Audubon South Carolina’s WINGS internship and seasonal staff program offers students and early career professionals an opportunity to explore conservation career options, gain valuable experience, and develop skills and knowledge to enrich their career pathways. Individuals will learn from managers and mentors who are eager to share their expertise, passion and insight, while being afforded the opportunity to enhance their resumes.
Internships and seasonal staff positions are offered throughout the year and include opportunities in Conservation Education, Public Policy, Coastal Bird Conservation, Land Stewardship, Communications, Cultural Heritage, and Bird Science. All positions are paid and include flexible start dates with part-time and full-time positions available.
Recognizing the strength and power that cultural and ethnical diversity brings to our mission, Audubon is committed to advancing racial equity and justice in our conservation work, and building a truly diverse, inclusive team. We strongly encourage Black, Indigenous and People of Color to apply for these and other mid and senior level positions with Audubon.
Seasonal staff and interns will be based in the Charleston office, at the Beidler Forest Center and Sanctuary just outside of Charleston in Harleyville, or the Silver Bluff Audubon Center and Sanctuary just outside of Aiken in Jackson, with opportunities to work in local communities and in the field. Check out Beidler Forest and Silver Bluff!
Note: Due to Covid-19, we anticipate most spring and summer 2021 work will be done remotely: either, in the field on sanctuary property, socially-distanced inside of the center buildings, or from the applicant's home.
During their time with Audubon South Carolina, participants will enjoy an enriching experience that includes:
- Learning sessions with professional program staff leads including policy, forestry, and coastal conservation;
- Exposure to Audubon leaders in various parts of the organization to learn about different career paths;
- Networking opportunities with other South Carolina conservation organizations and leaders;
- Immersive experiences such as bird walks, bird bandings and Audubon center events; and
- Development of a presentation on their experience for Audubon staff, which can be included in one's professional portfolio.
Audubon South Carolina invites current students, recent graduates, and other interested individuals to learn more about our WINGS internship and seasonal staff program and apply for an upcoming opportunity.
Program Spotlight: From Intern to Coastal Conservation Leader
Six years ago, Nolan Schillerstrom started his career in conservation with an internship with Audubon South Carolina, tracking Prothonotary Warblers through Beidler Forest. Today, as Coastal Program Associate he is responsible for guiding Audubon's coastal bird conservation efforts across the state, which include leading on-the-ground research, community and media outreach, and the training hundreds of volunteers who help protect nesting coastal birds. He recently completed a part-time graduate program in Environmental Studies at the College of Charleston.
Learn more about the career paths of others at Audubon—such as Josh Belamy, who says his Audubon internship took him on a journey from “a fledgling to a fully-fledged educator and conservationist," or Tykee James, whose love of birding developed after he began a career in conservation—on the National Audubon website.
Please email Audubon South Carolina at firstname.lastname@example.org to express your interest in the WINGS program.
About Audubon South Carolina
Audubon South Carolina protects birds and the places they need, right here in South Carolina. We’re the state office of the National Audubon Society, which has nearly two million members and a century-long track record of success. In South Carolina, we represent more than 26,000 Audubon members and supporters, eight Audubon chapters and bird club partners, two Audubon centers and 30,000 acres of land that we own and manage. Audubon South Carolina’s initiatives and programs actively pursue the creation of an environment that promotes access, healthy ecosystems, and inclusion for all people in South Carolina. Read more about Audubon South Carolina’s conservation priorities.
About Audubon's Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
The birds Audubon pledges to protect differ in color, size, behavior, geographical preference, and countless other ways. By honoring and celebrating the equally remarkable diversity of the human species, Audubon will bring new creativity, effectiveness and leadership to our work throughout the hemisphere. Read more about our commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at https://www.audubon.org/about/edi.