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Conservation and Justice Fellow

American Bird Conservancy
American Bird Conservancy
Job Functions:
Operations, Data Science
Employment Types:
USD per year
Posted on:

Title:                   Conservation and Justice Fellow

Supervisor:        Chief Diversity Officer and a Co-Host (varies based on project)

Location:            Remote

Position Summary:

This is a limited-term position with American Bird Conservancy (ABC), a fast-growing, results-focused wildlife conservation non- profit. ABC works for birds, taking on the greatest problems facing birds today, innovating and building on rapid advancements in science to halt extinctions, protect habitats, eliminate threats, and build capacity for bird conservation. We celebrate the diversity of birds and the diversity of all who cherish and conserve birds. We are inspired by our partners and our staff, and we intend to work more explicitly toward advancing justice within conservation.

American Bird Conservancy is proud to launch our new Conservation and Justice Fellowship program to expand the intersections between biodiversity conservation and environmental justice. We seek up to five individuals with varied perspectives, personal and professional backgrounds, and areas of expertise.  Please visit the website the Conservation & Justice Fellowship website for more details.

Primary Duties:

  • Fellows must apply for one of the following projects that fill existing needs identified by ABC staff and partners: 1) Indigenous Grasslands Stewardship, 2) Women’s Work to Prevent Species Extinction in Latin America, 3) Communicating Climate Justice, 4) Pilina: Indigenous Stories about our Relationships with Birds, 5) Farmworkers and Pesticide Exposure, 6) Envisioning Conservation with Indigenous Communities on California’s Central Coast, 7) Bird Cities and Community Engagement, 8) Partnerships for Migratory Bird Conservation, or 9) Artist Residency. Requirements and duties vary by project.
  • Learn about a specific birdscape, program, or partnership through a combination of interviews, attending meetings, and research.
  • Ask questions and provide input on how we might better weave together conservation and justice.
  • Reach out to new partners or work to strengthen existing partnerships relevant to your project.
  • Create compelling stories based on what you learn and also share aspects of your own evolving story and aspirations.

Position Requirements:

  • Skills in respectfully and patiently reaching out to people across difference.
  • Ability to listen carefully, observe, ask incisive questions, and identify connections.
  • Excellent storytelling and communication skills.
  • A passion for learning about new topics, geographies, and communities.
  • Ability to work independently, collaboratively, and proactively. Ability to manage time and multiple responsibilities, especially if the fellowship is layered on top of another position or coursework.
  • Experience in either conservation or social justice, plus a passion for intersectional work. Required experience varies. Early career fellows can include service work, internships, and/or coursework. More experienced fellows should have at least 5 years of experience, with no upper limit.
  • Must be over 21 and authorized to work in the US.
  • Background screening required.
  • Additional requirements vary based on the project. Please check here for detailed project descriptions and requirements.


  • This is a short-term position and unfortunately does not include benefits.

For more information on ABC's Fellowship Program, please visit  https://abcbirds.org/conservation-justice-fellowships-2022/

At American Bird Conservancy, we believe that a diversity of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills makes us more effective. We are committed to creating a respectful and inclusive work environment for all of our employees.

As an equal opportunity employer, ABC is committed to ensuring that employees and applicants for employment have equal opportunities regardless of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other factor unrelated to the requirements of the position.

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