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Fellowships and Internships at Audubon Arizona

The Audubon fellowship initiative is tangible proof of Audubon’s commitment to the future of the conservation movement and to developing the next generation of leaders. This initiative deploys highly trained early-career people on the front lines of Audubon’s mission to save birds and the places they need today and tomorrow.

Dangermond Fellowship
Dangermond fellows are being trained for leadership roles in conservation science, public policy, and digital mapping careers. They build tools that empower scientists and policy experts to advocate for solutions that meet human needs and protect birds and habitat at the same time. The Dangermond fellows improve their technical and storytelling abilities with the support and guidance of mentors, leadership, and resources at both Esri and Audubon. Applications are currently closed.

Mackenzie Fellowship
The Mackenzie Fellowship, launched in 2018, is Audubon’s newest fellows program. This program focuses on using nature to build leadership skills to connect kids from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds to conservation. The fellows are based in Audubon nature centers in Arizona and Texas and are being trained in Audubon conservation education methods that provide life-changing outdoor experiences to high school students. At its completion in 2020, Audubon will have launched ten new Mackenzie leaders, each prepared and inspired to pursue a career in conservation and outdoor education. Mackenzie Fellowships for fall 2019 are expected to start September 9 and continue through December 13, and will involve approximately 12-25 hours of work per week. Applications are currently open: apply here.

River Pathways Internship
The River Pathways internship provides high school students/first year graduates with a deep dive into what it means to be a field biologist and inspires them to pursue careers in conservation. Interns assist Audubon biologists with avian field surveys including:

  • Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo surveys on public lands including the Agua Fria National Monument and Tonto National Forest
  • Grassland Bird Surveys on the Appleton-Whittell Research Ranch of the National Audubon Society

In addition, interns participate in and assist with the annual Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo field surveyor training, gaining valuable credentials and benefitting from the opportunity to network with other organizations and agencies. Interns also assist with data management, field equipment organization and maintenance, and other conservation and education efforts at the Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center. Internships begin in early June with applications accepted from early April to late May. Internships last 8-10 weeks from early June to mid-August with 12-20 hours of work per week.

Interested in applying to one of Audubon's Fellowships or internships? Look here for open positions.

Learn about all of the National Audubon Society's Fellowships and Apprenticeships here.

Current Fellows and Interns at Audubon Arizona

A portrait of Max Ayala.
A portrait of Livia Hamel.
A portrait of Iona Stevens.
Max Ayala
South Pointe High School
River Pathways Intern
Livia Hamel
North High School
River Pathways Intern
Iona Stevens
Ganado High School
River Pathways Intern


 

Audubon Arizona Fellowship and Internship Alumni

Dan Hite
Uber Mackenzie Fellow
Conservation Outreach Assistant
Emma Laurens
Mackenzie Fellow
Spring 2018
Mia McGehee
Mackenzie Fellow
Spring - Fall 2018
Michael Montano
​Mackenzie Fellow
Fall 2018
Talia Stone
​Mackenzie Fellow
Fall 2018
   
Xulia Suero
Mackenzie Fellow
Spring 2019
Mason Wiggins
Mackenzie Fellow
Spring 2019
Elija Flores
Dangermond Fellow
Fall 2018 - Spring 2019
   

Our Fellows and Interns work to protect these birds:

Our Fellows and Interns at work:

Cuckoos and Butterflies: River Pathways Field Dispatch
Western Rivers Action Network

Cuckoos and Butterflies: River Pathways Field Dispatch

Meet this summer's interns and witness a rare moment on the Agua Fria River.

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Meet the Mackenzie Fellows
Conservation

Meet the Mackenzie Fellows

Audubon Arizona's Mackenzie Fellowship offers an enriching addition to the River Pathways program.

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Finding the Yuma Ridgway's Rail
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Finding the Yuma Ridgway's Rail

Thanks to the Arthur L. and Elaine V. Johnson Foundation and Sonoran Joint Venture, Audubon's project to protect the marsh bird is underway.

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After Major Progress in Arizona Water Policy, Audubon Continues the Cause
Western Rivers Action Network

After Major Progress in Arizona Water Policy, Audubon Continues the Cause

At its annual advocacy day, Audubon’s Western Rivers Action Network talked water with Arizona lawmakers.

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Finding the Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Conservation

Finding the Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo

The first Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo of the season was reported in Arizona on May 23. What do we know about the elusive bird?

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Western Yellow-Billed Cuckoos Discovered in Greater Habitat Range in Arizona
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Western Yellow-Billed Cuckoos Discovered in Greater Habitat Range in Arizona

Audubon Arizona survey efforts identified additional types of Cuckoo habitat in Arizona's Important Bird Areas.

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Learn more about the Mackenzie Fellowship program

The first round of 2018 Mackenzie Fellows at Audubon Arizona describe their experience with the program. Video: Mike Fernandez/Audubon

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Storymap: Mackenzie Fellowship

An overview of the Mackenzie Fellowship program, created by Dangermond Fellow Elija Flores.

Learn more about the Dangermond Fellowship program

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Storymap: Rasters & Ridgway's Rails

Elija Flores's experience of her Dangermond Fellowship through 2018-19.

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