Dangermond Fellowship

National Audubon Society

Various Locations , Alabama

The Dangermond Fellowship is an exciting paid opportunity provided through the partnership between National Audubon Society & ESRI. The Audubon Enterprise GIS team is hiring 5 Dangermond Fellows to assist in supporting Audubon’s Enterprise GIS platform. This prestigious fellowship is designed with the aim to foster the next generation of leaders in the Enterprise GIS and nonprofit/conservation sectors . Fellows will receive extensive and immersive training in the full ArcGIS platform at both the ESRI campus in Redlands, CA and at the Audubon headquarters in New York City. The position is a one-year commitment and starts in June 2018 until June 2019.


Fellows will work full time over the summer to attend trainings, the ESRI User Conference, and spend time on a GIS-related project at a unique Audubon field location (center or an office. Closest to your residence). In the fall and spring, Fellows will work part time to accomodate for the academic semester. This is an excellent opportunity for an exceptional conservation-focused or GIS student to gain experience in using ESRI's entire GIS platform to support a large nonprofit conservation organization that is a leader in enterprise GIS. Fellows will be mentored by experts in the GIS platform. The goal of the program is to provide Fellows with enterprise level exposure in a GIS department that is at the forefront of the GIS Enterprise landscape. Experience with GIS server technologies, cloud servers, database management systems, application development, and account management from an ESRI President’s Award winning team will be gained by hands-on application.


Essential Functions

Under the supervision of a mentor from the Enterprise GIS team, the Fellow will learn how to:

  • Manage projects using GIS to help Audubon meet its conservation goals.
  • Assist in trainings for users throughout the Audubon network. S/he will also be the initial contact for technical questions about enterprise GIS.
  • Create curriculum for GIS user trainings and support to be conducted to the Audubon network.
  • Develop web maps, web applications, and story maps for informing Audubon staff, partners, and the public.
  • Create spatial databases and generate maintenance plans for data.
  • Steward authoritative data in a spatial database engine-enabled (SDE) enterprise database management system.
  • Create and publish web services using ArcGIS Enterprise and ArcGIS Online.
  • Develop mobile applications for use in the field by staff and volunteers on large scale projects.
  • Review system performance using system monitoring tools.
  • Build tools using Python and ModelBuilder to support geoprocessing services in applications.
  • Represent Audubon and ESRI at the ESRI User Conference in San Diego, CA.
  • Communicate effectively by reporting progress to Audubon/Esri Executive Staff.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Interest or experience in the field of conservation is essential.
  • Completion of at least two years as an undergraduate student or one year as a graduate student of a program focused on or related to GIS, Environmental Studies, Conservation, Sustainability, Computer Science, or Ecology.
  • Must have an understanding of GIS and be able to demonstrate ability to use GIS software.  Knowledge and use of ArcMap, ArcCatalog, and ArcGIS Online are desired.
  • Must have some coursework or interest in enterprise GIS including Geodatabase Design, ESRI APIs, ArcGIS Online and Desktop, geoprocessing, Python, server technologies, and SQL.
  • Must be proficient in MS Office Suite software packages.
  • Desire to apply leadership skills with an advanced GIS toolkit to solve conservation issues.
  • A self-starter with a strong work ethic, positive, professional demeanor with the ability to work well with others while also working remotely.
  • Organized, responsible, and detail oriented. Skill to perform work accurately and thoroughly with devotion to detail.
  • Willingness to learn and ask questions.
  • Must have effective communication skills and be comfortable with public speaking.
  • Must be comfortable being outdoors for long periods of time and in different weather conditions to collect data or shadow others out in the field.


Students from all types of colleges and all areas of the country are invited to apply.  Students must submit the following with their application:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Optional: Introductory video (1-2 minutes). Please include a link to the video in your cover letter.

When submitting your application please include your cover letter and your interest in the fellowship. Applications that do not include a cover letter will not be considered.

The full position listing is below:

Dangermond Fellowship Application Here

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