Purpose of the advisory council:
- Provide guidance and feedback to BirdNote staff on scientific accuracy of programming.
- Offer diverse scientific perspectives on content. Connect producers and writers to important people and ideas in the bird science community.
- Contribute to conceptualization and steer content across platforms so that BirdNote leads the audio industry in storytelling about birds and ecosystems.
- Advance BirdNote’s mission and help achieve our vision.
Birds connect us with the joy and wonder of nature. By telling vivid, sound-rich stories about birds and the challenges they face, BirdNote inspires listeners to care about the natural world — and take steps to protect it.
As listeners tune in to the lives of birds, their connection with nature deepens. They become champions for conservation and stewards of places important to birds and people.
Commitment to Antiracism
The long and ongoing history of racial oppression in the United States and the centering of white people and privileged groups throughout much of the mainstream environmental movement requires us to intentionally practice antiracism in our organizational processes and media production. BirdNote is committed to creating the inclusive environmentalism we want to see in the world. We strongly encourage individuals from communities that have been historically underrepresented in public media and environmental organizations to to consider joining the Science Advisory Council.
Staff liaison: Content Director - Allison Wilson
Responsibilities of council members:
- Attend quarterly Science Advisory Council meetings
- Make recommendations to staff to ensure scientific accuracy and credibility of BirdNote productions
- When requested, provide feedback on BirdNote productions’ scripts, concepts, interview subjects, within a predetermined time frame
- Alert BirdNote staff to new developments in bird science and potential opportunities to collaborate with other organizations or individuals in the field.
Benefits of Science Advisory Council Membership:
- Contribute to beloved daily public radio programming and podcasts
- Collaborate with scientists from a variety of locations and backgrounds
- Opportunities to develop and be part of communities of practice in science, public media, and conservation
Science Advisory Council membership duration:
3-year term limits, with option to be reappointed.
Criteria for membership:
Demonstrated expertise in an area of bird science as evidenced by graduate degree, certification (e.g. master birder), and/or field experience.
Background or interest in science communication
Passionate about spreading the joy of birds to a diverse audience and making birding accessible to all
Availability to virtually attend meetings on the 2nd Monday of January, April, July, and October, 3-4:30pm PT/6-7:30pm ET
Council Seats: 10
BirdNote is currently seeking to fill several Science Advisory Council seats. To be considered, please email BirdNote Content Director Allison Wilson a current resume and cover letter conveying your interest in serving and what perspective you would bring to the council.