The NYC Audubon staff gathers on the Kingsland Wildflowers green roof, in Green Point, Brooklyn, in August 2022. Photo: NYC Audubon
The NYC Audubon staff gathers on the Kingsland Wildflowers green roof, in Green Point, Brooklyn, in August 2022. Photo: NYC Audubon

Join Our Team

NYC Audubon benefits from a passionate and talented corps of professional staff, volunteers, and educators, under the guidance of a board of directors dedicated to accomplishing our mission to protect the City's birds and their habitats. Though we are a small organization, we are always looking to improve our communal skillset and bring new voices into the fold, with an eye towards better reflecting the diverse community of New York City.

Not all of NYC Audubon's team are birders, but we do share a commitment to safeguarding the biodiversity and wild places of New York City—whether via conservation science, advocacy work, outreach and education, or by maintaining our organization on a sound financial footing.


NYC Audubon's staff is a diverse team of professionals with expertise in the fields of conservation science, advocacy, education, nonprofit management, communications, and development.

Board of Directors and Advisory Council

Our leadership is made up of diverse and dynamic individuals who volunteer their time, offering guidance and expertise in a wide range of issues that steer the organization's work.

Board of Directors

NYC Audubon welcomes suggestions for new members of our board of directors for three-year terms that begin in June of each year. To make our board more representative of the City’s diverse population, we are especially interested in candidates who represent new perspectives, backgrounds, and communities; residents of Staten Island, Queens, and the Bronx; and/or candidates with financial, marketing, fundraising, or policy/advocacy expertise. Please submit your suggestions to Jeffrey Kimball, chair of the nominating committee, by email at

Advisory Council

NYC Audubon's advisory council provides valuable insight, expertise, and counsel to the work of the organization. Advisory council members may include past members of the board of directors and adjunct committee members. The advisory council includes experts working in the fields of science, conservation, communications, education, real estate, law, advocacy, and more who are dedicated to the conservation issues facing birds and habitat and provide valuable guidance to the organization's initiatives and to the amplification of our mission. If you are interested in sharing your expertise and joining our advisory council, please contact Karen Benfield, president of the board, by email at

Birding Guides and Educators

NYC Audubon seeks experienced birders and/or natural history educators who enjoy sharing their knowledge about the natural world with others. As part of our ongoing commitment to better reflect the diverse face of our city and continue to expand accessible and inclusive birding, we particularly invite applications from candidates who identify as Black, Indigenous, or People of Color, and who speak languages in addition to English. Birding guides and educators are contracted per event or event series; frequency of events varies throughout the year. To learn about currently available birding guide and educator roles, contact us with a brief summary of your birding and/or education experience at, with “Birding Guide/Educator” in the subject line. No calls, please.  

Commitment to EDIA

NYC Audubon’s commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility (EDIA), an integral part of our mission, guides our recruitment of staff, board and advisory council members, volunteers, and educators.

Statement on Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Accessibility

New York City Audubon believes all people have the right to a close connection to the natural world and the right to a healthy environment. Preserving our environment is only possible if we all feel that connection. We recognize that inequities in our society are widespread and hinder access to nature. Only by embracing equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility as values and striving for them in practice will we begin to foster a love of nature in all people and inspire them to be active stewards of the environment. We further believe that to thrive as an organization and effectively advance our mission and vision, the diversity of New York City’s people must be represented in, and welcomed into, our leadership, staff, and membership. The expertise, values, and perspectives of a diverse and inclusive organization are fundamental to expanding the reach and impact of our conservation, advocacy, and educational efforts. We commit to building an equitable, diverse, inclusive, and accessible New York City Audubon, dedicated to protecting nature for all of New York City’s people and its wild birds.