, fish, and other marine life, and for the benefit of humanity.