Communications and Partnerships AmeriCorps VISTA

Audubon Center at Riverlands West Alton, Missouri
Job Type Internship


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, 22 state offices, 41 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 50 states, and 700 staff across the country.  Audubon is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).


The Audubon Center at Riverlands is a project of the National Audubon Society and a unique partnership with the Rivers Project Office of the St. Louis District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Our conservation approach uses education, science, outreach and inclusion to protect birds and their habitats in the Great Rivers Confluence Important Bird Area and the greater St. Louis Region.

The RiverVision Leadership Project takes an interdisciplinary approach to increasing middle and high school students’ knowledge of the Mississippi River and its watershed. This program exposes students to a variety of water stewardship and resource sustainability issues impacting the Mississippi and Missouri rivers. The goals of RiverVision are for students to appreciate the complexity of issues in stewarding our Great Rivers; to understand how effective leadership can result in positive environmental change; to hone their personal leadership skills; and to think critically toward potential conservation solutions.


The Communications and Partnerships Development VISTA member will build the capacity of Audubon Center at Riverlands by creating materials to enhance partnerships and further develop our volunteer corps to serve students participating in Audubon’s RiverVision program throughout the St. Louis metro region. As a result of the VISTA member’s service, more students will be able to be served with a lower student to educator ratio and partners will better understand the impact that RiverVision is having for students in our region. The VISTA Members efforts will address poverty alleviation by increasing our volunteer corps numbers and training quality so that we can continue to enhance low-income students’ STEM learning through conservation education, provide STEM career exposure, and create a healthier future for students and their communities. This VISTA Member will also focus on helping our partners understand RiverVision’s impact to increase support and understanding.


The Communications & Partnerships Development VISTA will:

1) Observe, research, and assess the current touch-points and relationships Audubon Center at Riverlands has with our partner schools and teachers while identifying opportunity gaps to enhance Audubon’s RiverVision Leadership Program.

2) Assess current Education/RiverVision Leadership Project volunteer program, including recruitment, processes, points of entry, and training. Gain volunteer feedback and understanding.

3) Conduct volunteer feedback sessions while documenting responses and developing resource guides and training materials.

4) Engage volunteers through training and volunteer appreciation initiatives.

PROGRAM BENEFITS: Relocation Allowance, Childcare assistance if eligible, Health Coverage*, Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend, Training, Living Allowance  

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QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE: Completion of at least two years of college coursework in environmental sciences, social work, youth development, biology, or education. Volunteer Management and partnership-building experience desired. Must be confident in leading projects, working independently, and taking initiative. Experience, knowledge, and a passion for working with under-resourced communities. Experience working with St. Louis’ North City and North County communities is desirable. Strong work ethic, self-motivation, on-going enthusiasm, commitment, flexibility, a desire to learn, and the ability to work well with others and in particular with students are required. Intern should possess the ability to walk on uneven terrain, and must be able to sit, stand, grasp, lift, carry, walk, push, reach, climb and pull for short and extended periods of time. Reliable transportation is required. Some local travel is required.


Required application materials include:

Please email resume and cover letter to Education Manager, Michelle Wiegand, and complete the AmeriCorps Application online. All three application materials listed are required.

Michelle Wiegand, Education Manager:

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