Job: Bird-loving Social Media Intern

Status: Unpaid part-time internship, flexible hours

Location: Los Angeles Wildlife Center, San Pedro, CA

About International Bird Rescue

Imagine a world in which every person, every day, acted to protect the natural home of wildlife and ourselves. In 1971, after 800,000 gallons of crude oil spilled into San Francisco Bay, concerned individuals led by a registered nurse named Alice Berkner jumped into action, bringing International Bird Rescue to life. We have always had to pave a road where there is none. Staff and volunteers work with tenacity alongside clients, partners, and the public to find solutions. Today, we research best practices at our crisis response hospitals in California and Alaska and share them worldwide. Our mission is to inspire people to act toward balance with the natural world by rescuing waterbirds in crisis.

About the Position

The Social Media Intern will be responsible for assisting our Communications and Marketing efforts through key social media networks: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Instagram. The intern will support administrative duties at the Los Angeles center, support research, plan and execute with the goal of building community awareness and engagement around Bird Rescue’s brand, mission, and services. This is a great opportunity for students and recent graduates interested in gaining marketable skills and industry exposure.

As a Bird Rescue intern, you’ll have the opportunity to work with a diverse, passionate team with deep experience and knowledge of sea and water birds. Our work environment is fast-paced and entrepreneurial, yet collaborative and fun, including occasional bird releases, birdwalks, and team events.

The Opportunity

  • For an enterprising self-starter, this is a great opportunity to get traction in a non-profit environment.
  • Gain experience in marketing and communications that translates into real  job opportunities.
  • Explore and flex your creativity talents- with photo images, video editing and captions.
  • Learn and support many aspects of a non-profit and the different programs that make it function, from communications to development to operations.
  • Be part of a diverse and fun team of people who care about birds and the natural world.
  • Possibility to convert to a part-time paid position after 3-6 months depending on performance.

Responsibilities:

  • Admin responsibilities – Data entry and management, Inventory management, Office Organization, Following Bio-security and Safety protocols
  • Build community interest and momentum through Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and other social media channels by posting updates, engaging conversations and discussions, and increasing the number of followers
  • Monitor, track and share metrics and insights into community audiences and online conversations
  • Participate in building compelling social media campaigns to actively engage targeted communities
  • Draft content for online communications including newsletters and blog posts
  • Research the social media landscape for successful approaches to social media
  • Explore new online and social media tools and implement best practices

Qualifications:

  • The ideal candidate for this position is a creative communicator who loves birds, wildlife and the natural world.
  • You enjoy photography and consider yourself proficient.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills
  • Strong familiarity with social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest)
  • Interest in SEO including basic understanding of Google Analytics a plus
  • Computer skills, proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Commitment to learning to use and updating Raiser’s Edge, our Relationship Database
  • Ability to organize and manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines
  • Team player, but also has the ability to work independently
  • Some previous experience with email marketing preferred but not required.
  • Graphic design skills a plus
  • Video editing skills highly desirable bonus

Benefits:

  • The ideal candidate for this position is a creative communicator who loves birds, wildlife and the natural world.
  • Gain experience at a unique environmental not-for-profit that has a global impact
  • Gain entry, exposure, and experience in the nonprofit industry
  • Increase your understanding of and alignment with global and regional wildlife issues
  • Collaborate with a positive and innovative team
  • Network with other nonprofit professionals and volunteers in an open office environment
  • Career mentoring with JD Bergeron, Executive Director of International Bird Rescue and Founder of Chooda and Bike Zambia
  • For students, class credit can be arranged according to school requirements

Duration:

Minimum 15-20 hours per week required for the duration of the internship, for a minimum of three months. Ideal candidates are available to work out of our (following strict Covid-19 protocols) Los Angeles office 1-2 days/week (Monday through Friday).

Location:

Los Angeles Wildlife Center, 3601 S Gaffey St, San Pedro, CA 90731

International Bird Rescue has three permanent locations, but also works around the world during times of oil spills. Our headquarters and San Francisco Bay Wildlife Center are located in Fairfield. Our Los Angeles Wildlife Center is located in San Pedro, CA, and our Alaska Wildlife Response Center is located in Anchorage, AK.

To Apply:

E-mail your resume to jobs@bird-rescue.org, along with a cover letter, and a writing sample (two pages max) with “Social Media Intern” in the subject line. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. No phone calls please, but please do not hesitate to contact us by email with further questions!

International Bird Rescue is committed to representing the diverse populations of bird lovers in the world. Members of all ages, genders, sexual orientations, races, ethnicities, nationalities, physical abilities or disabilities, religions or beliefs, and cultures are welcome as employees and volunteers in our organization.

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